Art in the Gardens
Conversations of Duality: Works by Bryon Perdue Jr. and William Walker Larason
August 11 – September 7, 2020
Bryon Perdue Jr. is a Native American mixed-media artist out of Oklahoma City who creates nonrepresentational work based on his interests in science. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2013 with his BFA in Studio Art. He is an active member of the Oklahoma arts community serving as a grant reviewer for the Oklahoma Arts Council, committee member for Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition projects and past president of the nonprofit group Inclusion In Art.
William Walker Larason is an artist living in Oklahoma City who emphasizes the use of gum-wrapper foil as his preferred medium. Larason also engages in painting, printmaking, and photography. After completing a spotlight exhibition in Oklahoma Visual Art Coalition’s Momentum OKC in 2016, Larason began work at the art collective Factory Obscura, an immersive, collaborative endeavor in downtown Oklahoma City. Larason and their fellow artists recently welcomed their latest project, Mixtape, a permanent art experience inspired by music.
Fireflies by Nathan Pratt
- Now open through fall 2020
- Meinders Terrace
- Read more about this exhibit, a collaboration with Oklahoma Contemporary’s grand opening
Softly blinking fireflies grace the grounds of Myriad Botanical Gardens as part of a metro-wide public art experience celebrating the grand opening of Oklahoma Contemporary. Taking inspiration from the golden flashing light of fireflies on a warm summer night, Oklahoma artist Nathan Pratt has created more than two dozen mixed media fireflies is installed in the Meinders Garden.
The installation taps into the innocence of childhood where the golden haze of a setting sun plays with the enchanting glow of fireflies. It is part of Bright Golden Haze: Reflections, a partnership with Oklahoma Contemporary and funded by a series of grants from Kirkpatrick Family Fund to extend the theme of light from the art center’s inaugural exhibition, Bright Golden Haze.
September 10 – October 14, 2020
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.