December 14, 2013 at 10:00am • RISD Waterman Building, Room 11. Our annual holiday party will include a yankee swap hosted with flair by Tom Colantonio, portfolio sharing, and an opportunity for members to share any art supplies and books they have that need a good home.
Welcome to the website of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators! Please explore the site using the links above to learn who we are, check out some of our past workshops and meetings, explore member work in the gallery, or contact us for more information.
Check out our annual exhibit at the Pomfret Center of the Connecticut Audubon Society – focused on bird, plant, and animal species native to New England. The Center is located at 218 Day Road in Pomfret Center, CT, and you can visit the Center’s website for more information. The show runs from October 1 through November 11. NOTE: a partial version of the exhibit has been extended until January!
December 14, 2013: Chapter Holiday Party Our annual holiday party will include a yankee swap hosted with flair by Tom Colantonio, portfolio sharing, and an opportunity for members to share any art supplies and books they have that need a good home. Feel free to bring a goodie or refreshment, your portfolio to share, art supplies or books you no longer want (to sell or swap) and a gift not more than $20.00 for the Yankee Swap that always is great fun!! Please RSVP to Tricia Cassady (tricia “at” plantsandsoils.com).
January 11, 2014: General Business Meeting Details TBA. (Snow date: January 18)
November 16, 2013: Plant Morphology, Flower Dissection and Conifer Study Workshop by Botanical Artist and Botanist Extraordinaire Dick Rauh: Dick discussed the basics of plant morphology, and attendees had the opportunity to dissect some flowers using microscopes, and look at conifers to see their special characters and how they differ from flowers. Dick presented his work and students had an opportunity to sketch.
Report from Frances Topping: “He did a great job for all levels. The microscope projected on to a screen was very useful. He shared his knowledge and his art. We looked at 3 or 4 families of flowers and some conifers. For his paintings he described how he goes about doing his enlargements by looking at many aspects of the plant, measuring, drawing, scaling up, photographing, and transferring to watercolor paper and then with washes and drybrush does the botanical painting. Some of the current students and a few old guard were at the workshop.”
October 13, 2013: Opening of our annual exhibit at the Connecticut Audubon Center in Pomfret, CT. The exhibit looks terrific (many thanks to Amy Bartlett-Wright, Kathy Kelly and the folks at the Center for their work in putting it together.) The opening was a lot of fun: a chance not only to see the beautiful work of our fellow Chapter members, but also to see techniques demonstrated by Tricia Cassidy and Laurie Bebick, to explore the gorgeous surroundings of the Center, catch up with friends, and have some good food.
September 14, 2013: General Business Meeting at RISD. We met to discuss our upcoming exhibit, ideas for the new website, and to plan future activities. It was also an opportunity to drop off work for the Pomfret, CT exhibit, as well as to catch up, share ideas and network.
July 7-13, 2013: GNSI National Conference at College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME. Quite a few NE Chapter members attended this year’s national conference in Bar Harbor. As always, it was a fabulous opportunity to get together with other illustrators for a workshops, field trips, talks and more – to learn, share and be inspired. Check out the conference website for more information and photos of some of the events.
Saturday, May 11th 10:00: Business meeting at RISD. We discussed the next 6 months for the group including our next exhibit, which will be at the Connecticut Audubon Center in Pomfret, CT from October 1st, 2013 to November 1st, 2013 and the National GNSI Conference in Bar Harbor Maine from July 7th to July 12th ; also, we discussed the website and the possibility of using Facebook and Twitter. Our guest speaker was Amos Trout Paine, a local artist and former art teacher who will be sharing the experience he has had with the artist selling site ETSY. Download the meeting minutes.
Sunday, April 21 from 10:00am to 12:00pm – Sketching Outing at the Botanical Gardens at Roger Williams Park. This event is $3.00 per person. Please meet at the entrance and then we can pay and get right to sketching : ) The gardens are indoors in a large greenhouse. There are lots of different exotic plants to draw from plus some local favorites. Here is their website if you would like to check it out: http://www.providenceri.com/botanical-center
Sunday, April 7 from 10:00am to 12:00pm – Sketching from the Archives at Roger Williams Natural History Museum. Dawn Temple is the Educator who runs the program. The program is $15.00 and she likes to know at least a week in advance if people are planning to attend so that the curators can prepare the specimens. You can request specimens that you may want to draw too. Dawn can be contacted directly (as I won’t be able to make this event) at email@example.com or by phone at 401-785-9457 x247 <tel:401-785-9457%20×247> . The Museum is located at Roger Williams Park 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence RI 02907.
Saturday, February 2 at 10:00am – RISD Waterman Building, Room 11. Our usual January Business meeting was held in February this year due to some scheduling conflicts.