Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit Opens September 17

August 31, 2005

It has become a tradition, but there is nothing predictable about it, and this year promises to be no different. The 18th Annual "Sculpture in the Garden" exhibition opens on Saturday, September 17, at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The invitational show, which runs through November 18, will feature outdoor sculptures by at least 20 North Carolina artists.

Frances Alvarino's Ode to the Tomato Queen sculpture

Frances Alvarino's "Ode to the Tomato Queen" sculpture

"The North Carolina Botanical Garden's Sculpture Show is one of the most innovative places to display outdoor sculpture" says 2004 "Best in Show" winner, artist Frances W.K. Alvarino. "Art enthusiasts can come to one place and see many North Carolina artists' work, in a rich botanical atmosphere."

The one-of-a-kind sculptures in a variety of media — clay, stone, various metals, and natural materials — will be displayed among the natural habitats and formal beds surrounding the Garden's Totten Center. "Every year, the creativity and thoughtfulness of each piece is an inspiration to me," proclaims Sculpture Show curator Stephen Keith. "Two months is not enough time to thoroughly take in all these thought-provoking pieces."

Best in Show, First Place, and Merit award winners will be chosen and announced at the Artists' Reception on October 16, from 3 to 5 p.m.

New this year is an evening guided tour of the exhibition on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. Curator Stephen Keith will provide a "behind the scenes" view during an interpretive stroll through the Garden; light refreshments will be served. (Pre-registration is required: call 919-962-0522).

The North Carolina Botanical Garden, part of the University of North Carolina, is located on Old Mason Farm Road just off the US 15-501 bypass in Chapel Hill. Admission to the Garden, as well as to the sculpture exhibition, is free and open to the public. The exhibition is geared toward all ages and will be enjoyed by the casual observer as well as the serious art collector. Most pieces are available for purchase, although no pieces will be removed before the end of the show.

The public is cordially invited to attend the Artists' Reception and to visit several times during the two-month-long show, to enjoy seasonal variations in the garden landscape and to observe the ways in which these variations affect the appearance of the sculptures. The exhibition is open during regular Garden visiting hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. through October 30. Beginning October 31, weekend hours end at 5 p.m.

Sculpture in the Garden is made possible through the financial support of the Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc., the membership support organization for the Botanical Garden.

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Updated on December 15, 2011 at 02:02:58 am.