Thursday, June 7, 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.   

Kids Wellness Mornings

Repeats every week every Thursday until Fri Jun 29 2018.
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

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 ages 2½ to 6 yrs. are 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. 

10:15 a.m. - Kids Yoga & Movement for ages 6 and up (parent must be present) - we will play mindful games, explore yoga poses through song and dance and even meditate! 

11 a.m. - Optional group walk in the Garden or around the Lake. 

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. 

Kids Wellness Morning

Dog Night

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Bring your four-legged friend for a special time when they can join you for a walk in the Garden. Tulsa SPCA will be on site with their mobile adoption unit with animals looking for their "furever homes." Dogs must be controlled by a leash and current on all vaccinations and registrations. Free for Garden members and member dogs. Regular admission for non-member and $4 for non-member dogs.

** NOTE: The Square at the top of the Tandy Floral Terraces will be closed for Paint & Prosecco class. **

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am to 5pm, with extended hours - 9am to 9pm - on Thursdays during 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 permitted during specific Dog Day/Night events such as this. For more information, call 918-289-0330.

Paint & Prosecco

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Tulsa artist Rosemary Daugherty of Moonlight Art Factory will lead a fun class in creating the painting below: "Evening in the Garden",  inspired by regal lilies that may just be blooming during this class! Weather permitting, class will be held in The Square at the top of the Tandy Floral Terraces. (if inclement weather, class will be moved indoors) Registration is required as class size is limited. All supplies will be provided. Cash bar with beer, wine, etc and complimentary snacks. $45 for Garden members; $50 for non-members. 

PLEASE NOTE: Class has been cancelled for June 7.  To be notified of the next class, pleas email or call 918-289-0330.

Cancellation policy: Cancellation must be received in writing via email to, at least 7 days prior for refund.