Call for Artists, Artisans and Makers: Mindful Market

Mindful Market: Shop · Taste · Learn · Grow

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods is looking for Artists and Artisans to sell their work at a two-day Mindful Market.  Items may include but are not limited to: unframed fine art prints or small original artwork, notecards, jewelry and personal accessories, artisanal food or self-care products, functional or decorative objects for the home, garden art & décor, upcycled items, toys and items for children.  ALL ITEMS MUST IN SOME WAY BE RELATED TO NATURE AND/OR THE ENVIRONMENT (subject matter, materials used, function, etc.), but we encourage a wide variety of styles, media and interpretations of that theme. All items should be $300 or less (with special preference for items $100 or less).

Submission Deadline: March 24, 2020
Entry Fee: $30 or 4 hours of volunteer work (details on the entry form)
Artist Notification: March 27, 2020
Drop off: Accepted artwork should be dropped off at Brushwood Center between Sunday April 19 and Thursday April 23rd (see hours below).
Sale: Saturday, April 25 · 9am-5pm; & Sunday April 26 · 12-3pm (artists do not need to be present for the sale)
Pick up: Unsold artwork can be picked up between 3-4pm on Sunday the 26th, or during open hours the following week.
Submission: Artists wishing to apply should complete a complete the submission form below  with up to three images of examples of the work they intend to bring no later than March 24, 2020. 
Submission Form
Brushwood Center Drop off/Pick up hours:

Sunday 1-3pm, Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm.  If you are unable to come to Brushwood Center during these dates & times, off-site (including Chicago/Evanston area) or after hours drop off / pick up also may be possible with enough notice.  If you need to arrange a pick-up, please mention this with your application.

About the Art Market & Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

All items must be delivered pre-priced, and each piece must be clearly labeled with either the artist’s name or brand name. All accepted artwork must be handmade (reproductions of your original artwork are fine) and Nature or Eco Themed in some way (subject matter, materials used, function, etc.).

Brushwood Center is a unique space, located in a beautiful historic home surrounded by a forest preserve.  The Art Market will be featured throughout the house in all the public rooms.  Display space and tables will be shared, but we will take into account the desires of the exhibiting artists and do our best to give them the amount of space they request.  The final layout of the sale will be determined by the staff in the way that best fits the available space. Majority of artwork must be able to be displayed on tables, shelves or floor, very little wall space will be available. If you have many pieces of similar work (such as several bundles of notecards), we will likely keep some as “back stock” and replenish as the sale goes on, so keep that in mind when determining how much space you would like. 

Artists are not required to be present for the sale, but are highly encouraged to volunteer for a few hours at some point during the sale.  Brushwood Center will retain 25% of all sales.  Artists are responsible for paying any applicable sales tax (BCRW will collect taxes on your behalf and pass on the proceeds to you).

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Volunteers: Brushwood Center has many different opportunities to volunteer throughout the year.  If you are interested in volunteering at this event or in any other capacity at Brushwood Center, contact us at for a list of current needs and opportunities.

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