Events Calendar

August 5, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Arianne King Comer, photo: Portia Cobb
Arianne King Comer, photo: Portia Cobb

Free.

Parking: Please park at the Park & Ride located just to the west of the Brown Deer Road exit of I-43. A free shuttle bus will run between the Park & Ride and Lynden, 10 am-6 pm. If you require handicap access, you may park in the lot at Lynden.

Lynden opens its doors to the community for a Free Family Day featuring artists’ responses to Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities, artist Fo Wilson’s installation on the grounds at Lynden. This free family day will have a Gullah flavor, with artist-in-residence Portia Cobb onsite at her project, Lizzie’s Garden, and her guest, South Carolina-based textile artist Arianne King Comer, leading a day-long communal dyeing project that explores the textile traditions of the Sea Islands and their relation to other cultures. At 4 pm, Milwaukee’s own SistaStrings will offer another intimate concert on the porch of the cabinet.

Bring a picnic and enjoy a day on the grounds.

Schedule

10 am-4 pm Arianne King Comer: Shibori & Adire
10 am-4 pm Bonsai Exhibit
10 am-4 pm Prairie Flower Identification & Bouqets
10 am-4 pm Scavenger Hunts
10 am-12 noon Wings in the Garden
10 am-1 pm Frogs!
10:30 am-2 pm Master Gardeners
11 am-1 pm Gary John Gresl: The Body Farm at Lynden
11 am & 2 pm Orienteering for Beginners: Using a Map and Compass
1 pm-4 pm Natural Accessories
4 pm Performances on the Porch: SistaStrings

10 AM-4 PM: Arianne King Comer
Arianne King Comer kicks off her mini-residency, IBILE!: Ancestral Call in Cloth, with a day of communal resist-dyeing. Focusing on shibori (Japanese) and adire (Yoruba) methods, Comer will preside over the dye vats, inviting visitors to collect interesting found objects on the grounds to create resist patterns when they dip. Bring your 100% cotton or silk clothes, tablecloths or napkins and trans form them into wearable and functional art. If you are bringing new items, be sure to wash them beforehand. We will have a small supply of garments on hand for those who need them. Cool off inside the house where we will be showing a selection of videos about the indigo process in different places around the world.

10 AM-4 PM: Bonsai Exhibit
The new Bonsai Exhibit at Lynden will be open, with members of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society on hand to answer questions.

10 AM-4 PM: Prairie Flower Identification and Bouquets
Use our handy information sheet to take a self-guided walk through Lynden's prairies to learn some of Wisconsin's most beautiful native flowers. Pick one of each specimen and take home a seasonal native prairie bouquet.

10 AM-4 PM: Scavenger Hunts
Complete two different types of scavenger hunt: one for trees and one for sculpture!

10 AM-12 NOON: Wings in the Garden
Alight in the formal garden and discover the winged ones who live among the flowers. Magnifying lens and binoculars will enhance your vision. Complete your visit with a bird, bee, or butterfly finger puppet of your own.

10 AM-1 PM: Frogs!
Stop by the small pond to learn about the types of toads and frogs that call Lynden their home, and fold an origami frog of your own.

10:30 AM-2 PM: Master Gardeners
Master Gardeners will be on hand to lead visitors through our pollinator gardens and offer gardening advice.

11 AM-1 PM: Gary John Gresl: The Body Farm at Lynden
Artist-in-residence Gary John Gresl will be offering informal tours of his installation, The Body Farm at Lynden from 11 am to 1 pm.

11 AM & 2 PM: Orienteering for Beginners: Using a Map and Compass
Using Lynden's iconic sculptures as checkpoints, we will navigate the front lawn using a simple map and compass to teach basic orienteering skills. Kyle Welna, Lynden's assistant land manager, will introduce beginners to the technique at 11 am and 2 pm. If you already know your way around a map and compass, pick up a map anytime and get started.

1 PM-4 PM: Natural Accessories
Under the willow tree behind waterfall hill, we’ll be make bracelets, tiaras, and necklaces using materials collected from Lynden: willow branches, cattail reed, and flowers.

4 PM: Performances on the Porch: SistaStrings
Our series of intimate concerts on the porch of Eliza's Cabinet, artist Fo Wilson's installation on the grounds at Lynden, continues with a performance by Milwaukee's SistaStrings. The project of Monique and Chauntee Ross, SistaStrings explores the possibilities of creating social change through music.

Repeats every day until Sun Jun 04 2017 . Also includes Sun Jul 02 2017, Sun Aug 06 2017.
August 6, 2017 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

In the warmer months the Lynden Sculpture Garden offers docent-led tours. Walking tours take place the first Sunday of the month, 2:30 pm-4 pm: June 4, July 2 & August 6.

Fees: $12/adults; $8/students, seniors age 62 and up, and active military--all with ID; $8/children aged 6-17. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: Advance registration required for all tours; the registration deadline is noon the prior Friday. Tours that do not fill by midday on the Friday prior to a tour will be cancelled. Docent availability is limited, so please sign up early! Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

Questions?
tours@lyndensculpturegarden.org or (414) 446-8794

Repeats every day until Tue Jan 17 2017 . Also includes Tue Feb 14 2017, Tue Mar 14 2017, Tue Apr 18 2017, Tue May 16 2017, Tue Jun 06 2017, Tue Jul 11 2017, Tue Jul 25 2017, Tue Aug 08 2017, Tue Aug 22 2017, Tue Sep 05 2017, Tue Sep 19 2017, Tue Oct 10 2017, Tue Oct 24 2017, Tue Nov 07 2017, Tue Dec 05 2017.
August 8, 2017 - 10:30am - 11:30am

June 11 - Bugs

Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

The 40 acres that house the Lynden collection of monumental outdoor sculpture are also home to many birds, insects, frogs, mammals and plants. Naturalist Naomi Cobb offers programs for the very young and their parents or caregivers that explore a different theme each month, taking into account the changing seasons.

We limit the size of the group for these programs; therefore payments are non-refundable. We understand that naps and illness can interfere with attendance, so if you contact us prior to 10 am on the morning of your scheduled session (you can leave a message at 414-446-8794), we will transfer your payment to another session, enrollment permitting.

Member: $8/one adult and one child. Additional children are $4.
Non-member: $10/one adult and one child. Additional children are $4. Additional adults pay daily admission.

Register online now.

Tuesdays in the Garden is designed for parents and children from birth through age 4, and provides an opportunity for those with very small children to engage in outdoor play and the manipulation of art materials. Activities for both sessions each month are similar.

Please dress for outdoor play; rain or shine we will spend part of our time out in the garden.

Schedule:

January 17 - Feed the Birds
February 14 - Lovely Day
March 14 - Adventure
April 18 - Nesting
May 16 - Springtime
June 6 & 13 - Pond Friends
July 11 & 25 - Flower Power
August 8 - Wings - Online registration closed. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.
August 22 - Wings - Online registration closed. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.
September 5 & 19 - Hiding Places
October 10 & 24 - Seeds
November 7 - Tree Adventure
December 5 - Winter Fun

Repeats every day until Sun Jun 18 2017 . Also includes Sat Aug 12 2017, Sat Sep 23 2017.
August 12, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Primitive Raku with Katheryn Corbin

Sessions: Saturday, August 12 & Saturday, September 23. Sessions are standalone; sign up for any one. If you'd like to develop more skills/projects, sign up for multiple sessions.
Fee: $85/$75 members (all materials included)
Registration: Space is limited, advance registration required. Phone registration is required for the August 12 session. Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794.

In the past, Native Americans probably made clay vessels on what are now the grounds of Lynden. In these pre-glaze days, pots were sealed by rubbing river mud into the surfaces, keeping the goodness in the container. We will spend a day at Lynden with artist-in-residence Katheryn Corbin forming vessels using traditional techniques: pinching, coiling, and smoothing. Instead of river mud, we will use sigellatta, a form of deflocculated clay to seal our pots. The pieces will sun dry and will be sawdust fired, replicating early wood firing.The blackened surfaces result from the smoke and the clay absorbing carbon. This 'reduction' atmosphere is popular today in raku reduction firing.

Bring a bag lunch and beverages and dress for studio work as well as the outdoors. We’ll be making use of Lynden’s 40 beautiful acres during our breaks, weather permitting.

Attendance at sawdust firing voluntary, but you will need to return at a later date to pick up your pots.

About Katheryn Corbin

Katheryn Corbin is a painter, potter, figure sculptor and artist-in-residence at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. As part of her residency, she will be offering a series of workshops based on Native American ceramic practices. Pots and figures have both been a part of Corbin's studio practice and teaching. Drawing and painting are important elements in each discipline, and her clay pieces are informed by the complementary processes of working with clay as vessel and as figure. Corbin is interested in historical developments in clay and variations across cultures, and she often explores different firing techniques and glaze surfaces. She has taught at all levels from elementary school through adult at the Evanston Arts Center in Evanston, IL; the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design; and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

August 12, 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

A Workshop with Sharon Morrisey, Consumer Horticulture Agent, Milwaukee County University of Wisconsin-Extension

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Photo: Viburnum Leaf Beetle Damage

Fee: $15/$10 members
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

This workshop is part of Lynden's Garden Series, a series of workshops throughout the spring and summer of 2017 that take a broad view of what it means to garden. For more information, click here.

Along with sun and rain, you can count on pests, both insects and diseases, eventually turning up in your lawn and garden. Knowing which pests to expect and how to identify when they arrive is the key to preventing a minor infestation from becoming a major setback. This session will help you become familiar with many of Southeast Wisconsin’s most common nuisance insect and disease pests, and provide an early look at some up and coming unwanted organisms that every homeowner will want to know about. You will learn several resources for identifying our most common pests and a variety of techniques for managing them.

About Sharon Morrisey

Sharon Morrisey has been lending her horticulture knowledge and expertise to Wisconsin’s residents since 1992. As the Consumer Horticulture Agent for Milwaukee County University of Wisconsin-Extension she serves both individual and groups across a broad range of yard and garden related topics. Sharon is frequently featured on local media—you may know her from her regular guest spot on the Fox6 Wake-Up News show's Green Thumb Garden. Sharon is a good friend of the Lynden Sculpture Garden and occasionally leads tree walks on the grounds.

Repeats every day until Mon Jan 16 2017 . Also includes Sat Feb 18 2017, Sat Mar 18 2017, Sat Apr 15 2017, Sat May 20 2017, Sat Jun 17 2017, Sat Jul 15 2017, Sat Aug 19 2017, Sat Sep 23 2017, Sat Oct 21 2017, Sat Nov 25 2017, Sat Dec 16 2017.
August 19, 2017 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Photo: Molly Rosenblum/Sam LaStrapes/Kodah

Free to members and dogs, or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden. In the winter, cross-country skiers and snowshoers also welcome, and in the warmer months, we encourage picnicking. 2017 Dog Days are sponsored by Central Bark Mequon.

August 19, 2017 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Benjamin Seabrook

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden. Advance registration encouraged: please email pmorris@lyndensculpturegarden.org or call 414-446-8794.

As part of her residency at Lynden, Rooted: The Storied Land, Memory, and Belonging, Portia Cobb has invited several artists to respond to her work on Lizzie’s Garden and, by extension, Fo Wilson’s original project, Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities. Eliza’s Cabinet is both wunderkammer and slave cabin; it imagines what a 19th-century woman of African descent might have collected, catalogued and stowed in her living quarters. Informed by historical research, but represented in the past, present, and future simultaneously, Eliza presents an imagined collection of found and original objects, furnishings and artifacts. With Eliza's Cabin, Wilson positions the Black imagination as an essential element in Black survival and self-determination.

Like several of the artists participating in the Eliza Project, bass baritone Benjamin Seabrook is interested in the cultural traditions of the African diaspora. Like Portia Cobb, he shares a particular interest in the Gullah Geechee people, “the USA’s African-European Atlantic Creole People, or USAAEACP.”For his intimate concert on the porch of Eliza’s Cabinet, Seabrook responds to Lizzie’s Garden with You Da Gullah/Geechee Too, an a cappella recital of traditional spirituals, hymns and oratories unique to the cultural history and memory of the Gullah Geechee people living along coastal South Carolina.

About the Artist

Benjamin Seabrook is a bass baritone, an orator, and a cultural preservationist from Oakville in rural Charleston County, South Carolina. He began singing at an early age in the African Methodist Church. His love of oral history is captured in the traditional spirituals and hymns, some of which recall African American life in the Low Country in nineteenth-century South Carolina. As a student, he performed and traveled with the Voorhees College Male Ensemble and Concert Choirs and was later recruited to study voice with the late Byron Steele at Trenton State College in New Jersey. In Trenton, he has performed with and for: The Artist Showcase Theater, Princeton Pro-Musica, The Delaware Valley Choral Union, Trenton Civic Opera Company, and the Trenton State Opera Workshop. He also served as Minister of music at Trenton’s Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. Seabrook’s repertoire is diverse and ranges from classical opera to spirituals, oratories, and concertos. His performances have included roles with Madame Butterfly, Amahl and the Night Visitors, La Boheme, The Mikado, La Traviata, Mozart’s Requiem, The King and I, and Show Boat. In 2016, he performed in the George Gershwin classic opera Porgy and Bess, a production of the Piccolo Spoleto International Arts Festival in Charleston. Other notable achievements have been solo a cappella and ensemble recitals across the Low Country and beyond of traditional music selected from historic Gullah Geechee songbooks that he has researched.

Seabrook earned a degree in Music Education, and taught in the public school system in Trenton, New Jersey for 25 years. Following retirement, he returned to Oakville to reclaim his family’s homestead. In 2015 he completed an impressive 21-day, 609-mile trek as a solo cyclist across three states, giving free concerts for parishioners in a few of the oldest African American churches along his route. He also appears in Portia Cobb’s video, Performing Grace (2016).

August 20, 2017 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.

Make art for the birds. Somewhere between 100 million and 1 billion birds in North America are killed by flying into windows each year. Migrating birds are at particular risk. Lynden has more than its fair share of windows, often invisible to birds, and we invite you to take part in this collaborative project to help keep birds safe at the sculpture garden.

August 22, 2017 - 10:30am - 11:30am

June 11 - Bugs

Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

The 40 acres that house the Lynden collection of monumental outdoor sculpture are also home to many birds, insects, frogs, mammals and plants. Naturalist Naomi Cobb offers programs for the very young and their parents or caregivers that explore a different theme each month, taking into account the changing seasons.

We limit the size of the group for these programs; therefore payments are non-refundable. We understand that naps and illness can interfere with attendance, so if you contact us prior to 10 am on the morning of your scheduled session (you can leave a message at 414-446-8794), we will transfer your payment to another session, enrollment permitting.

Member: $8/one adult and one child. Additional children are $4.
Non-member: $10/one adult and one child. Additional children are $4. Additional adults pay daily admission.

Register online now.

Tuesdays in the Garden is designed for parents and children from birth through age 4, and provides an opportunity for those with very small children to engage in outdoor play and the manipulation of art materials. Activities for both sessions each month are similar.

Please dress for outdoor play; rain or shine we will spend part of our time out in the garden.

Schedule:

January 17 - Feed the Birds
February 14 - Lovely Day
March 14 - Adventure
April 18 - Nesting
May 16 - Springtime
June 6 & 13 - Pond Friends
July 11 & 25 - Flower Power
August 8 - Wings - Online registration closed. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.
August 22 - Wings - Online registration closed. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.
September 5 & 19 - Hiding Places
October 10 & 24 - Seeds
November 7 - Tree Adventure
December 5 - Winter Fun

August 24, 2017 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

The sixth annual fundraiser to benefit Lynden's education programs.

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Each year, we throw a backyard barbecue featuring a feast of local, sustainable foods catered by Braise, libations from Brenner Brewing, entertainment including close-up magic by Matthew Teague, music by Nickel & Rose and members of the Nathan Hale High School Orchestra Ensemble, hands-on art and nature activities, a silent auction, and more. All proceeds benefit our education programs. Tickets are available now, and keep checking back, as we'll continue to update this page with more info.

Tickets & Parking

Thursday, August 24, 2017
5-8 pm
2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217
$75 per person / $175 per family (up to 2 adults and 2 children under 18)
Additional children: $25

($45 of each single ticket and $85 of each family pass is tax deductible.)
A limited number of VIP Tables are available, and include reserved seating, complimentary wine, and a runner for the silent auction and bar. Reserve by phone at 414-446-8794.

Buy tickets online. If you prefer to pay by phone, give us a call at 414-446-8794.

Parking: Please park at the Park & Ride located just to the west of the Brown Deer Road exit of I-43. A free shuttle bus will run between the Park & Ride and Lynden beginning at 4:45 pm. If you require handicap access, you may park in the lot at Lynden.

Special thanks to our sponsors:







Baird Private Wealth Management - The ECAB Investment Group
Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
Uihlein/Wilson Architects
Lynde B. Uihlein, Hog Donor
Braise
Brenner Brewing Co.
WUWM | Milwaukee Public Radio 89.7 FM

Make a Donation

Can't attend but would like to support our Education Programs? Make a donation to Lynden.






The Feast

We are working with Braise to create an informal but delectable backyard feast, including a kids' menu.
Menu coming soon.

Dessert
Dig into an ice cream bar, featuring ice cream by Sassy Cow Creamery.

Magic & Music

R. Matthew Teague will never forget the first time he saw an incredible magician perform: "It was as if time froze and I escaped from the stress of the day because nothing else seemed to matter except this mysterious feeling I was experiencing." Now, as a professional magician and entertainer, Matthew shares that experience with people all over the world. He has performed at the Magicopolis in Santa Monica, California; by invitation at the impromptu lounge at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood; and at the Safe House in Milwaukee. Back by popular demand, R. Matthew Teague will bring his unique mix of sleight of hand, illusion, psychology, and suggestion to Lynden, where he will perform strolling magic to small groups throughout the event.

The Nathan Hale High School Chamber Ensemble plays a mix of classical and pop tunes, followed by a performance from Nickel & Rose, a Milwaukee-based duo playing a unique style of Folk that blends Blues, Jazz, Soul, Americana, Swing, and African music. The music of Nickel & Rose (Carl Nichols-Guitar, Johanna Rose-Upright bass) has become a travelogue taking listeners from a Griot Ceremony in Senegal to a basement punk show in Portland, all while retaining the true spirit of American Folk Music. Imagine Peggy Lee and Ali Farka Toure at a Bluegrass jam. Nickel & Rose have toured seven countries, and we are excited to have them at this year's Backyard Barbecue.

All-ages Activities

Our education staff and MPS Arts Intern Alexis Antemate will be leading art and nature activities for children of all ages.

Garden-Themed Silent Auction Packages

Can't attend the barbecue but would like to bid on an item? Call us at 414-446-8794.

Dinner for Twelve at the Lynden Sculpture Garden
A locally sourced, 4 course dinner dinner for twelve by Dave Swanson of Braise, served in Lynden's intimate dining room. Includes wine pairings plus a Braise bite and cocktail to start.

Gary John Gresl: A Pirate Ambush of the Imperial Fleet, 2009
Gary John Gresl: A Pirate Ambush of the Imperial Fleet, 2009
Created during a Kohler Arts/Industry residency at the Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wisconsin, this group of five cast porcelain ships can be arranged as you like indoors or out. Gary John Gresl, currently an artist in residence at Lynden, cast these ships from an old chalkware carnival prize shaped like a Spanish galleon.

A Picnic and a Tour
Gather a group of eight for a docent-led tour of the Lynden Sculpture Garden and a picnic on the grounds courtesy of North Shore Boulangerie.

Bonsai Package
One of the highlights of this past year at Lynden was the opening of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society and the Milwaukee Bonsai Foundation's Bonsai Exhibit at Lynden. Open May through October, the Bonsai Exhibit features a rotating collection of bonsai trees, as well as workshops and other programming. Begin or enhance your own journey into the world of bonsai with a small, indoor bonsai and year's membership in the Milwaukee Bonsai Society.

Take the Garden Home
Take home a beautiful ceramic planter filled with mums and a gift card, courtesy of Groth’s Country Gardens outside Cedarburg.

Romantic Picnic for Two
Romantic Picnic for two with a Larry’s Market feast-in-a-basket. Admission for two to Lynden included.

Birthday Party at Lynden
Celebrate your child's birthday at Lynden with a birthday party package that includes an integrated outdoor tour and studio project designed to reflect your child’s interests. Ninety minutes are spent touring the garden and engaging in hands-on activities in the studio, followed by a half hour for refreshments. For up to 15 children and 4 adults. Lynden t-shirt for the birthday boy/girl included.

Your Own School’s Out Mini-Workshop
A half-day of hands-on art and nature activities for up to 12 kids is a great way to keep your kids and their friends busy on a day when there’s no school. Patterned on our popular School’s Out Workshops, this three-hour workshop will combine creative expression with plenty of fun.

More items coming soon.


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