Sanctuary | Lotusland Online Art Sale & Gallery Exhibition
Online Art Sale & Gallery Exhibition launches on Earth Day April 22 through May 3, 2021.
Launching April 22, visit the online show or in person at GraySpace in the Funk Zone GraySpace Gallery, 219 Gray Ave., Santa Barbara, California.
Please visit: www.Lotusland.org/sanctuary/ for more information.
The invitation was sent to 36 local artists to participate. Artists were asked to create new work inspired by Lotusland. Artists were given 3 days to visit the Garden and only 8 weeks to create, capture and complete their muse at Lotusland. Whether it be a specific garden, found materials, or to create in the Garden their piece of work for the show. It was a creative concept and challenge that the artists were craving, especially this year.
Funds raised support sustainable Lotusland’s sustainability programs which promote and teach individuals, groups, gardeners, and institutions about the best methods and practices in horticulture, environmental responsibility, and stewardship.
Lotusland Executive Director, Rebecca Anderson says, “In response to the pandemic, and the shortfalls we experienced as a result, we needed to rethink fundraisers. With a desire to connect the community to our mission, we dreamed up this concept for a new benefit event with participating artists from our region. We view this online sale and show as a way to foster connection with Lotusland’s supporters, engage and encourage local artists, and sustain the Garden’s important sustainability programs.”
The artists and show are curated by volunteers Ashley Woods Hollister and Casey Turpin, and the Gallery space is sponsored by Ruth Ellen Hoag and GraySpace Gallery. “We knew this could be a special way for people to bring a piece of the Lotusland sanctuary to their own home,” explain Ashley and Casey, co-curators of the exhibition.
Participating artists include:
R. Nelson Parrish Michael Adcock Taiana Giefer
Skip Smith Meredith Brooks Abbott
Phoebe Brunner Robert Abbott Rick Garcia Baret Boisson
Leslie Lewis Sigler Ruth Ellen Hoag
Kerrie Smith Michael Haber Lindsey Ross Manjari Sharma Jessica June Avrutin Bobbi Bennett Connie Connally Inga Guzyte
Maria Rendon Cara Bonewitz Lynda Weinman Blakeney Sanford Erika Carter
Cathy Moholm Luis Alberto Velazquez
Sophie Gibbings George Leo Sanders Ro Snell
Olivia Joffrey Lily Hahn Whitney Hansen
Whitney Brooks Abbott Ryan Shand
“The garden is magic, and it has touched my work in a way that will give me endless ideas and new directions for much more time to come!” – Lynda Weinman, Former Lotusland Trustee, and participating artist
“Walking alone through Lotusland on those quiet Monday mornings felt like falling down the rabbit hole into a secret world. It was truly sensory overload at every turn – layers upon layers of colors and textures and smells.” – Jessica June Avrutin, participating artist
Ashley Woods Hollister has long supported local artists through her work with Art from Scrap and as the former director of the Morris Squire Foundation. Casey Turpin is an avid volunteer in the Insectary Garden at Lotusland, and both are passionate about showcasing Lotusland’s beauty and science through the eyes of a local artist community.
Lotusland is a precious outdoor space for the Santa Barbara community. Proceeds from this event keep the Garden growing, and remains a source of beauty and respite for visitors.
The artists’ contributions advance Lotusland’s mission to inspire and inform the public about protecting, conserving, and renewing nature and its precious resources.
“Through the Sanctuary Art Sale and Exhibition, our goal is to contribute to the success of Lotusland’s horticultural care, as well as providing education to others about best practices and philosophies to support sustainability. We feel very lucky and excited to be a part of this wonderfully creative process.” – Ashley Woods Hollister & Casey Turpin, Art Curators for Sanctuary
For more information, please Contact: Kerstin Olson Horneman, Event Manager, Ganna Walska Lotusland
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Lotusland preserves and enhances the unique, historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska, cares for and improves its collections, and develops its conservation and horticulture programs, so they educate us, inspire us, and advance our understanding and appreciation of the importance of plants in our lives and in the life of the planet.
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• Annual care and tending of the Garden in its magnificence to meet the increasing need for people to connect with Lotusland’s natural, calming beauty
• Preservation of the historic living collections, aging structures and infrastructure, and of the significant historical artifacts and archives
• Growing the endowment to support the care and tending of the Garden well into the future.
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Daniel Bifano, Immediate Past President of Board of Trustees
Laura M. Bridley
Lesley Cunningham, President of Board of Trustees
Dorothy H. Gardener
David M. Jones
Stephen R. Schaible