Brushwood Center and BASE are both closed to the public for the time being as a precaution due to the COVID-19 virus. Keep an eye on our social media and newsletter for updates.

ReUse · Recycle · Create!

BASE is a creative reuse center where your unwanted art and craft supplies can find new life.  We provide materials, tools and education at very low-cost to the public, and free to educators and community partners.  Come to donate, shop, or learn something new at our workshops and special events.  You can even schedule a private BASE class for your group or party! From professionals and educators to students, families and the simply craft-curious, we want everyone to have a chance to get creative. BASE is open for business during our regular open hours, and we accept donations of supplies to BASE any time during these hours.


Did you start a quilt a decade ago that you don’t intend to finish? Did you switch from oils to acrylic? Does knitting no longer “spark joy”? Artists and crafters often accumulate tools and supplies that they no longer need. We would be thrilled to pass your unwanted art supplies and tools along to someone else who would like to use them and, in the process, keep those items out of the landfills. We accept a wide range of art & craft materials in good condition from individuals, organizations, schools and businesses. 

Please check this list of accepted items before bringing donations of art supplies to Brushwood Center.

Brushwood Center is a 501(c)(3)non-profit. Donation receipts for tax purposes will be provided upon request. Have items not on the list? Just ask! Contact Julia Kemerer at 224.633.2426 or


BASE contains all kinds of supplies for creating art – from paints and brushes to fabric and thread to pine-cones and popsicle sticks. Most items are for sale at very low prices, and all items are available for FREE to educators and Brushwood Center community partners. Check back often (and keep and eye out for our biannual sidewalk sale)– you never know what you’ll find!

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Tool Library and Open Studio

Don’t have the space or tools for a project you’re working on? Create at BASE! An open work table is available inside BASE for public use, as well as a vast tool library containing everything from sculpting tools to sewing machines. Brushwood Center also has lots of other rooms where you can spread out and create (subject to availability). Come create with us!

Create & Sip Classes

Create & Sip classes are fun, easy going events and are BYOB.  No Experience necessary, all skill levels welcome. Each person’s project will be unique – creativity is highly encouraged! We will be working with materials and tools from BASE, our Creative Reuse Center, and will include a combination of reclaimed, repurposed, and new materials.