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.

Paint-Out at Meadow Lake, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

No need to “pack up the station wagon” for this trip to the lake!  Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to join their fellow artists at Meadow Lake, located near the Visitor Center of The Morton Arboretum, the morning of Tuesday, June 26, 2018 any time between 9 am and noon. Participants will meet at the P2 parking lot east of the lake at 9 am, but late-comers are welcome and can also access the lake from the main parking lot.

There will be plenty of room, and plenty of subject matter.  Shrubs, flowers, trees, birds, and a large wooden creature are near the path around the lake.  Art supplies, a chair, sunscreen, insect repellent, and some water are all that are needed.

If a storm rolls in, participants can head over to the Ginkgo Restaurant and Cafe with its wall of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the lake to finish their sketch and enjoy a coffee or snack.  After the paint-out, members might wish to go on a Troll Hunt throughout the Arboretum.

Note:  This post has been updated to show the rescheduled date.

Visiting Artist Thomas Dambo at work on one of his Trolls for the Troll Hunt at The Morton Arboretum. Photo credit

Julie Zickefoose This Thursday Evening, June 7, 2018

All are invited to the Thornhill Education Center at The Morton Arboretum this Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 7 until 9 pm, for a presentation by acclaimed author, artist and naturalist, Julie Zickefoose.

Baby birds are abundant this time of year, fluttering, chirping, squawking, and making their first attempts at flight.  Julie has studied and sketched birds in their nest all the way through the growth cycle, and in her newest book, Baby Birds:  An Artist Looks into the Nest, Julie chronicles that growth with her words and her art.

After her presentation, Julie will be available for signing copies of her books, and the books will also be available for purchase.  Please click on one of the highlighted links to read more about Julie’s fascinating adventures in nature, or to listen to some of her commentaries on NPR.

Field Sparrow with Nesting Materials, copyright Julie Zickefoose. Used with permission.

This program is sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum and is open for all to attend.  There is no charge for admission, parking, or entrance into the Arboretum for this special event.  Non-members of the Arboretum should let the gate attendant know they are there for the program to be directed to Thornhill.

Coming Soon, Spring 2018 Edition

So much art and so much nature coming up so soon!

Two classes coming up very soon are being taught by some of the best artists and best instructors that The Morton Arboretum has ever offered.  Suzanne Wegener will be the instructor for Drawing Nature II on four Thursday evenings beginning on May 31, 2018.  Suzanne will be teaching skills that are essential to any artist who wishes to draw nature realistically.  Plein Air on the Prairie, on either Monday, June 4, or Monday, June 11, 2018 is a three-hour excursion onto the prairie with a sketchbook and two experts, naturalist Cindy Crosby, and artist Karen Johnson.  It’s a unique opportunity to learn about and experience the prairie from a botanical as well as an artistic point of view.  Please click on the above links to learn more or to enroll.  Classes are open to all, not just members of the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum, but Arboretum members will receive a discount on registration fees.

Page from Karen Johnson’s sketchbook. Copyright 2017, Karen Johnson.

Evelyn Grala has done it again, and come up with a way to keep Nature Artists’ Guild members growing this summer.  Evelyn has planned a new Summer Sketchbook Encounter, to begin on June 1 and continue until September 1, 2018.  Participants will be asked to fill four pages of a sketchbook per week, using any media they would like (including crayons), and to have fun.  It’s as simple as that. The improvement in drawing and composition skills will come automatically!  Interested members who have not already signed up should contact Evelyn (whose contact information can be found in their Yearbook) to ensure they receive her periodic updates and encouragements.

The Nature Artists’ Guild will be exhibiting at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL from Wednesday, June 6 through Friday, July 13, 2018.  The exhibit may be viewed any time during estate business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 3 pm, or Saturday between 9 am and 1 pm, but the best time to visit would be on Wednesday evening, June 27, 2018 between 6 and 8 pmThis artists’ reception is open to all, and is a great opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and enjoy light refreshments.  Participating artists should check the prospectus for drop-off and pick-up dates and times.

There is so much excitement and anticipation around the upcoming program featuring biologist, author and artist Julie Zickefoose on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.  All are welcome to attend this event free-of-charge.  Please click on the highlighted link for more information.

Page from Baby Birds, An Artist Looks into the Nest, copyright Julie Zickefoose. Used with permission.

A new paint-out has been added for June, and it’s at one of the prettiest spots in the area, Meadow Lake at The Morton Arboretum.  On Tuesday, June 26, at 9 am, Nature Artists’ Guild members will meet at the P-2 parking lot east of Meadow Lake. There will be water, flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees (naturally), and even some large mysterious creatures in the area. Guild members can contact Jane Kellenberger if they would like to attend, but last-minute drop-ins by members are also welcome.

Note:  This post has been updated to include the new date for the rescheduled paint-out.

Artist in Residence Thomas Dambo at work on one of his creations for the Troll Hunt at The Morton Arboretum. Photo credit  Please click on the photo for more information about the artist.