Lynden Blog

March 23, 2011 | Willy


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!

March 17, 2011 | Polly

Our apologies for keeping everyone on the edges of their seats as they awaited the outcome of the YouSnow event. With spring making a sudden appearance up here at Lynden, we’ve been watching the snow recede and the turkeys reappear. Still, as Willy has shown in a prior post, the traces of snow sculptures remain on the grounds, and may even be visible on Sunday (from my window I can see a miniature version of the Cucullu/Matthes wall across the lake, more of a fence than a fortress).

Our thanks to Emilia Layden and Paul Druecke, our esteemed judges. They spent an hour trekking around the grounds in the snow in the late afternoon during Winter Carnival looking at projects and talking to artists. The snow sculptures were a marvel of ingenuity—so many ways to shape, arrange, imprint or ingest the snow! Best of all, each sculpture enabled us to see the garden, at least for a little while, in a new way.

The judges began with the delicious Snownuts purveyed by Cody Frei of the 62nd Dimension (though they had to fight for space at the table with two very serious young Snownut-makers).


Her performance completed, Sara Caron met the judges on the path to explain her project. Armed with a cell phone and a loaf of bread, Sara traced a friend’s path between her car and the Capitol in Madison in a field of snow. The directions were relayed in real time over the phone, allowing the artist and her double to walk together. Sara left a trail of breadcrumbs as well as her footsteps in the field of snow.


Amanda Tollefson returned to her tree perch to greet the judges. She explained that she had abandoned her original plan when she discovered how un-packable the snow was (a sketch of the proposed structure hung from a branch) and instead had taken up residence in the tree.


A little farther along, Katie Kraft’s giant bracelet had taken on a welter of blue markings, thanks to passing participants. (Just the other day we brought in the braided rope that was all that remained of the piece after the weather changed.)


Colin Matthes and Santiago Cucullu showed off a small white painting on a thick white wall—one of the afternoon’s major engineering feats. Intriguingly, this extemporaneous gallery faced the woods to the south; if you positioned yourself in front of the painting the wall effectively usurped the entire sculpture garden, obliterating the view of lake, sculptures and buildings.


Roy Staab showed off his piece, now called Prosperity, from the bridge. He and his crew had battled the dread double ice on the lake, breaking through the top layer into the slushy water that rested on top of the very thick layer below. Lots of wet socks, shoes and pants, as well as a video, which can be seen by clicking the image below (yes, it did snow that day!).


Richard Galling wrapped up his solo labors and showed his minimalist sculpture to the judges.


KT Hancock, Sam Scheller and Tina Graziano also explained their work, a snow intervention in the crotch of a tree, and led the judges around to the far side to show a hidden detail.


The judging ended on a high note with a formal presentation by Jade Pergl, who told Paul and Emilia about the tool she and her sister Mia and father Will had built before the carnival to make their path in the snow. She expertly fielded questions about color and route choices, impressing the judges and their entourage (by now many of the artists were following along).


Emilia and Paul retreated into the house to make their final decisions, emerging after a long period to announce the winners. They admitted that it was a difficult decision, and thanked all the artists for their inspired work.

The Grand Prize, a snow painting by John Riepenhoff, went to Sara Caron.

The two First Prizes, gift certificates to Utrecht, went to Richard Galling and to the team of KT Hancock, Sam Scheller and Tina Graziano.

All the participants received memberships to Lynden, where we hope to see them often in the coming months. Special thanks to our friends at Boswell Book Company, who provided rewards for the judges. And of course to John Riepenhoff, for organizing YouSnow and The Pond Is Our Canvas.

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

March 16, 2011 | Willy

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

March 16, 2011 | Willy

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

March 14, 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!
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.

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.

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