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posted: 9/14/2012 1:46 PM

Crabtree's Art in Nature experience Sept. 23

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  • Artists paint at Crabtree Nature Center to get ready for Art in Nature Sept. 23.

      Artists paint at Crabtree Nature Center to get ready for Art in Nature Sept. 23.
    Courtesy of Sue Dombro

  • An artist paints at Crabtree Nature Center.

      An artist paints at Crabtree Nature Center.
    Courtesy of Sue Dombro

Submitted by Crabtree Nature Center

Just like Impressionist artists were inspired by beautiful scenery to paint outdoors, so will dozens of artists at Crabtree Nature Center's third annual Art in Nature event, which will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in Barrington.

Visitors can watch artists at work and buy paintings throughout the day. You can also create your own masterpiece by painting a watercolor or craft a clay sculpture. This free event also has special children's crafts and live music.

Crabtree Nature Center is on Palatine Road, one mile west of Barrington Road, in Barrington, and is part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

"All the artists are very excited to be part of this and paint in such a beautiful spot," says Carol Foster of the Barrington Cultural Arts Center, which is helping to organize the event.

Artists will pick a scenic spot on the edge of a lily pad-covered pond, flower-filled prairie or colorful wooded trail and start painting. Visitors can wander the trails and watch the artists at work until 2 p.m. At that time, all the artist will bring their artwork to be judged. Other paintings will be for sale throughout the day.

Hopefully the fall colors and watching the artists will inspire you to create your own work of art. There will be stations to try watercolor painting, with demonstrations throughout the day. Clay sculpting using natural materials such as acorns, leaves and shells is another way you can get creative.

For information, call Crabtree Nature Center at (847) 381-6592.

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