Concrete sculpture garden site for wandering art day

Enjoy food and refreshments, music, and art making at the James Tellen’s Chair City Cookout on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission to this family friendly event, held at the James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden, is free.

Art-making activities will include plein air (outdoor) painting and sculpture making inspired by Tellen’s sculptures. Taking a cue from the artist’s work in chair manufacturing, visitors are invited to make and stripe a miniature chair of their own. And there will be plenty of time to tour the grounds and see sculptures ranging from Abraham Lincoln to fairy tale characters to religious figures.

The James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden is located at 5634 Evergreen Drive in the Town of Wilson just south of Sheboygan. This site, cared for by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, is dotted with sculptures connected by a woodland path. James Tellen (1880–1957) created his concrete works of art on the site of a family summer log cabin, integrating them into a natural setting. A love of nature and a deep-seated spirituality is evident in Tellen’s work.

James Tellen’s Chair City Cookout is part of a series of five Wandering Wisconsin Roadside Art Experiences being held during August and September. The events include art making inspired by each site’s creators, entertainment, refreshments, and exploring some of the grandest, most astonishing, and original visions in American art. All activities are free and all ages are welcome.

For more information about these events, call (920) 694-4534 or email Wandering Wisconsin is a consortium of eight art environments located throughout Wisconsin. The Roadside Art Experience is funded by Kohler Foundation, Inc.

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