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Art at Riverside Park

At our Riverside Park branch the spacious Community Room serves as gallery, meeting space, and classroom, and with its plentiful wall space typically exhibits two artists concurrently.


Beth Stoddard | Milwaukee County Parks Painting Project &
Danielle Bell | The Details of Nature

October - December 2019

An art exhibition of photographs and oil paintings provides views both focused and expansive of area ecosystems. Danielle Bell’s Details of Nature photography invites the viewer to appreciate the smaller features of plant and animal life. Beth Stoddard’s Milwaukee County Parks Painting Project represents the spacious Parks system’s varied scenery. Together these artists mount a show that urges us to heed John Muir’s call to “saunter through nature and stop walking past the landscape all around us.”

As a landscape designer and photographer, Danielle Bell sees a need to slow down and observe the features of the landscape from different perspectives. “So many times people walk past the landscape surrounding their home or place of work instead of enjoying and exploring it. As a society we need to come back to our roots and no longer see our front yard as a static element but as a living, diverse ecosystem.” By removing all outside clutter in her photographs, Danielle creates a hyper-focused moment of time capturing important details in nature that people overlook.

City dwelling landscape painter Beth Stoddard delights in Milwaukee’s green spaces by painting its County Parks. Her oil paintings' visible brushwork and modernist emphasis on shape activate the restful imagery of familiar urban parks and nature preserves. “Just over halfway through my project to paint all 169 of the parks, I continue to be surprised and delighted by the variety of views they offer, as well as how they facilitate a city dweller’s contact with the natural world.”

Beth Stoddard

Up close view of bumble bee on the center of a yellow flower

Danielle Bell

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Washington Park Botany Walk

Washington Park

Friday, October 18th

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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ROOT - Riverside Park

Riverside Park

Friday, October 18th

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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