Just a reminder that the Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit at A Gallery of Nature, Impressions of Nature, ends on August 13, 2017. Please click on the photo or the highlighted link for more information.
Enjoy live music, sip wine, and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake.
Browse this juried art show featuring Midwest artists. The art show is free with Arboretum admission; there is a fee for the wine and other beverages.
This year, the Nature Artists’ Guild will have a presence inside the Visitor Center as members share their expertise in various media and answer questions about the Guild. All visitors to The Morton Arboretum and the Wine and Art Walk are invited to stop by and learn more about the Nature Artists’ Guild and observe some of our members in the process of creating nature art.
Nature Artists’ Guild members can contact Linn Eldred or Gary Chipman to check on the availability of opportunities to volunteer for this event. Linn and Gary’s contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.
The Gardens at Ball have been the evaluation and testing grounds for the world’s wealth of horticultural introductions and improvements for nearly 80 years. What began as a row trial garden for seed varieties in 1933 has grown to encompass over 9 acres of display beds for annuals, perennials, cut flowers and vegetables, including the newest plants from the industry’s leading breeders and marketers. http://www.ballhort.com/GardensAtBall/
On the morning of Thursday, August 24, 2017, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum are invited to attend a paint-out at The Gardens at Ball, Ball Horticultural Company, 622 Town Road, West Chicago, IL between 9 am and noon.
Participants are asked to RSVP to Jane Kellenberger, and should bring a folding chair, art supplies, and their camera for this exciting opportunity. Many thanks to Jane for the wonderful photos (please click on any photo for a larger version). Her contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.
The annual August program of the Nature Artists’ Guild has traditionally featured three member-artists’ stations where visitors could learn about and participate in unique artistic methods. The 2017 format for this popular program will basically stay the same, but the three stations will mix it up a bit with presentations on the intriguing history and use of the Chinese chop, proper framing for original fine art, and a display of sketchbooks and journals created by members throughout last summer’s Sketchbook Encounter and this summer’s Nature Art Journal project.
At the Nature Artists’ Guild Spring Exhibit, Featured Artist Nancy Wu received numerous questions about her signature on paintings in the form of a Chinese seal (or chop). For her presentation, Nancy will share books and traditional Chinese paintings as she explains the history and meaning of the seal in Chinese painting, as well as the different carving methods used in creating the seals.
The third station will be devoted to members’ artwork created during last summer’s Sketchbook Encounter or this summer’s Nature Art Journal projects. Participating members are encouraged to bring their work to share with the group. What fun to be able to browse through fellow artists’ sketchbooks and art journals for inspiration and a glimpse of their creative process (and sometimes personality)!
Yes, it does seem much too early to start thinking of fall, but The Morton Arboretum has posted its schedule of classes, and there are some new and unique ones that could fill up quickly! You may want to register soon so you don’t miss out, and then go back to enjoying your summer. (There are still a few openings in some of the summer courses for both beginning and experienced artists as well.)
You don’t need to be a member of The Morton Arboretum or the Nature Artists’ Guild to enroll in the courses. Please follow the link to The Morton Arboretum’s Learn and experience page for more information.
- This month’s Nature Artists’ Guild paint-out is scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 9 am until noon in the Ground Cover Garden of The Morton Arboretum. Please click on the highlighted link for details.
- A Nature Artists’ Guild Special Exhibit, Impressions of Nature, at A Gallery of Nature opens at Wasco Nursery and Garden Center in St. Charles, IL this Friday, June 23, 2017. Participating artists should drop off their work on Tuesday, June 20 between 11 am and 1 pm. All are invited to attend a public reception on Saturday, July 22, 2017 between 3 and 5 pm to meet the artists, enjoy some light refreshments, view 30 works of nature art and observe a few of the artists engaging in the creative process. Please click on the above highlighted link for driving directions and more information.
- The Summer Encounter – Nature Artist’s Journal is well underway, but members can still join in. More details are available by clicking on this link.
- The next Nature Artists’ Guild program is scheduled for Thursday, August 3, 2017. More information coming soon about what promises to be a fun and informative evening!