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©Chicago Botanic Garden 2012

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The beautiful tree-lined walk through the Regenstein Center leads to the Joutras Gallery where Treewhispers awaits. It’s simply beautiful—a space  singing the stories, art and poetry from hundreds of people around the world honoring their connection to trees. The exhibit opened January 14th and continues through April 8th. Plan a visit and a stroll outside as well—the Garden is incredible in the winter!

©Chicago Botanic Garden 2012

Many thanks to the Chicago Botanic Garden—and very special thank you to Dawn Bennett who was instrumental in bringing it to fruition.

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Have you ever climbed a tree? Do you have a favorite tree or a magical path through the woods?

Join the Treewhispers forest of stories by sending your handmade paper rounds with your tree story/art/poetry. Your submission will be included in the upcoming exhibition Bridge and Joutras Galleries in the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois, January 14 through April 8, 2012 as well as all future exhibitions.

How have trees inspired and informed you?

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Many thanks to Nicolet College Gallery Directory, Katy Ralph and artist Debra Ketchum Jircik whose invaluable support brought Treewhispers to Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Synchronicity, magic, stories and music were in the air! Enjoy the documentary film by Nicolet student, Justen Lambert…and the tree stories as told by Larry and Brian.

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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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A rich collection of the late Marilyn Sward’s artwork is soon to be exhibited at the Columbia College Chicago Center for the Book and Paper entitled Speaking in Paper. Mark your calendars for the quickly approaching opening reception, on June 9 from 5:30-8:30pm.


Join in a celebration of Marilyn’s incredible journey that touched and inspired so many — her life woven through the creative process while simultaneously building community. She was an important artist during a critical period when hand papermaking was coming into its own as a fine art medium. Her passion is exhibited in her artwork, alternative photographic process, travel journals that contain the richness of the excursions and the forest of Treewhispers which continues to grow, gathering handmade paper with artwork, poetry, stories — connecting…

Opening Reception
Wednesday, June 9th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Exhibition: June 9 – August 21, 2010
Gallery Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Center for Book and Paper Arts
1104 S. Wabash, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL


Click here for more on this exhibition and related workshops and programs.

Marilyn always loved a crowd. Bring a friend and please feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested.

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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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