The Art Garden invites you to come see the community exhibit Paradise [not yet] Lost; where the experience of a “whole” — of something that is more than just a collection of pieces by different people — is very powerful. The exhibit reflects on the effects of climate change while also holding onto hope. The possible message: what we do collectively does matter.
There are 51 artworks in the exhibit made by 42 artists and writers. Laura Iveson (who co-directs The Art Garden’s festival work) created a life-sized, interactive, cardboard tree sculpture: The Tree of Possibilities. Paper ‘leaves’ are provided so that you can write an ‘intention’ on them: something you plan to do (perhaps even in a specific time frame) that will connect you more with nature and/or help the planet in some way. Ten year-old Bruton Strange (who also has a piece in the exhibit) suggested we provide envelopes for people to put their names and addresses on, so that we can send random leaves out at the end of the exhibit: something to inspire or challenge us to action, contemplation, deeper connection.
We had eight performances
at the opening reception
on February 7,
a standing-room-only crowd
(in the middle of winter, wow!)
Our MC, David Arfa,
told a beautiful story
echoed here in a piece created by Tish Murphy,
who also spent hours helping me hang the exhibit.
Phyllis Labanowski (who co-directs our ARTeens and Art For A Change programs) created a lively interactive performance with magically floating ping pong balls: What the World Needs Now. Written on the ping pong balls were words like: kindness, love, justice, courage, accountability, even more love… Children at The Art Garden have since added their ideas of what the world needs: peace, forgiveness, laughter, cake-powered cars…
You can visit the exhibit during the month of March during our regular open hours: Mondays through Saturdays, 1pm – 5pm. If you have never been to The Art Garden before, please look at our map. You must use Elm Street in the winter.
to all the artists
who contributed work
for this exhibit
and to the local cultural councils
listed in the previous post
for their support!
for all the photos!
Laura, Tish and David
for all your help!