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The Pond Was Our Canvas

March 9, 2011


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.

Miniature Sculpture Gardens Workshop this Sunday!

March 9, 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!

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.

Full YouSnow & The Pond is Our Canvas Picture Set

March 9, 2011


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.

YouSnow pt. 2

March 8, 2011

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.

YouSnow pt. 1

March 7, 2011

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.

What Are the Nohl Fellows Doing?

March 2, 2011

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.

Cross-Country Skiing

February 25, 2011


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.

Carnival Press

February 25, 2011

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.

Sarah Buccheri's "Antarctic Territory, 2004"

February 24, 2011

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.

Carnival Prep

February 23, 2011

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

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