Two rare exhibitions held at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens


What better way to celebrate the commencement of spring than to fill the month of April with amazing art. The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is giving you a rare opportunity. This foundation, established in 1977 by Ann Weaver Norton, displays rare palm and sculpture gardens along with rare art.

An upcoming event will allow you to view works by the famous Chilean surrealist Roberto Matta and mosaic artist Vanessa Somers Vreeland.

Running from April 16 to May 18, this event will let guests see 10 works from pioneer Roberto Matta during the 1950s, followed by a tour to the Gardens’ Artist Studio to view the second exhibition Asaroton 2000-2013 by Vanessa Somers Vreeland.

Roberto Matta, one of Chile’s most famous painters, captured European, American and Latin American cultures in his works. Asaroton, meaning “unswept floor,” refers to an ancient Roman floor mosaic technique, which created the inspiration for Vreeland’s art displayed in the Marion Sims Wyeth-designed Artist’s Studio at the Sculpture Gardens.

In addition, guests can attend a lecture, Mosiacs – A Lost Art, presented by Vreeland, where she will discuss the development of mosaic art. This will take place on April 23 at 6 p.m. and will last one hour. Although it is free, there is a suggested donation of $10. There will also be Curatorial Exhibition tours of Roberto Matta on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. throughout the duration of the event.

Both of these exhibitions will be on display at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens for approximately a month. You can view them during their regular hours of Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The cost is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and over and $5 for children ages 5 and up; children under 5 years are free. Memberships are available for $100 per person ($75 tax-deductible donation) and $175 per family ($125 tax-deductible donation). Benefits include: free admission to the Gardens, event notices, admission to artists’ receptions and discounted admission to annual events. For more information about the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, its exhibits and memberships, visit


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