Letters to Mary presents a side of Mary Nohl not often seen by the public, her written and typed words. While Nohl’s status as an art-environment builder is well-known, her meticulous writing and daily musings are arguably just as important to understanding the artist and the woman. Nohl’s writing details her profound connection to Lake Michigan, just steps from her front door, and how she related to her community through her closeness to that body of water.
Nohl’s words offer glimpses into the personality of the artist. She was a prolific writer, keeping a daily diary of her life, artistic practice, and activities. Nohl had a quick wit and quiet humor, which is evident within the pages of her letters and journals.
To celebrate the indelible impression Nohl has left on the lakeside community, Letters to Mary invites the public to write letters and postcards sharing their words about the artist with gallery visitors. These memories, stories, and commemorations captured in ink pay homage to Nohl’s enduring legacy and exceptional art.
The gallery features Nohl’s letters, journals, drawings, and typewriter alongside the art and letters created by community members and artists. This exhibition is a collaboration of the Arts Center’s Community Arts and Exhibitions teams.
Connecting Communities collaborations are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust, and the Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust.
This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding was also provided by the Kohler Trust for the Arts and Education, Kohler Foundation, Inc., and the Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust. The Arts Center thanks its many members for their support of exhibitions and programs through the year.