Thursday, July 12, 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

Tulsa STEAM 360 Summer Camp

Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Fri Jul 13 2018.
Monday, July 9, 2018 (All day)
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (All day)
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (All day)
Thursday, July 12, 2018 (All day)
Friday, July 13, 2018 (All day)

Tulsa Botanic Garden is excited to be a part of a collaborative TULSA STEAM360 Summer Camp presented by Discovery Lab:

Get up close with sea turtles, concoct slippery slime, and contribute your masterpiece to an immersive art installation—all this and more—at Tulsa STEAM360! During this one-week camp, tour some of Tulsa’s best in hands-on, interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) experiences.

Parents will drop campers at a different location each day where they will engage in high-energy explorations that inspire creativity and critical thinking. Camps are led by experienced educators, teach age-appropriate curriculum, and include a camp T-shirt and healthy daily snack.

Camp rotations are determined by age and include: AHHA, Camp Loughridge, Discovery Lab, Fab Lab Tulsa, Oklahoma Aquarium, Tulsa Botanic Garden, and Up with Trees.

AGES 4-5: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
AGES 6-8: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
AGES 9-12: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information, including  cost and registration, visit Discovery Lab Tulsa's Summer Camp page.

Extended hours

Repeats every week until Thu Aug 30 2018.
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm

Kids Wellness Mornings

Repeats every week every Thursday 3 times.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

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 is 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. 

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. 

Tropical Night

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us for a night in the Garden with a tropical theme in honor of our colorful summer season display in the Tandy Floral Terraces featuring bromeliads and other tropical plant. We'll have refreshing drinks with the world's best-known bromeliad - the pineapple! Comida Sol y Vida food truck will be here starting at 6 pm with delicious tamales wrapped in banana leaves and paella! Music will add to our evening of fun. At 7 pm, take a tour with Jenn Smith, curator of the Tandy Floral Terraces to learn more about bromeliads and the vibrant colors in the Garden. 

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 for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Dogs are only allowed on specific, Dog-designated events.  For more information, call 918-289-0330.