Saturday, May 12, 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.   

National Public Gardens Day

Saturday, May 12, 2018 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Tulsa Botanic Garden will offer free admission on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 (closing at 2 pm) as we participate in a city-wide celebration of public gardens. On Saturday, May 12, Tulsa County Master Gardeners will be on hand with gardening information and to answer gardening questions.  

Please note: On Saturday, May 12 the Garden will close to the public promptly at 2 pm. 

Admission is free on Friday, May 11 (10 am - 5 pm) and Saturday, May 12 (10 am - 2 pm) as we celebrate National Public Gardens Day. Our normal admission prices are as follows: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12. Children 2 and under are free. For map/directions, click here. For more information call 918-289-0330.

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm. Watch the calendar for special events and times! (You can also follow us on Facebook for event updates and more.)

6th Annual DIG: Day in the Garden

Saturday, May 12, 2018 -
4:00pm to 8:00pm

Bring family and friends to enjoy the Children's Discovery Garden! Tickets include: food, drinks, music from Desi and Cody (4-6 pm) and Klondike 5 String Band (6-8 pm), and activities including: facepainting, balloon artists, crafts, train rides, photo booth, complimentary valet and more. 

Tickets

 

Members: $40
Not-Yet-Members: $60
Children: Free with Paid Adult

Thank you, TICKET SALES HAVE CLOSED.

 

 Special thanks to our 2018 DIG Sponsors: 

GARDEN TILLER:

            

Breeze Investments, LLC - In Honor of the Carter Family, 
Pam & Terry Carter

GARDEN SPADE: Diana & Jim Benien, Mabrey Bank, Julie & John Nickel, Resolute PR,
The Sherry Family, Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation

GARDEN TROWEL: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma,
International Insurance Brokers, Ltd.,
Barbara & Jim Sturdivant

GARDEN FAMILY: Lynn Dickason, Meg & Shaun Grewal, Barbara & Carroll Hunt,
Lois Lee, Barbara & David Meyerhoeffer, Barbara & Richard Schafer,
Barbara & Allen Smallwood, Taruscio Family, Pat Woodrum

Photo Booth Sponsor: Carter Family Orthodontics
Beer & Wine Sponsor: Owasso Liquor & Wine
In-kind Sponsor: The Pop House

See information on sponsorship levels below and contact Jane Dunbar, Sr. Director of Development at 918-289-0330 or jane@tulsabotanic.org for more information or to become a 2018 DIG Sponsor. 


 

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship Levels

$10,000 Garden Cultivator Sponsor Benefits
($9,000 tax-deductible)

  • Event tickets for eight families** with reserved table seating 
  • Private lunch and tour for four at the Garden with the CEO at a mutually agreeable time
  • Logo/name recognition on event signage (deadline 5/6/18), website, social media, etc.
  • Founder's Circle Membership for one year ($1,250 value)
  • 8 Tulsa Botanic Garden Household Memberships (to give as gifts - $75 value per membership)

 

$5,000 Garden Tiller Sponsor Benefits
($3,800 tax-deductible)

  • Event tickets for six families** with reserved table seating
  • Logo/name recognition on event signage (deadline 5/6/18), website, social media, etc.
  • 6 Tulsa Botanic Garden Household Memberships (to keep and give as gifts - $75 value each)

 

$2,500 Garden Spade Sponsor Benefits
($1,700 tax-deductible)

  • Event tickets for four families** with reserved table seating 
  • Name Recognition on event signage (deadline 5/6/18), website, social media, etc.
  • 4 Tulsa Botanic Garden Household Memberships (to keep and give as gifts - $75 value each)

 

$1,000 Garden Trowel Sponsor Benefits
($800 tax-deductible)

  • Event tickets for two families** with reserved table seating 
  • Name Recognition on event signage (deadline 5/6/18), website, social media, etc.
  • 2 Tulsa Botanic Garden Household Memberships (to keep and to give as a gift - $75 value each)

 
$500 Garden Family Sponsor Benefits
($400 tax-deductible)

  • Event tickets for your family** with reserved table seating
  • Name Recognition on event signage (deadline 5/6/18), website, social media, etc.
  • Tulsa Botanic Garden Household Membership (for you or a gift - $75 value)

 

Click here to make your DIG Donation online or call Jane Dunbar at 918-289-0330.

 

 

**Family is defined as immediate family and grandparents.