Thursday, March 29, 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. 

 “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 will include six large pieces by Curtis placed at venues along the Lakeside Promenade. 

An opening reception for Mr. Curtis will be on Thursday, March 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. and Curtis will also be one of three featured speakers at The Botanical Symposium on Saturday, April 14. Pieces in the exhibit are available for sale with a portion of proceeds benefitting 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.   

Tulips & Tunes: Little Joe McLerran

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

De-stress from your day with an evening among beautiful blossoms, captivating fragrances and the soulful sounds of blues singer and guitarist Little Joe McLerran starting at 6 p.m.. Andolini's Pizzeria Mobile Food Truck will have delicious dinner options and beer and wine will also be available for sale starting at 5 p.m.  

Little Joe came on the scene in Memphis when he won the Solo/Duo catagory of the International Blues Challenge in 2009. In 2010 he took his band on a month-long tour of the Persian Gulf region as part of The Rhythm Road hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State. Through this connection with the US State Department, Little Joe now travels to third world countries on missions of cultural exchange giving guitar workshops, master classes and round table discussions about the Blues. In 2013 Little Joe McLerran was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. 

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Starting March 15, the Garden will stay open until 8pm on Thursdays. 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.