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Art in the Gardens

Fine Art Series

“Monkey Do: New Works by Matt Goad”mbg_MATT_goad1

  •  Jan. 22 – Feb. 27
  • FREE Reception Jan. 29, 5-7pm
  • South Lobby, Crystal Bridge 

“Monkey Do: New Works by Matt Goad” opens this month, with a free, public reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 29. The exhibit will be on view until Feb. 27 and is free to see during regular Crystal Bridge hours, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Goad has worked professionally as a graphic designer and illustrator for more than 20 years, and ventured into the realm of paintings on canvas in 2007. Whimsical, geometric, simple and complex, his paintings of animals and nature draw their inspiration from classic graphic design, and pop art reproduction of the mid-20th century. The discovery of woodcut printing during college was a major turning point in the development of his illustration style, which he refers to as “chunkism,” using stencils and acrylics to create a world where nature and geometry meet and, in his words, “have a baby.”

As a kid in the mid-70s, Goad can remember flipping through books and marveling at Lichtenstein pop art pieces. The thought of large-scale paintings reminiscent of comic books was an attractive one. Couple that with a Chagall print hung near Matt’s desk by an influential fourth grade teacher and you have the starting point for a journey driven by an interest in pop and modern art.

Matt studied graphic design at Oklahoma Christian University, where his early involvement in the fine arts came by means of wood cut printing, reeling off hundreds of wood cuts in a two-to-three year span. That ended abruptly when he got a job doing illustrations. Goad figures he completed an illustration a month for about 20 years, and it effectively albeit temporarily ended his fine art career.

It is only relatively recently that Matt has begun painting on canvas. As he describes it, he was at a meeting seven or eight years ago with his client at the time, who was the artistic director at the then-City Arts Center. This man saw his paintings and in no uncertain terms told Matt that he was going to exhibit  in the Center’s next show. So Matt’s next chapter in fine arts began.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens Fine Art Series began in 2012 with a show by Oklahoma photographer Carl Shortt Jr. Other artists whose works have graced the South Lobby Gallery’s walls include: Benjamin Harjo Jr,; Bert Seabourn; J. Don Cook; Tony Tiger; Kim Robbins; JRB Gallery; The Howell Gallery; Joy Richardson; Debby Kaspari; Doug Hoke, Rick Sinnett and more.



Permanent Sculpture

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Sculpture Addition to the Children’s Garden

Thanks to a signature grant from the Fred Jones Family Foundation, the Myriad Botanical Gardens is delighted to announce that the commission of a charming “Prairie Dog” sculpture from renowned artist, Nancy Schȯȯn.  Look for this latest public art addition to the Children’s Garden.



Don Narcomey Storytelling chair

Story Teller Chair

Thanks to a generous gift from Gail and Bill Beals, local Oklahoma artist Don Narcomy has created a one-of-a-kind kind mystical throne that will sure to bring delight to children and families for many years of storytelling and reading in the Children’s Garden.



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Gold Fish Sculpture

Located on the east side of the Crystal Bridge.



 “Gateway” Sculpture

Artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp created the 14-foot red abstract sculpture as a means to connect the organic forms of nature with urban architecture and the environment.  You can find this sculpture on the north west corner of the Gardens.



“Roots” by Don Narcomey

Roots was purchased as a permanent sculpture in the Myriad Gardens to commemorate the 25th anniversary.