SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, a nonprofit southern California cultural center, has commissioned well-known artist Rebecca Louise Law to create a floral art installation. Casa Romantica is recruiting gardeners from the southern California community to grow and donate the 8,000 blooms needed to comprise the material for the artwork. The artist will weave and hang the blooms at the center's gallery in June 2017, and the living exhibition will transform for three months. Casa Coastal: Rebecca Louise Law will lead educational efforts about the benefits of native and drought-tolerant horticulture from an artistic standpoint, and is a pivotal community engagement project for southern California.
"The purpose of this collaboration is to accomplish three goals that align with our mission," says Casa Romantica Executive Director Berenika Schmitz.
"These goals are to commission original works for our organization, to educate our community through arts and horticulture programming, and to lead our community in choosing native and drought-tolerant landscaping."
"Casa Romantica strives to be the epicenter for innovative artistic experiences in our southern California community. As a leader and as an American Horticultural Society member, it is equally important that we set an example with landscaping choices. We have a duty to demonstrate that California native and drought-tolerant plants not only benefit the environment, but can be considered art."
About the Artist
Rebecca Louise Law is a British installation artist whose flora-based works have appeared throughout the western world. Lifecycles and preservation are central themes in her art. The natural evolution of her materials and her preference for site-specific blooms contribute to the uniqueness of each installation.
Law's work has been exhibited in Times Square, Art Basel, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Royal Academy. She has completed commissions for internationally recognized brands including Viacom, Tiffany, and Hermès. Her publication features include The New York Times, The Oprah Network, CNN, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, and House Beautiful. Casa Coastal: Rebecca Louise Law will be the first southern California exhibition for the artist.
Beginning in October 2016, there are three ways that supporters can participate to grow the 8,000 blooms needed for Casa Coastal: Rebecca Louise Law.
1. Volunteering five hours per month in the Casa Romantica gardens to tend specific plots for the exhibition.
2. Experienced home gardeners may commit to the harvest of a certain number of approved plants by May 2017.
3. Beginning home gardeners will participate in on-site garden workshops in addition to their at-home work.
All groups will have free scheduled time with the Garden Director as needed for assistance.
The exhibition will open to the public on June 9, 2017. Philanthropic benefactors for the project will be invited to a private artist reception and dinner in the Casa Romantica gardens on June 8. Law will host a public talk on June 10 about the project. Throughout the summer, other Casa Coastal events will support the exhibition theme. The exhibition concludes on August 13.
Casa Romantica's gallery program features the work of internationally-recognized artists such as celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland, and of seminal collections like the E. Gene Crain California watercolor collection.
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and is the historic home of the founder of the City of San Clemente. Casa Romantica provides programs for all ages in arts, music, history, and horticulture and is a premier Southern California cultural center. www.casaromantica.org
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