Sat, May 15 | Fitzsimmons Woods

Artist + Scientist Led Fitzsimmons Woods Walk

ARTservancy program partners, local artist Beth Stoddard and scientist Perry Rossa, will lead a small group, masked walk through the 43 acres of old growth beech, maple, and oak woodland. Host to over 145 Wisconsin native plant species, Fitzsimmons Woods is a rare ecological jewel.

Time & Location

May 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Fitzsimmons Woods, W Fitzsimmons Rd, Franklin, WI 53132, United States

About the Event

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Outdoor Event: The Art and Ecology of Fitzsimmons Woods Artist– and Scientist–Led Woods Walk Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 2–3:30pm Free and open to the public; advance registration required

Location: Fitzsimmons Woods West Fitzsimmons Road cul-de-sac (west off 31st St. south of Ryan Rd.) Franklin, WI 53132 Residential neighborhood; free on-street parking available

Invigorate your own artistic vision and expand your local natural history knowledge looking at the beauty and eco-diversity of Fitzsimmons Woods through the lens of both art and science. ARTservancy program partners, local artist Beth Stoddard and scientist Perry Rossa, will lead a small group, masked walk through the 43 acres of old growth beech, maple, and oak woodland. Host to over 145 Wisconsin native plant species, Fitzsimmons Woods is a rare ecological jewel.

Painter Beth Stoddard is 2020–2021 Artist-in-residence at the Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy (MALC) property Fitzsimmons Woods through the ARTservancy program. ARTservancy promotes the visionary work of both artists and conservationists through partnering creatives with area land trusts. Ms.Stoddard will begin the talk briefly discussing her artist residency, and will lead a walk showing how a visual artist looks at the woods on both a micro- and macro- level, creating art in response to its varied abundance.

Scientist and MALC Board Secretary Perry Rossa will continue the walk pointing out Spring-specific natural phenomena such as ephemeral pools, ethereal sedges, and delicate wildflowers. Mr. Rossa will relate the history of the remarkably intact and undisturbed Fitzsimmons Woods, and MALC’s role in its preservation. Using site examples, he will also touch on nature’s inherent disorder and chaos.

Limited spots available. Social distancing will be practiced. Masks required. Dress for the weather, including footwear for uneven and possibly wet forest floor terrain.

Register at https://volunteersignup.org/3TJPT

Contact Info:

Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy | malc@mkeconservancy.org | 414–377–3851 | https://www.mkeconservancy.org/index.html

Beth Stoddard | beth.stoddard.studio@gmail.com | 414–546–2617 | http://www.bethstoddard.com/artservancy.html

ARTservancy | artservancy@gallery224.org | https://www.gallery224.org/artservancy-2020-2021

 Print-quality images available upon request

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