Chair City Cookout in Tellen Sculpture Garden


James Tellen’s tableau of a pioneer woman is among the many sculptures to be enjoyed at the Chair City Cookout, Aug. 5 at the James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden. - (John Michael Kohler Arts Center collection, gift of Kohler Foundation Inc.) Photo courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center. James Tellen’s tableau of a pioneer woman is among the many sculptures to be enjoyed at the Chair City Cookout, Aug. 5 at the James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden. - (John Michael Kohler Arts Center collection, gift of Kohler Foundation Inc.) Photo courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Enjoy an afternoon filled with art making, music, food and refreshments at the James Tellen Chair City Cookout, Sunday, Aug. 5, from 1 to 5 p.m.

This free, all-ages 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 include demonstrations by local artists, plein air (outdoor) painting, and, taking a cue from 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.

The site, cared for by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, is one of a category of large-scale works of art known as artist-built environments, which is a place that has been transformed by an artist.

The James Tellen Chair City Cookout is part of a series of Wandering Wisconsin Roadside Events being held during August.

Visit wandering wisconsin. org for details about all the events. All activities are free, and all ages are welcome.

Wandering Wisconsin is a consortium of eight art environments located throughout Wisconsin.

Wandering Wisconsin events are supported by Kohler Foundation, Inc. and Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Additional programming support is provided by the Kohler Trust for Arts and Education, Wisconsin Arts Board, Sargento Foods Inc., Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust, and members of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.


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