Saturday, June 2, 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. 

See and hear how Chris creates his art in the video below.  Special thanks to Sculpturesite Gallery and Scott Saraceno (owners) for permission to share. 

Inside Sculptor's Studio: Chris Curtis by Sculpturesite Gallery from Sculpturesite Gallery on Vimeo.

 “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 includes a total of 15 pieces set around the Garden's lake.  All pieces are available for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefit 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.   

Meet Christopher at a Reception on Sunday, August 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Garden's Mabee Grange.  RSVP to or 918-289-0330.
See catalog below of his pieces in the exhibit. 




Lifting the Landscape sculpture exhibit at Tulsa Botanic Garden

Insect Adventure at the Garden

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Explore bugs from Oklahoma and all over the world as OSU’s Insect Adventure visits the Garden. Get up close and ask questions to learn about the important roles of insects in our world. Entomologists will give presentations at 11am and 1pm.  Maggot painting will also be available. Free with regular admission.  This event will be held inside the Garden's Mabee Grange building.

** We'll also have our Plant Sale from 10am to 5pm including plants for butterfly caterpillars (milkweed and parsley) and nectar plants for hummingbirds and butterflies. **  Click here for more information

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. with extended hours on Thursdays from 9am to 9 pm. Admission prices are FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12. Children 2 and under are free. Only service dogs are permitted, except for specifically designated Dog Days/Nights (check calendar for upcoming dates).


Plant Sale

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Shop for plants to add summer color and attract pollinators to your garden. Sale will include a limited number of milkweed, herbs, nectar plants, and flowering shrubs.

Garden members receive a 10% discount on purchase and can also shop early at the Members-Only Sale on Thursday, May 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. To see list (pdf file) of plants available in the sale click here (note availability is subject to change).  See our membership information page for benefits and to join online.  On Facebook, share and follow our Plant Sale event for updates and more info.

Proceeds from the plant sale benefit the Botanic Garden, which is a non-profit organization. 

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. through Nov. 1,  Extended hours on Thursdays in June, July and August will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Admission is FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+, $4 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Dogs are not allowed, except for specific Dog Day/Night events. (check calendar for upcoming dates)