Spanning nearly 100 years, the art from two related, prominent Palm Beach families will be showcased at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens when Art in the Family Tree arrives this Spring. Opening on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, and running through Sunday, May 15, 2016, the exhibition will feature diverse pieces from the lineage of artists in the Phipps and Guest families, who trace their investment and philanthropy in Florida back to the early 20th century.
The Art in the Family Tree exhibition will demonstrate that talent, much like genetics, does run in the family. The show will feature sculptures, illustrations, drawings and paintings from Palm Beach family members Susan Phipps Cochran, Jay Cochran, Rafe Cochran, Hubert Phipps, Michael Phipps and Diana Guest.
“The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is pleased to showcase the breadth of artistic talent from four generations of the Phipps family,” stated Karen Steele, interim executive director for Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. “The beautiful pieces will show the family members’ distinctive styles, while their passion and talent as artists remain a common thread.”
Throughout the Art in the Family Tree exhibition period, Ann Norton Art Historian and Curator, Marie Scripture, will be leading “Gallery Talks,” included in the price of admission, on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at noon, which will include a tour and background information on the artists and their works on display.
About the Art in the Family Tree Participating Artists:
Diana Guest – Sculptor Diana Guest was born in England and raised there and in the US and Kenya. Her work, executed in granite, marble, alabaster and bronze, focuses on powerful but graceful renderings of animals and plants that seem to be metamorphosing from the materials themselves. She has held one-man exhibitions in Paris, London, Zurich and in numerous galleries in the U.S., including the Palm Beach and Seaview galleries in Palm Beach, and the Saratoga Gallery and Bodely galleries in New York. Diana Guest has won a silver medal from the Ville de Paris and her “Sleeping Eagle” alabaster sculpture is included in the permanent collection at the Musee du Havre in France. Her 1979 bronze sculpture, entitled Naja, is on display in the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach.
Susan Phipps Cochran – Susan Phipps Cochran was born in Long Island, New York, where art, music, sewing and knitting were an integral part of her life. She inherited her appreciation for nature from her father, who taught her to identify a plethora of flora and fauna and had her herding cattle, handling reptiles, fishing, scuba diving and shooting. Today, she credits her attention to detail and patience to the discipline and focus that was instilled during those early years.
In 2001 Susan began sculpting in bronze when her friend, artist Helmut Koller, asked her to create a chair for a local fundraising event. A new door opened with her creation of a chair entitled T.H. Smith, a pair of floating overalls. This lead to a series of benches and chairs, one of which, “After the Fire,” honors the firefighters lost on 9/11 and is on permanent display at the New York Firemen’s Museum. Possessing a keen wit, Susan likes people to be amused by and interact with her sculpture instead of just circling them “like buzzards on a kill.” Fulfilling this wish, she has gone on to create collections of giant ants and earwigs to scratching dogs to oversized African stick fighters.
Hubert Phipps – Hubert Phipps, an American and British citizen, was born in Virginia. In the 1980’s he was a professional automobile race driver. In 2005 he built an art studio in Northern Virginia.
Hubert likes things that are different….. “That is what fascinates me about abstract art, the mystery of it. I yearn to discover new worlds, otherworldly types that are lurking in the deeper recesses of the mind. I glimpse these worlds from time to time; it may come in the middle of the night, a vision, unidentifiable yet lovely shapes appear and I don’t have a clue what they are. I feel compelled to flesh them out and capture them on paper, on canvas or as a three dimensional object.”
The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a nonprofit foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). Located at 2051 South Flagler Drive, the 1.7 acre sanctuary is comprised of rare palm and sculpture gardens, Ann Norton’s historic home and exhibition galleries, and Norton’s own Wyeth-designed artist studio. Open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Gardens are also available for private events. Admission for the Art in the Family Tree exhibition at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (age 65 and older) and $5 for children ages five and older. Children under five and Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens members are free. For details on the exhibition, please visit www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5328.