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Art Takes a Bough Ornament Reception
Thursday, December 8 • 6 to 9 PM • The West Woods

Frozen Fest
Saturday, January 15 • Noon to 4 PM • The West Woods

Eyes to the Sky: The Art of Astronomy
(Community Art Exhibition)
February 12 - April 24 • Open daily 10 AM to 4:30 PM • The West Woods

Free Exhibit: Home Sweet Habitat
Open daily 10 AM to 4:30 PM • The West Woods









Saturday, December 8 • 6 - 9 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center

For the 10th consecutive year, Geauga Council for Arts & Culture is seeking regional artists of all ages to participate in its "Art Takes a Bough" Community Art Project, a showcase for community handmade holiday ornaments.

Entries may be submitted on Thursday, December 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center in Russell Township.

Art Takes a Bough is a venue to display and sell your ornaments directly. Ornaments must be priced at $5 increments ($5, $10, $15, etc.). Artists may submit a maximum of 10 ornaments, and each ornament must fit inside a 6-inch square box, be lightweight, have an ornament hanger, and be signed by the artist. Artists may also to provide a short, typed bio or business card to include with each ornament.

As in the past, 50 percent of sales will go directly to the artist; the remaining 50 percent will be split equally between the Geauga Council for Arts and Culture and Geauga Park District. All artists must be present at the reception and will be paid on location for ornaments sold.

Once all ornaments are submitted, these beautiful miniature pieces of artwork may be admired and purchased by the public at “Buy It Now” prices during an Open House & Reception at The West Woods Nature Center from 6 to 9 p.m.
Guests at the reception will have the opportunity to purchase the handmade ornaments and enjoy holiday refreshments. Then, from 7-8 p.m., Bill Hixson, an accomplished floral designer who has helped decorate The White House for the holidays for more than 30 years, will share humorous stories centered on decorating various rooms within the White House and folklore surrounding ornament designs and holiday traditions. Some of his ornaments will also be available for sale and signing at the event.

It’s a festive, fun-filled event that allows an opportunity to shop local and acquire handmade heirloom-quality décor for the home. Join us!

All are welcome for this wheelchair/stroller accessible event free of charge. With questions, please call Teresa Runion, special events coordinator, at 440-279-0882.


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Saturday, January 15 • Noon - 4 PM
at The West Woods

It's back! This third annual event just gets better with winters passed. And once again, activities are absolutely FREE! Check out all that we have planned:

  • Meet-n-greets and performances by "winter princesses" and a famous "winter snowman"
  • Meet-n-greets with the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland sled dogs
  • Ornate face painting
  • Prince/princess crown workshop
  • Complimentary hot cocoa bar/cookies
  • Ice carvings and demos by Elegant Ice Creations
  • Animal habitat display and touch table
  • Free snowshoeing (weather permitting)
  • Explore a wigwam
  • A Kid at Art mobile art bus
  • Outdoor cooking demos by Boy Scout 102-Bainbridge
  • Self-guided winter hike and Bird in the Hand activity
  • Live music by Oak Island Skunk Jumpers
  • Food for sale by the Hunger Squad food truck
  • Nature-inspired art exhibit on display by the Geauga Senior Center painting classes
  • Outdoor games/activities and indoor make-n-take craft activities TBD

Please note overflow parking will be at ASM with a free shuttle ride.

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Open February 12 - April 24, 2017
aily 10 AM to 4:30 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center

Artist Resources

Geauga Park District invites participation in a two-month community art exhibition of astronomy-themed/inspired artwork — realistic interpretations and science fiction! Categories are drawing/painting, photography, other media and children (age 15 and under). Through this show, we hope to raise awareness of Observatory Park and the restoration of the Nassau Astronomical Observing Station in Montville Township; foster appreciation for the awe, beauty and mystery of the dark night sky; and showcase the creative talents of regional artisans. Please click the link above for information about entering YOUR artwork into the big show!

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Open daily 10 AM - 4:30 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center

Educate yourself throughout 2016 with this enjoyable, FREE Nature exhibit! Home Sweet Habitat: A Place for Wildlife to Survive and Thrive will show you all about Geauga County’s natural homes – divided between forests, meadows and wetlands – and introduce you to their residents both common and unique.

Expect many animal mounts, interactive elements (like a crawl-through log, an otter slide, and a crawl-in beaver lodge build with real beaver sticks!), a couple robotic animals, and hands-on displays, games and activities for the whole family.

The West Woods Nature Center is fully wheelchair/stroller accessible at 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87) in Russell Township. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.


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