October Events at the Lynden Sculpture Garden
The Lynden Sculpture Garden is located at 2145 West Brown Deer Road. Admission is free. All events listed below are free unless otherwise indicated. Memberships, which offer significant discounts on workshops and other events, are available.
The Lynden Sculpture Garden is open daily from 10 am-5 pm (closed Thursdays). Thanks to the generosity of our donors, admission is free at this time. For complete information on events, visitor guidelines, and everything that goes on at Lynden, visit lyndensculpturegarden.org.
ENEIDA SANCHES: MATERIAL TRANCE
Through October 29, 2023
More information: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/exhibitions/eneida-sanches-material-trance
Eneida Sanches (b. Salvador, Bahia, 1962) is a metalsmith, printmaker, sculptor, and installation artist. She has been exploring the idea of trance as a religious phenomenon and the collective social representation of Afro-Bahian culture and its histories for more than twenty years. Trance, according to Dr. Rachel Elizabeth Harding, “is an elemental experience in many African and Afro-Atlantic religions, and ultimately, it is a poetic-artistic means of communication between different planes of experience.” For Sanches, the body is the locus of trance, making it a material practice—a state of immanence rather than transcendence. Material Trance brings together a selection of the artist’s prints, plates, sculptures, and installations.
THE BONSAI EXHIBIT AT LYNDEN
Open Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm, or by appointment.
More information: http://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/Bonsai
Located beside Big Lake, the Bonsai Exhibit at Lynden—a collaboration with the Milwaukee Bonsai Society and the Milwaukee Bonsai Foundation–includes a display area for bonsai, waterside teaching patio, and pollinator garden.
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
RESIN PENDANTS: A JEWELRY WORKSHOP WITH LESLIE PERRINO
Sunday, October 1, 2023 – 10 am-4 pm
Fee: $110/$99 members
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/resin-pendants-2023
Participants will produce a series of pendants by collaging materials and covering them in resin. The possibilities are endless! Learn how to prep and reduce bubble formation to get lovely results and expect to bring home at least four pendants by the end of the day. Students are encouraged to bring their own materials and mementos, or collect items on Lynden’s grounds, if desired. No experience required, and all materials supplied.
LABYRINTH SOCIETY OF LYNDEN SCULPTURE GARDEN
Actively Missing You Poetry Workshop with Jenna Knapp and KP Kaszubowski
Saturday, October 7, 2023 – 1-4 pm
Fee: $20/$15 members. Scholarship assistance available.
More information: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/lsolsg-actively-missing-you
Join artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp and poet KP Kaszubowski for an interactive poetry workshop celebrating the Norway maple that long provided shade and shelter at the top of the hill overlooking the labyrinth. Unfortunately, the tree had to be cut down due to a fungal infection, and its logs cut from the tree now cascade down the hill, offering additional spaces to pause and reflect. The fall invites us to explore times of change and loss, and the Norway maple becomes a metaphor for the transitions we may be navigating personally. During the workshop, we will discuss the labyrinth’s history, silently walk its winding path, and be led through poetry prompts to generate written material. There will be plenty of time to share and reflect together as a group, and you’ll have the option to contribute your writing to be engraved into the logs at a later date, allowing the Norway maple’s history to live on. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of writing experience.
BIRDING WITH CHUCK STEBELTON
Sunday, October 8, 2023 – 10-11:30 am
Fee: $10/$5 members.
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/birding-chuck-stebelton-summerfall-2023
Join artist-in-residence and birder Chuck Stebelton the second Sunday of each month for a small-group, socially distanced bird walk on the grounds. Keeping to the perimeter of the garden, we’ll watch for seasonal migrants and resident bird species and seek out the best bird habitats to identify as many species as we can. Please dress for the weather and plan to walk in varied terrain. Bring your binoculars if you have them; no previous birding experience required.
HOME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Thursday, October 19, 2023 – 7-8:30 pm
More information and to register:
The Lynden/HOME Refugee Steering Committee book discussion group, moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira, is for those interested in firsthand accounts of displacement. We consider works of non-fiction and fiction, including autobiographical and semi-autobiographical works, by writers who have faced or are facing forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. Where stories of persecution, historical trauma, and loss of livelihood are effortlessly conveyed by storytellers, journalists, and humanitarians who search out or stumble upon the lives of refugees, we seek out the words of those to whom these stories belong: the narrators who are the closest to their own stories, and the stories of their people, friends, family and, of course, refugees. In October we begin Beth Nguyen’s Owner of a Lonely Heart: A Memoir. Newcomers welcome!
DOG DAYS AT LYNDEN
Saturday, October 21, 2023 – 10 am-4 pm
More information: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/dog-days-2023
Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden.
GARDEN WORK DAY: PREPARING FOR WINTER
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 – 10 am-12 pm
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/2023-garden-work-days
Join the Lynden land team—Kyle Welna, Alyx Christenson, and Annalesa Albright–for a volunteer work day on the grounds. The Lynden Sculpture Garden is transforming its natural habitats and formal landscapes into sustainable and diverse ecosystems that highlight the natural beauty inherent in them. The Lynden’s goal is to steward healthy habitats for an array of native plants and wildlife while adding a vibrant mosaic of color and texture to this sculptural landscape through every season. With over 40 acres and more than half a dozen specialized garden spaces, the Lynden provides many volunteer and learning opportunities, from removing invasive species to planting new trees and plugs, weeding, pruning, collecting, and spreading seeds. In October, we prepare the formal gardens for winter: a final round of pulling thistles and dandelions, pruning trees and shrubs, and responding to the ways plants have evolved, spread, or struggled in their current locations. We will also sow the annual bed with a cover crop of rye, oats, peas, and radish to reintroduce nutrients, protect the soil from harsh winter winds, and avoid compaction by encouraging root growth. Join us on what is sure to be a beautiful day in the gardens.
NATURAL AREAS WORK DAY: SEED COLLECTING
Thursday, October 26, 2023 – 10 am-12 pm
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/2023-natural-area-work-days
Join the Lynden land team—Kyle Welna, Alyx Christenson, and Annalesa Albright–for a volunteer work day on the grounds. The Lynden Sculpture Garden is transforming its natural habitats and formal landscapes into sustainable and diverse ecosystems that highlight the natural beauty inherent in them. The Lynden’s goal is to steward healthy habitats for an array of native plants and wildlife while adding a vibrant mosaic of color and texture to this sculptural landscape through every season. With over 40 acres and more than half a dozen specialized garden spaces, the Lynden provides many volunteer and learning opportunities, from removing invasive species to planting new trees and plugs, weeding, pruning, collecting, and spreading seeds. October is for seed collecting and dispersing in our prairie areas. We use many tools to revitalize these areas and encourage high plant diversity–controlled burns, the ever-popular goat visits—and seed collection is one more step we take to encourage these plants to spread and outgrow unfavorable plant species, leading to a high-quality, rich prairie ecosystem. Come learn about our restoration projects and take a few seeds home for your backyard garden.
LYNDEN BY NIGHT: A WALK WITH CLAUDIA ORJUELA
Saturday, October 28, 2023 – 7-8:30 pm
Fee: $10 per session/$5 per session for Lynden members. Children under 6 are free.
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/lynden-night-oct-2023
Come walk Lynden’s grounds with educator Claudia Orjuela, who will introduce you to the mysteries and unique features of outdoor life after dark. Discover the sights and sounds of the night in Lynden’s back acres and observe our monumental sculptures beneath the light of the hunter’s moon. A bonfire and treats await at the end.
FALL PROGRAMS FOR THE YOUNG AND VERY YOUNG
TUESDAYS IN THE GARDEN FOR PARENTS & VERY SMALL CHILDREN
Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2023 – 10:30 am-11:30 am
Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
More information and to register:
Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. The themes for October include Artful Clay, A Nest for Explorers, Colorful Autumn, and Halloween!
LYNDEN ART CLUB
Wednesdays, September 13-December 20, 2023 – 3-5 pm (late registrations accepted)
Ages 12 and up
Fee: $308/$224 members per 14-week session
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/lynden-art-club
Art club is a community of young artists who are independent in their art practice but value a place to exchange ideas and support, and to learn from one another. Students will design a long-term independent art project at the beginning of the session and meet for in-progress reviews, take part in creative art challenges, have conversations about contemporary artists, and discuss their work with Lynden educators and their peers. Students will present their work at our final art club meeting.
ART + NATURE LAB—NEW SESSION!
Thursdays, November 2-December 21, 2023 – 3:30-5:30 pm (no class November 23, 2023)
Fee: $154/$112 members per 7-week session
More information and to register: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/art-nature-lab-ages-7-11
Lynden’s Art + Nature Lab engages participants aged 7-11 in inquiry-based art and nature learning, problem solving, and creative making. Over the course of each seven-week session, art educator Jeremy Stepien will take you on a series of art challenges and studio projects. Art + Nature Lab will meet indoors in the studio at Lynden with occasional excursions in the garden.
HOME: MULTILINGUAL STORY TIME
Saturday, October 21, 2023– 11 am-12 pm
More information: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/hst-oct-2023
HOME Multilingual Story Time pops up at Lynden for a final outdoor session before migrating online in November. Claudia Orjuela is joined by Oscar Quinto-Zamudio, art educator at our partner organization, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. Oscar will be reading The Day of the Dead: A Bilingual Celebration/ El Día de los Muertos, by Bob Barner, in Spanish and English. Claudia will follow with some hands-on artmaking. If the weather is inclement, we will move indoors. HOME Story Time is a collaboration with the Milwaukee Public Library, the Islamic Resource Center, Hanan Refugee Relief Group, Alliance Française de Milwaukee, and Milwaukee African Women’s Association.
NOHL FELLOWSHIP EVENTS
Supporting artists is a significant part of the Lynden’s mission. One of the ways that we support artists is by administering the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program.
APPLICATION CLOSES FOR TWENTY-FIRST CYCLE OF THE NOHL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Deadline: Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 5 pm
For information and to apply: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/nohl
The Lynden administers the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program. The fellowship program, funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund and Joy Engine, provides unrestricted funds for Established and Emerging artists to create new work or complete work in progress. Practicing artists residing in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, or Washington county are eligible to apply.
COMING UP IN NOVEMBER
There is possibly some giftmaking in the air in November: Ceci Tejeda offers a two-part piñata-making workshop on November 11 and November 18, and Leslie Perrino is back with a silk scarf painting workshop on November 12. Our November work days come up earlier in the month to avoid Thanksgiving: gardens on November 14, natural areas on November 16. Dogs are welcome for our annual postprandial Thanksgiving weekend walk on November 25, and people of all ages are welcome for Lynden by Night on November 26. Tuesdays in the Garden meets twice to explore Decomposers and Hibernation. The HOME Book Discussion Group (November 16) remains online, and HOME Multilingual Story Time (November 15) moves back online. We’ll be hearing from artists and curators in November, too. Fatima Laster (Nohl 2023) delivers a talk for the UWM Artists Now series on November 15. The 2024 Nohl Fellowship jurors arrive in town at the end of the month and give a public talk at the Haggerty Museum of Art on November 30, before the final stage of jurying begins, and we will open an exhibition with LaNia Sproles (Nohl 2019) sometime that month.
ABOUT THE LYNDEN
The Lynden operates as a laboratory at the intersection of art, nature, and culture. Since opening to the public in 2010, we have worked with artists, educators, students, and our community to create, support, and share experiences that integrate our collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures and temporary installations, Lynden’s community of artists, and the natural ecology of our 40-acre site. The sculpture garden is open to art and nature lovers of all ages daily, 10 am-5 pm; closed Thursdays. Admission is free. Learn more about visitor guidelines here: https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/visit. Annual memberships are also available.
NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.