Sculpture garden site for family cookout, tour

Enjoy an afternoon filled with art making, music, food and refreshments at the James Tellen’s Chair City Cookout on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m.

This free, family-friendly event takes place at the James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden, 5634 Evergreen Dr. in the Town of Wilson just south of Sheboygan.

Art-making activities will include plein air (outdoor) painting and, taking a cue from the James Tellen’s work in chair manufacturing, making miniature chairs of your own styling.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to tour the grounds and see Tellen’s sculptures, which range from Abraham Lincoln to fairy tale characters to religious figures.

James Tellen (1880–1957) created his concrete works of art on the site of his family’s summer log cabin, integrating them into a natural setting.

A love of nature and a deep-seated spirituality is evident in Tellen’s work.

The site, cared for by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, is one of a category of large-scale works of art known as art environments.

James Tellen’s Chair City Cookout is part of a series of five Wandering Wisconsin Roadside Events 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 the John Michael Kohler Arts Center at 920- 458-6144 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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