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Our Story

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) was created in 1968 as a way to network among the illustrators of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. It has rallied thousands of otherwise isolated natural science artists around the nation and around the world, through the web and through the Guild's famous week long summer conference.


In 2003, out of this long and fruitful Guild collaboration, the Finger Lakes chapter was created. We meet about once a month to show and tell, to offer mini workshops, to paint at chosen locations or to invite teachers of professional interest.


Our group of around two-dozen members meets regularly to share artwork, ideas, and expertise in a variety of mediums that range from pencil and watercolor to charcoal dust, silverpoint, and digital illustration. Through discussion of the many professional issues that affect the field of Natural Science art, we encourage high standards of competence and ethics.


We meet several times a year at different members' studios, and we welcome new members.


President: Elizabeth Morales  

Secretary: Marla Coppolino 

Treasurer: Carla DeMello 

Exhibit Committee: Lynn Bertoia, Carla DeMelloLucy Gagliardo

Webmaster: Amy Maltzan, Marla Coppolino



Are you interested in joining? Please email us at

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