Lynden Blog

May 4, 2011 | Willy

Big news at Lynden today: our outdoor bathrooms have reopened for the season. We'll also have our outdoor water fountain running in a week or two, when all danger of frost has passed.

We're open today until 5 pm. This Sunday, which is Mother's Day, we're open from noon until 5 pm, so bring a great mother you know for an afternoon of art and nature!

May 1, 2011 | Willy

Birdwatching with the Artists

This morning, artists Kevin Schlei and Lynn Tomaszewski lead a birdwatching expedition at Lynden. Participants spotted 21(!) different species of birds. Highlights included Double-crested Cormorants, Belted Kingfisher, Spotted Sandpiper, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Yellow-throated Warblers, and Eastern Bluebird.

Inside/Outside: Kevin Schlei + Lynn Tomaszewski is currently on view in the gallery and on the grounds.

Birdwatching with the Artists

April 28, 2011 | Willy

Lynden's been popping up in the media lately:

Listen to Lynden's executive director Polly Morris on WUWM's Lake Effect program here.

Plus, there are some nice shots of the Lynden Sculpture Garden in yesterday's Fox 6 piece on the City of Milwaukee Arts Board's effort to bring Milwaukee's public art to Wikipedia. Click here to watch.

April 13, 2011 | Willy

Several sculptures that have been in storage or in repair during the winter have been returned to their rightful place in the garden. Come in today to see Heinz Mack's Knife Tree (1966) and Three Graces (1965), Lyman Kipp's Lodgepole (1968), and Bernard Heiliger's Unfolding (1968).

April 6, 2011 | Willy

The snow has melted, the ponds are once again water rather than ice, and winter is turning to spring (although not quite as quickly as we might like). For a look back at our winter events, check out this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and this piece from the Shepherd Express.

Looking forward to spring, there are a number of exciting things happening at Lynden. On April 17th, we host our Kites over Lynden kite-making workshop, which also offers participants a chance to meet our Summer Art Camps staff. (The entire schedule of Summer Art Camps can be viewed online, here.) Later that afternoon we will be holding the opening reception for Inside/Outside: Kevin Schlei + Lynn Tomaszewski. Click here for more info on their multi-media installation.

Our extended summer hours begin May 18th, at which point we'll be open from 12 pm-5 pm every Sunday, and 10 am until dusk every Wednesday. Bring a picnic, and enjoy it amidst sculpture and nature! Or, better yet, come picnic with artists Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg on June 29th, for the closing event of their Inside/Outside exhibition.

We'll keep you posted about more great events on our Facebook page, our twitter, and right here on our blog. We hope to see you soon!

March 23, 2011 | Willy


This Sunday, March 27th, Jeremy Stepien hosts our Reusable Tote Bags workshop. Drop by Lynden between noon and 3:30 pm to make a reusable, environmentally-friendly alternative to your classic plastic bag. You'll also have an opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about our Summer Art Camps. See you there!

March 17, 2011 | Polly

Our apologies for keeping everyone on the edges of their seats as they awaited the outcome of the YouSnow event. With spring making a sudden appearance up here at Lynden, we’ve been watching the snow recede and the turkeys reappear. Still, as Willy has shown in a prior post, the traces of snow sculptures remain on the grounds, and may even be visible on Sunday (from my window I can see a miniature version of the Cucullu/Matthes wall across the lake, more of a fence than a fortress).

Our thanks to Emilia Layden and Paul Druecke, our esteemed judges. They spent an hour trekking around the grounds in the snow in the late afternoon during Winter Carnival looking at projects and talking to artists. The snow sculptures were a marvel of ingenuity—so many ways to shape, arrange, imprint or ingest the snow! Best of all, each sculpture enabled us to see the garden, at least for a little while, in a new way.

The judges began with the delicious Snownuts purveyed by Cody Frei of the 62nd Dimension (though they had to fight for space at the table with two very serious young Snownut-makers).


Her performance completed, Sara Caron met the judges on the path to explain her project. Armed with a cell phone and a loaf of bread, Sara traced a friend’s path between her car and the Capitol in Madison in a field of snow. The directions were relayed in real time over the phone, allowing the artist and her double to walk together. Sara left a trail of breadcrumbs as well as her footsteps in the field of snow.


Amanda Tollefson returned to her tree perch to greet the judges. She explained that she had abandoned her original plan when she discovered how un-packable the snow was (a sketch of the proposed structure hung from a branch) and instead had taken up residence in the tree.


A little farther along, Katie Kraft’s giant bracelet had taken on a welter of blue markings, thanks to passing participants. (Just the other day we brought in the braided rope that was all that remained of the piece after the weather changed.)


Colin Matthes and Santiago Cucullu showed off a small white painting on a thick white wall—one of the afternoon’s major engineering feats. Intriguingly, this extemporaneous gallery faced the woods to the south; if you positioned yourself in front of the painting the wall effectively usurped the entire sculpture garden, obliterating the view of lake, sculptures and buildings.


Roy Staab showed off his piece, now called Prosperity, from the bridge. He and his crew had battled the dread double ice on the lake, breaking through the top layer into the slushy water that rested on top of the very thick layer below. Lots of wet socks, shoes and pants, as well as a video, which can be seen by clicking the image below (yes, it did snow that day!).


Richard Galling wrapped up his solo labors and showed his minimalist sculpture to the judges.


KT Hancock, Sam Scheller and Tina Graziano also explained their work, a snow intervention in the crotch of a tree, and led the judges around to the far side to show a hidden detail.


The judging ended on a high note with a formal presentation by Jade Pergl, who told Paul and Emilia about the tool she and her sister Mia and father Will had built before the carnival to make their path in the snow. She expertly fielded questions about color and route choices, impressing the judges and their entourage (by now many of the artists were following along).


Emilia and Paul retreated into the house to make their final decisions, emerging after a long period to announce the winners. They admitted that it was a difficult decision, and thanked all the artists for their inspired work.

The Grand Prize, a snow painting by John Riepenhoff, went to Sara Caron.

The two First Prizes, gift certificates to Utrecht, went to Richard Galling and to the team of KT Hancock, Sam Scheller and Tina Graziano.

All the participants received memberships to Lynden, where we hope to see them often in the coming months. Special thanks to our friends at Boswell Book Company, who provided rewards for the judges. And of course to John Riepenhoff, for organizing YouSnow and The Pond Is Our Canvas.

For a very comprehensive collection of photos from the Winter Carnival, visit us on flickr.

March 16, 2011 | Willy

Our spring hours are now in effect at Lynden, which means we're now open until 5 pm on Wednesdays. Our full hours are:

Wednesdays: 10 am – 5 pm
Sundays: 12 pm – 5 pm

March 16, 2011 | Willy

Santiago Cucullu & Colin Matthe's YouSnow Sculpture, 3/16/11

Despite the warmer weather we've been having, a couple of the YouSnow sculptures are still standing, two and a half weeks after our Winter Carnival. Above, you can see Santiago Cucullu and Colin Matthe's sculpture, finally beginning to melt as the temperature gets up into the 50's. Below, take a look at a picture from this past weekend of Roy Staab's piece, "Prosperity." It's been exciting to watch these piece evolve -- now the question is, will they make it through the warm weather the rest of this week? Come to Lynden today until 5 pm, or Sunday between noon and 5 pm to find out!

Roy Staab's YouSnow Sculpture - 3/13

March 14, 2011 | Willy

Terrariums are miniature landscaped ecosystems made from hardy plants 
and moss. We took the process one step further, creating small 
sculptures from wire, clay or found objects to add to our terrariums. 
Participants brought their own seashells, rocks, nests and other tiny treasures...  Including a hand made octopus!  Thanks to Ellen Mann for contributing her Mannipulations Photography!
Photo by Ellen Mann

Yesterday, Lynden hosted our Miniature Sculpture Gardens workshop. Participant Ellen Mann was kind enough to send in some pictures she took throughout the process. Click here to view the whole set.

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