Nature Themed Arts, Crafts, and Functional Objects Holiday Market: Call for Artists, Artisans and Makers

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods is looking for Artists and Artisans to sell their work at our 2nd annual two day Nature-Themed Holiday Market.  Items may include but are not limited to: unframed fine art prints or small original artwork ($300 or less), notecards, jewelry and personal accessories, functional objects for the home or garden, decorative items, holiday related decorations and items.  ALL ART MUST IN SOME WAY BE REALTED TO NATURE (subject matter, materials used, function, etc.), but we encourage a wide variety of styles, media and interpretations of that theme. 

Submission Deadline: November 11, 2018 – email to

Artist Notification: November 16, 2018

Drop off: Accepted artwork should be dropped off at Brushwood Center* between Sunday December 2nd and Thursday December 6th (see hours below).

Sale: Saturday, December 8 · 10:30am-8pm (VIP breakfast & preview 8:30-10:30am); Sunday, December 9 · 10am-5pm

Pick up: Unsold artwork can be picked up between 5-6pm on Sunday the 9th, or during open hours the following week.

*Brushwood Center Drop off / Pick up hours: Sunday 1-3pm, Monday-Thursday, 8am-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.  Please mention this asap.

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 Holiday 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. All 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. There is no fee to participate, Brushwood Center will retain 25% of all sales. 

Submission: Artists wishing to apply should email a completed Submission Form along with up to three images of examples of the work they intend to bring to: no later than Novermber 11, 2018.  There is no fee to apply or participate.  Brushwood Center will retain 25% of all sales.

About Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

Located among pristine woodlands in the Ryerson historic home in Riverwoods, Il., Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods promotes the importance of nature for nurturing personal and community wellbeing, cultivating creativity, and inspiring learning. In doing so, we honor the legacy of those who came before us on this land and champion a region where people will care about and for nature.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
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Contact Name: 
Julia Kemerer
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Contact Address: 
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods  Illinois  60015
United States