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Milwaukeeriverkeeper Arts and the Rivers Contest

May 11, 2011

This is a call to artists! Our friends at Milwaukeeriverkeeper recently announced their Second Annual Arts and the Rivers Contest. They're looking for "visual works that convey the beauty and importance of our waterways in an artistically meaningful way." The contest is open to both amateurs and professionals, working in any visual medium. The top 30 finalists will have their work displayed at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. In addition, the top 4 will receive a cash prize. For more info, click here.

Outdoor Bathrooms

May 4, 2011

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!

Birdwatching with the Artists

May 1, 2011

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

Lynden in the Media

April 28, 2011

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.

Warmer Weather Means More Sculpture

April 13, 2011

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).

Winter to Spring

April 6, 2011

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!

Reusable Tote Bags Workshop

March 23, 2011


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!

YouSnow Sculptures Persist

March 16, 2011

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

Spring Hours

March 16, 2011

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

Miniature Sculpture Gardens photos

March 14, 2011

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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