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November 9, 2011 | Willy

The George Rickey sculpture Peristyle--Three Lines (1963-1964) has been moved indoors to keep the cows company for the winter.

George Rickey (American, 1907 - 2002) Peristyle--Three Lines, 1963 - 1964 Stainless steel
In its outdoor habitat.

Rickey, Peristyle - Three Lines, CRuzicka 2010
Photo: Claire Ruzicka.

November 7, 2011 | Willy

A few adventurous painters and many non-painting visitors turned out on a beautiful day for what we hope is the first of many opportunities to paint en plein air at Lynden. Pamela Ruschman was one of the painting visitors, and you can read about and see her work over on her blog.

November 1, 2011 | Willy

As winter approaches, some of the sculptures need to be relocated. Today, Patrick and Sergio are busy moving Samuel Buri's piece Des Vaches: Mo, Ni, Que (1971-1976) -- more commonly known as The Cows -- from their summer pasture to their winter home indoors next to the swimming pool.

Samuel Buri's Des Vaches: Mo, Ni, Que (1971-1976)
In procession, waiting to be moved inside.

October 19, 2011 | Willy

Now that the 2010 Nohl Fellowship Exhibition is up at Inova, the fellows are busy pursuing other projects.

Paul Druecke returned to Cleveland on October 15 as part of his "Cover the City with Lines" project, developed in conjunction with Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative's "Cleveland Stories: True Until Proven Otherwise." He honored the legacy of counter-culture icon d.a. levy by participating in a ride of the dambl (d.a. levy memorial bike lane) and the construction of an ephemeral shrine to levy at the levy Midpoint Memorial. More info: http://www.cudc.kent.edu/blog/ (scroll down a bit). Paul reports that the project received a phenomenal response.

Neil Gravander also submitted a version of his "Improvisations for hand spun video springer" video to the Cherry Kino strand of the Leeds international film festival and was accepted. The video will be part of the "Destructional Video," portion of the fest---"which makes sense," says Gravander, "since I've pretty much been destroying video equipment all year." Neil (aka Lucky Bone) is also organizing an event this Friday, October 21, at Center Gallery, 631 E Center St. (2nd floor): "It's a show celebrating the release of a cdr/booklet called Actual Bird Songs---a booklet of optical collages using text book bird related things by Ethan Krause (the guy behind the Famous Hairdos of popular music: http://thefamoushairdosofpopularmusic.blogspot.com/) and a cd of audio collages using actual bird songs (duh!) by myself (lucky bone) and mike schauwitzer (slow owls)." Neil will also be performing as Lucky Bone, reprising the set he tried to play at the Nohl Exhibition opening, "but this time IT WILL WORK!. I'll also probably play a short song using this new instrument thing I just built the other day---it is the most annoying thing I've ever built, and I'm excited to make a fool of myself in front of everyone while using it." You can listen to Lucky Bone here: http://www.myspace.com/luckyb0ne. Doors open at 9 pm, show is at 9:30 pm, sliding scale for admission.

October 12, 2011 | Willy

Judith Ann Moriarty visited Lynden last Sunday to see our current Inside/Outside exhibition, Dressing the Monument. You can read her wonderful review for ThirdCoast Digest here.

Last week, Kat Murrell of the Shepherd Express reviewed the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship Exhibition currently at Inova/Kenilworth. The exhibition is the product of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program, which is administered by the Bradley Family Foundation. Read the review here.

October 11, 2011 | Willy

Photo: Margy Stratton.

More than 50 of us gathered on the evening of September 27 to meet Amy Wilson, author of When Did I Get Like This? Amy read from her book, talked about her experiences as a writer and mother of three, and fielded plenty of questions. The evening began with some fervid socializing (time to catch up!) over wine and hors d'oeuvres, and ended with a booksigning. Special thanks to Margy Stratton for organizing the event; we'll keep you posted about upcoming guest speakers.

Photo: Margy Stratton.

October 7, 2011 | Willy

Artists David Robbins (ably assisted by Alec Regan of American Fantasy Classics), Tobias Madison, Kaspar Müller, Hannah Weinberger, Lucas Knipscher, Anicka Yi, Matt Sheridan Smith, Nicholas Frank, Michelle Grabner, and Brad Killam were on hand in the period leading up to the opening to create and install work for Dressing the Monument. Tobias Madison, David Robbins and curators Piper Marshall and John Riepenhoff gave talks at MIAD (some hosted by Nicholas Frank), and several of the artists talked to visitors to Lynden, including a tour comprised of Katie Martin's students from the UWM Peck School of the Arts.

Alec Regan works on David Robbins's "Open-Air Writing Desk."
Alec Regan works on David Robbins's Open-Air Writing Desk at Lynden Sculpture Garden. (photo is by David Robbins.)

One and a half of the Madison/Müller swings were installed in the dark with the help of their fellow artists and friends; everything was bright in the gallery where Lynden staff members Sergio Salinas and Patrick Kernan assisted with the installation.
Collaboration between Tobias Madison & Kaspar Müller.

Collaboration between Tobias Madison & Kaspar Müller.

Collaboration between Tobias Madison & Kaspar Müller.

September 20, 2011 | Willy

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The rain garden in the parking lot is looking particularly colorful at this time of year. Dave Treske of Breezy Hill Nursery took these photos; the garden was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

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September 13, 2011 | Willy

Aquatic plants.

Aquatic plants.

Christine recaps Saturday's event:

"The aquatic planting day in Little Lake was a success!

A big thanks goes out to the ten people who volunteered their time to plant over 200 aquatic plants in the shallow water along the shoreline of Little Lake. Five different types were planted in the lake: pickerel plant, northern blue-flag iris, sweet-flag iris, water plantain, and arrowhead. All of the plants chosen are native to Wisconsin and were grown in Wisconsin; the arrowhead was actually harvested from our own Mud Lake! These plants can grow in up to 14” of water, so they will remain along the shoreline and will not grow out to the center of the lake.

The goals of the plantings are to establish an aquatic buffer zone along the perimeter of the lake, to provide competition for nutrients with algae, and to shade a portion of the sediments thereby inhibiting filamentous algal growth. One bale of barley straw was also recently sunk to help inhibit filamentous algal growth as the straw decomposes.

The next phase of shoreline restoration will involve on-shore plantings around the lake. These plants will help to filter water of nutrients and debris before entering the lake basin, provide habitat for birds and butterflies, and even help to deter geese that are afraid there may be predators lurking in the prairie plants surrounding the lake.

Stay tuned for stage two volunteer opportunities next spring!"

Aquatic plants.

Aquatic plants.

September 9, 2011 | Willy

Little Lake filled.

The Little Lake has been refilled...

Little Lake filled.

The waterfall running!

and the waterfall is running!

The waterfall running!

In the pictures below, you can see the first two aquatic plants in the pond, courtesy of Christine Kozik.

The first of the aquatic plants.

The first of the aquatic plants.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 10, is Aquatic Planting Day at Lynden, which means free admission to the sculpture garden for volunteer aquatic gardeners who join Christine to plant more aquatics. Click the link for more info, and we'll see you tomorrow!


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