Lynden Blog

March 9, 2011 | Willy


A big thanks to John Riepenhoff, who organized YouSnow and The Pond is Our Canvas for sending us almost two hundred pictures documenting the events! Take a look to see the YouSnow sculptures, the painted pond, and beautiful views of the garden blanketed in snow. The whole set is up on our flickr.

March 9, 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!

This Sunday, our Director of Education, Jeremy Stepien, is hosting our Miniature Sculpture Gardens workshop from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Using terrariums as a base, participants will build tiny sculptures from a variety of materials, and then choose how they inhabit their garden. For more info, click here. Pre-registration is recommended.

March 9, 2011 | Willy


In addition to the juried snow sculpture competition YouSnow, John Riepenhoff also organized The Pond is Our Canvas, a collaborative piece that was especially popular with the younger attendees of our Winter Carnival. Using watering cans and spray bottles filled with non-toxic food coloring, participants painted the little lake throughout the course of the day. Below, you can view some pictures taken during the event, as well as a few taken today, after time and weather have made their mark on the canvas as well.

The first group of painters get started.

Supplies table.

More painters get involved.


View from above.

P1000506The Pond is Our Canvas, a week and a half later.
The painting today, a week and a half later.

The Pond is Our Canvas, a week and a half later.
Transformed by the weather.

March 8, 2011 | Willy

While Winter Carnival attendees participated in art workshops and tours of the grounds, the YouSnow projects began to take shape. As a snowfall befitting a Winter Carnival began, the artists kept working and tried to stay warm!

Cody Frei takes a hot beverage break in the midst of snownut production.

Taking directions via cellphone from a friend in Madison, Sara Caron leaves breadcrumb trails across the garden.

Amanda Tollefson communes with nature.

Katie Kraft conjures a warmer season with her choice of sculpting tool, a beach bucket.

Meanwhile, Santiago Cucullu and Colin Matthes continue to erect their snow wall. Despite some warmer temperatures this past week, the wall remains intact on the far side of the lake.

In the lake, Roy Staab and his team work in several inches of water to dig out snow and slush in geometric patterns.

Spectators watch as Richard Galling works on digging out his area and making piles from the snow.

KT Hancock, Sam Scheller, and Tina Graziano amass snow in a split tree trunk.

The Pergl team expand their path, working to complete their sculpture before judging begins.

For a very comprehensive collection of photos from the Winter Carnival, visit our flickr page.

March 7, 2011 | Willy

John Riepenhoff, the organizer of the YouSnow snow sculpture competition that took place during the Winter Carnival, began by inviting several solo artists and artist teams to participate. The rules were simple: you needed to work with the snow in whatever condition we found it on Saturday morning (it snowed a bit overnight, and there was additional snow in the afternoon); you could bring in any simple, non-power tools (we saw a variety of shovels, buckets and plastic containers) and biodegradable materials (a loaf of bread for Sara Caron’s project, a load of edibles for the Snownuts). Artists could choose to involve the public or work on their own.

Nine projects took shape across the Lynden Gardens that day. Here’s an introduction (starting counterclockwise from the house).


The 62nd Dimension, in the form of Cody Frei, set up a table near Tony Smith’s Wandering Rocks around midday where he made snownuts (yum!) that spectators could embellish with a cornucopia of toppings and colorings. Here, he thinks about it with Sara Caron. She’s thinking about her project, which involved connecting via cellphone with a friend in Madison and accompanying her, here at Lynden, as she walked from her car to the Capitol (dropping breadcrumbs as she walked).


Amanda Tollefson took to the branches of a large tree, a watcher in nature, and conversed with those who noticed her above the path. A little further along, Katie Kraft experimented with a number of containers before finding that a beach pail worked best to mold the snow into “beads” that she then shaped into a giant bracelet. Visitors stopped by to form beads or sprinkle them with coloring.


Colin Matthes and Santiago Cucullu set to work on what would become a formidable wall (still standing more than a week later!).


Roy Staab commandeered a crew including Lynne Shumow, Bill Zuback, John Losciuto and Fred Dintenfass to help realize his vision on the lake right by the bridge.


Richard Galling worked solo between the trees at the far end of the bridge. Like many of the artists, he had experimented with the snow around his house the day before the carnival, only to find that the snow at Lynden was a lot less cooperative. Here, he resorts to plan B, which involved piling up all the snow in his area in the center.


KT Hancock, Sam Scheller and Tina Graziano all sculpture students at UWM, chose a site way down in the southeast corner of the grounds where the split trunk of a tree formed an inviting “V” that they began to fill with snow.


Will, Mia and Jade Pergl prepared for YouSnow by making their own tool and hauling it up to the garden. Choosing a site at the edge of the parking lot, they used the wooden pattern to stamp a path in the snow.

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

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.

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