Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Twists its Way into a New Exhibition

 Ann Norton’s monumental sculptures have some new company throughout the two-acre Gardens with the addition of Gino Miles’s bronze and steel abstract sculptures. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens’ third exhibition of the season, Contours in Metal: Sculpture by Gino Miles, opens this Thursday, January 10th through May 12, 2019

“Gino Miles’ sculptures are larger than life, just like Ann Norton’s,” said Cynthia Kanai, CEO for the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. “Ann Norton found inspiration in ancient cultures and nature, which is the inspiration behind many of Gino’s sculptures as well. We are grateful for the partnership with Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary. Contours in Metal: Sculpture by Gino Miles is a perfect complement to the Gardens and Ann Norton’s home.”

Miles became interested in painting and sculpture in the early 1970s at the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Sculpture. Working on both a monumental and smaller scale, he is inspired primarily by 20th Century European masters such as Moore, Brancusi, Archipenko and Marini. Miles distills his love of the classical figure and objects in nature, working with a sparse and contemporary language that embodies tranquility. His abstract forms achieve a poetic harmony of man and nature, with subtle references to both the human form and ancient cultures.

Miles studied at the Università per Stranieriin Perugia, Italy, and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy.  A profound love of teaching inspired him to help establish Italart, a school for American and German students in the Chianti region south of Florence. After many years in Europe, Miles and his wife returned to the United States and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His large-scale sculptures are prominently featured in many permanent and private collections throughout the United States, Europe and South America.

“Even after more than forty years of sculpting, I still have an unquenchable thirst for creating sculpture, the urge to challenge boundaries and conventions, and a desire to inspire viewers for generations to come.” said Miles.

The exhibition committee for Contours in Metal: Sculpture by Gino Miles includes Mary and Irwin Ackerman, Elizabeth and Michael Chu, Ruth and Peter Derow, Pamela Cohen and Nick Korniloff, Helene and Matt Lorentzen, Sheryl Maher and Blaine Phillips, Bobba Paul, and David Miller and Ray Wakefield.

Sponsors for the exhibition include Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Gardens Conservancy corporate sponsor and community partner Wilmington Trust and media sponsor The Palm Beacher and Jupiter Magazine.

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a non-profit foundation established in 1977 by resident sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). An urban sanctuary of almost two acres, the compound comprises Norton’s historic house with exhibition galleries, her studio, monumental sculptures and tropical gardens of rare palms and cycads.

Located at 253 Barcelona Road in the historic El Cid neighborhood of West Palm Beach, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Normal admission is free for members, $15 for non-member adults, $10 for seniors (age 65 and older), $7 for students, and children under five are free. Special event pricing will vary. Gallery and garden exhibition talks are available on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Gardens are also available for private events and are closed on major holidays. For membership or general information, please visit www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5328.