Come Sit A Spell has been open at the Garden for over a month now with over 13,000 people visiting the Garden for this new exhibit! We started working on this project early 2009 and my involvement started in July 2009.
Come Sit A Spell: Views of the Southern Garden is an exhibit that reflects the importance and beauty of the southern front porch and how it has evolved over the years. We asked artists what inspired them about the front porch, what memories did it evoke, and to incorporate that into their piece.
The beginning stages of the exhibit came with a solicit to artists and for a sketch of their entry. As entries started coming in we were amazed at the creative pieces that we were seeing, and truly blown away for what the inspirations were for the artist pieces. One piece was inspired by memories of childhood and playing in tree-houses, another from playing with the Garden hose in summer, and one artist used the magic of nature that she enjoyed with her children and painted two Adirondack chairs with Day and Night Garden Fairies! It was such a pleasure to talk with the artists, schools and community groups about their pieces and their excitement to be involved with our new exhibit!
Working closely with the artists was such a wonderful experience...getting to know them, their inspiration, working with them throughout the entire process truly provided me with a connection to the exhibit that I was not expecting. I hope that you will feel the same connection when you visit the Garden to pieces for Come Sit A Spell!