Past exhibition: Marsh Madness

Current Member Exhibits


GNSI Finger Lakes Members Show

Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts

5 McLallen Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886. 

Through April 4, 2020. 

Opening Reception Saturday
February 22, 3-5pm

Join us as we welcome the first Finger Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators member show at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts. This show will feature diverse works from group members in a variety of media. The GNSI Finger Lakes opening is free to attend and refreshments will be served. The show runs through Saturday, April 4th.
The opening reception will feature music by The Maplewood Jazz Quartet with Lisa Fernandez on drums and vocals, Ken Zesserson on sax, Stu Zimney on bass, and Jon Conrad on guitar.
Additionally, TCFA will be offering an opportunity to meet and sketch with the artists of the guild on Sunday March 22, 2pm to 4pm. This will also be a free event and an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Guild and its work in scientific illustration.

Life in the Waters of the Finger Lakes

Currently at the RMSC Cumming Nature Center,

6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY 14512. 

Through April 19, 2020. 

Come meet us and join in our sketching session at our "Sketch with the artists" event on March 28, 10am-1pm at Cumming Nature Center in Naples, New York! This is the same day as one of the Maple Sugaring Weekends, so come hungry for pancakes (including gluten free) and maple syrup. Our artworks are by our members and done in both traditional and digital media. You can visit Cumming Nature Center until April 19, 2020, to enjoy our work and learn about some of the mysterious life under our local Finger Lakes!

Worth a Thousand Words: The How and Why of Scientific Illustration
This exhibit features works by our Finger Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators in the spirit of conveying science through our images.

Opening reception: Thursday, February 7, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm

Dates: February 2 - March 31, 2019

Mann Library, 2nd floor, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

For more information and hours visit: 

[poster design by: Jenny Leijonhufvud (c) 2019)]

Worth A Thousand Words Promo_Letter Flye

A Brush with Nature

Cumming Nature Center, Napes, NY

January 23 – April 14, 2019

Opening reception: Sat, March 23, 9am -1pm
GNSI Finger Lakes Member Show

Elusives: The Natural World We Seldom See
The natural world holds many secrets! How much are we missing, as we go about our daily lives? Organisms, big and small, are actively pursuing life unknown to us—growing and feeding, sending down roots, rearing young, establishing territories or moving to new areas—sometimes at night, perhaps in the dark forest or underwater, even under our feet. Our exhibit showcases the creatures and plants that live in the shadows, under rocks, and in the depths of the water or the woods. Each artist has chosen species and behaviors that fascinated her or him, and we hope that you will be equally fascinated! 

The show opened at Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY, on March 2018. It moved to Beaver Lake Nature Center, in May and June of 2018, with a Meet and Sketch with the Artists event on June 17th. 

The exhibit will be at Lifelong at 119 W Court St in Ithaca, NY, through November and December 2018.  The opening at Lifelong is on Nov. 2, 5-8pm, as part of Gallery Night in Ithaca.

[poster: Norman Frisch (c) 2018)]

Click image to view Elusives catalogue

Click image to view Beauty catalogue

Beauty in What We See
A sampling of the nature-themed artwork of our chapter, featuring the work of 13 artists.  The exhibition was held at the Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY, from February 6-May 14th, 2017.  On March 1, 2017, we had a "Meet and sketch with the artists" day at the Nature Center, and invited the public to sketch along with us!

[poster: Norman Frisch (c) 2017); Black-footed ferret, by Shirley Hogg (c) 2016]

Weeds: Untamed Wonders

A selection of the wild and weedy!  In our show, Weeds: Untamed Wonders, artists from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators painted some of their “favorite” weeds of the northeast.  We explained what makes a weed a weed, included fun facts about native weeds, and provided helpful information about invasive plants which endanger local plant communities.

The show appeared at the Boyce Thompson Institute on the Cornell University campus, the Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY, and the Cornell Botanic Gardens in Ithaca, NY in 2016 and 2017.

[painting: Grecian Foxglove, by Elizabeth Morales, (c) 2016]

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IGretchen Halpert (c)2013

Marsh Madness

We presented our illustrations of the flora and fauna of New York State Wetlands in our exhibition, Marsh Madness.  Our art was accompanied by Daniel Elswits's photographs of wetlands in Upstate NY and the Adirondacks.  This travelling exhibition was  on view during 2013 and 2014 at the Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY; the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; the Community School of Music and Art in Ithaca, NY; the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge; Lime Hollow Nature Preserve in Cortland, NY, and Kendal of Ithaca (NY).  [painting:  "Skunk Cabbage," by Gretchen Halpert. (c) 2013]



The Sweet Voiced Bird Has Flown: Portraits of Common Birds in Decline

A Project of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology 2009-2010.  

See our paintings at

[painting at right: "Eastern meadowlark," by  Camille Doucet (c) 2009]