Art to Landscape/Landscape to Art

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 to Sunday, January 30, 2011
Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House

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Paintings and Drawings by W. Gary Smith

Weaving together drawings, paintings, and sculptural installations with landscape design, W. Gary Smith creates artistic connections with the landscape. The use of color in his paintings and drawings is extraordinary and combined with the elements of fantasy and whimsy, visitors are transported into another world. This unique exhibit demonstates how sketching and painting are an essential part of Smith's process of landscape design and shows the interplay between his work on paper and his work in the landscape.

W. Gary Smith, one of North America’s leading landscape designers, specializes in botanical gardens and arboreta, as well as public art installations and private gardens, often weaving together local ecological and cultural themes. In his new book, From Art to Landscape, Smith explores the means that artists use — drawing, painting, sculpture, meditation, poetry, and dance — to create personal connections with the landscape that in turn enrich and inform garden design.

Advocating greater interest among landscape architects for public spaces that focus on plants and horticulture, Smith serves on the American Society of Landscape Architects Education Advisory Committee. He was formerly an Associate Professor of Landscape Design at the University of Delaware, and an adjunct faculty member at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Texas.

W. Gary Smith has won awards for his designs of the Tropical Mosaic Garden at the Naples Botanical Garden in Florida, Peirce’s Woods at Longwood Gardens, Enchanted Woods at the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, and the Meadow Maze at the Tyler Arboretum. Recent work includes the new Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Master Plan and Children’s Garden, the Discovery Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Therapeutic Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Alabama.