July Events at the Lynden Sculpture Garden
The exuberant greens of our late spring have been replaced by the statelier hues of summer.
* CLOSED , Thursday, July 4
* Docent-led Tour, Sunday, July 7
* Women’s Speaker Series: Beatriz Williams, Sunday, July 14
* Summer Sawdust Firing parts 1 & 2, Saturdays, July 20 & 27
* Family Free Day: Call & Response 2019, Saturday, July 27
The exuberant greens of our late spring have been replaced by the statelier hues of summer. The palette of leaves outside my window changes minute by minute as the sun moves across the sky, bleaching some white and throwing others into shadow. The green is in constant motion, especially on the tallest trees, like the elms, where branches sway and leaves flip over and back, lighter on one side, darker on the other.
The smell of paraffin wax pervades the house. “The smell of summer,” one staff member remarked—for this is the third summer that Arianne King Comer has taken up residence at Lynden to share her knowledge of indigo and wax-resist dyeing. Arianne was here in time for HOME, our family free day celebrating Milwaukee’s refugee communities, and she and her assistants (Lynden staff, interns, and volunteers) guided many of the more than 1,000 people who showed up that day through the dyeing process. The weather cooperated and the day was more than festive. Down in the parking lot, where we were directing the flow of cars, bicycles, ride shares, motorcycles, and the free buses we were running from different points around the city, I could greet each visitor—so many of them new to Lynden. A constant stream of speakers, bands, and dance music emanating from the tents on the lawn formed the backdrop to these interactions, as did the smell of food—Somali, Malaysian, Burmese, Hmong among others. Best of all was looking out across the grounds to see groups wandering or picnicking, their vibrant clothes contrasting with the green grass and arrayed among the equally colorful sculptures.
So many, many people contributed time and energy to making HOME a success, but I would especially like to thank artist-in-residence Kim Khaira, Rohingya refugee leader Hasinah Begum, and the HOME steering committee. It was truly a group effort.
Arianne is with us for another two weeks, and if you’d like to come up and dye, her open studio days are posted on the web. If you have a small group you’d like to bring in, contact us and we’ll see if we can schedule a time for that. No sooner will Arianne pack her bags than Portland (ME)-based artist, illustrator, and co-founder of the Indigo Arts Alliance Daniel Minter will arrive for a short research residency (July 16-20).
We are planning another Family Free Day for July 27, this one featuring the artists participating in Call & Response 2019. Expect a day of family-friendly activities and performances, including a bottle tree workshop with Portia Cobb and an opportunity to make watercolor prints with Evelyn Patricia Terry. Performance collective Propelled Animals will be on site as part of their research residency, creating interactive dances and rituals around the topic of relationships between Black and white women. Scott Barton will be staging a performance at Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities, and Gary John Gresl will send four of his assemblages to new homes via a free raffle.
Other July events and activities include a summer docent-led tour, a two-part sawdust firing with Katheryn Corbin, and a visit to the Women’s Speaker Series from Beatriz Williams, author of The Golden Hour. The bonsai exhibit is looking particularly fine following a recent visit from one of their favorite bonsai masters. Evelyn Patricia Terry’s exhibition, America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!) remains on view at Lynden, and the 2018 Nohl Fellows Exhibition continues at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Rosemary Ollison, who will be opening an exhibition at Lynden in August, will be talking about her work on July 11, and Keith Nelson will be interviewed by Shane McAdams on July 18 (both of these events take place at the Haggerty). There are a few spots left in our Writers in the Garden camp (ages 10-15) next week, too.
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to Harry & Peg Bradley’s Backyard Barbecue on August 22. Info and tickets here: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/bbq
July events, arranged chronologically:
Wednesdays, through September 25, 2019
In the warmer months, Lynden stays up until 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings, a perfect time to visit Bonsai Exhibit, share a picnic, or take a stroll.
Sunday, July 7, 2019 – 2:30-4 pm
As you walk with our knowledgeable docents, you will learn more about the history of Lynden and our collection of 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.
Tuesdays, July 9 & July 23, 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. 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 rainbow garden.
Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 2 pm
WOMEN’S SPEAKER SERIES: BEATRIZ WILLIAMS, AUTHOR OF THE GOLDEN HOUR
This event is co-presented by Milwaukee Reads and Boswell Book Company, with snacks from MKE Localicious. The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, human love, and human courage, set against a shocking true crime . . . and the rise and fall of a legendary royal couple.
Saturday, July 20, 2019 – 10 am-5 pm
DOG DAYS AT LYNDEN
Bring your canine friends for a summer stroll. Dogs must be leashed and considerate of other visitors, canine and human.
Two Saturdays: July 20 + July 27, 2019 – 10-11:30 am
SUMMER SAWDUST FIRING WITH KATHERYN CORBIN (Parts 1 & 2)
Join ceramic artist Katheryn Corbin for our spring sawdust firing. On the first Saturday (July 20), learn to set-up and pack the “kiln”—a metal trash can filled with sawdust—with your bisque-fired pieces. The smoke from the smoldering fire blackens the pots, leaving them with a subtle, shining finish. Return a week later (July 27), once things have cooled, to open and unload the can and collect your pottery. Fire the planters and vessels made in previous workshops at Lynden, or bring in your own bisque-fired work. When registering, you will need to specify the dimensions and number of pieces you are bringing (maximum two).
Saturday, July 27, 2019 – 10 am-4 pm
FAMILY FREE DAY: CALL AND RESPONSE 2019
Lynden opens its doors to the community for a Family Free Day featuring the artists participating in Call & Response 2019. Expect a day of family-friendly activities and performances, including a bottle tree workshop with Portia Cobb and an opportunity to make watercolor prints with Evelyn Patricia Terry. Performance collective Propelled Animals will be onsite, Scott Barton will be staging a performance at Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities, and Gary John Gresl will send four of his assemblages to new homes via a free raffle.
This is a Call & Response event.
August brings our annual fundraiser, Harry & Peg Bradley’s Backyard Barbecue, on August 22. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds underwrite our education programs, which serve over 6,000 children with hands-on activities at the intersection of art, nature, and culture each year. Funds also support our Innovative Educators Institute, and you can stop by during early August to check out the work of the teachers in this year’s summer lab. Our Call & Response programming continues in August, with the opening of Rosemary Ollison’s solo exhibition, Prosperity in a Million Scraps (opening reception August 11). Ollison will also host a fashion show on August 24. Choreographer Reggie Wilson will be in residence much of the month, so watch for public programs, including a picnic with Milwaukee Kitchen (August 11). Frances de Ponces Peebles, author of The Air You Breathe, visits the Women’s Speaker Series on August 28. We have a docent-led tour on August 4, and Kyle Denton leads his summer herb walk on August 11. Heather Eiden offers another asana and art workshop for yoga-loving art-makers (or art-making yogis) on August 4. Tuesdays in the Garden invites you to fly, jump, and crawl on August 13 and 27; and dog day is August 17. Watch this space for more info on a musical performance on the porch and on a series of projects from Open Kitchen scheduled for August 10, 24, and 31. See you at the barbecue.
Batik spread across the lawn as the sun continues to shine,