Saturday, March 31, 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.   

Raising Food in a Healthy Way

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 10:00am

Did you know that annual crops account for roughly 85% of the human population’s food calories and the vast majority of planted croplands worldwide?

Join us on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. as we welcome Dr. Tim Crews of The Land Institute when he shares about the work The Land Institute does in developing more sustainable agricultural systems by using natural prairies as models. 

Learn how researchers at The Land Institute work in numerous collaborations worldwide to breed new perennial grain crops, develop diverse cropping arrangements and begin to introduce them to commercial markets.

Dr. Tim Crews is Director of Research and Lead Scientist of the Ecology Program at The Land Institute. Prior to joining the Institute’s staff, Crews was a Professor of Environmental Studies and Agroecology at Prescott College in Arizona. Dr. Crews received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and was an Ecology post-doc fellow at Stanford University.

The Land Institute is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization based in Salina, Kansas that was founded in 1976. The Land Institute’s work, led by a team of plant breeders and ecologists in multiple partnerships worldwide, is focused on developing perennial grains, pulses and oilseed bearing plants to be grown in ecologically intensified, diverse crop mixtures known as perennial polycultures. 

This event is free with regular admission. No registration required. 

Talk will be held in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Grange at the Garden. (entrance is through visitor center).

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. No advance purchase tickets are available for this event.

Nature Trail Full Moon Hike

Saturday, March 31, 2018 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us for a night hike on our 1. 5 mile Cross Timbers Nature Trail. Beer and wine will be available for sale as well as s'more kits for making s'mores over fire pits (weather permitting).  Please note: Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and be able to walk the 1.5 mile nature trail.  Not recommended for children under 6. Cost is $10 per person for Garden members; $15 for non-members. For more information, call 918-289-0330. 

Register online

Cancellation policy: Cancellations and refunds must be requested in writing to Keli Kirwin via letter or email at least 7 days prior to the event.

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Watch the calendar for special events and times! (You can also follow us on Facebook for event updates and more.) Only service animals are permitted for this event. For map/directions, click here. For more information call 918-289-0330.

 Full Moon Hike