Sketches From Near and Far

Who knew, when the Nature Artists’ Guild Summer Sketchbook Encounter began, that sketches would come from as near as the backyard garden and from as far away as Sweden?  Florida also weighs in, as does Denmark (in the form of a troll at The Morton Arboretum).  For this project, the subject matter is not strictly limited to nature.  Participants are encouraged to continue to submit their sketch images and new ones will be posted soon.

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Nature In Graphite Begins Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ball of Confusion, graphite, copyright Suzanne Wegener.

Please enroll in Nature in Graphite this weekend to guarantee your spot!

Learn to capture nature with graphite, the perfect medium for textures. As you study and draw the details of living plants, you will learn the techniques of pencil drawing, develop your eye-hand coordination, and learn the structures of the plants you draw. Regular activities include daily drawing exercises, weekly home assignments, and constructive critiques.

Instructor Suzanne Wegener, current Vice President of the American Society of Botanical Artists, is a talented and experienced artist and educator, and the small class size will ensure that each participant is given plenty of personal attention.  Some drawing experience is recommended.

Please click on this link to read more or to register.  The class, scheduled for four Thursday evenings beginning July 12, 2018, is offered by The Morton Arboretum and is open to all.  Membership in the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum is not required, but Arboretum members will receive a discounted registration fee.

Summer 2018 Sketching in Progress

Nature Artists’ Guild members participating in the Summer Encounter 2018 have been busily sketching four pages per week for a month.  Some of each artist’s sketches, like Karen Johnson’s Spiderwort, will turn out to be wonderful pieces of art.  Many will not.  All, though, will contribute in important ways to the artist’s journey.  As project coordinator Evelyn Grala says “The journey awakens the imagination”.

Spiderwort, copyright 2018, Karen A Johnson. Please click on the image to go to Karen’s Nature Art for more.

Luciana Peters’ 99th Birthday!

One more reason to celebrate on July 4th, 2018 – Luciana Peters turns 99!  Happy Birthday, Luciana!

To read more about Luciana and view a few examples of her artwork, please click here.  In addition to being an accomplished artist and illustrator for more than 80 years, she is a charter member of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.

Luciana Peters and friend Carol Doty celebrating Luciana’s 99th Birthday.

Mayslake Peabody Estate Meet the Artists Reception on Wednesday Evening, June 27, 2018

Art and nature lovers have been able to enjoy the Nature Artists’ Guild’s exhibit at Mayslake Hall of the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL since it opened on June 6, 2018.  On the evening of Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 6 to 8 pm, all are invited to attend a reception to meet and speak with some of the artists and enjoy some light refreshments.  There is no charge to attend.

Please click on this link for additional information about the exhibit, which will be open through Friday, July 13, 2018.  More than 25 nature artists have contributed to this lovely exhibition filling two rooms of the historical estate.

A sample of the artwork at the Nature Artists’ Guild 2018 Exhibit, Mayslake Peabody Estate.

Colorful Iris, copyright Linn Eldred. One of many pieces by artists participating in the 2018 Nature Artists’ Guild Exhibit at the Mayslake Peabody Estate.

Sculptures Inspired by Science: Physics, Proteins, and People

All are invited to this free program featuring artist and scientist Julian Voss-Andreae on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 7 until 8:30 pm at The Morton Arboretum.  Registration is required, so please click on the image to be directed to the Arboretum’s website.

Please click on the image for more information or to reach The Morton Arboretum’s registration page.