Director's Note 3/1/13

March 1, 2013

What a difference a year makes. Today I am looking out on an expanse of white, on sculptures emerging truncated (or barely) from the snow--and more to come tomorrow. Lynden is currently the perfect place for snowshoes and cross country skis (if you don’t mind the depth), even for a wintry walk if you are willing to raise your knees quite, quite high as you make your way through the snow. You won’t be alone—we saw a cat cross the patio this morning.

For those who missed the Winter Carnival, and those who didn’t and would like to reminisce, we have posted a slideshow here, thanks to Howard Leu of ThirdCoast Digest. Although Amanda Browder’s striking cloth-covered truck was dismantled the next day (special thanks to the Browning School students of Melissa LeClair, who sewed up a storm with Amanda the day before the carnival), Andy Sturdevant’s Gathered From Various Other Reliable Sources remains on view through March 16 in the nAbr gallery. Wander out to nAbr to see Sturdevant’s wall drawings and to contribute your recipes to a project that reinvestigates the intersection of cultural memory and contemporary domesticity--and don’t forget to take a photo of nAbr from the viewing stand to upload to Twitter. Jessica Meuninck-Ganger has continued to work on the drawings she and Nathaniel Stern began on the porch windows during the carnival; Surfacing, which includes their print/video work, remains on view in the gallery through March 24.

Our writing intensive with Sharon Fiffer, Discovering the Hidden Story, is scheduled for this weekend. We will accept registrations through tomorrow, so if you’re considering coming, please be in touch! (Lots of details below and on the web.) Another author, Jessica Hagy, arrives at Lynden in early April for the Women’s Speaker Series, and we think it will be light enough and nice enough by then to wander around the garden before the talk starts. Winter classes are winding down, but spring classes will be going up online shortly, as well as some new workshops and a monthly parent-and-child drop-in group, Tuesdays in the Garden. Enrollment is brisk for summer camps—don’t forget to reserve your spot. We’ve been posting quite a few new programs and workshops on the web, so be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this email to see what’s coming.

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