On Going Events

Featured Artist: Stephanie Rose Bird

At Brushwood Center, we are responding to the COVID-19 crisis by doing what we strive to do year round: build a community around nature and the arts. To help lift up the struggling arts community during this difficult time, we are highlighting a different nature-inspired artist each week and sharing their story with you. This week we are featuring Stephanie Rose Bird!

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Veterans’ Mural Project at Lovell FHCC

Brushwood Center is partnering with Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center and two incredible Lake County artists, David Motley and Everett Reynolds, to transform a stretch of tramway in the hospital into a stunning mural.

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Nature Platoon: Outdoor Observation and Photography for Veterans

May 13th, 20th, 27th
This is a three-part virtual program built for veterans to utilize their military skills to deepen their connection to nature.

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Mindfulness Prompts

If you are taking a responsibly social-distanced walk in Ryerson Woods, take a moment for self-care and explore our mindfulness prompts and temporary labyrinth!

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Healthy Happy Hour

We have created a virtual “Healthy Happy Hour” series to be hosted via Zoom, featuring special guest lecturers who are experts on a variety of fascinating topics. Bring your own beverage of choice, and learn something new with Brushwood Center!

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Brushwood Breath Meditation Series

This is a series of guided meditation videos, published weekly, to help people find peace and practice mindfulness during these stressful times. Meditations provided by Gail Sturm.

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Weekly At-Home Art & Nature Activities for Children

We are sharing free weekly activities from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s nationally awarded Project Learning Tree curriculum to help young people at home continue learning about the great outdoors. Nature’s wonders abound in the spring

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At Ease: Focus on Joy

The first in a series of free online art workshops hosted via Zoom to help veterans find peace and artistic expression during this difficult time. This series, Focus On Joy, will be led by artist Maureen Claffy, and utilize household objects to teach basics of drawing and painting.

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Cloth Mask Drive: 3000+ Donated

If you have basic sewing knowledge, we need you now! Many of our local healthcare providers are facing a serious shortage of protective face masks in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Local hospitals and nursing homes are seeking handmade mask donations ASAP.

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COVID-19 Response

The safety and well-being of Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods’ visitors, event attendees and staff are our highest priority. As an organization dedicated to bringing wellness to individuals and communities through nature and the arts, we are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our region.

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Mindful Movement for Caregivers

Thursdays 9:30am – 10:30 am
Join local yoga instructor, Roni Ben-Yoseph at Brushwood Center for her new series designed to reduce stress and promote wellbeing.

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Botanical Art Academy

This ongoing course is designed for botanical art students of all levels who are willing to make a commitment to learn and improve their drawing and painting skills.

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Current Events

37th Annual Smith Nature Symposium

June 19-20, 2020
Brushwood Center invites you to save the date for the Smith Nature Symposium! This year, in addition to our Dinner & Award Presentation, we will also feature a full-day Nature and Art Symposium.

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Call for Art

Call For Art
The New Victory Gardens: How our gardens are sustaining us during COVID-19

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Past Events

Sounds of Spring

POSTPONED: Date TBD
Enjoy a spring concert and sampling, generously hosted by Prairie Grass Cafe & Chef Sarah Stegner, featuring live music by the incredible Angela Walker.

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BASE Spring Clearance Sale

POSTPONED: Date TBD
Join us for our semi-annual BASE clearance sale of new, used and salvaged art and craft supplies! Twice a year we bring out everything we have collected and offer it to the public at even lower than usual prices – and as always, all supplies are FREE for teachers and community organizations!

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Mindful Market

CANCELLED
Celebrate Earth Day at Brushwood Center’s new Mindful Market! Support local artists and makers as you shop for nature-inspired artwork, wellness products and home and garden goods.

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Mindful Movement for Caregivers

Thursdays 9:30am – 10:30 am
Join local yoga instructor, Roni Ben-Yoseph at Brushwood Center for her new series designed to reduce stress and promote wellbeing.

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Botanical Art Academy

This ongoing course is designed for botanical art students of all levels who are willing to make a commitment to learn and improve their drawing and painting skills.

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Enriching Life Exhibition

November 24 – January 12, 2020
Join Heeyoung Kim, internationally renowned artist, and Brushwood Center’s botanical artists for an exhibition of their latest work.

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