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April 1, 2013 | Joe Acri

The snow is gone from the lawns at Lynden, but the Big Lake and Little Lake are still frozen (perhaps this will be our last opportunity to see Roy Staab’s Chiral Formation anchored in ice rather than

March 22, 2013 | Willy

We're excited to introduce Weaving Between Structures, a new recurring feature on this blog by Lynden Sculpture Garden Blogger-in-Residence WC Tank. To learn more about his work, click here.


Weaving Between Structures is a first person serial poem of concussed cartography and explorative dispatch, abstracting a state of continuous arrival in the surreal landscape that is Lynden Sculpture Garden. These writings are responses to time spent investigating and imagining the garden as both a full character with distinctive personality traits and a broad world with its own rules and ecosystems living inside of it.


As I remove the parachute from over my eyes
I pan my circumference around a horizon spotted
with forms whose immediate visages do not inform motion
yet an undulating stillness cries contrary silently
through an air permeated by fertile invisibility

Expeditions begin with perimeter pondering
through deep winter trudge
beneath hibernating hives
and a blue jay swooping from an interstellar waterslide
thinking its easy to treat behemoths as islands

Until I’m weaving between structures noting
their unseen interconnectivity
The sculpted seem to want to be trees
and the different shades of these reprieve a rupturing
synthesis with an unscalable white wall sleeping on its back

Veined with the shadows of modernist bone
and the footprints of something small
I follow in parallel with what once ran
tailed by the faint scratches of frozen leaves
gliding across the ice like glass tumbleweeds

March 18, 2013 | Willy

Suitcase Fund recipient Eddie Villanueva was mentioned as part of "This Year's New Talent" at the Scope Fair 2013 by the NY Arts. To read the piece, click here.

Current Nohl Fellow Faythe Levine has released the official trailer for her forthcoming documentary (co-directed by Sam Macon), Sign Painters, and announced the first official screening, March 30 at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. To watch the trailer, click here. For more information on the screening, click here. More screenings are being scheduled.

March 1, 2013 | Joe Acri

What a difference a year makes. Today I am looking out on an expanse of white, on sculptures emerging truncated (or barely) from the snow--and more to come tomorrow.

February 18, 2013 | Willy

Chris James Thompson, Nohl fellow from 2010 in the Emerging category, and Detective Pat Kennedy talk about Thompson's film, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, on CNN. Take a look here.

2012 Suitcase Fund recipient Marsha McDonald has added an artist talk with poet, photographer and "high Sierras mountain man" Tinker Greene as part of her exhibition at Chandler Fine Art in San Francisco. More information on the exhibition here.

February 15, 2013 | Willy

Bob Retko, senior grounds manager and author of From the Wild Side, a recurring feature on this blog, organized a Basic Level Chainsaw Safety Training Certification class at the Village of River Hills meeting room. The class, which was organized in conjunction with the Forest Industry Safety Training Alliance (FISTA) from Rhinelander was led by Ben Parsons. Twelve participants learned basic chainsaw safety techniques from 7 am until 3 pm. See below for some pictures from the training session.





February 13, 2013 | Willy

A (couple days) belated "Thank You!" to everyone who organized, attended and participated in our 3rd Annual Winter Carnival. Howard Leu of ThirdCoast Digest took some excellent pictures, which you can see in a slideshow, here.

February 5, 2013 | Willy

2012 Nohl Suitcase Export Fund recipient Brad Pruitt is screening his documentaries "Bending Towards the Light" and "Mark My Words" in the Watts and Culver City neighborhoods of Los Angeles. More info below:

MKE< - >LAX in collaboration with Watts House Project and Otis College of Art and Design's Graduate Public Practice and Artists, Community and Teaching programs present film screenings with Milwaukee-based filmmaker Brad Pruitt in Watts and Culver City.

Bending Towards the Light
Thursday, February 7
Otis’ Graduate Public Practice program studios
10455 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, 90232

Documentary video screening on U.S. educational system with Brad Pruitt and Mark Escribano, facilitated by Sara Daleiden.

Mark My Words
Thursday, March 7
Public program held at Watts House Project
1726 E. 107th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002

Documentary video screening and spoken word performances with Brad Pruitt and Mark Escribano, facilitated by Sara Daleiden and Watts House Project.

Programs are FREE and open to the PUBLIC.

Pruitt's latest documentaries Bending Towards the Light and Mark My Words will be screened and include a discussion with the filmmaker and performances by local artists. Sara Daleiden, director of MKE< - >LAX and faculty for Otis’ Graduate Public Practice Program, will facilitate these discussions. Mark Escribano, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and cinematographer, previously from Milwaukee who worked on the film, will participate. Pruitt will also co-teach a course with Daleiden at Otis’ Graduate Public Practice Program that focuses on education, community engagement and the value of social change work by artists. Pruitt is in residence with MKE< - >LAX from January-March 2013 in Los Angeles. As part of his residency, Pruitt will promote these recent documentaries, and seek support for his new film, Behind Closed Doors.

As an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and artist, Pruitt explores issues such as gun violence and new approaches to public education, finding new voices and ideas to help develop solutions for seemingly intractable challenges.

Inspired by the renaissance of spoken word at home and around the world, Mark My Words is a remarkably poignant feature that documents 24 hours in the lives of some of the nation's most talented poets. The film is a visual gumbo of performances, home lives, day jobs, families, and daily routines, seasoned by the poets' unique perspectives on the power of words.

Pruitt's latest documentary, Bending Toward the Light, explores U.S. educational systems through students, parents, teachers, reformers and activists in our country's heartland. This documentary examines the challenges as well as hopes of youths and adults who are transforming the state of education.

Currently Pruitt is working on Behind Closed Doors, a narrative feature project about fracturing communities and increased isolation, often exacerbated by lines drawn between various ethnic, social and religious groups. It explores issues about community and deep-seated concepts of the "other.”

For more information about the program and these special events, please contact Consuelo Velasco Montoya at 310-846-2610 or


This screening series is part of Otis’ Concentric Conversations series, which prompts discourse among cultural practitioners based in Los Angeles. Otis has the only educational program in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists with advanced skills for working in the public sphere, focusing both on collaborative and individual art production. Applications currently being accepted for Fall 2013.

Watts House Project is an artist-driven neighborhood redevelopment organization through which artists and design professionals, in collaboration with the Watts Towers area residents, employ art as an economic and community development engine to promote and enhance the quality of residential life in the Watts neighborhood. WHP brings residents together in a creative partnership with artists, architects, design professionals, and volunteers to revitalize the neighborhood and re-imagine the environment through inventive programming, community involvement, and functional and creative housing renovations.

MKE< - >LAX investigates cultural exchange, through residencies and public programs, between Milwaukee and Los Angeles. Under the direction of Sara Daleiden, the initiative expands the discussion about cultural exchange across regional boundaries. MKE< - >LAX moves between regions to pose questions about the influence that location, size, market, cultural values and other regional factors have on the arts and cultural identity.

For more information on:
Otis College of Art and Design's Graduate Public Practice program, please contact Consuelo Velasco Montoya at or visit
Watts House Project, please contact Will Sheffie, Executive Director at or visit
MKE<->LAX, please contact Sara Daleiden at or visit

Mark My Words Trailer:
Bending Toward the Light Trailer:
Pruitt's Current & Past Work:

Thank you to the Milwaukee-based Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund for the generous support.

February 5, 2013 | Willy

2011 Nohl Fellow Brad Lichtenstein has released BizVizz, an iPhone app inspired by his documentary As Goes Janesville. You can learn more about BizVizz and purchase the app at

February 1, 2013 | Joe Acri

With our Third Annual Winter Carnival barely a week away, we’ve turned our thoughts from ice skating, our first-ever homeschool day, another silk scarf painting workshop and the recent visit of author

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