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Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

July/August 2015

Formerly known as Friends of Ryerson Woods, Brushwood Center seeks to contribute to the development of an environmentally literate citizenry that has the skills, knowledge and inclinations to make well-formed decisions that consider future generations. Brushwood Center holds that environmental education reaches beyond childhood and is a lifelong endeavor. Environmental education extends beyond science to embrace human interaction with nature and its expression, including literature, music, photography, film and other fine and performing arts.

Through innovative programming set against the backdrop of stately woods where pre-settlement flora and fauna still linger, Brushwood Center seeks to build an environmental ethic in our region by offering multiple points of entry for the public to connect with nature.

Visit the website at to discover a vast selection of creative and informative events and classes. From Shaekspeare live in the woods to art exhibitions, hiking tours and art classes, there is something for everyone. A few of the offerings follow:


As You Like It / Shaekspeare Outdoors
Four Performances / July 23, 24, 25 & 26
7 - 8:30pm

For the second year, Brushwood Center brings back Shakespeare Outdoors. As You Like It, an audience favorite, is presented by The Citadel Theatre Company and Director Frank Farrell. Bring your picnic and blanket and escape to Ryerson Woods where you’ll be spirited back in time to a forest in a countryside long ago, with a timeless story, music, and endless laughs. In the play, the Duke’s court and followers are banished and flee to the woods. This cast of characters, including the Duke’s jester, other courtiers, his daughter Rosalind and her friends, camp out among the country folk and make do with their new situation. While in hiding, Rosalind adopts the disguise of a young man named Ganymede and the unexpected attention from a love-struck country girl leads to a comedy of mistaken identities.

$15 ($10 Brushwood Center or Citadel Theatre members). call 847-968-3308 to register by phone.


Botanical Art Open Workshop
with Heeyoung Kim
Mondays 10am - 4pm
Every 3rd and 4th Saturday 10am - 4pm

This 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. The most basic but most important techniques will be studied through the course with continuity, so that students can truly absorb the techniques and apply them intuitively. No need to memorize or take notes all the time and forget! 1st & 2nd week of each month: students will focus on honing techniques with instructor’s guidance and demonstrations. 3rd & 4th week of each month: students will work on their own projects with the instructor’s personal assistance.

$85/week. Register for a full year and save (25% off for Monday sessions, 10% off for Saturdays.) Pre-registration required.


Film Festival in the Woods
Saturday, August 22, 2015

It’s movie night under the stars at the Brushwood Center! Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a variety of acclaimed short films inspired by nature. There will be a Brushwood Center Art Gallery tour prior to the screenings.

2015 Film Selections to check out this summer
• Chasing Water and Delta Dawn by Peter McBride and Anson Fogel

Follow the Colorado River, source to sea, with photographer Pete McBride who takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, down river to the sea.

Dreams of the Last Butterflies by Zina Brown

Award-winning Dreams of the Last Butterflies is a unique vision with a powerful environmental message, full of wonder, dreams, and otherworldly performers. Combining cutting-edge cinematography, fantastical costumes, epic faerie-tale poetry, and a sizzling electronica soundtrack, it will feature stunning performances by tribal bellydancers, ballet stars, fire masters, contortionists, and many more.

• Bluebird Man by Neil Paprocki and Matthew Podolsky

A Wild Lens, Inc. production

This film is a half hour documentary film about bluebird conservation and citizen science. The film focuses on the efforts of 91-year-old Alfred Larson, who has been monitoring and maintaining over 300 nestboxes for bluebirds in Idaho for 35 years.

And other shorts – check the website this Summer for a complete list. Free, but suggested donation of $10. For rain, the event will be held indoors. 7pm gallery tour. 7:30pm film screenings.

For information, visit or call 847-968-3344. Be sure to follow Brushwood Center on Facebook and Instagram!

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