An intimate installation opening and concert at The Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens is sure to provide a thrilling evening for all attendees on June 15. This opening will feature 10 original stained glass-on-glass works created by the award-winning Santa Cruz-based artist Kathleen Crocetti paired with the Rose & the Nightingale quartet of vocalists and instrumentalists.
Crocetti’s installations combine art and community building to distill complex social issues into visual metaphors. Her process allows individuals to participate in the creation of art on a small scale. Crocetti has received several prestigious awards, including the 2010 Gail Rich Award from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County and the 2011 California Art Educator of the Year by the California Arts Education Association. Three of her works will be greater than 10 feet across and the theme of all the pieces are a mix of California landscapes and close-up views of California native plants–a theme in harmony with the Botanic Garden’s native plant mission.
The opening of the installation, paired with Rose & the Nightingale will make for an unforgettable event, as the quartet will play their unique and genre-defying music full of melody, harmony and energetic expression. Their program, “Spirit of the Garden,” blurs the boundaries of world music, folk, art song, and jazz improvisation. The program integrates poetry about gardens with the nexus of spirituality and nature. This concert marks the return of live music at the Garden for the first time in 12 years.
Attendees will be able to meet all the artists, enjoy a special preview of the artwork, as well as dine and listen to music in the Meadow in the soft evening sun. Attendees will also enjoy plentiful hors d’ouerves and wine–just be sure to purchase tickets soon, as space is limited to 80 people for this exclusive performance!
Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 805/963-0408
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