Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lifting the Landscape: Christopher Curtis

Saturday, March 17, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, August 26, 2018 (All day)

The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26.

Curtis works primarily in stone and he often incorporates sculptural welded stainless steel or bronze into his pieces. He began working with stone under the instruction of Paul Aschenbach at the University of Vermont.  Though Curtis employs current technology in his work, his abiding fascination is with raw stone. He sees in each stone both its ancient history and its unique shape. 

See and hear how Chris creates his art in the video below.  Special thanks to Sculpturesite Gallery and Scott Saraceno (owners) for permission to share. 

Inside Sculptor's Studio: Chris Curtis by Sculpturesite Gallery from Sculpturesite Gallery on Vimeo.

 “I begin not with quarried blocks but with raw stones as they are found in nature,” says Curtis, “Each one, with its time-honed patina, tells a story of a very long personal past.  The stones pass through the present very quickly and, with altered identities, continue their journeys into an unimaginably long future.”

For Curtis, stones are objects, not just material. That makes the discovery, selection and recovery of the stone an important and enjoyable part of his work. Curtis has studied the geologic history of his native Vermont, following the ancient lines of glaciers and inland seas to find stones whose stories resonate with the sculptures they become.

“I am interested in the peculiar intersection of the past and the future,” Curtis adds, “Cross-cultural and time independent archetypes are the universal symbols that capture and express this phenomenon in the present.  My work is about expressing these eternal truths in physical form.”

The exhibit includes a total of 15 pieces set around the Garden's lake.  All pieces are available for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Botanic Garden. 

Christopher Curtis’ work is represented in over 250 private collections in the U.S. In addition, he has many significant public commissions, including among others: the U.S. Federal Reserve, Washington, DC; Red Rocks Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada; Reservoir Woods, Waltham, Massachusetts; University of Arkansas Medical School, Little Rock; and the U.S. Embassy, Copenhagen, Denmark. Curtis works from his studio in Stowe, Vermont.

Lifting the Landscape is sponsored by donors including James and Cherry Bost, Frank and Gayle Eby, Burt B. Holmes, and The Ruskin Art Club.   

Meet Christopher at a Reception on Sunday, August 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Garden's Mabee Grange.  RSVP to info@tulsabotanic.org or 918-289-0330.
See catalog below of his pieces in the exhibit. 

 

 

 

Lifting the Landscape sculpture exhibit at Tulsa Botanic Garden

Spring Break Storytimes

Repeats every day until Fri Mar 23 2018.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:15am to 12:00pm
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 10:15am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:15am to 12:00pm
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:15am to 12:00pm

Join Garden staff each morning for a nature-themed story time followed by activities and a craft.  Story time for toddlers will start at 10:15 a.m. with a story time for ages 4 and up starting at 10:45 a.m. Free with regular admission.

Topics include:
Tuesday, March 20 – Spring Equinox
Wednesday, March 21 – Seeds
Thursday, March 22 – Flowers
Friday, March 23 – Worms – special guest Master Composter Steve Wood will bring live worms.

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays starting March 15. (Hours on Thursday extend to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, June - August) Admission prices are FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12. Children 2 and under are free. Only service dogs are permitted, except for specifically designated Dog Days/Nights (check calendar for upcoming dates). For map/directions, click here. For more information, call 918-289-0330. Cash and credit cards accepted.