Carbon Cycle: An Earth Art Exhibit connects the serpentine line and the circle — two of the most powerful symbols throughout human culture — to tell a story of transformation and rebirth, symbolizing the healing and evolution of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s site from coal mine to garden. This large-scale installation is designed by W. Gary Smith, an internationally known environmental artist.
W. Gary Smith has a simple mission: creating meaningful encounters between people, plants and the natural world. Gary has exhibited works in botanic gardens across North America, including exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal, California, Arkansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and more. Gary is the author of From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design and lectures frequently on art and nature.
Carbon Cycle: An Earth Art Exhibit is scheduled to be installed at the Garden in fall 2021. For more information about the work of W. Gary Smith, please visit wgarysmith.com.
My Life is a Reflection of the Kindness of Others
An exhibition of paintings by Gary Bukovnik
Gary Bukovnik grew up in the rural community of Painesville Township, Ohio, where his grandmother owned a general store. Surrounded by nursery land where flowers and plants were grown commercially, he was influenced by his immediate surroundings which resulted in a heavy focus on painting flowers. In this case, the subject matter chose the artist, not the other way around.
From the earliest years, Gary was discouraged from following fate’s chosen path. He got his start in San Francisco with the encouragement of two Ohio friends and the open arms of the great, supportive city. He is reminded daily of the true source of his life in art: the kindness of others.
This exhibition of large-scale watercolor paintings will be on display in the Welcome Center, Zappala Woodland Room and adjacent halls through November 7, 2021.