Lynden Sculpture Garden
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Milwaukee Bonsai Society Marks World Bonsai Day with Exhibition and Reception

Exhibition Opens at Lynden Sculpture Garden, May 11

By - May 7th, 2019 01:34 pm

In honor of World Bonsai Day on Saturday, May 11, 2019, and to mark the official re-opening of the Bonsai Pavilion at Lynden, we will open a special temporary exhibit of bonsai that have been created from material collected in nature. Milwaukee Bonsai Collection Curator Jack Douthitt will offer a demonstration from 1-3 pm; a reception follows. “Bonsai is a living art that is appreciated by people in every culture,” observes Douthitt. “World Bonsai Day is for sharing this peaceful art and advancing international friendship and goodwill throughout the world.” The temporary exhibit will remain on view daily (except Thursday) through Saturday, May 18, 2019, when the permanent collection returns.

The Bonsai Pavilion at Lynden houses the collection of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society. It is open to the public Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and by appointment, from May to October. Admission to the Bonsai Exhibit is free to Lynden members or with admission to the sculpture garden: $9 general/$7 students & seniors/children under 6 free. The Lynden Sculpture Garden is located at 2145 W. Brown Deer Rd. in Milwaukee.

More information about World Bonsai Day, the Bonsai Pavilion, and bonsai workshops at:

The bonsai pavilion at Lynden is a collaboration with the Milwaukee Bonsai Society and the Milwaukee Bonsai Foundation. There is a deep affinity between sculpture and bonsai: shared aesthetic concerns; attention to scale, form, and proportion. And just as we marvel at the way the sculptures in the Lynden collection appear to alter as the landscape changes with the seasons, the living matter of bonsai allows us to consider temporality in a different way. Large sculptures, small trees: complementary sides of the same coin.

In addition to displaying the bonsai collection, the Milwaukee Bonsai Society offers workshops at Lynden. On June 15, they offer Bonsai for Beginners, the perfect introduction to the art of bonsai (and you get to take your tree home with you).

World Bonsai Day is part of a busy weekend at Lynden. In addition to the bonsai festivities on May 11, we are offering a workshop for teachers, taught by Lynden’s teachers-in-residence, from 10 am-12 noon. Zooming In: Scale and Point of View in Image-making deploys digital microscopes to make visual discoveries that will introduce participants to new ways of developing meaning and images in their artmaking. Kyle Denton, of Tippecanoe Herbs and Apothecary, leads a Spring Herb Walk from 1-3 pm as part of Lynden’s Garden Series. And on Sunday, Leslie Perrino offers a Mother’s Day Silk Scarf Painting Workshop from 10 am-4:30 pm. Bring your mother or make her a gift!

For more information on these workshops, and to register:

About the Lynden Sculpture Garden
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 daily, 10 am-5 pm; until 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings in the summer; closed Thursdays. Admission to the sculpture garden is $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors; children under 6 and members are free. Annual memberships are also available.


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