Lynden Blog

March 6, 2011 | Polly

Tree trimming is underway at Lynden, and we've moved a few sculptures to keep them out of harm's way. The two Heinz Mack sculptures, Knife Tree and Three Graces have been moved to the barn where they will be waxed before returning to their position beneath the elm next to the house. We had already moved George Rickey's Peristyle-Three Lines indoors when heavy winds threatened several months ago; it has now been joined by the other two sculptures on the ledge outside the glass pavilion: Bernhard Heiliger's Unfolding and Lyman Kipp's Lodgepole.

March 2, 2011 | Willy

Nicole Brown, one of the nine recipients of the 2010 cycle of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund, reports on screening "A King in Milwaukee," the film she produced, edited and co-directed, at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana.

"I had a wonderful time at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and I wouldn't have been able to attend without the Mary Nohl Suitcase Fund! I was able to share the message of "A King In Milwaukee" to a new community and to filmmakers all over the United States. I met some wonderful filmmakers who I will stay in contact with for years to come!"

In other Nohl news, Art City interviewed 2010 Nohl Fellowship recipient Ashley Morgan. Click here for the interview.

February 28, 2011 | Polly

Roy Staab & collaborators during YouSnow
Roy Staab & Collaborators during YouSnow

Members and newcomers visited Lynden on Saturday for our first Winter Carnival.

Eddee Daniel was the first to post on his blog about the event (the post includes some wonderful pictures).

Jeremy Stepien and Jenni Groot had the studio ready by 10 am for a day’s worth of art activities (people of a variety of ages were still making candles well after studio closing time at 4 pm). John Riepenhoff helped the YouSnow snow sculptors find perfect spots for their projects, while Darlene Lochbihler, Jason Housworth and Bob Retko gathered a group for their tour of Lynden’s trees. By early afternoon the watering cans and spray bottles of food coloring were ready, and people were painting the pond (and themselves) while docent Lloyd Hickson led a group on a sculpture tour. We called in the YouSnow artists and their helpers around 2:30 pm so that Emilia Layden and Paul Druecke could tour the projects and make their decisions. I spotted walkers, cross-country skiers, snow-shoers, and the occasional lucky child being hauled on the sled as I followed the judges on their rounds.

In the late afternoon people began to arrive for the opening of Inside/Outside: Shana McCaw+Brent Budsberg. We had been watching the artists, dressed as 19th century farmers and wielding a shovel and pick axe, as they steadily excavated the outline of a farmhouse, their shoveling punctuated by slow trips across the garden as they hauled out dirt and brought back coal. Just as it was turning dark, we all went back outside and the characters (you could no longer think of them as Brent and Shana) doused the coal and set it alight. They stood in the center of their ghostly house, smoke rising and embers glowing. Eventually, they stepped out of the ring of fire and disappeared into the woods. The spectators moved closer to the coals, warming themselves before they returned indoors to see the work in the gallery.

We will be posting more info and pictures all week, including a complete report on the YouSnow competition.

February 25, 2011 | Willy

We're busy making final preparations for tomorrow's(!) Winter Carnival, but we wanted to point you to some articles about the event.

Over at ThirdCoast Digest Kat Murrell has posted a preview of the Winter Carnival and Inside/Outside: Shana McCaw + Brent Budsberg. Click here to read it.

February 25, 2011 | Willy


Bob Retko was out on his skis today making a path that loops around the garden for cross-country skiing tomorrow. Skiers are also welcome to blaze their own trails.

February 24, 2011 | Willy

Color, silent, 16mm, 5:08.

We're pleased to announce that we will be screening Sarah Buccheri's "Antarctic Territory, 2004" (16mm to digital video, 5 min., 2008) throughout the Winter Carnival in the conference room.

Color, silent, 16mm, 5:08.

February 23, 2011 | Willy

Food coloring tests for The Pond is Our Canvas

Preparation for the Winter Carnival continues! John Riepenhoff was in yesterday preparing for YouSnow and The Pond is Our Canvas. Sculpture proposals for the competition keep coming in, including a participatory project from artist/ice skater Roy Staab, and a collaborative work by Santiago Cucullu and Colin Matthes. Finally, we've placed an order for 15 pounds of cookies for refreshment and fortification throughout your day of art-making and viewing in nature. See you Saturday!

If you are on Facebook, you can find our Facebook event for the Winter Carnival here. Please feel free to invite your friends.

Roy Staab ice skating at Lynden
Artist Roy Staab on the ice at Lynden

February 22, 2011 | Willy
February 21, 2011 | Willy

While the warm weather last week was wonderful for many reasons, it did give us a little bit of a scare when all the snow melted. After all, our Winter Carnival is fast approaching (this Saturday!), and snow is an integral part of many of the events we have planned. Luckily, the gods of collaborative, outdoor art projects have been kind, and the garden is once again covered in snow. Throughout this week, I'll be highlighting some of the activities you'll be able to participate in on Saturday.

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February 17, 2011 | Willy

Art City's Lonnie Turner interviews Waldek Dynerman, a 2010 Nohl Fellow. Click here for the interview.

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