Thursday, July 19, 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

Extended hours

Repeats every week until Thu Aug 30 2018.
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm

Kids Wellness Mornings

Repeats every week every Thursday 3 times.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Bring the kids for some active time in the morning at the Garden. Each Thursday morning in June will be a Kids Wellness Morning with a schedule of activities, including yoga classes lead by instructors of I AM Kids Yoga. Bring your own mats if you have them, a limited number will be available to borrow for class. Please note: some changes have occurred since Members Postcard mailing.

9:30 a.m. - Story Time Yoga for parents and children is a fusion of yoga and conscious play, sprinkled with storytelling, song and dance. Learn yoga poses, breathing excercises and relaxation techniques in a fun and age appropriate way. 

Healthy snack alternatives will be featured each week with samples (while supplies last).

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, with extended hours - 9 am to 9 pm - on Thursdays in June, July and August. Admission is FREE to Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. 

Music Night: Chris Foster

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Singer and pianist Chris Foster will bring his “New Orleans/Delta Blues Piano songs” to the Garden again! Cajun Boil Catering food truck will be here starting at 6 pm and beer and wine will also be available for purchase (no outside alcohol permitted). Bring a blanket or chairs. Music is from 7 to 9 pm.

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am to 5pm with extended hours - 9am to 9pm - on Thursdays in June, July and August. Admission is FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Dogs are not allowed, except for specified Dog events. For more information, call 918-289-0330.