Director's Note 3/1/16

March 1, 2016

March came in like an Angora rabbit--a slow but continuous fall of snow yesterday, filling the air with drifting flakes--and no doubt will go out in some new and unexpected way four weeks from now. Today we can appreciate the sunlight on the snow, the simplification of landscape that comes when so much is covered in an even layer of white. Good weather for tree pruning and summer planning.

And for catching up from a very busy February. Just this past Saturday I spent the day wandering between a room filled with teachers from our Innovative Educators Institute; the studio, where a quiet group worked on their lap looms; and the kitchen, where Kavita Mahendra was leading an Indian cooking lesson. I didn't even make it down to the barn, where the participants in our lawn and garden workshop gathered to sharpen tools.

March is populated with our usual activities for children and families--art drop-in, School's Out and family workshops, Tuesdays in the Garden, a homeschool day and a Story Time in the Garden--as well as a grow workshop and a dog day. For the adults and teens among you, Leslie Perrino will be back this Saturday to teach you how to fuse silver chains (pre-registration a must). (And apologies if you wanted to sign up for the tool maintenance or pruning workshops this month--they filled up very fast. Expect to see more from the lawn and garden series in the spring and summer.)

This weekend we install our next show, Kim Cridler: The Descriptive Line. Cridler is driving her large, arboreal sculptures from Michigan on Saturday, and we officially open to the public on March 13. The show was planned in conjunction with the ZOOM symposium at UWM, a gathering of object makers, so Cridler will be back to give her artist talk at Lynden on May 27. In the interim, you can enjoy this latest entry in the Women, Nature, Science series.

The spring/summer schedule is going up on the web now, and the brochure should be ready at the end of the month. Summer camp registration is brisk, so don't delay! Finally, we will be closed for the holiday on March 27.


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