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Event Calendar
special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
April 4

Creative Open Mic “Show Your Love of the River” Sharing & Member Meeting

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived exhibitions
Sep 15 September 15 - October 30
7:00pm, Pay What You Can


Woodland Pattern Book Center celebrates the life and art of David McLimans. This posthumous exhibition includes a selection of the artist’s exquisite collages, gently humorous sculptures made with found materials, book sketches, and sophisticated editorial illustrations. McLimans’ children’s books, including Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet (2007), recognized as a Caldecott Honor Medalist and a New York Times Illustrated Book of the Year, will be available for browsing in the store.




David McLimans (1948–2014) was born in Beaver Dam and attended high school in Green Bay; as an adult, he lived in rural Richland County and in Madison. His editorial illustrations graced The Progressive, The New York Times, Washington Post, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and many other publications, and he taught graphic design and illustration at UW-Whitewater, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Madison College. As McLimans’ partner, Eva Hagenhofer, wrote shortly after his death: "With his art—in which light and dark oppose each other, share space, sometimes disturb, sometimes amuse—David wished to express his concern for the world beyond his drawing table, his hope that we humans can find ways to live in balance with each other and with the natural world."



Gratitude to Patrick JB Flynn, Lewis Koch, Michael Duffy, and Hannah McLimans for their support of this exhibition.