Greetings, GNSI!
More news comes with December. Enjoy!


Dulce Nascimento`s 2013 15th/16th/17th and Scientific illustration trips in the Amazon
Three trips available:  May 16th to 26th - May 29 to June 8th - June 10th to 20th, 2013

The great success of the scientific illustration trips was the incentive for Dulce to do them in 2013, not just one but three 11 days & 10 nights trips - the first from May 16th to May 26th, the second from May 29th to June 8th, and the third from June 10th to 20th, 2013.

Explore the Amazonian environment, observe it in close proximity, and learn to draw and paint (in watercolors) the landscape, and the terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. These are trips programmed with scientific illustrator Dulce Nascimento - who graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Rio de Janeiro, and studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as a scholar of the Margaret Mee Foundation...


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 14, 2013 - Open to ALL GNSI Members in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan
EXHIBIT DATES: February 28 -April 14, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, March 3, 3:30-5:50 pm
LOCATION: Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Niles, MI

The GNSI Great Lakes Chapter invites all GNSI members residing in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan to join their exhibit at the Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles, Michigan. The title of the exhibit is Great Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators Exhibit: Spring Botanicals.

EXHIBIT DATES: February 1- 24, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: February 1, 6:30-9 p.m.
LOCATION: The Nature Gallery, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

GNSI member Anne Runyon will have her illustrations and paper sculptures on exhibit at The Nature Gallery for the month of February, 2013.

OPENING RECEPTION: December 8, 6-9 pm
EXHIBIT DATES: December 8- 31, 2012
LOCATIONS: Morpho Gallery in Winnetka, IL / Blink Contemporary Art Gallery in Michigan City, IN.

GNSI member and Great Lakes Chapter President Diane Dorigan will have her art on exhibit in two galleries this December, the Morpho Gallery in Winnetka, and Blink Contemporary Art Gallery in Michigan City, IN. Both galleries will feature Diane's work along with several other area artists, and both are her personal art (non-scientific).


Images of Nature: The Art of the First Fleet

1787 "Two Naval Ships, the HMS Sirius and HMS Supply, three store ships and six convict transports set sail from Portsmouth bound for Botany Bay," 'the First Fleet' as defined by colonial Australian historians. The brief but poignant introduction by Lisa Di Tommaso, the assistant Librarian of the Natural History Museum in London, sets the stage for a series of images that portray the earliest encounters between European commerce and Australian aboriginal natives...


GNSI Member Marjorie Leggitt given ASBA Award of Excellence
The ASBA (American Society of Botanical Illustrators) recognizes artists who have made significant contributions to science through botanical art. These artist's work must meet the requirements of scientific accuracy, technical proficiency, and aesthetics. In addition, the artist must have compiled a body of work that shows significant accomplishment in the field of scientific illustration. The recipient of this year's biennial award, "ASBA Botanical Illustrator Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Art", is our very own Marjorie Leggitt, Treasurer of the GNSI....

Award Winning Birds
GNSI members have many interests - and connections for the expression of their art. It isn't all nematodes and insect setae! So congratulations to GNSI member Linda Feltner for both a people's choice award at the GNSI Members Exhibit this past summer and now two new awards for the same image! Linda has received "The Ethology Award for the Best Depiction of Natural Behavior in Any Medium", and also the "Western Art Collector's Magazine Editor's Choice Award", both for "A Mischief of Jays", and both are given by the Society of Animal Artists (SAA).


The GNSI website forums offer interesting discussions on a variety of topics related to science-art. Have a question or advice to offer?:
Requesting general advice on a career in science illustration
Mac OS question
Copyright questions (Members only forum)
Job Posting: Education and Outreach Specialist
How does one start freelancing in natural science illustration?


Reports on recent Chapter Events:
Draw-In at the Osteology Hall - Greater DC Chapter

The GNSI-DC Chapter met on October 9th for a special Draw-In evening. We started with some great food contributed by the attendees. Everyone caught up on what everyone was doing as we waited for people to arrive for the main event. Then we all hiked upstairs to the Osteology Hall in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, a collection of over 300 skeletons of modern vertebrates. We had a great turnout of about 40 people. Some came to draw and some to hear our speakers...

Interpreting the Landscape Through the Eyes of Birds - GNSI Oregon Group.
The GNSI-Oregon Group met September 22 & 23, 2012 at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area/Portland, OR. We opened the day with a short business meeting. Saturday morning Barbara Gleason gave a very informative talk and demonstration about drawing birds (plumage and the anatomy and structure of the bird). In the afternoon Rebecca Brown-Thompson gave a presentation on Sign Interpretation Principles. We made concept maps of Tryon Park focusing on various topics from birds adapting to human structures to birds inhabiting Tyron's habitat areas.

Sunday Rebecca gave a demonstration on the use of proportional dividers and showed us her field sketching gear. The rest of the day was spent sketching and hiking Tryon Park. We closed this day with a sharing of our sketches.


Download the 2011 Financial Report.
Copies of Guild of Natural Science Illustrators' Financial and Annual reports can be requested from our GNSI office:

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
PO Box 652
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044
Tel/Fax: 301.309.1514

The New Fall Journal is Available:

The Fall 2012 issue of the GNSI Journal of Natural Science Illustration is now available for download. We have a large amount of content in this issue - a few of the items are available to look at by clicking on the linked items in publication description on the web site. The full printed version has been shipped! It should arrive in mailboxes in early December (for those with non-electronic memberships.)

The Journal Digital download is FREE to GNSI members when they login to the GNSI website. Others may download it for $12.
Journal download instructions

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Gail Guth
GNSI Membership Secretary/Communications Director

Gail Guth
Guth Illustration & Design
139 Lathrop Avenue
Battle Creek, MI  49014-5076
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