Monthly Archives: August 2022

Meet James Toth: Artist-in-Residence

James Toth chose Grant Park and we couldn’t be happier.

2022 Artist in Residence 

Jim Toth was an art teacher in South Milwaukee from 1975 to 1995, then as Director of Exhibits for the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. Now retired, Jim was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence as part of the ARTservancy program at Gallery 224 in Port Washington. This program pairs artists with land trusts, nature conservancies and parks to create a body of work inspired by the properties. He chose Grant Park for his 2022 residency.

On Sunday, Aug. 21st, Jim led a nature walk through the Seven Bridges Ravine informing participants how to look to nature for principles and elements of design that may improve their own artistic expressions, be it painting, drawing or photography. 20 some participants were given small rectangles of mat board suitable for framing art to use as a tool to visualize how to frame the object(s) of a composition. We ended our walk at the beach, where participants created their own grouping of elements using those principles.

James Toth (2nd from left) describing 7 principles of design
Participants view natural elements through a mat board frame
Natural elements of design
A combination of rough texture, smooth, light and dark, positive and negative space

We Energies Foundation support

The Friends of Grant Park are pleased to be recipients of a We Energies Foundation grant. The funds will be used to purchase young trees to replace the invasive Japanese Tree Lilac we have recently been removing. New tree saplings will be protected with fencing to prevent grazing by deer.

Program/Project: Tree Planting
Amount: $1,200.00

We Energies Foundation is making this contribution because they believe that together, we can create a brighter future for the communities we serve.

Eaton’s Gift

┬áSpecial thanks to South Milwaukee’s Eaton Corporation and dedicated employee organizer Tony DeHoyos, our chairperson Jody Johnson accepted a most generous donation on Thursday to be applied to our ravine restoration and preservation work in particular. Thank you, Tony and Eaton.

Jody Johnson, HR Manager Nate Schoppe, O.P.S. Manager Jason Burt and Tony DeHoyos