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Art of Green opens Sunday

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By Seren Orgel
Friends of Ryerson Woods submission

Friends of Ryerson Woods will open Art of Green on Sunday, July 10.

This exhibition surveys regional artists and designers who are making art and designing objects in sustainable ways or addressing issues of sustainability in their work.

The exhibition is part of the Green Design series of public programs at Ryerson Woods.

The series seeks to promote a broader understanding of sustainable design and art-making practices across many disciplines. Programs include lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, building tours and film screenings that will run throughout 2011.

Art of Green features work by installation artists, sculptors, photographers, furniture designers, graphic designers and landscape artists. Each has a different perspective on sustainability and how it can be applied to or interpreted through art and design.

For some artists and designers, sustainability is about considering process and materials in ways that encourage an economy of means and a reduction in waste.

Others see sustainability as a message to be conveyed through their work, raising the public's awareness of environmental issues such as the flourishing of biodiversity, natural landscapes, and urban environments.

Brushwood, a historic home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, serves as the venue for Art of Green. An opening reception at Brushwood is set for 1-2 p.m. on July 10.

Located on the grounds of Ryerson Woods in Deerfield, the house was constructed in 1942 from brick, woodwork, and fixtures salvaged from older buildings -- a practice that would be considered "green" today.

Artists and designers participating in Art of Green include: Jane Fulton Alt, Nick Bastis, Sharon Burdett and Ted Burdett, Meaghan Burritt, Greta de Parry, Carol Freeman, Aristotle Georgiades, Heather Mullins, Gail Simpson, Lori Walsh and Robert Weiglein and Frances Whitehead.