The Fall Into Winter Encounter is Underway

Participants in the Nature Artists’ Guild’s Fall into Winter Encounter have been busy outdoors this autumn collecting nuts, leaves, twigs, pine cones, berries, feathers, and other natural treasures and stashing them away in boxes or bags, as well as taking photos and making sketches.

At the start of the new year, out come the treasures, the paints, the pencils, the canvases, the paper, the sketches, and the photographs as the artists begin creating.  Participants will be creating one montage per week for the following six weeks, or if they choose, one grand montage using all their collected materials. According to Merriam-Webster“montage” can be defined as an “artistic composite of juxtaposed more or less heterogeneous elements”.

Beginning in January 2018, photos of completed montages will be posted on this website in the Member Artwork section.  There is still time for industrious members of the Guild to participate by catching up with the collecting phase before the creating phase begins.  Those interested can sign up by contacting Evelyn Grala, whose contact information can be found in the Yearbook.  Evelyn will continue to send informational and encouraging e-mails to participants throughout the project.

Montage, copyright Paulette McDermott

Birds of a Feather, We Flock Together

The work is done (for a while), the exhibit was a success, and now it’s time to celebrate a wonderful year of creating nature art.

The theme for this year’s holiday gathering is Birds of a Feather,We Flock Together.  The party planners have a festive evening planned, with decorations, music with an (optional) sing-along with Bruce Oscar of WDCB’s Swing Shift, lots of food, and the traditional raffle (which will include the generous donation of free admission to a class from The Morton Arboretum).

The best part, of course, will be the chance to celebrate with fellow members of the Nature Artists’ Guild, a special flock of friendly, sharing, and talented birds!

Sandhill Cranes screenprint, copyright Carol Cooley.

The evening begins at 6 pm on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in the historic and lovely Founders Room of Thornhill Education Center at The Morton Arboretum.  Dinner begins at 7 pm, and the after-dinner raffle will continue until 9.  Current members of the Nature Artists’ Guild should check their e-mailed invitation for details and contact Gail Diedrichsen or Susan Bartlett (whose contact information can be found in the Yearbook) with questions.

Less Than a Week Away!

Roses, copyright Peggy McGahan, Featured Artist for the Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2017 Holiday Exhibition of Natural History Art.

Nature Artists’ Guild members are finishing up those last-minute details (remember to double-check the prospectus for requirements), the gallery space is being prepared, the flower arrangers are gathering their supplies, the art-hanging crew is ready to get to work, and the refreshments are being ordered for the reception. There are raffle baskets to wrap, ceramic art plates to arrange, and many, many lights to light.

The list goes on and on, but the members of the Nature Artists’ Guild have expertly done it all before (for over 35 years!), and even though the exhibits have changed in numerous ways, one thing stays the same – there is always a wonderful collection of nature art for visitors to enjoy.

The 2017 Holiday Exhibition of Natural History Art opens on the evening of Friday, November 3, 2017 for friends and family of the artists, as well as members of The Morton Arboretum.  The exhibit continues throughout the weekend of November 4 and 5th, 2017 for all visitors to the Arboretum.  Please click one of the highlighted links above for details.

Nature Artists’ Guild Fundraiser for Autumn 2017 Features Original Art on Ceramic

Here are just a few examples of decorative ceramic plates created by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum at a recent workshop.  These unique original plates will sold for $20 each at the upcoming 2017 Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Exhibition of Natural History Art. Sales will be on a “first-come, first-serve” basis throughout the exhibit, including at the opening reception.  No pre-sales can be arranged.  All proceeds will go to the Nature Artists’ Guild to be used towards fulfilling their mission.

Please click on the above highlighted links to learn more the Nature Artists’ Guild, the workshop, and the exhibit.  Thank you to Arlene Widrevitz for the photos.

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2017 Annual Autumn (Holiday) Exhibit of Natural History Art Invitation

Please share this invitation with friends and family!  Printed versions of the postcard as well as the exhibit poster will be available at the October 5, 2017 Nature Artists’ Guild meeting at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum, or at the Thornhill office afterwards. Thank you to Featured Artist Peggy McGahan for the artwork and to Evelyn Grala for the design of the poster and postcard.

The exhibition is free and open to all visitors to the Arboretum.  A printed ticket or invitation is not required for entry into the exhibit.

Welcome to Autumn

The unique pleasures of Autumn make for a busy (the busiest?) season at The Morton Arboretum and for the Nature Artists’ Guild.  Here are some reminders to keep everyone on track!

Wood duck, copyright Peggy McGahan, Featured Artist for the 2017 Exhibition of Natural History Art by the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.

  • Nature Artists’ Guild members who would like to participate in the upcoming 2017 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art need to have their completed prospectuses postmarked by Thursday, September 28, 2017.  All requirements are detailed on the prospectus which was e-mailed to eligible members approximately a month ago.  Drop-off of artwork for the exhibit will take place on the evening of Wednesday, November 1 between 6 and 8 pm at the Cudahy Auditorium in the Administration and Research Center at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Renewing members can mail their $45 membership dues for next year beginning on October 1, 2017.  Dues should be mailed to the treasurer, Nancy Wu, whose contact information can be found in the Yearbook.  New members are also welcome and can mail their dues to the address provided on the membership brochure.  New or renewing members can also pay in person at the October 5, 2017 meeting or the upcoming exhibit.
  • On October 5, 2017, the Nature Artists’ Guild will sponsor a program featuring artist Patricia Larkin Green and Sumi-e brush painting.  This program is free-of-charge and open to the public.  More details can be seen by clicking on this link.
  • There is still time to enroll in one or more of the Autumn Nature Art classes or workshops at The Morton Arboretum, many of which are taught by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild. Please click on this link to the Arboretum’s class listings for more information. All classes are open to the public.
  • The 2017 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art will open on the evening of Friday, November 3, 2017 with a reception for guests of the artists and members of The Morton Arboretum and will continue throughout the weekend, Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2017, for the enjoyment of all visitors to The Morton Arboretum.  E-mail postcards will be made available soon to Nature Artists’ Guild members.  The official exhibit posters and postcards featuring the work of Peggy McGahan and designed by Evelyn Grala will be available for members to pick up at the October 5, 2017 meeting or at the Thornhill office thereafter.