Contacts and Opportunities

Nature Artists’ Guild Vice President, Mary Ann Jimenez, has graciously accepted the additional role of coordinating paint-outs and programs for 2015.  When RSVP’s are required for paint-outs where there is limited space, such as the upcoming one at Orchids by Hausermann’s (additional information coming soon), Mary Ann will be the one to contact. Members can find her contact information in their Yearbook.  

Mary Ann is also our featured artist for the 2015 Holiday Exhibit, so she has a busy schedule ahead of her and would certainly welcome assistance on the Paint-Outs and Programs committee.  Many of our committees could use additional volunteers, so if any of our members are interested in serving, our Nature Artists’ Guild President, Gail Diedrichsen would love to hear from you!  It can be a very rewarding and fun experience and you would be contributing so much to the success of our Guild.

The 2014 Nature Artists’ Guild Scarecrow is Sure To Bring a Smile!

The planning meeting for the 2014 Nature Artists’ Guild’s contribution to The Morton Arboretum’s annual Scarecrow Trail went very well, with all kinds of creative ideas bouncing around.  The winning idea is to construct not an actual scarecrow, but a portrait of a scarecrow, in a very recognizable pose!

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to show up to Room A of Thornhill, next Saturday morning, September 13, 2014, between 9 am and noon to help with the construction.  Most of the work will involve painting with acrylics, so wear some old clothes and bring your old tubes or jars of acrylic paint and large brushes if you have them.  If you don’t have any, please come anyway, as there will surely be extra supplies.

If you have any questions or want more details about this fun project, please contact Patty Koenigsaecker.  Members will find Patty’s contact information in their Yearbook.

You can view some of our previous scarecrows (such as Betty Birdwatcher, Patty Painter, Suzy Sketcher) by typing in the word “scarecrow” in the Search box in the right column of this blog.

2014 Nature Artists' Guild Scarecrow.  Drawing by Patty Koenigsaecker.

2014 Nature Artists’ Guild Scarecrow. Drawing by Patty Koenigsaecker.

Looking for Nature Artists’ Guild Volunteers

Our new Nature Artists’ Guild President, Susan Bartlett would like to share this request with our members –

Help Wanted! Volunteers!  We are looking for four members to co-chair two committees: Social Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.
The Social Committee is responsible for the Holiday Party as well as refreshments for all of the general meetings.  The Ways and Means Committee is responsible for the Artisan Shop and Raffle at the two art exhibits.  The former chair people will offer assistance to the new co-chairs.
Both of these positions are fun and great ways to meet and work with other guild members. We really need you!!  Please contact Susan Bartlett or Gail Diedrichsen if you are interested. We look forward to hearing from you!
Nature Artists’ Guild members will find Susan and Gail’s contact information in their Yearbook, or can leave a comment on this post to receive contact information by email.

Busy Betty Birdwatcher

There are just a few more days left to visit “Betty Birdwatcher”on the Scarecrow Trail at the Morton Arboretum.  You can find Betty just outside the door of the Visitor’s Center, at the beginning of the one-mile path around Meadow Lake, and will recognize her by her Nature Artists’ Guild t-shirt.

Betty, created by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild,  will be watching her birds until the end of October, and you can visit the trail between 7 am and sunset.

Betty Birdwatcher, photo credit Kathy Wagner

Betty Birdwatcher, photo credit Kathy Wagner

Betty Birdwatcher Needs Your Help!

This year’s annual Nature Artists’ Guild contribution to the “Scarecrow Trail” at The Morton Arboretum is almost ready for her debut. Betty Birdwatcher will be sporting a spiffy Nature Artists’ Guild t-shirt, a lovely skirt, and her bandanna and hat will be a great help in protecting her from the sun.

Betty’s bird-watching field guide is in her hand, so all she needs now is an old pair of broken binoculars (or an inexpensive pair of toy ones) and a large bird to keep her company as she sets out to spot and sketch the many birds of The Morton Arboretum.

Betty and Friends

Betty and Friends

If you can help her out with either of those items, please contact Suzanne Wegener, our Arboretum liaison, whose information you can find in your Yearbook.  You could also leave us a message by commenting on this post.  

Betty can be found in the “Scarecrow Trail” along Meadow Lake at The Morton Arboretum throughout the month of October .

It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning a Party!

Our best Social Chairperson ever, Gail Diedrichsen, has an announcement for us –

This year’s unique holiday gathering will prove to be something new and very different from past events. The evening will begin with hors d’ oeuvres,  and a viewing of our creative tables, followed by dinner and dessert, an induction of our officers, and our traditional raffle.

Our Holiday Party Committee wants members to get inspired and have fun creating table decorations, while being given an opportunity to learn about the winter holidays and festivals celebrated by other cultures.  This year’s theme, “Winter Holidays Around the World,” is sure to challenge our members’ creativity, while giving our members a glimpse into our planet’s rich diversity.

If you attended last week’s meeting, you are probably already on a team and know how to get started.  If not, please contact Gail to find out more.  You can find her contact information in your Yearbook.  Check back for future updates!

Remember to Make the Most of Your Nature Artists’ Guild Membership

We are so excited to welcome  many new members to the Nature Artists’ Guild this year!  We just wanted to check in with all our members, the brand new ones, as well as those that have been around a while, to make sure everyone is making the most of their membership.

Remember, your membership entitles you to –

  • Attend formal meetings (the next one will be in August, and will feature three of your talented fellow members sharing some of their favorite techniques in various media)
  • Attend paint-outs at some great places (there is one coming up in July at Laverne Bohlin’s wonderful garden, and more are being added all the time)
  • Participate in Nature Artists’ Guild exhibitions (either at The Morton Arboretum, where up to a thousand visitors will view your artwork in one weekend, or at various outside venues)
  • Attend workshops (to help create items for fundraising and to learn new skills from fellow artists)
  • Contribute artwork or articles to our quarterly publication, The Nature Artists’ Quarterly
  • Contribute artwork to the annual Nature Artists’ Guild desk calendar

There are also many opportunities for just having fun with your fellow artists, whether by attending a “field trip” to somewhere interesting,  helping to create our annual Scarecrow for The Morton Arboretum,  volunteering on one of the committees or attending the Holiday Party!

Please check the Important Dates tab above to see our current schedule of events.