Response: Artists in the Park art sale and auction March 31


Enrique's Dream, 2017 by Auseklis Ozols is among paintings for sale at the fundraiser. - COURTESY BOTANICAL GARDEN
  • Courtesy Botanical Garden
  • Enrique's Dream, 2017 by Auseklis Ozols is among paintings for sale at the fundraiser.

Nature has always served as an inspiration to artists, and Response: Artists in the Park brings together a variety of artistic interpretations inspired by the Botanical Garden at New Orleans City Park for exhibit and sale March 29-31.

About 100 artworks will be included in the show, according to event co-chair Carmen Duncan. Styles and mediums range from abstract and plein air oil paintings to photography and sculpture.

"This is meant to be a diverse body of work, all of which is done 'in response' to the landscape of the New Orleans Botanical Garden," Duncan wrote in an email. "The diversity in style, medium and size is what will make this a fascinating show."

The artwork will be exhibited at the Garden Study Building at the Botanical Garden (5 Victory Drive, New Orleans City Park, 504-483-9488;" 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29-31. Individual pieces will be sold during a celebration, art sale and auction from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 31. Some works have a set price and selected pieces will be auctioned. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, a special cocktail and music. Tickets for the March 31 event are $50 ($35 for people 35 and younger).

Proceeds will be used to build a teaching kitchen in the garden.

As many as 70 artists are included in the show, which was curated by Pam Bryan of Octavia Gallery and Lisa Rmotondo-Mccord of the New Orleans Museum of Art, including Auseklis Ozols, Zona Wainwright, Patricia Tait Jones, Dapper Bruce Lafitte, Nell Tilton, John Isiah Walton, Jim Richard, Tim Trapolin and Adrianna Speer (see their artworks in the slideshow).

The outdoor teaching kitchen will be located in the fruit, vegetable and herb gardens and will include industrial-grade appliances, seating for about 50 people and a pavilion. It will offer programs to teach youth and the community about healthy cooking using fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits grown at the Botanical Garden. Proposed programming includes cooking demonstrations, information about New Orleans' culinary history, the health benefits of fresh foods, the origins of local foods, preserving produce and growing herbs, fruits and vegetables. The Botanical Garden also plans to offer tours and programs for local schools that do not have their own teaching kitchens, and there will be summer sessions for youth. The kitchen also will have monitors and broadcasting capabilities. It is expected to cost about $450,000.

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