An Eye for Nature: Painting and Prints by Morton Kaish’ opens on February 16 with an Artist Talk
(West Palm Beach, Fla.) – Fluttering butterflies and vibrant bouquets of flowers will bring the outside in when An Eye for Nature: Painting and Prints by Morton Kaish opens at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens on Saturday, February 16. Kaish will be hosting an Artist Talk that same morning at 11 a.m. The exhibition, which is the final of the season, will extend through May 5.
“When I look at Morton Kaish’s works, I can’t think of a more perfect artist to exhibit at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens,” said Cynthia Kania, CEO for ANSG. “Ann Norton’s intention for her gardens was as a place where people could enjoy viewing art and learning about art within the beauty of the two-acre garden. Art and nature certainly come alive with Kaish’s paintings and prints.”
Kaish is an American artist whose light and color-filled works combine both traditional and experimental painting techniques with contemporary insight. His paintings are inspired by a passion for the world around him, which he continues to explore in a diversity of media.
Kaish’s paintings, drawings and prints can be found in major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the British Museum. He is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Art and Design at FIT/SUNY and has served as Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College; the University of Washington, Seattle; Haifa University, Israel; as well as on the faculties of the New School, the National Academy and the Art Students League of New York.
“I’d say that the simplest flower or the tiniest butterfly may be as close to a miracle as we come in our day-to-day lives,” said Kaish. “Nature seems to reach out to us to say something of the mystery and wonder of it all. It may be the sprawl of wildflowers across a meadow or an unexpected flicker of wings where sea meets sky – that will catch the eye and the imagination. And some part of us wants to reply, ‘I was here. I saw this. I felt this.’”
The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a non-profit foundation established in 1977 by resident sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). An urban sanctuary of almost two acres, the compound comprises Norton’s historic house with exhibition galleries, her studio, monumental sculptures and tropical gardens of rare palms and cycads.
Located at 253 Barcelona Road in the historic El Cid neighborhood of West Palm Beach, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Normal admission is free for members, $15 for non-member adults, $10 for seniors (age 65 and older), $7 for students, and children under five are free. Special event pricing will vary. Gallery and garden exhibition talks are available on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Gardens are also available for private events and are closed on major holidays. For membership or general information, please visit www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5328.