MAPS’ 7th Annual Nature Photography Exhibit – April 27-29 2018

MAPS’ 7th Annual Nature Photography Exhibit – April 27-29 2018

A message from Darcy Berg, Exhibits Chairperson

Before the exhibit opened to our friends and families on Friday, April 27, I took the opportunity to walk around the exhibit. No one was there. I had time to absorb all the art. The amount of talent that our members offer is amazing. I could pick out pieces that belonged to people without looking at the name tag because their style was apparent. I smiled to see how some people’s art progressed from last year. This was the accumulation of hours of hard work by 37 volunteers and 54 artists exhibiting 149 pieces of art.

And then it was time to celebrate! A beautiful table displaying wonderful food enhanced by beautiful floral arrangements and accompanied by soft drinks, beer and wine welcomed almost 300 guests.

On Saturday, April 28, we opened our doors to all who were attending the Morton Arboretum. Two first time exhibitors got to experience the thrill and ultimate compliment of someone buying their art. We opened the doors to the Cudahy room on Sunday and Arboretum visitors strolled through the exhibit as they enjoyed a gorgeous day. At 4:00 the exhibit was done. The raffle basket winners had been announced. The music was turned off. In a flurry of activity the exhibit was dismantled in minutes. The panels holding the framed art were whisked away.

Silence enveloped the room once again.

Well done people. Well done.

Darcy Berg, Exhibits Chairperson

(All photos by Andy Dichter) Please click on a photo below to expand:

Annual Wasco Exhibit August 18 – October 2 2017

The Exhibit Team was excited to announce that MAPS members had a wonderful opportunity, once again, to exhibit their art in the “Wonders of Nature” exhibit sponsored by the beautiful Wasco Nursery and Garden Center in St. Charles, August 18 – October 2, 2017. An Artists’ reception, provided by Wasco, was held on August 26 from 3:00 to 5:00 and it was open to all. Here are random images from the reception. Please click on a slide to expand:

Wonders of Nature Prospectus 2017

6th Annual MAPS Nature Photography Exhibit Reception – May 5, 2017, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Exhibit – May 6 and 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Our 6th Nature Photography Exhibit started off with a bang when we opened our Exhibit to friends and family with a reception on Friday evening in the Cudahy Room. Attendance exceeded expectations. The artwork of our members was the best yet. It was evident how we shine as we continue to educate ourselves and practice our craft. The room and lobby were beautiful. The presentation of the artwork, through careful consideration, was presented brilliantly. The raffle baskets tempted guests to buy a ticket. The food was fantastic. The wine flowed easily. A good time was held by all. 

On Saturday, May 6, we opened our doors to all who were attending the Morton Arboretum. It was “Tails on the Trails” day and many people took turns watching their dogs outside the building while the other people in their party ran into the building to view our exhibit. Sunday, May 7, was the last day of our exhibit and the best yet. Attendance was high and many of our members sold pieces of their art. But, like all good things, the exhibit had to come to an end. The raffle basket winners were announced, and soon after the exhibit were dismantled.

A big “shout out” goes to all the volunteers that worked so tirelessly to put this exhibit together. You made it wonderful!

Thank youDarcy Berg, Exhibits Chairperson

Below is a comprehensive sampling of our signature event. Please click on an image to enlarge:

MAPS Nature Photography Exhibit – “Wonders of Nature” – The Wasco Nursery and Garden Center in St. Charles, IL – Sept 7 thru Oct 24, 2016. 

On Saturday, October 1st, MAPS members, friends and visitors attended the Artists’ Reception at the Wasco “Gallery of Nature”.  The reception added to the Fall Festival celebration at the Garden Center and the gallery became a popular place for families to stop by, grab a snack and view the artwork.  (  Below are some sample photos of the great artwork on display. Please click on the photos below to enlarge:

The 5th Annual MAPS Nature Photography Exhibit – April 30 & May 1, 2016

Our annual exhibit took place Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st in the Sycamore Room at the Arboretum from 10am – 4pm.  In addition to our Saturday and Sunday exhibit, we had a reception on Friday, April 29th from 5-8pm and raffle drawings on Sunday afternoon.

The reception was very well attended as well as festive. Everyone, including guests, had a good time. The images were overall the best ever according to several overheard comments and epitomized the growth and caliber of our MAPS members’ photographic skills. Poor weather really dampened, so to speak, our Saturday attendance with a modest improvement on Sunday.

Despite the lower attendance, the exhibit proved to be a successful event. Our visitors not only enjoyed all the fabulous art, but appeared to love the wonderful raffles.

Thanks to the many MAPS members who volunteered their time throughout the exhibit weekend!

Below is a comprehensive sampling of this signature event. Please click on an image to enlarge:

E-Postcard Annual 2016 PDF

MAPS Nature Photography Exhibit – “Nature’s Harmony” – Woodridge Public Library in Woodridge, IL – Mar 1 – Apr 9, 2016.

This March, MAPS members had opportunity to exhibit their images at the Woodridge Public Library in Woodridge.  The exhibit, “Nature’s Harmony”, accommodate approximately 50 nature images.  Submissions had been taken Feb 1-8, and were accepted on a first-come basis. Here are some examples from this presentation. Stop by if you can! Click to enlarge.

Here  are additional photos from the Woodridge Public Library open reception held on March 11, 2016:

MAPS 4th Annual Nature Photography Exhibit – The Morton Arboretum – May 1-3, 2015

Our 4th Annual MAPS Nature Photography Exhibit took place in the Sycamore Room at The Morton Arboretum on Saturday, May 2nd & Sunday, May 3rd, with the Artists’ Reception on Friday, May 1st.

The Sycamore Room was transformed for the weekend into a gallery featuring 158 pieces of framed artwork created by 64 MAPS members.  Bin art, donated art, and an array of raffle items made the exhibit a popular place to visit at the Arboretum over the weekend.  850 visitors entered the Sycamore to view and/or purchase the artwork and take a chance on the raffles.

The Annual Exhibit was only possible because of the generous support and help from many people:  The MAPS Exhibits Team, member volunteers, business donors from the community, and the Arboretum staff.  We are thankful for people like these, who put together events like this, for all of us to enjoy! Please click on a photo below to view candid (and posed) images of the event:

MAPS Nature Photography Exhibit – “Wonders of Nature” – The Wasco Nursery and Garden Center in St. Charles, IL – April 2015

The MAPS exhibit,  “Wonders of Nature” took place at the Wasco Nursery and Garden Center in St. Charles from April 2 thru May 4, 2015.  The Wasco Gallery featured 28 framed images created by 25 MAPS members.

An Artists’ Reception was held during the Wasco Nursery and Garden Center’s 90th Anniversary celebration weekend, so many people visited the Wasco gallery and shared in the refreshments and conversation.

Thanks to the Wasco Nursery and Garden Center and Cultural Connection for making this MAPS Wasco event possible, the Lodge Restaurant and the Blue Goose for providing refreshments, and to all of the MAPS members who exhibited and attended.


If you have any questions, please contact Diana Chrisman at, Cora Jacobs at, or Mary Mehl at

MAPS Nature Photography Exhibit – “Ringing the Bells of Nature” – Woodridge Public Library in Woodridge, IL – Dec. 1-30, 2014. 

MAPS photography was on display at the Woodridge Public Library during December 2014.  Our MAPS Exhibits Team hung 53 beautiful pieces – thanks Diana, Cora, Dulcey and Christine!

Click photos to enlarge:


MAPS 3rd Annual Nature Photography Exhibit – The Morton Arboretum – May 3-4, 2014

Our 3rd Annual MAPS Nature Photography Exhibit took place at The Morton Arboretum on Saturday, May 3rd & Sunday, May 4th, with the Artists’ Reception on Friday, May 2nd.  The reception on Friday evening was very well attended with over 250 visitors. A heart-warming tribute to Steven Mayer was held with his artwork on display and his family in attendance.

The exhibit on Saturday and Sunday brought in an additional 650 visitors with several hopeful buyers ready to acquire new artwork after the close of the exhibit. Our 68 exhibitors had 160 pieces of spectacular art on display. Diana Chrisman, Cora Jacobs, Christine Foley and Dulcey Lima did a great job hanging all the artwork, and their hard work paid off. Everyone who visited the exhibit remarked on the wonderful display.

We had many pieces of bin art and donated art for sale. Several artists were able to make arrangements for the sale of their bin art after the exhibit. Many thanks go to the artists that generously donated art which helped MAPS with our fundraising efforts. Our raffle ticket sales also helped a great deal. Raffle donations came from Tim Rex, Rod Planck, Bob Greene at DuPage Framing Center in Wheaton, Chris Aquino, Caribou Coffee in Downers Grove and The Growing Place in Naperville.  Thanks to all of our generous donors!

A great exhibit happens when many volunteers take the time to pitch in and help. Thanks go to our Referee Night helpers Tim Rex, Andy Dichter, Ann Stacy, Christine Foley, Kathy Leisten, Barb Work, Suzanne Wegener, Kate McGuire, Dulcey Lima, Lisa Sly, Greg Blue, Connie Wolf, Kate Lehman, Joan Bratton, Diana Chrisman, Cora Jacobs, Bill Miotek and Mary Mehl. Thanks to Andy & Sue Dichter for bringing the food trays on Friday and for taking pictures of the event. Thanks to Mary Mehl for putting together the slide show of members’ photo outing images and for Greg Blue for making the music possible. Thanks go to those who acted as our greeters and raffle table volunteers, Catherine Pawlik, Tim Rex, Hester Bury, Sherry Snyder, Judy Morgan, Dave Schooley, Tony Wedick, Dulcey Lima, Mary Claire Kastenholz, Hart Kannegiesser, Jim Rendant, Cheryl Rausch, Bob Sullivan, Carole Bovee, Ken Wickham, Mark Bates, Kevin & Linda Haynes, Donna Andrzejewski and Susan Schmitz.

And many, many thanks go to our clean-up crew, whose names are already listed, and who stayed and helped take down everything and put it all away. Thanks most of all to Suzanne Wegener for all her assistance leading up to and during the exhibit because without her help and support we couldn’t have done any of this. Thank you all!

We hope you’ll enjoy these images taken during the exhibit…

Click on image for slide show –