Only one hour outside of New York City in the leafy neighborhood of Short Hills, New Jersey, Greenwood Gardens is a beautiful escape for gardeners, artists, families and tourists.
Through November 15, 2016, the exhibition In the Garden by contemporary artist Betty Woodman highlights six cast bronze and hand-patinated benches as well as a bronze table and two large outdoor clay flower pots.
Set in and around the formal Italianate gardens, groomed pathways, sophisticated flower beds and secluded courtyards, the colorful benches create an exuberant juxtaposition to the serene environment. The exhibit is free with admission to the gardens.
Betty Woodman is widely acknowledged as a pioneer of ceramic sculpture. She has broadly expanded the use of clay as a medium for contemporary art. Since her early career as a production potter, through her teaching, solo exhibitions, and inclusion in over 50 museum collections, she has redefined the medium of clay and the possibilities of sculpture.
Woodman’s benches are a culmination of a life-time of working in clay. “Bronze interested me because it is a material that starts as something else, such as clay or wax. Clay into bronze seemed like a natural step to make as I needed something that could go outdoors,” said Betty Woodman.
The colorful benches are whimsical and lyrical with their curvy shapes, bright colors and twisted arms that interweave and intertwine the backrests and seats. “I absolutely see my art as overtly useful and functional. This is particularly true with the bronze benches,” the artist noted.
WHEN YOU GO:
Set on 28 acres of gardens, meadows, and woodlands between New Jersey’s South Mountain Reservation and Old Short Hills Park, with 11 historic buildings, Greenwood Gardens opened to the public in the spring of 2013.
The garden is endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a Preservation Project Garden and led by a board of trustees and staff who are dedicated to preserving the history and enhancing the beauty of the property for the benefit of the public.
Greenwood Gardens is open to the public Saturday through Tuesday, from 10am until 4pm. To learn more about Greenwood Gardens and its educational programs, go to greenwoodgardens.org or call 973-258-4026.
Source: Greenwood Gardens