Friday, June 1, 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.   

Tree Fort Story Times

Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Jul 27 2018.
Friday, June 1, 2018 - 10:30am
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 10:30am
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:30am
Friday, June 22, 2018 - 10:30am
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 10:30am
Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:30am
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:30am
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:30am
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:30am

Join Garden staff for a different nature-themed story reading each Friday in June and July starting at 10:30 a.m. Story times will be held in the shaded Tree Fort in the Children's Discovery Garden, or if inclement weather, in the Garden's Mabee Grange building. Parents must accompany children. Free with admission. 

June is the month for celebrating nature! 

June 1: We'll celebrate National Trails Day with a story followed by a walking stick activity.
June 8: It's National Get Outdoors Day - after the story take a walk around the Lake.
June 15: As we start National Pollinator Week, we'll share a story on butterflies.
June 22: To finish National Pollinator Week - we'll learn about hummingbirds
June 29: Plants that eat bugs! We'll explore carnivorous plants and take a look at the ones living in our Children's Discovery Garden. 

In July, we'll have special guest readers!

July 6: Tulsa City County Library staff and the Bookmobile will visit and read our story!
July 13: Author Mary Anne Lewis will read her book, Hayden's Moonbath, when a boy discovers the wonders of nature at night.
July 20: Educator and author Cindi Hemm will share one of her favorite stories.  Cindi is current superintendent of Avant Public Schools and former principal of Eugene Field Elementary in Tulsa Public Schools
July 27: Betty Selakovich Casey, children's book author and illustrator and editor of TulsaKids magazine, will read her newest picture book, The Prince of the Prairie, about a little buffalo and the friendships he forms with other prairie animals. 

The Garden is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.- Thursdays only 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 only allowed on specifically announced Dog Days/Nights.  For more information call 918-289-0330. For directions to the Garden, click here.