Events Calendar

Saturday, July 27 2019

July 27, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Hohokam with Katheryn Corbin

Two Saturdays, July 20 & 27, 2019, 10 am-11:30 am

Fee: $30/ $25 members (all materials included)
Registration: Registration is closed. For information on future sessions, sign up for our e-list. Advance registration required.

Join ceramic artist Katheryn Corbin for our summer sawdust firing. On the first Saturday, learn to set-up and pack the “kiln”—a metal trash can filled with sawdust—with your bisque-fired pieces. The smoke from the smoldering fire blackens the pots, leaving them with a subtle, shining finish. Return a week later, once things have cooled, to open and unload the can and collect your pottery. Fire the planters and vessels made in previous workshops at Lynden, or bring in your own bisque-fired work. When registering, you will need to specify the dimensions and number of pieces you are bringing (maximum two).

About Katheryn Corbin
Katheryn Corbin is a painter, potter, and figure sculptor. Pots and figures have both been a part of Corbin's studio practice and teaching. Drawing and painting are important elements in each discipline, and her clay pieces are informed by the complementary processes of working with clay as vessel and as figure. Corbin is interested in historical developments in clay and variations across cultures, and she often explores different firing techniques and glaze surfaces. She has taught at all levels from elementary school through adult at the Evanston Arts Center in Evanston, IL; the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design; and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

July 27, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

CITIZEN (2016) by Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel Performance Group ©Aitor Mendilibar Raja Feather Kelly

Parking: If the parking lot is full, you can park at the Park & Ride lot just west of the Brown Deer exit of I-43 and walk to the sculpture garden. Parking on Brown Deer Road or the roads adjacent to the sculpture garden is prohibited.

Lynden opens its doors to the community for a Family Free Day featuring the artists participating in Call & Response 2019. Expect a day of family-friendly activities and performances, including a bottle tree workshop with Portia Cobb and an opportunity to make watercolor prints with Evelyn Patricia Terry. Performance collective Propelled Animals will be onsite all day, with special performances at 11:30 am and 3 pm, and Gary John Gresl will send four of his assemblages to new homes via a free raffle. This is a Call & Response event.


10 am-4 pm Evelyn Patricia Terry: Printmaking: Paint to Plate to Press to Paper
10 am-4 pm Outdoor Art & Nature Activities
10 am-4 pm Bonsai Exhibit
10 am-3 pm Gary John Gresl: Give an Assemblage a Good Home
11-11:30 am Gary John Gresl: My 5 Favorite Sculptures Tour
11:30 am-12 noon Propelled Animals performance
12 noon-4 pm Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden: Inaugural Walk + Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
1-3 pm Bottle Tree Workshop with Artist-in-Residence Portia Cobb
1:30-2 pm Gary John Gresl: Tour of the Body Farm
3-3:30 pm Propelled Animals performance

10 AM-4 PM: Evelyn Patricia Terry: Printmaking: Paint to Plate to Press to Paper
Visitors of all ages are invited to drop into the art studio to learn the fundamentals of printmaking with artist Evelyn Patrica Terry and Director of Education, Jeremy Stepien. Make a print that responds to Terry’s exhibition, America's Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!)

10 AM-4 PM: Outdoor Art & Nature Activities
10 am-4 pm: The Master Gardener Volunteers will be stationed at the pollinator gardens celebrating all things butterfly related.
10 am-12 pm & 1-3 pm: Join educator Claudia Orjuela and MPS intern Dani Gagliano-Deltgen under the willow tree for pond exploration and to make dreamcatchers.
10 am-12:30 pm: Educator Anna Grosch and MPS intern Eh Soe invite you out to Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities for art activities and mini-tours.

10 AM-4 PM: The Bonsai Exhibit
The Milwaukee Bonsai Society will be on hand to introduce you to the Bonsai collection at Lynden.

10 AM-3 PM: Gary John Gresl: Give an Assemblage a Good Home
Artist Gary John Gresl continues his residency at Lynden, and his exploration of ephemerality, by raffling off four of his assemblage sculptures. These four large, original works (the largest is 5 x 4 feet), designed to be hung on the wall, will be distributed for free through a raffle during the Family Free Day. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a work by one of Wisconsin’s noted artists.

According to Gresl, “Over a few decades it became clear to me that due to the nature of my work, the materials I use, and due to my evolving philosophy, my art is essentially ephemeral…more so than work made of metal, stone, or other stuff usually intended to be exhibited in outdoor environments. Everything is ephemeral to greater or lesser degree. I have grown willing to allow my works to deteriorate, to evolve thanks to Nature having an effect on the materials, to metamorphose and even disappear. It is the making and exploration, the action and thinking that is important, no matter what happens to the physical art object.”

This is not a raffle for the faint-hearted or the merely curious. These works can be difficult to move and exhibit (we will assist in the delivery of the works to your chosen destination, if necessary, but you will need to arrange for the piece to be hung or otherwise displayed at your site). Gresl asks that participants be absolutely comfortable taking ownership of a work, and caring for it. Of course, in the spirit of his work, you are not expected to own your piece forever; you are free, at some future date, to dismantle it, donate it, or otherwise dispose of it.

If you would like to give one of these sculptures a new home, you will need to fill out a form to be deposited in the raffle box (you may fill out a form for each sculpture you are interested in). The drawing will be at 3 pm. You do not have to be present to win, but you should only enter the raffle if you are committed to adopting a piece. If you would like to participate but cannot be present on July 27, please contact us at 414-446-8794, let us know which piece you are interested in, and we will fill out a form for you.

#1, From Little Bear Lake Lodge

#2, Evolver

#3, From the Sea, Song of the Turtle

#4, From The Yellow Cottage on Lake Poygan

For more on Gary John Gresl and his residency, The Body Farm at Lynden, click here.

11-11:30 AM & 1:30-2 PM: Gary John Gresl: Artist-led Tours
In addition to raffling off four of his assemblage sculptures, artist-in-residence Gary John Gresl will lead two tours on the grounds. The first, at 11 am, is a tour of his 5 favorite sculptures at Lynden. The second, beginning at 1:30 pm, is a tour of his installation The Body Farm at Lynden.

11:30 AM-12 PM & 3-3:30 PM: Propelled Animals
Propelled Animals is an interdisciplinary performance project with collaborative artists whose work is centered on art as social action and ritual as performance. They encourage audiences to consider the efficacy of the body, resilience, protest, and radical tenderness as strategies to fight oppression. During their residency at Lynden, collective members Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Raquel Monroe, and Heidi Wiren Bartlett will create a series of collaborative performances in response to the site and particularly to Folayemi Wilson’s installation, Eliza's Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities. They will share some of the interactive dances and rituals they have created at 11:30 am and 3 pm.

For more on Propelled Animals and their residency, click here.

12 NOON-4 PM: The Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden: Inaugural Walk + Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
To mark the official opening of the Labyrinth, artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon, followed by an inaugural walk. Stop by between 12 and 4 pm to enjoy this new addition to Lynden. 

For more on Jenna Knapp and her residency, Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden, click here.

1 PM-3 PM: Bottle Tree Workshop with Artist-in-Residence Portia Cobb

She knew that there could be a spell put in trees, and she was familiar from the time she was born with the way bottle trees kept evil spirits from coming into the house--by luring them inside the colored bottles, where they cannot get out again.
--Eudora Welty, “Livvie”  

Artist-in-residence Portia Cobb is collaborating with sculptor Glenn Williams to make a bottle tree to place on the grounds at Lynden. Bottle trees are created by positioning bottles on the pruned branches of trees or tree-like structures placed in natural spaces, yards, or gardens. Bottle trees are encountered regularly in Southern landscapes, and it is believed that they are inspired and informed by Ki-Kongo cultural myth and spiritual practices: reflective glass, and especially the color blue, is placed as a protective talisman to protect, ward off, deflect, and trap negative energy/ghosts/haints from one's domestic spaces. (Some have also aligned the color blue and the bottles with Aladdin and the magic lamp of the Middle East.) More recently, bottle trees have been reimagined as memorial objects, or as gifts of remembrance to honor the wandering spirits of those who died an untimely death.

In this drop-in workshop, Cobb invites you to embellish a glass bottle. We will create our own meaning for these bottles, reimagining their utility as we choose. Bring a bottle to decorate with beads and ribbon, and write a thought, a memory, a wish, or a prayer to insert in the bottle or attach to the outside.

Portia Cobb

For more on Portia Cobb and her residency, Rooted: The Storied Land, Memory, and Belonging, click here.

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