June 15h, 2017 - September 10th, 2017


Strata & Cipher: Barbara Manger and Richard Taylor brings together two artists who work closely with color and layering, and have developed a process-oriented studio practice that transforms surprising source materials into metaphors for their experiences. Manger uses monoprinting techniques to create richly composed images that reference the textures of moving waterways, and Taylor collects found materials to inform his use of shape, color, and surface, creating sculptures reminiscent of weathered urban artifacts.


The exhibition will place special emphasis on the artists’ practices – their ideation, material explorations, and craft. Viewers will likewise have the opportunity to engage creatively by spending time in our special Reading Room perusing a selection of books significant to the artists, or by making a collaborative paper collage in our Play Room – a space formerly used by the Smith family children for creative endeavors of their own.


Transforming Materials: A Monotype Workshop with Barbara Manger

Friday, September 8, 2017, 10:30am-2:00pm, $75 (special rate in conjunction with exhibition), limited to 8 participants

Location: Barbara’s print studio in the Marshall building, 207 E Buffalo St, Studio 405 (4th floor, across from the elevator)

This workshop offers the opportunity to create several prints using the monotype – a surprising and rewarding printmaking method. Found flat items such as lace, leaves, cut paper, or mesh are placed on an inked plate and rolled through the press. The inks are luminous, the process is spontaneous, and the results are almost guaranteed to be successful and gratifying. Open to beginning and experienced artists alike!


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Medicinal Herb Walk with Tippecaone Herbs

August 30th, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Join Milwaukee herbalist Kyle Denton of Tippecanoe Herbs as we explore the healing potential of the herbs growing in the garden from folklore, to harvesting, medicine making, clinical applications, and flavors.  With the beautifully curated landscape of the Villa Terrace, we can cultivate an understanding of the medicinal qualities of the plants that grow in your own garden as well.


Kyle Denton is a community herbalist trained in Traditional Western Herbalism, as well as the ancient art of Ayurveda from India.  


Tickets: $15


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Baroque Music Night

September 8th, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Renowned local musician Charles Rasmusson and friends will be presenting an all Italian Baroque program on historical instruments at the Villa Terrace Museum. The program would include works by well known composers such as Vivaldi and Corelli along with some lesser known Italian composers. This concert will feature: Nathan Giglierano (violin), Charlie Rasmussen (cello), Anton TenWolde (cello) and Monica Steger (harpsichord)


Tickets: $20 General admission / $10 students


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September 12th, 2017 | 7:00 PM

Doors open 6:30, performance begins at 7:00

Tickets $10 general admission / $5 students

Cash bar


“Sculpt-cussion” will feature percussionist Dave Bayles and saxophonist Aaron Gardner in an improvisational musical activation of our new courtyard installation by Richard Taylor, a featured artist in “Strata & Cipher: Barbara Manger and Richard Taylor.”


“Playing chess, like walking through life, is a series of decisions. We make moves based upon our best intuition and experience at each step. Four sculptures from my “Chess” series, inspired by choice-making in the game, and in life, will serve as both instruments and inspiration for percussionist Dave Bayles and saxophonist Aaron Gardner.” –Richard Taylor, artist


The performance will take place in our open-air courtyard; seating is covered in case of sprinkles! 


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