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Internationally Acclaimed ZimSculpt Exhibit Starts Off 2012 Season with a Show at The Garden

NAPLES, FL – Sept 29, 2011 – Zimbabwean stone sculpture exhibit, ZimSculpt, will be making its  Florida debut in 2012 with a two-month exhibition and sale at Naples Botanical Garden starting February 17, 2012 and running through April 21, 2012. The exhibit will feature more than 200 stone carvings from at least 100 artists arranged throughout the landscapes of the Garden. In addition to the sculptures, two Zimbabwean artists will be on-site carving in the Garden daily.

The Zimbabwean stone sculpture movement began about 60 years ago, but is rooted in ancient tradition. The savvy and experienced eye of Frank McEwen, the first Director of the National Art Gallery and previous curator at Museé Rodin in Paris, brought the contemporary Zimbabwean sculptures to light and they were quickly embraced by the Western Art scene. Zimbabwe is now known to be the home of some of the top sculptors in the world. 

“We are thrilled to be hosting such a celebrated exhibit here at the Garden, especially following such acclaimed shows at the Chelsea Flower Show and VanDusen Botanical Garden,” said Brian Holley, executive director of Naples Botanical Garden. “The Garden is a fantastic setting for  these powerful sculptures.  This is the first of what we hope will be many such exhibitions held here in the Garden.”

The ZimSculpt exhibition will begin with a Celebration event on Thursday, February 16th. The evening Garden Party will provide  guests with a sneak peek at the sculptures  and a chance to meet the sculptors during a strolling cocktail reception followed by an elegant  dinner.

Tickets for the ZimSculpt Celebration event are available for $250. Call the Garden to reserve your tickets or for more information.

All pieces in the exhibit are for sale with a portion of proceeds going to benefit the Garden. An on-site sales tent will have Zimbabwean art available in a wide variety of prices and sizes.

About Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day.