It’s been a busy and exciting year for the Nature Artists’ Guild. There have been programs, workshops, encounters, paint-outs, exhibits, the Quarterly and more. While the Nature Artists’ Guild accepts new and returning members at any time, memberships are for the calendar year, so artists who pay 2020 membership dues by the end of this year can ensure that they have the opportunity to participate in all of next year’s activities. An option for paying dues by Paypal or credit card is now available for new or returning members by clicking on the Membership tab of this website.
Please click on the Member Artwork tab to see a larger sample of the artwork to be showcased in this weekend’s 2019 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art. Even this small sample shows a range of the many styles and media that the Guild’s members are known for. Flora and fauna are represented in watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, fiber, digital imaging, jewelry, and more.
Many thanks to all of the artists who shared images of their artwork!
It’s getting to be that time! No, not for the holidays (yet), but for Nature Artists’ Guild members to put the finishing touches on their artwork, complete their framing, and find a way to safely transport their artwork, rain, snow, or moonlight, because “referee night” is just over a week away. On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, between 6 and 8 pm, participating members of the Guild are asked to bring the artwork they have previously registered through their prospectus to the Administration Building at The Morton Arboretum.
The annual Spring and Holiday (Autumn) Nature Artists’ Guild exhibits at The Morton Arboretum always feature a wide variety of media and styles. The upcoming exhibit on the weekend of November 9 and 10, 2019 (and the reception for artists’ guests and members of the Arboretum on Friday evening, November 8) will continue in that tradition, and five Guild members will be sharing their unique ways of creating nature art with visitors. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to watch the following artists up-close and at work, talk with them, see their tools and supplies, and sometimes even try the techniques themselves!
On Friday, November 8, from 5 until 7:30 pm, Nancy Halliday will be sharing her approach to creating lovely watercolors.
On Saturday, November 9, from 10:30 am until 1 pm, Carol Abramofsky will show visitors the tools, steps, and uses of mold-making in nature art.
On Saturday, November 9, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Cheryl Rausch will be engaging visitors in the fascinating world of digital art.
On Sunday, November 10, from 10:30 am until 1 pm, Victoria Elizabeth will share some of her inspirations and techniques in creating watercolors.
On Sunday, November 10, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Kathy Steere will show visitors her way of using different media for coloring on fabric.
To me [mushrooms] are flowers of the woods. I wanted to save that beauty and to share it with the others.
I call my watercolors ‘Portraits of Mushrooms.’ For these portraits, I select not the most typical, but the most pleasant and happy looking individuals. And I paint them life size.
– Sasha Viazmensky
There are still a few available openings for Mr. Viazmensky’s three-day workshop taking place at The Morton Arboretum from Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17, 2019. Intermediate and advanced watercolor artists will further their skills through shared insights, their observation of the artist at work, and personal guidance in their own efforts to capture the unique beauty of mushrooms.
Registration is open to all interested watercolor artists. Members of The Morton Arboretum will receive a discount on their enrollment fee. Nature Artists’ Guild members will receive an additional discount to this workshop, co-sponsored by the Guild, which they can receive by registering by phone and confirming their Guild membership.
Please click on any of the above highlighted links to see more of Sasha’s work, to read more about him, or to learn more about or register for the workshop.