Art from the Forces of Nature

Nov 26, 2012

Photo courtesy of L.A.County Arboretum

Creating art from destruction and heartache.

This is the idea behind the “Forces of Nature Artists Exhibition” at the Arboretum.

The unexpectedly brutal windstorm that struck just a year ago took out 235 trees and damaged 1,000 on the Arboretum grounds.

“In the subsequent massive cleanup by Los Angeles County crews, private contractors, and countless volunteers, precious hardwoods were separated and spared destruction.” The hardwoods were then labeled, transported, and distributed to 75 artists, including Denise Seider of Pasadena, Raoul de la Sota of Highland Park, Jim Butler of Sierra Madre, and William Stranger and Eric Zammit of Altadena.

Sales of the artists’ works will help heal and replenish the Arboretum’s tree population. An opening reception on Friday evening will raise money for this purpose and allow a sneak peek—and first bid—on these creative expressions, reflective of Mother Nature’s force.

The show is curated by Leigh Adams.

Work by Bill Haskell

“Forces of Nature” at the Arboretum
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 30th, Dec. 1st & 2nd, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Reception & Auction: Friday, Nov. 30th, 6-9 p.m.
Reception tickets: members, $15; non-members, $20
For reservations, call 626.821.3237
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia




“In the Womb” by Gonzalo Algarate

2 Responses for “Art from the Forces of Nature”

  1. Leigh Adams says:

    Thank you so much for helping to publicize this event! Even with three days of rain, we had an extraordinary exhibit, delightful gatherings and cross pollinations of wood workers, many people discussing alternative uses of fallen trees and a general good time. In addition, we had a very successful fundraiser that will allow us to replace and care for lost trees. Thank you for supporting the Arboretum and for sharing this event!

  2. Kat Ward says:

    Thank you, Leigh. It was a tremendously interesting and diverse show—all sorts of interpretations and expressions. Some pieces seemed to be a direct response to the storm itself, incorporating the event into the subject matter or effects of the work. Some pieces were functional (bowls, stools, chairs, vases), while others were decorative, abstract, silly, profound—they ran the gamut. The exercise and idea for using the fallen trees and allowing artists to create what the will were superb. Congratulations.



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