Events Calendar

January 8, 2020 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Spring Session

January 8, 2020 - May 13, 2020
Wednesdays, 3-5:30 pm
Ages 11 and up

Drop into our studio for informal art exploration. Come for 30 minutes or stay for 2 1/2 hours; visit weekly or stop by when you need an after-school activity; bring a friend or sibling or try it on your own. Each week we'll introduce different materials, processes and themes, and get you started on a project. We'll focus on three-dimensional artmaking--though we will also do plenty of painting, drawing and collaging--and make use of Lynden’s special resources: the collection of monumental sculpture and 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.

Single Session: $11/$9 members
Art Drop-In Card: Any 8 sessions for $64/$48 members
Purchase an 8-session Art Drop-in Card or register for an individual session online now.

For more information, click here.

January 9, 2020 - 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Spring Session

January 9, 2020-May 14, 2020
Thursdays, 2:30-5 pm
Ages 6-11

Drop into our studio for informal art exploration. Come for 30 minutes or stay for 2 1/2 hours; visit weekly or stop by when you need an after-school activity; bring a friend or sibling or try it on your own. Each week we'll introduce different materials, processes and themes, and get you started on a project. We'll focus on three-dimensional artmaking--though we will also do plenty of painting, drawing and collaging--and make use of Lynden’s special resources: the collection of monumental sculpture and 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.

Single Session: $11/$9 members
Art Drop-In Card: Any 8 sessions for $64/$48 members
Purchase an 8-session Art Drop-in Card or register for an individual session online now.

For more information, click here.

January 11, 2020 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

The garden will be closed due to weather.

January 15, 2020 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Spring Session

January 8, 2020 - May 13, 2020
Wednesdays, 3-5:30 pm
Ages 11 and up

Drop into our studio for informal art exploration. Come for 30 minutes or stay for 2 1/2 hours; visit weekly or stop by when you need an after-school activity; bring a friend or sibling or try it on your own. Each week we'll introduce different materials, processes and themes, and get you started on a project. We'll focus on three-dimensional artmaking--though we will also do plenty of painting, drawing and collaging--and make use of Lynden’s special resources: the collection of monumental sculpture and 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.

Single Session: $11/$9 members
Art Drop-In Card: Any 8 sessions for $64/$48 members
Purchase an 8-session Art Drop-in Card or register for an individual session online now.

For more information, click here.

January 16, 2020 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

Collective Becoming
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 9 am-2 pm
Ages: 6-15
Fee: $45/$35 members

Registration is closed.

What stories, questions, and connections can emerge from a shared activity like cooking a meal or sewing together? Taking a lead from artist Lee Mingwei, and his Dining and Mending projects, we will design spaces for collective interactions. Outside, we will share favorite recipes and design a meal of local food that we’ll cook over a fire. In the studio, we’ll trade ripped or damaged clothing with a mending partner. As we mend these articles of clothing, we’ll learn about ourselves and each other by sharing stories about the clothes and how they were damaged.

For more information on Homeschool Days, click here.

January 16, 2020 - 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Spring Session

January 9, 2020-May 14, 2020
Thursdays, 2:30-5 pm
Ages 6-11

Drop into our studio for informal art exploration. Come for 30 minutes or stay for 2 1/2 hours; visit weekly or stop by when you need an after-school activity; bring a friend or sibling or try it on your own. Each week we'll introduce different materials, processes and themes, and get you started on a project. We'll focus on three-dimensional artmaking--though we will also do plenty of painting, drawing and collaging--and make use of Lynden’s special resources: the collection of monumental sculpture and 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.

Single Session: $11/$9 members
Art Drop-In Card: Any 8 sessions for $64/$48 members
Purchase an 8-session Art Drop-in Card or register for an individual session online now.

For more information, click here.

January 18, 2020 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Photo: Molly Rosenblum/Sam LaStrapes/Kodah

Free to members and dogs, or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden. In the winter, cross-country skiers and snowshoers also welcome, and in the warmer months, we encourage picnicking.

January 19, 2020 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm

with Sue Pezanoski Browne & Katie Hobday

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.

Sue Pezanoski Browne and Katie Hobday, Lynden’s teachers-in-residence, invite you to participate in the Sound Tree Project, the focus of their collaborative artist residency. Working in a grove of trees on the Lynden grounds, Pezanoski Browne and Hobday are constructing an environment filled with clay chimes that they make and fill with personal narratives. This exploration of art, nature, memory, and materials is informed by their thinking about movement and migration—about life as movement interspersed with pauses of various lengths.

January 19, 2020 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Fee: $65/ $55 members per session (all materials for making 12-20 incense pieces included)
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794. Registration for the January 19 session is now by phone only.

Learn the basics of making your own natural incense. This workshop introduces a Japanese style of incense-making using traditional materials. Mike Paré, drawing from the history of incense, introduces students to a variety of aromatic herbs, spices, tree resins, and powders; discusses the philosophy of fragrance formation; and teaches participants to roll cones or joss sticks. Each participant will finish the workshop with 12-20 pieces of incense. Additional incense materials will be available for purchase.

The workshop consists of three parts:
Part 1: Incense Burning
Participants are introduced to historical and cultural aspects of incense. They will get acquainted with incense materials by burning them with charcoal and a censer. Creative and interactive exercises will involve incense burning and sampling ingredients such as frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, patchouli, sage, and a dozen others.
Part 2: Formulation
We discuss philosophies of fragrance formulation and combination. Participants choose from the selection of prepared incense materials to create their own blend. Only organic or wildcrafted materials are used.
Part 3: Hand Rolling Incense
Participants mix and shape their blend into a burnable form by hand rolling cones or joss sticks. Drying and storage of incense will be discussed.

NOTE: Rolled incense takes up to 48 hours to dry completely. Participants are encouraged to bring a small, airtight plastic container to transport the finished incense.

About the Artist
Mike Paré is the founder of Zouz Incense - a natural incense company. Paré has a background in visual art, education, and anthropology. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

January 19, 2020 - 3:00pm - 6:30pm

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Fee: Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.
Registration: Advance registration required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

What better way to experience Lynden in the winter than by lantern light? Join Jeremy Stepien in the art studio beginning at 3 pm for this popular annual family workshop to make a lantern (or bring your own). Visitors of all ages can enjoy designing and decorating lanterns made from recycled jars and tea light candles. Embellishments include tissue paper collage, punched-tin lids, and reeds and wires (for handles). Make your own or work together to create a lantern for your group.

At 5 pm we embark on a lantern-lit walk through the garden. We'll stroll through Lynden's back acres, introducing you to the mysteries and unique features of outdoor life after dark. We'll end with a bonfire and hot cider.

The garden will open at 10 am as usual; the walk will begin at 5 pm.

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January 20, 2020 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

School's Out Art Drop-In with Extended Hours

Monday, January 20, 2020, 12-5 pm
Ages 6 and up
$16/$12 members per session
We are offering a special, extended drop-in session for those off school. Drop into our studio for informal art exploration. Come for 30 minutes or stay for 5 hours; bring a friend or sibling or try it on your own.
No advance registration required. Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794.

For more information on Weekly Art Drop-In, click here.

January 22, 2020 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Spring Session

January 8, 2020 - May 13, 2020
Wednesdays, 3-5:30 pm
Ages 11 and up

Drop into our studio for informal art exploration. Come for 30 minutes or stay for 2 1/2 hours; visit weekly or stop by when you need an after-school activity; bring a friend or sibling or try it on your own. Each week we'll introduce different materials, processes and themes, and get you started on a project. We'll focus on three-dimensional artmaking--though we will also do plenty of painting, drawing and collaging--and make use of Lynden’s special resources: the collection of monumental sculpture and 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.

Single Session: $11/$9 members
Art Drop-In Card: Any 8 sessions for $64/$48 members
Purchase an 8-session Art Drop-in Card or register for an individual session online now.

For more information, click here.

January 23, 2020 - 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Spring Session

January 9, 2020-May 14, 2020
Thursdays, 2:30-5 pm
Ages 6-11

Drop into our studio for informal art exploration. Come for 30 minutes or stay for 2 1/2 hours; visit weekly or stop by when you need an after-school activity; bring a friend or sibling or try it on your own. Each week we'll introduce different materials, processes and themes, and get you started on a project. We'll focus on three-dimensional artmaking--though we will also do plenty of painting, drawing and collaging--and make use of Lynden’s special resources: the collection of monumental sculpture and 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.

Single Session: $11/$9 members
Art Drop-In Card: Any 8 sessions for $64/$48 members
Purchase an 8-session Art Drop-in Card or register for an individual session online now.

For more information, click here.

January 25, 2020 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Richard Shilling and Julia Brooklyn, land art for the 10th Annual Winter Carnival
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Free.

Lynden rolls out its first Family Free Day of the year. Our 10th annual Winter Carnival features artist projects, games, drop-in studio activities, and surprises orchestrated by Michael Lagerman. Watch for several activities and interventions from our artists-in-residence: a large-scale land art project from guests Richard Shilling and Julia Brooklyn; a pop-up sculpture entitled A Ballad for Disappearing Beasts from Gary John Gresl; a collective reading of Carl Sandbury’s Rootabaga Stories directed by Chuck Stebelton; and two activities from Jenna Knapp (Labyrinth Seeding and the letter writing project, Dear Self, With Love). Our sponsoring arborists, Davey Tree Expert, will be climbing the taller trees in the morning, and several chefs from the refugee community will provide snacks throughout the day (donations welcome). Land manager Kyle Welna promises to build a Quinzhee (snow permitting), and skates, snowshoes, and cross-country skis are welcome if the conditions are suitable. Our highly participatory, artist-driven carnival offers something for everybody.
Check back: we're still updating the schedule!

Schedule

10 am-4 pm Joseph Mougel: Lynden Upside Down
10 am-4 pm Kyle Seis: I Don't Know Where the Wind Goes
10 am-4 pm Gary John Gresl: A Ballad for Disappearing Beasts
10 am-4 pm Richard Shilling: Land Art Films
10 am-12:30 pm Watershed
10 am-12 pm Chuck Stebelton: Collective Reading of Rootabaga Stories
10 am-11:30 am Naturalist Table
10:30 am-2:30 pm Richard Schilling & Julia Brooklyn: Make Land Art
10:30 am-12 pm Tree Climbing Demo with Davey Tree
11 am-3 pm HOME: Taste the World
11 am-12 pm Jenna Knapp: Dear Self, With Love Letter Writing Workshop
11 am-12 pm Pegi Christiansen: Is This Fair?
11:30 am-1:30 pm Adam Beadel: Introducing: Gravity Computer
12 pm & 2 pm Kim Miller & Students: Rehearsal - Capturing the Moon in Soft Focus
1 pm-4 pm Dip Candle Making
1 pm-3 pm Jeff Zimpel: Capturing Brushstrokes
1 pm-3 pm Vaughan Larsen: Constructing a Photoshoot
1 pm-3 pm Tracks in the Snow
1 pm-2 pm LSOLSG: Seed Sowing
1 pm-2 pm Pegi Christiansen: Is This Fair?
2:30 pm Tour the Natural Plant Communities
2:30 pm-3:30 pm Jenna Knapp: Dear Self, With Love Letter Writing Workshop

10 AM-4 PM: JOSEPH MOUGEL: LYNDEN UPSIDE DOWN
Joseph Mougel, Head of Photography and Imaging at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, brings his mobile camera obscura to Lynden for the carnival. An early projection technology, dating back to the 19th century, camera obscura means "dark room." Light passing through a pinhole in a wall creates an inverted image of the scene outside. Join Mougel on the grounds to explore this optical phenomenon and make your own images.

10 AM-4 PM: KYLE SEIS: I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE WIND GOES
Kyle Seis is an artist and photographer, and he programs CHAMBER, an artist-run space in Milwaukee. "I Don't Know Where the Wind Goes" is a snippet of a snippet. His temporary installation will present an old image in a new way.

10 AM-4 PM: GARY JOHN GRESL: A BALLAD FOR DISAPPEARING BEASTS
Artist-in-residence Gary John Gresl creates his final pop-up sculpture at Lynden, a complement to his durational temporary installation, The Body Farm.

10 AM-4 PM: RICHARD SHILLING: LAND ART FILMS
Need to warm up? The land art films Richard Shilling curated for the 2020 Land Art Festival in Llano, Texas, will be playing on a loop in the house. The selection of films includes: Horizon Line Chamber by Chris Drury; Sacred Cycles by Richard Shilling; Direct Transmission by Michael Grab/Gravity Glue; and Land Art: Art on the Border by Artur Dowgird.

10 AM-12:30 PM: WATERSHED
As the snow and ice melts, we will embark on an all-ages painting project that explores wet media and the uncontrollable, ever-changing nature of water. Using ice, snow, and water colored with pigment, we’ll take the spontaneous imagery created as water changes from one state to another as the starting point for our paintings.

10 AM-12 PM: CHUCK STEBELTON: COLLECTIVE READING OF ROOTABAGA STORIES
Artist-in-Residence Chuck Stebelton hosts a group reading of Carl Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories." Lend your reading voice, or take a break from the Winter Carnival to warm up and listen for a while.

10 AM-11:30 AM: NATURALIST TABLE
Examples of Lynden's wildlife will be on display, as well as a challenge to find evidence of their existence on our grounds. Super nature detectives win prizes. Snowflake catchers and hand lens also available if there is snow.

10:30 AM-2:30 PM: RICHARD SHILLING & JULIA BROOKLYN: MAKE LAND ART
Winter Carnival artists-in-residence Richard Shilling and Julia Brooklyn present a series of temporary land art sculptures amidst Lynden’s permanent collection. The artists are joining us from the United Kingdom where they work, host workshops, and run the program Land Art for Kids. Both of the artists are dedicated to playful experimentation and collaboration with the landscape. Throughout their 2 week residency, Shilling and Brooklyn are spending time getting to know the indecisive Wisconsin winter weather patterns and are using found and natural raw materials at Lynden to create ephemeral works across the grounds. During the carnival they will be working on a large-scale, participatory build—so come and join them!

10:30 AM-12 PM: TREE CLIMBING DEMO WITH DAVEY TREE
Winter Carnival sponsors
Davey Tree will give a demonstration of the techniques their arborists use to climb tall trees in the winter.

11 AM-3 PM: HOME: TASTE THE WORLD
Kim Khaira, artist-in-residence and liaison to the
HOME steering committee, has organized three teams of refugee chefs to share their snacks with you on this wintery day. All snacks are free, but donations welcome!

Khin Blay and May June Paw grew up in the same refugee camp in Thailand but did not meet until 2016, the year that Khin Blay and May June's brother married. Since then, Khin Blay, an expert chef in their traditional cuisine, has taught May June the many ways of cooking Karen and Burmese food. The sisters-in-law come together to serve one savory and one sweet snack: Buu Thee Kyaw, a gourd-onion tempura dipped in a tangy sauce, and sticky rice with coconut. May June moved to the States in 2012 and is studying Education at UWM with the love and support of family members and friends. Khin Blay is currently a stay-at-home mother living with her husband and daughter in Milwaukee.

Sumeya Osman is a Somali refugee who lived in Uganda as an urban refugee for six years. She is offering a Somali twist on a snack presented in many cultures and traditions: stuffed pocket pastries. Known as samosas or sambusas, these are Sumeya's specialty creations. She will bring to us a surprise vegetarian sambusa; its delicious contents only known when she purchases the freshest ingredients from local markets. As a community advocate and interpreter, her experience and skills range from working as a community health worker, to supporting initiatives at the local level with Public Allies, and advocating for refugee rights. Sumeya is an active member of the HOME steering committee, and is busily engaged with the planning of this annual, community-directed refugee event at Lynden. She is the event's co-MC, alongside Rohingya refugee Hasina Begum.

Tahani Fadel is from Daraa, Syria and has been living in Milwaukee since the fall of 2016. She is married with eight kids, and is known in her community as an active, supportive member and wonderful chef for family and community events (she shared her delicious grape leaves with us at HOME 2019). With cooking as her passion, she has given much of her time and effort to showing support and engaging with people through homemade goods. She is currently catering in the Milwaukee area and has been involved in Tables Across Borders, a series coordinated by Kai Mishlove and community collaborators. Working with Sheila Badwan, the head coordinator of Hanan Refugee Relief's Milwaukee Chapter, Tahani is making snacks unique to her country of origin.

11 AM-12 PM & 2:30-3:30 PM: JENNA KNAPP: DEAR SELF, WITH LOVE LETTER-WRITING WORKSHOP
Dear Self, With Love is an informal letter writing workshop hosted by artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp. Guests attend the pop-up workshop to write a letter to their future self. Sign, seal, write your return address, and deposit it into a handmade mailbox and have it sent back to you at the beginning of 2021.

11 AM-12 PM & 1 PM-2 PM: PEGI CHRISTIANSEN: IS THIS FAIR?
Pegi Christiansen was an artist in residence at Lynden in 2014 and 2015. Her 5-minute performance, "Is this Fair?,” takes a look at the electoral college and makes the case for the National Popular Vote bill. Lynden is one of many stops on Christiansen’s nonpartisan voting project tour of Wisconsin that began in September 2019 and will continue through August 2020. During the Democratic National Convention next summer, Christiansen plans to perform a revised national version of “Is this Fair?” many times every day.
For more information on the National Popular Vote bill: https://www.nationalpopularvote.com

11:30 AM-1:30 PM: ADAM BEADEL - INTRODUCING: GRAVITY COMPUTER
Information tbd.

12 PM & 2 PM: KIM MILLER & STUDENTS: REHEARSAL - CAPTURING THE MOON IN SOFT FOCUS
Employing performative techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed, artist Kim Miller and her students from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design will perform two iterations of "Capturing the Moon in Soft Focus," a 20-minute performance. The performance takes inspiration from the Carnival's coincidence with the Lunar New Year and will explore reactions to the moon's visuality.

1 PM-4 PM: DIP CANDLE MAKING
Warm up in the art studio and make candles the old-fashioned way, by dipping a string in wax. This activity is designed as a drop-in and is open to all ages (young children may need parental assistance).

1-3 PM: JEFF ZIMPEL: CAPTURING BRUSHSTROKES
Jeff Zimpel is a Milwaukee artist and educator who is currently pursuing his MFA in Community Art and Social Engagement at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As part of his developing practice and inquiry into the structure of painting, Zimpel has been collecting brushstrokes suspended in resin for further examination and display. You are invited to participate in this ongoing project by leaving your own mark on a piece of resin, thus contributing to this growing archive.

1-3 PM: VAUGHAN LARSEN: CONSTRUCTING A PHOTOSHOOT
Vaughan Larsen, a 2019 Mary Nohl Emerging Artist Fellow, received their BFA with an emphasis in Photography and Imaging from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2019. Their practice currently explores issues of identity and relationships using staged portraits depicting people close to them. Through these images, Larsen is reflecting on connections with loved ones, focusing on moments of a heightened bond. Larsen invites Winter Carnival participants to participate in an ongoing portrait series and to watch as Larsen orchestrates a “staged” portrait.

1-3 PM: TRACKS IN THE SNOW
Can you recognize what animal made which tracks outside in the snow? A print-making project will help you recognize Lynden's native creatures and use their tracks as inspiration.

1-2 PM: LABYRINTH SOCIETY OF LYNDEN SCULPTURE GARDEN: SEED SOWING
Join artist-in-residence and Labyrinth Society of Lynden Sculpture Garden founder Jenna Knapp, along with land managers Kyle Welna and Roberta Kaleta Jr., to walk the site of the labyrinth, plant Wisconsin native seeds, and learn more about the prairie.

2:30 PM: TOUR THE NATURAL PLANT COMMUNITIES
Join Robert and Kyle, the Lynden land management team for a walking tour of the natural plant communities in the sculpture garden. They will identify trees, share their knowledge about how the unique biosphere at Lynden has evolved, and explain their efforts to keep a local and sustainable land management practice.

January 26, 2020 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

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Fee: $110/$99 members (all materials included)
Registration:Advance registration required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

Participants will produce a series of pendants by collaging materials and covering them in resin. First, you’ll make a mini-collage by choosing from a large selection of decorative papers, photos, and small objects--charms, beads, shells, etc.—and arranging them in a diminutive pendant tray. Then the tray will be filled with clear resin and will harden into a unique pendant. The possibilities are endless! Learn how to prep and reduce bubble formation to get lovely results and expect to bring home at least four pendants by the end of the day. Students are encouraged to bring their own materials and mementos, or collect items on Lynden’s grounds, if desired. No experience required, and all materials supplied. Bring a bag lunch and beverages, and dress for the weather if you would like to do some outdoor collecting.

Note: Students will need to bring boxes or containers to carry their pendants home. You will be transporting curing resin which needs to stay flat and be protected from dust. Low, even boxes with lids (plastic or cardboard shoe boxes, takeout food containers, clamshell containers, Tupperware, etc.). Your pieces will need to be taped down and put in a flat part of the car, such as the back floor.

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About Leslie Perrino

Leslie Perrino is an artist and "art evangelist" who loves to share the power of art and creativity with people, particularly in her beloved areas of metals and enameling. Her artwork is a quirky mix of traditional and found objects, most recently combining computer/electrical components with enamels. She is a charismatic and effective teacher who encourages skill building and exploration of the medium.

January 29, 2020 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Spring Session

January 8, 2020 - May 13, 2020
Wednesdays, 3-5:30 pm
Ages 11 and up

Drop into our studio for informal art exploration. Come for 30 minutes or stay for 2 1/2 hours; visit weekly or stop by when you need an after-school activity; bring a friend or sibling or try it on your own. Each week we'll introduce different materials, processes and themes, and get you started on a project. We'll focus on three-dimensional artmaking--though we will also do plenty of painting, drawing and collaging--and make use of Lynden’s special resources: the collection of monumental sculpture and 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.

Single Session: $11/$9 members
Art Drop-In Card: Any 8 sessions for $64/$48 members
Purchase an 8-session Art Drop-in Card or register for an individual session online now.

For more information, click here.

January 30, 2020 - 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Spring Session

January 9, 2020-May 14, 2020
Thursdays, 2:30-5 pm
Ages 6-11

Drop into our studio for informal art exploration. Come for 30 minutes or stay for 2 1/2 hours; visit weekly or stop by when you need an after-school activity; bring a friend or sibling or try it on your own. Each week we'll introduce different materials, processes and themes, and get you started on a project. We'll focus on three-dimensional artmaking--though we will also do plenty of painting, drawing and collaging--and make use of Lynden’s special resources: the collection of monumental sculpture and 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.

Single Session: $11/$9 members
Art Drop-In Card: Any 8 sessions for $64/$48 members
Purchase an 8-session Art Drop-in Card or register for an individual session online now.

For more information, click here.


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