Schlueter Art Gallery Becomes a Costa Rican Rainforest

August 26, 2005

MILWAUKEE - From September 9 through October 13, Costa Rican Visions, a unique collection of artwork in a variety of media inspired by a visit to the Tirimbina Rainforest Center, will be on display in the Schlueter Art Gallery.

In May 2004, Kristin Gjerdset, associate professor of art at Wisconsin Lutheran, led a trip to the Tirimbina Rainforest Center in Costa Rica with WLC art students and guest artist, Diane Bywaters, UW-Stevens Point professor. The goal of the trip was to create awareness and appreciation for the rainforest and to give students a unique artist-in-residence experience. The group heard talks by naturalists on the various plant and animal life that inhabit Tirimbina, explored the rainforest canopy and went on excursions to outlying sites, including Arenal Volcano. Participants stayed in the Centro NeoTropico Sarapiqui (, an eco-lodge with low environmental impact.

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed media pieces made on location and after the experience. A portion of the sales from the exhibition benefit the Tirimbina Rainforest Center and its educational programs.

An opening reception will be held September 9 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The Schlueter Art Gallery is located in the Center for Arts and Performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. For more information and gallery hours, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802.

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.