Lynden Sculpture Garden
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July Events at the Lynden Sculpture Garden

In July, the Lynden Sculpture Garden is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day except Thursdays (closed), and until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays. Closed July 4 for the holiday.

By - Jun 29th, 2015 12:37 pm

The Lynden Sculpture Garden is located at 2145 West Brown Deer Road. Admission is $9 general, $7 for students and seniors. Members and children under 6 are free. Admission includes access to the sculpture garden and house. All events listed below are free with admission unless otherwise indicated. Memberships are available.


In July, the Lynden Sculpture Garden is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day except Thursdays (closed), and until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays. Closed July 4 for the holiday.


Through September 20, 2015
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In a series of extended residencies at the Lynden Sculpture Garden beginning in the summer of 2013, Dan Torop made photographs on the grounds which integrate an historical text–Meriwether Lewis’s June 14, 1805 diary entry describing a day and night in the environs of the Great Falls of the Missouri River–with present day visual explorations. Mindful of ecologist Aldo Leopold’s description of a nearby landscape, Torop responded to the passage of seasons, animals, and objects across the site, sometimes intervening, always observing. Frozen Period refers to both a season–the frigid winter of 2014–and an historical epoch: the “frozen period,” the time between the death of the sculpture garden’s owner and creator, Peg Bradley, in 1978, and its opening to the public in 2010. Frozen Period is both a subjective description based upon a year’s photographic work, and an examination of the very act of exploration and observation. Through rendering and modifying Lynden’s spaces, Torop examines the tension between exploration and domestication, expansion and settlement, the “sublimely grand” and the “pleasingly beautifull” (Lewis, June 14, 1805). The opening of the exhibition coincides with the 210th anniversary of Meriwether Lewis’s narrative.


Saturday, July 11, 2015 – 2-3:30 pm
Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.
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Artist-in-residence Eddee Daniel is a fine art photographer and writer who specializes in urban ecologies. His year-long residency, Art and Nature: Attitudes and Edges, combines his interests in art and the environment, and has brought him to Lynden for extended periods to explore and photograph. Daniel will begin his artist-led tour with a brief slide presentation of work done to date, followed by a personalized tour of the grounds. Daniel brings to his current full time practice over 30 years of experience teaching art, architecture and photography. His tour of the sculpture garden will highlight a few of his favorite sculptures and also explore the more naturalized areas behind and around the formal garden. Come early to picnic on the grounds, then share Daniel’s discoveries at the intersection of art and nature.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 2 pm
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Milwaukee-born choreographer Reggie Wilson comes home to create a new site-specific iteration of his acclaimed work Moses(es). Originally inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain (the Moses story told as a Southern folk tale in African-American vernacular), and by his travels to holy lands such as Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Mali, Moses(es) examines the effects that migration has on beliefs and on how we choose to lead and why we follow. During his two-week residency, Wilson will make use of Lynden’s landscape and sculpture to construct distinctive settings for each part of the work, and will engage with an intergenerational group of community performers to create a unique Moses(es) that is a celebration of space and place. This is a co-presentation with Alverno Presents, and part of the Movement and Migration project:

Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 12 noon-5 pm
Free to dogs and members or with admission to the sculpture garden.
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Enjoy a walk among the sculptures at Lynden. Dogs must be leashed and considerate of other visitors, canine and human.

Friday, July 31, 2015 – 5-6 pm

The K-12 teachers participating in our annual Summer Institute open an exhibition of the projects completed, indoors and out, during this summer’s intensive, Movement and Migration. The Institute, a collaboration between the Lynden Sculpture Garden and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art Education program, recruits cross-disciplinary teams of K-12 teachers from selected schools to participate in hands-on experiences and artistic dialogues with curators, artists, naturalists, and UWM faculty with the aim of developing curriculum that uses their discoveries at Lynden to teach through the arts. The Institute is a component of ArtsECO, a UWM initiative funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation that focuses on sustaining arts education by building a strong network of support for pre-service, early service, and veteran teachers equipped to “teach through the arts.” The exhibition remains on view through August 9.


A four-week class session with Heather Eiden
Saturdays, July 11-August 1, 2015 – 9-10:30 am
Four-class session: $40/$20 members; drop-in rate: $12/$7 members
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Heather Eiden, ceramic artist, art educator and yoga instructor, offers a weekly beginning/intermediate Hatha Yoga class outdoors at Lynden. Yoga, which means union, refers to the interconnection of mind, body and spirit. Yoga is an ongoing process of discovery, an evolving art, and a pathway to holistic health. Eiden focuses on mindfulness, centering and alignment as she leads students through asanas (physical postures), pranayama (control of the breath), and relaxation. The class takes place outdoors (it will move indoors in inclement weather), so wear appropriate clothing and footwear (yoga socks) for outdoor practice and bring a mat. Some yoga experience required. Each class will begin with hot chai tea. Heather Eiden has been teaching Hatha Yoga since 2004. She is a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and has studied at several places, including the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Society in Rishikesh, India. She has offered a variety of yoga classes, including Beginning Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal Yoga and Yoga for Alignment, and has been teaching yoga at Lynden since 2011.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 – 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Fee: $110/$99 members (all materials included).
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Enameling is a timeless art form that involves sifting colored glass onto a copper base and fusing it in a kiln to create shiny, colorful works of art. In this workshop, Leslie Perrino teaches the basics of enameling, covering a variety of techniques including stencils, sgraffito, threads, silver foil, screens, and decals. You will complete sample pieces for practice, and can then choose from a variety of projects ranging from wearable items to small bowls. No experience required, and all materials supplied.

Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm
Fee (includes admission for the day): Adults: $12; students / seniors age 62 and up/active military: $8; children aged 6-17: $8. Advance registration required.
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In the warmer seasons, we offer a monthly docent-led “patio tour” for those with limited mobility. Mrs. Bradley, who collected the more than 50 monumental sculptures at Lynden between 1962 and 1978, liked to be able to see a great deal of the sculpture from her seat in the corner of the porch, so the patio offers an excellent view of much of our collection. The 45-60 minute tour, conducted from the patio of the house, introduces visitors to the history of the Lynden Sculpture Garden, surveys the sculptures visible from the patio, and takes a closer look at those nearby.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – 6-10:30 pm
Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.
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The Lynden Sculpture Garden remains open until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays during the summer months. It’s a beautiful time to see the garden, to enjoy a picnic on the grounds, and to take a stroll. We would like more people to enjoy these evenings at Lynden, so on July 22 we’re hosting our second annual Midsummer Saturnalia, which includes some inducements: an astronomy talk, planet gazing, plus some treats (Transit of Venus cookies anyone?)–to lure you out on a Wednesday night. We’ll be looking at our Moon, Saturn, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, and the Ring Nebula in Lyra. Bring your picnics, your ears, and your eyeballs. Picnicking from 6-8 pm; an Introduction to the Night Sky with amateur astronomer Robert Powell from 8-9 pm; planet-gazing thereafter (and don’t worry if you don’t have a telescope, Rob will provide a 11″ Schmidt-Cassegrain or 13″ Newtonian telescope).


Fee: $10/$8 members (includes admission to the sculpture garden for one adult and one child aged 3 or under; additional children $4 each).
Tuesdays, July 14 and July 28 – 10:30 am- 11:30 am
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The 40 acres that house the Lynden collection of monumental outdoor sculpture are also home to many birds, insects, frogs, mammals and plants. Naturalist Naomi Cobb offers a nature program that explores a different theme each month, taking into account the changing seasons, and provides an opportunity for those with very small children to engage in outdoor play and manipulation of art materials. The theme for July is abuzz.

Fee: $10/$8 members (includes admission to the sculpture garden for one adult and one child aged 20 months-5 years; additional children $4 each).
Sunday, July 19, 2015 – 10:30 am- 11:45 am
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Join naturalist Naomi Cobb for a monthly parent/child story hour in Lynden’s special corners. We begin with a short exploratory hike to a destination chosen to reflect our theme. Following the story, we will make a small art project to celebrate our discoveries. Designed for parents or grandparents and children from 20 months through age 5. The theme for July is flower world.


June 15-August 28, 2015
Ages 20 months-13 years
Fees vary.
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Lynden’s art and nature camps for children aged 20 months to 13 years integrate our collection of monumental outdoor sculpture with the natural ecology of park, pond, and woodland. Led by artists, naturalists, and art educators, the camps explore the intersection of art and nature through collaborative discovery and hands-on artmaking, using all of Lynden’s 40 acres to create a joyful outdoor experience. Each camp concludes with an informal showing for family and friends. Join us for a summer of art and nature!


Summer camps will be in their final month, Theresa Columbus and Jennifer Holmes will be offering workshops as part of Pegi Christiansen’s Distance project (August 2), and Corey Smith offers a Handmade Boxes workshop (August 9). The Women’s Speaker Series welcomes author Jenna Blum (August 12). Our monthly Patio Tour of the sculpture collection is slated for August 16, as is a family workshop. We offer two sessions of Tuesdays in the Garden (August 4 and August 18; the theme is butterflies) and one of Story Time in the Garden (August 9). Dog day is August 15. Our annual fundraiser, Harry and Peg Bradley’s Backyard Barbecue, returns on August 20.


The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. The sculpture garden is open to art and nature lovers of all ages from 10 am to 5 pm every day except Thursdays (closed) and until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays. Memberships are available. More information: or 414.446.8794.

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