Art in Nature a collaboration of Greenwood Gardens & Studio Montclair
Short Hills, NJ – A resin-coated figure of a horse, peeking out from behind an allée of sycamores, and a spiraling red steel pipe ascending nine feet above a blooming cluster of violet asters: these are among the sights visitors will find beginning Sunday, August 3, 2014, at Greenwood Gardens, a 28-acre, 1920s Arts and Crafts estate garden only 45 minutes from Manhattan.
The occasion is Art in Nature: A Collaboration of Greenwood Gardens & Studio Montclair, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture on view through Sunday November 2, 2014,
co-organized by Studio Montclair, an arts organization in Montclair, NJ, and curated by art historian and critic Karen Wilkin.
“Art in Nature punctuates the splendid terraces and walks of Greenwood Gardens with a selection of work by distinguished current sculptors ranging from expressive figures and stylized animals to geometric abstractions, and a lot in between,” notes Wilkin. “Unexpected harmonies are revealed, as a provocative conversation develops between works of art and an elegantly disciplined natural world.”
Featuring 39 sculptures representing 31 artists, the works in Art in Nature are varied, ranging from Mia Westerlund Roosen’s “Eminence,” a mysterious and suggestive abstract work of industrial felt and resin to Jon Isherwood’s “Turning Points,” two large granite forms that appear light and animated despite their massive bulk. Other highlights are William Tucker’s expressive bronze sculpture “Horse X” and Anne Arnold’s “Bill,” one of an extensive series of animal sculptures described by The New York Times as “delightful and humorous.”
“Since opening to the public last year, Greenwood Gardens is fulfilling its promise as a special place where visitors can escape from the pressures of city life. Bringing significant works of art into our collection of outdoor ‘rooms,’ we’ve created the perfect setting to elicit the element of surprise as visitors discover each new piece of sculpture,” notes Liz Johnson, executive director of Greenwood Gardens.
Art in Nature: A Collaboration of Greenwood Gardens & Studio Montclair has been co-organized by Studio Montclair and Greenwood Gardens. The program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and is administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and Investors Bank.
Related Programs and Events
Sunday, August 3, 2014 / 5:00-7:00 pm
Free and open to the public, this reception celebrates the exhibition opening with refreshments on the terrace. To RSVP for this event, the public may call 973-258-4026 or go to greenwoodgardens.org.
Saturday, September 6, 2014 / 5:00-8:00 pm
Benefit Gala and Arts Sale
This cocktail party fundraiser gives guests the opportunity to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while viewing a variety of wonderful artwork for purchase in the Blanchard house at Greenwood Gardens. The grounds will be open to tour the gardens and the sculpture exhibit, “Art in Nature”. Tickets will be available for sale at greenwoodgardens.org.
Monday, September 26, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Curator’s Talk and Tour
Exhibition curator Karen Wilkin will lead a guided tour of Art in Nature at Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills, NJ. To RSVP for this event, the public may call 973-258-4026 or go to greenwoodgardens.org.
About Greenwood Gardens
Astride the western ridge of the Watchung Mountains and overlooking a vast preserve of forest and meadow, Greenwood Gardens is a living, changing garden rooted in the Arts & Crafts and Classical approaches to garden design, with Italianate garden terraces, grottoes, meandering moss-covered paths, allées of sycamore and spruces, ornamental trees and shrubs, and wildflower meadows, among other features, occupying 28 acres.
Accessible from New York City by car or New Jersey Transit from Penn Station, Greenwood Gardens is located at 274 Old Short Hills Road in Short Hills. The garden is open to the public Sundays from 10am to 5pm, and Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm and. The public may visit www.greenwoodgardens.org or call 973-258-4026 for information about ticket prices.
About Studio Montclair
Studio Montclair Inc. is a non-profit organization of exhibiting professional artists and others interested in the visual arts. It aims to promote culture and education in the visual arts and encourage emerging artists. Founded in 1997, the organization has over 300 members, including artists from around the United States. For membership information and exhibiting and curatorial opportunities, the public may go to www.studiomontclair.org.
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