10th Annual Brush with Nature Arts Festival –
July 14, 2019 – Emily Oaks Nature Ctr, Skokie

Skokie, IL – Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel Ave, Skokie, IL  60076
welcomes the return of Anatomically Correct’s Brush with Nature Arts
Festival for its 10th year!   We invite you to step away from your
electronics on Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 9:00 am – noon to watch over 50
Chicago area professional artists “plein air” paint on easels, create
sketches and photograph elements of nature during Emily Oak Nature
Center’s outdoor Pancake Breakfast in the Woods.  (Plein air is a French
term which means out in the open air.)

Visitors are invited to eat delicious pancakes served hot off the griddle
with syrup or strawberries, enjoy turkey sausage, and assorted beverages;
and take a walk to watch the Brush with Nature artists create the artworks
along the Nature Center trails.

Admission to the art event and walking the trails of the Nature Center is
FREE, however, visitors wanting to partake of the pancake breakfast can
purchase food tickets through the Skokie Park District website.

SKOKIE ROCKS will also return to the Brush with Nature Arts Festival. 
Skokie Rocks is our grassroots community art project, where members of the
community of all ages and abilities are invited to create art designs on
small river rocks and hide them in a secret place, but not too hard to
find.   Once a rock is found (marked with our website address
BrushWithNature.org), we ask that a participant take a photo of their
found rock and post it on our public Facebook page.


Brush with Nature founder, Debra Hatchett remarks, “One of the goals of
Skokie Rocks is to bring members of our diverse community together, many
of whom are from different countries and cultures - through art.  Adding
the social media platform allows for individuals to connect online.”

Last year, participant Candy Fisher Youngen wrote on our Facebook page,
“It’s so rewarding, giving rather than receiving, but I was taking my dog
for her morning walk and low and behold I found a ROCK! My first found
rock! I first thought it was a hacky sac ball but the closer I came, I
realized it was a rock. It made my day. Exactly what it was supposed to do
- Thank you Brush with Nature!”  When participant Trina James saw the
photo Candy took of her painted rock on our Facebook page, she responded,
“Yay! That was my rock. Glad you found it! I left it on the Skokie Valley
bike trail on my way home from painting it at the pancake breakfast at
Emily Oaks.”

Artists who would like to paint, sketch or photograph should pre-register
through the website: www.BrushWithNature.org.      Skokie Rocks
participants are asked to bring their own smooth river rock to paint
during the Festival.  Paints and Brushes will be provided.

Brush with Nature Arts Festival is presented by Anatomically Correct Arts,
a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1991 and dedicated to
showcasing works by artists in alternative spaces in a combined effort to
educate, diversify, and promote community awareness of the visual and
performing arts.  This event is sponsored in part by the Skokie Park
District, the Village of Skokie Fine Arts Commission, Blick Arts Materials
and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.