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Mass Migrations | GNSI Members Themed Art Exhibition

Exhibit Opening reception is November 17, 2018 from 10:30 AM until 1:30 PM.

Mass migrations take place all over the world, yet when someone mentions mass migration, we are more likely to imagine huge herds of wildebeests and zebra on the plains of Africa than the visitors who come to our own backyards, ponds, rivers, forests and beaches right here in New England. You don’t have to go on a safari halfway around the globe to encounter a migratory species, sometimes you simply have to step out into your own yard.

This themed art exhibit is open to all GNSI-NE members and any national GNSI member who resides in New England (you do not have to be a New England Chapter member to exhibit). Any traditional media or digital illustrations are welcome. The works do not have to be strictly scientific in nature, they can be more fine art if you desire, so long as they feature a migratory species that meets the theme criteria.

Mass Migrations Theme

This themed art exhibit is focusing on various species who travel either to or through New England on their annual migratory paths. This theme will bring awareness and attention to the many varied species who visit New England all year round, where they come from, where they go and why.

Library hours:

  • Monday 10-8
  • Tuesday 10-8
  • Wednesday 10-6
  • Thursday 10-8
  • Saturday 10-2
  • Friday & Sunday CLOSED

Important exhibitor information

  • Delivery of artwork – if shipping your work in, it must be received from November 5th to November 9th. If you want to deliver in person, please contact Wendy to make arrangements prior to November 10th.

General Meeting – September 16, 2018

Come and join us!!!!

Our next General Meeting is on a Sunday this time around.

We will be discussing:

If you have anything you want to have included on the agenda, please e-mail Wendy Chadbourne by September 12th, 2018.

PDF of the minutes of this meeting will be posted here after the meeting.

GNSI NE Chapter Meeting Minutes 2018 09 16

Our next meeting will be: Holiday Party! Saturday, December 8th from 10 AM until 1 PM at RISD Nature Lab

2018 GNSI Conference

This GNSI Conference marks the 50th Anniversary of the national GNSI organization. To celebrate in style, we are returning to our roots at the Smithsonian Institution. Come join the celebration and attend lectures, workshops and techniques showcase all geared to share information and knowledge.

Lecture – Composition for Public Exhibition | Open Critique Session

What’s so important about composition anyways?

When you are creating an illustration for public exhibition, the composition can mean everything. As scientific illustrators, we strive to weave a narrative into our work. This is easily done if you are creating a poster or a figure for a book and you have text to fill in the blanks. What about if you are creating something that is more along the lines of fine art? How do you tell a story and create something that will catch the eye of the viewer in the gallery? This is where the elements of composition come into play.

GNSI-NE’s very own Susan Stranz will be conducting a lecture on composition for public exhibition. She will be focusing on the guidelines for submission to fine art shows and the general rules of composition for public exhibition. Her lecture will be accompanied by images that demonstrate the principles of composition. Following the lecture, Susan has offered to hold an open critique session for anyone who is currently creating a piece for an exhibit. For those of you who are creating a piece for the Mass Migrations Exhibit in November, this may be a great time to get some valuable feedback on your composition. Bring your work-in-progress, bring your sketches, bring a notebook, if you haven’t even started yet bring your reference materials. Let’s all get together and have a brainstorm of creative inspiration!


9:30 AM – 10 AM Open social time. Coffee or tea and light refreshments will be provided.
10 AM  Lecture starts and the Open Critique Session will immediately follow the lecture.

Recording of the lecture is now on our new YouTube Channel!

This is our very first lecture recording, so there are some technical issues, but we wanted to share it for those members who could not join us in person. Please note, the first hour of the lecture does not have much visual content, as Susan was discussing the points of composition that we would be studying in the second half of the lecture. The second half of the lecture features the discussion of numerous paintings selected by Susan to help illustrate the compositional elements she discussed in the first half. These will get better as we do more of them, promise! The first time is never a complete success.

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General Meeting – May 5, 2018

Come join us!!!!

Our next General Meeting is coming up fast!  Come join us to discuss several important Chapter developments. Key points on our agenda will include the upcoming Mass Migrations exhibit, new website updates, and planning events for the rest of the year. If you have anything important you want to have included on the agenda, please e-mail Wendy Chadbourne by May 3, 2018.

PDF of the minutes of this meeting:


Our next meeting will be Sunday, September 16, 2018, from noon until 3 PM.