A sharply focused exhibition of world-class photography from Palm Beach-based Holden Luntz Gallery captured the attention of Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens supporters during a private viewing of Eye on Photography: A Survey of Contemporary Themes, on November 4, 2016. Frances Fisher, president of the ANSG board of trustees, and Sally Soter, chair of the ANSG art committee, along with the Gardens Conservancy, hosted the reception for almost 100 Conservancy members and Trustees. The collection of photos featuring artfully captured moments of design through the ages runs through December 28, 2016.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this stunning collection of photography in partnership with Holden Luntz Gallery and for the opportunity to bring such a new and dramatic experience to the Gallery and Gardens,” said Fisher. “Thank you to our Gardens Conservancy Community Partner Wilmington Trust, who has been supporting the Conservancy with enthusiasm since its inception.”
A multi-category membership and stewardship program, the Gardens Conservancy supports the preservation and restoration of Ann Norton’s art and archives, her home and studio, and horticultural initiatives. Of particular interest, the Conservancy is engaged in projects that raise awareness of Ann Norton’s art and gardens through ongoing cultural and horticultural education via school and community enrichment programs and partnerships. Annual Gardens Conservancy membership is available starting at a $500 donation, and donors receive complimentary admission to the Gardens, art openings, an invitation to the Conservancy’s annual event, and discounted tickets to special events.
Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while admiring the photographs that have been expertly placed throughout Ann Norton’s Gallery. Holden Luntz explained his vision for each room which features different decades of photography from artists such as Berenice Abbott, Clive Arrowsmith, John Dugdale, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Farber, Massimo Listri, Michael Massaia, Robin Platzer and Bill Witt.
“This our first time doing a small museum show and we wanted to make it really special,” said Holden Luntz. “Since this space was someone’s actual home, we treated it as such when we were hanging the exhibition. Each room is a snapshot of different ways to collect and appreciate photography. We hope you enjoy the evening and come back again during Festival of Trees.”
The iconic imagery will complement the Gardens’ theme for the upcoming 10th Annual Festival of Trees, Celebrating Design through the Decades. Presented by Sentient Jet, visitors will unwrap the magic of design with more than 25 professionally decorated trees that have been adorned by area-based interior designers, artists and florists. Holden Luntz curated the collection with the holiday festival in mind, which opens with its Gala on December 2 and continues through December 14, 2016.
“We have an exciting season ahead of us,” concluded Soter. “Our vision is to raise the gardens and exhibition profiles that Ann Norton intended – blending of the arts with nature.”
The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is located at 2051 South Flagler Drive. The two-acre sanctuary is comprised of rare palm and sculpture gardens, Ann Norton’s historic home, exhibition galleries and Norton’s own Wyeth-designed artist studio.
During the exhibition, a curator will be available to answer questions on Wednesdays at 11 am and Sundays at noon. Regular Gallery visitation is Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm, and is free for members, $10 for non-member adults, $8 for seniors (age 65 and older), $7 for students and children under five are free. The exhibition will have extended hours during the Festival of Trees. For more information, please visit www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5328.