Lynden Sculpture Garden
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7th Annual Winter Carnival at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, January 28, 2017, 10 am-4 pm

Lynden welcomes winter with a day of outdoor art-making, studio activities, scavenger hunts, hikes and parades, and whatever other winter activities.

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7th Annual Winter Carnival at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, January 28, 2017, 10 am-4 pm

7th Annual Winter Carnival at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, January 28, 2017, 10 am-4 pm

Fee: Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden ($9 adults/$7 seniors, students & children; children under 6 are free). Family passes for nonmembers will be available at the door for $20.

Lynden welcomes winter with a day of outdoor art-making, studio activities, scavenger hunts, hikes and parades, and whatever other winter activities–ice skating, painting the pond, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing–the weather permits, sponsored by Davey Tree Expert. This year the highly participatory, artist-driven carnival, curated by recent MIAD graduate Reece Ousey, features an artist’s version of an outdoor mini-golf course created by Miguel Ramirez–a winter-friendly extension of previous indoor projects Ramirez has exhibited in Milwaukee. Current and former Lynden artists-in-residence, including Sara Caron, Katheryn Corbin, and Pat Hidson and Tori Tasch, will be on hand with new projects. Caron is planning a walking performance, Corbin will help you build tiny gardens from ceramic pieces, and Hidson and Tasch will offer a pressure-printing workshop. Kim Miller‘s MIAD students will perform their interpretations of a costume parade, and for sustenance, the Little Havana Express food truck will be serving Cuban cuisine–sandwiches, empanadas, and hot beverages–from 11 am to 2 pm.

Miguel Ramirez brings the second in his series of artist-designed miniature golf holes to the Lynden Sculpture Garden for the Winter Carnival. Hole No. 2, designed and built by Ramirez, is a three-part interactive sculpture, meant to be played. Complete the hole under par and win a prize! Miguel Ramirez received his BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2013. Ramirez’s current work spans the fields of sculpture, product design, and spatial design. Like hashtags, emojis, and plastic pizza-toppers, the objects he creates only begin to have meaning when they are allowed to intermingle and build context. Departing from traditional notions of sculpture, Ramirez’s work operates in the negative space that exists between objects, filling gaps between differences in scale, incongruous materials, digital and real space. Pairing a sense of humor with the aesthetics of modern design and minimalist sculpture, he works in a variety of mediums and materials.

Lynden naturalist Naomi Cobb leads two outdoor drop-in activities. Turn the Little Lake into a dazzling, colorful snow mural using water-based dye and “brushes” (spray bottles and watering cans) in Paint the Pond. Build your own Snow Creatures by sculpting physical forms from snow, then outfitting them with a variety of nature-based accessories.

Carnival organizer Reece Ousey invites you to play a variety of winter-time lawn games, including a special ice version of bocce ball. Assuming the weather cooperates, we’ll be sinking a “hole” into the ice of the pond for a hole-in-one contest.

Join Jeremy Stepien in the upstairs art studio for drop-in art activities (and to warm up). From 10 am-12 pm, he’ll be making thaumatropes, disk-based optical toys popular in the 19th century. Then, from 1-4 pm, make your own dip candles.

Artists Pat Hidson & Tori Tasch, whose exhibition Draw, Print, Fold, Paint, is on view in the house through February 19, 2017 (including during the carnival), teach you the art of pressure printing, a process of creating artistic and accurate prints of leaves or pine sprigs using a flexible printing plate and oil-based ink.

Meet artist-in-residence and ceramicist Katheryn Corbin in her studio space at Lynden to construct small sculptures using pre-fired ceramic pieces, wet clay, and found objects from around the grounds.

Former Lynden artist-in-residence Kim Miller brings her Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design students to the carnival to reinterpret a traditional costume parade.

Sara Caron, another Lynden artist-in-residence leads a hike based on the path of the Women’s March on Washington, happening a week prior to the Winter Carnival in Washington D.C. Throughout the rest of the day, Caron will be continuing her practice of serving hot beverages at Lynden.

Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53217

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