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Many thanks to Dawn Bennett for inviting the CBG (Chicago Botanic Garden) staff to stroll through Treewhispers on Valentine’s Day. It was so nice to meet those who stopped by and intriguing as always, to hear their tree stories!  In addition to the sweets Dawn provided, handmade paper rounds were shared courtesy of the Girl Scouts who were recently making paper at the Garden and  papermaker, Andrea Peterson.  Andrea often donates rounds to the project to include those might not get around to making paper—but have a personal tree story to share. It’s a great collaboration of sorts! (I’m secretly hoping it will spur the recipeints on to get their hands wet in paper pulp someday.)

I’m looking forward to stringing the CBG tree—stay tuned!

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Photos by Pamela Paulsrud

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I can’t believe it’s been a month since Treewhispers was installed at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Remembering leaving after a day’s work and being greeted by the full moon and the glowing trees. Enjoy!

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Photos by Pamela Paulsrud

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October 22 – November 13

Nicolet College

5364 College Drive
Rhinelander, WI 54501

October 14 and 15, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm   Workshops on paper-making, art, and writing (outdoors, weather permitting)

Opening Reception: October 23, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Area HS students, Nicolet students, faculty and general public will be invited to work with Eagle River artist and papermaker Debra Jircik to create work which will be included in the exhibit. Participants will be able to make paper and/ or decorate the finished paper and/or write their stories/poems on the paper.

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From a handful of paper rounds to a forest that resonates with the many hands that created it.

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It has been ten years—TEN YEARS! — since the inception of Treewhispers. To have witnessed the many connections and reconnections that have been made though art and storytelling — and trees— has been such an amazing gift. If anyone wonders why my passion for this project runs so high, I would have to say it’s the stories I’ve heard from adults and children alike—spoken from the heart—funny, sad, profound and thought provoking; it’s the fingerprint of someone else’s passion in the artwork completed alone or in collaboration; it’s watching someone make paper for the first time and the ensuing grin; it’s the profound stillness felt while strolling amongst the trees in the installation—it’s the resonance, the connection. Sooooo many tree stories are told simply from my asking—many told for the first and only time. I’ve seen the delight in the telling. I’ve heard tree stories from those who thought they had none. It’s enriched my own life and confirmed the path of the project—yet at the same time I realize the importance that these interactions, these stories, connections fan out to others. It seems somewhat selfish to be the only recipient of these gifts. It is my intention that these best kept secrets be shared—that opportunities open and present themselves to others as they have been to me.

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