Art in the Gardens
Artist Reception for Beth Hammack
- Thursday, November 7, Noon to 1pm
- Complimentary refreshments will be served
Celebrated Oklahoma City abstract artist Beth Hammack has a storied career in art, jewelry, and interior design. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, where she spent many hours in the university’s art school. Hammack has also studied with private instructors from all over the world, as well as the Chicago Art Institute and the London City School of Arts. Her pieces often incorporate lightly textured painting with drawing, subtle hues, disguised symbols and barely legible writing, all combined in purposeful abstraction. Her painting technique involves building layers upon layers of paint and texture in poetic combinations reflecting the richness of her creative life and observations. In creating large scale statement paintings, Beth says of her practice, “I paint with freedom and abandon, creating colorful surprise mixes of unexplained relevance.”
Beth Hammack is represented by JRB Art at the Elms Gallery in Oklahoma City.
Sculpture Addition to the Children’s Garden
“Friendship” Sculpture: Well-known Boston artist, Nancy Schön, has captured the true nature of friendship in this bronze sculpture of two prairie dogs on display in the Children’s Garden.
Story Teller Chair
“Storyteller’s Chair” Sculpture: Oklahoma City artist, Don Narcomey, created this Sculpture with bois d’ arc wood (Osage Orange), an extremely hard and decay-resistant wood used in the past for fence posts and bows to shoot arrows. It is a magical addition to storytime in the Children’s Garden.
Gold Fish Sculpture
“Goldfish” Sculpture: This Texas Cream Limestone sculpture measuring approximately 18” x 4’ x 5’ 10” displayed on the lake level is a Fancy Tail Goldfish. This sculpture was created by Oklahoma City artist, Kendall Howerton.
“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 in the northwest corner of the Gardens.