Lynden Sculpture Garden
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December at Lynden

This is the time of year when we ask for your support.

By - Dec 3rd, 2019 02:17 pm

The view from my window this morning was filled with cows: Samuel Buri’s Mo, Ni, and Que. They were making their annual journey to their winter quarters—the banks of the swimming pool—and were standing patiently under the elm tree waiting to be carried, one by one, up the stairs. The cows are among the small handful of fragile works that routinely move indoors for winter, but like so many other things impacted by climate change, our sense of what is fragile—and when the ground is likely to be dry enough to move large objects across the lawn—has shifted as the ferocity of the winds and the persistence of rain have increased. We watch our trees carefully, anxious about falling branches that could damage the sculptures beneath them; now, we also monitor the sculptures that are not anchored to the earth by concrete footings.

Despite the early cold snap, we have not yet managed to produce ice-skating conditions, but we will keep you informed (usually on Facebook) about the state of the ice. The recent return to more seasonable weather has enlivened the Lynden turkey population, which was out in force this morning, pecking at the birdfeeders and looking sleek and relieved to have survived the Thanksgiving holiday.

We offer a few more opportunities to make gifts this month: John Holzwart will teach you how to make a hearth broom (Dec. 7—special alert on this one: we need to reach our minimum by Wednesday, so if you’ve been contemplating signing up, please do so now); Leslie Perrino offers one of her popular silk scarf painting workshops (Dec. 8), and in our monthly family workshop we’ll be making terrarium pendants (Dec. 15). We are hosting a final event with Rosemary Ollison on Dec. 14 in conjunction with her exhibition, Prosperity in a Million Scraps. She will be talking about her work, and we will be offering special discounts on her artist-made clothes and jewelry. Tuesdays in the Garden considers signs of winter (Dec. 10), art drop-in runs until the middle of the month and then goes on hiatus, and dog day is on the 21st.

The new class of Nohl Fellows has been selected: you can meet them here. Heads up to artists: the winter cycle of the Suitcase Export Fund has opened, and you can apply here.

This is the time of year when we ask for your support. We try to keep our pleas to a minimum, but it’s important for us to take stock at the end of the year and to share our ideas about what makes Lynden worthy of your continued commitment. We hope that you consider renewing your membership, or purchasing memberships as gifts for friends and family members. Notecards by Sarah Luther, Christiane Grauert, and Kathleen Kelly; Sara Caron‘s Lynden T-shirts (in many sizes and new colors) and Big Lake enamel pins; and the catalogues that illuminate various aspects of the Lynden enterprise, make great gifts, too. Proceeds from the sale of T-shirts, notecards, and catalogues support Lynden’s education, conservation and publication programs. We hope, too, that you put Lynden on your gift list this year, and make a tax-deductible donation that will help this laboratory at the intersection of art, nature, and culture thrive in 2020. We will be sending out a few e-reminders in the coming weeks; donate now and delete them with confidence.

Lynden will close for the holiday at the end of the day on December 23, reopening the morning of January 3. This is not to say that we won’t be here working, though perhaps on somewhat erratic schedules. Members are welcome to give a call or send an email to see about making a holiday visit (another great reason to become a member).

And to all, members and non-members alike, I recommend that you stop by some afternoon just as the sun is getting ready to go down. The view to the southwest is spectacular: full of pattern, color, and vastness.

December events, arranged chronologically:

WEEKLY ART DROP-IN FOR KIDS AGED 11 and Up
December 4, 11
Wednesdays, 3-5:30 pm
https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/wed-adi-fall-2019

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. Art Drop-in goes on hiatus in mid-December, resuming in mid-January.

WEEKLY ART DROP-IN FOR KIDS AGED 6-11
December 5, 12
Thursdays, 2:30-5 pm
https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/thurs-adi-fall-2019

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. Art Drop-in goes on hiatus in mid-December, resuming in mid-January.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 12-4 pm
HOLIDAY GIFTMAKING WORKSHOP: MAKE A HEARTH BROOM WITH JOHN HOLZWART

Discover the art of making handmade brooms with Wisconsin broom maker Little John Holzwart. Holzwart will lead you through the process of making a real broom for decorative or functional use. Choose between a round or flat hearth broom–handles of various woods have been gathered and cured for you to use, and all materials are provided. Discussion about decorative options will be included.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 10 am-4:30 pm
HOLIDAY GIFTMAKING WORKSHOP: SILK SCARF PAINTING WITH LESLIE PERRINO

This daylong workshop will explore easy and artful ways to apply dye to pre-hemmed silk scarves. From simple techniques such as tie-dyeing, resist and salt, to interesting ways to make marks, we’ll let ourselves be inspired by the wonderful art and nature surrounding us at Lynden. Each student will create three wearable and uniquely painted scarves using this centuries-old painting form. No experience required, and all materials supplied.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 -10:30am -11:30 am TUESDAYS IN THE GARDEN: AN OUTING FOR PARENTS & VERY SMALL CHILDREN
The 40 acres that house the Lynden collection of monumental outdoor sculpture are also home to many birds, insects, frogs, mammals and plants. Educator Claudia Orjuela offers a program for the very young 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 art making. The theme for December is signs of winter.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 2-4 pm
ROSEMARY OLLISON: GALLERY TALK AND FASHION SALE

Rosemary Ollison has transformed each of her apartments into an artist environment, deploying layers of pattern, duct tape sculptures, curtains of woven leather, crazy quilts, and inventive drawings. With Prosperity in a Million Scraps, her exhibition at Lynden, she has created an immersive environment within the former home of Harry and Peg Bradley. Spreading beyond the gallery, where a fourteen-foot leather quilt hangs, Ollison has transformed Lynden’s dining room, preparing it for an imaginary dinner party. Join the artist for a gallery talk and holiday sale. Several of Ollison’s handmade necklaces, as well as fashion items including one-of-a-kind dresses and ensembles, denim vests and jackets, and kimonos, will be available for purchase. The necklaces, ranging in price from $25 to $150, make wonderful holiday gifts, as do the notecards made from Christiane Grauert’s watercolor sketches of Ollison’s fashion show in August. The talk will begin at 2:30 pm. This is a Call & Response event.

Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 12:30pm – 2:30pm
FAMILY HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: TERRARIUM PENDANTS

Give the gift of the sculpture garden–or at least a tiny bit of it. Holiday season is upon us and we will be making terrariums—miniature environments—that can be worn on a string, ribbon or chain. Choose among small glass bottles and vials and an assortment of natural materials to create your own unique, hand-made gift. Select dried materials that require no attention or construct a living pendant that will grow with your care. (Note that living pendants require water 3-5 times a week and at least 8 hours of indirect sunlight.) At 2 pm we’ll learn to fold an origami box to wrap the gift. Package your pendant with a Lynden membership for a gift that lasts all year long.

Saturday, December 21, 2019 – 10 am-5 pm
DOG DAYS AT LYNDEN

Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden. In the winter, cross-country skiers and snowshoers also welcome. Dogs must be leashed and considerate of other visitors, canine and human.

COMING UP IN JANUARY

We are still working on the winter schedule, but we do know that the weekly art drop-ins resume January 8 and 9, and that we are planning to add a drop-in for the very young. There is a homeschool day on January 16 (the theme is collective becoming) and a school’s out extended art drop-in on January 20. Light Up the Garden returns on January 19, and our 10th annual Winter Carnival, curated by Michael Lagerman, is scheduled for January 25. Mike Paré will make incense with you on January 19, Leslie Perrino offers a resin pendants jewelry-making workshop on January 26, and dogs have their day on January 18. We will all be eyeing the pond for ice-skating opportunities once we reopen on January 3.

Your support means a lot to us,

Polly
12/3/19

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