The Inaugural Garden Party Kicks-off First Year With Opening Celebrations for Internationally Acclaimed Zimbabwean Sculpture Exhibit
NAPLES, FL – Feb 17, 2012 – Tonight, the first annual Garden Party at Naples Botanical Garden™ celebrates the opening of Zimbabwean stone sculpture exhibit, ZimSculpt, as it makes its Florida debut with a two-month exhibition and sale at starting February 18, 2012 and running through April 21, 2012. The Garden Party has been created through the Sustaining Leadership Council with the intention of offering a seasonal celebration for a variety of Garden events and causes.
This festive evening of dinner, drinks, and dancing will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a stroll throughout the cultivated gardens, followed by an elegant dinner, catered by Tastebuds Custom Catering beneath the beautifully transformed tent, decorated by the Garden District of Naples, and will finish with dancing to favorite rock ’n roll tunes. The 2012 Inaugural Garden Party is hosted by event Co-Chairs, Barbie Hills and Connie Vandenberg.
Guests will also be receiving a custom piece of ZimSculpt art to commemorate the evening. Tickets for the event are $250.
The Garden appreciates the support of its Garden Party event and ZimSculpt sponsors: Storm Force, Harris Private Bank, Gulfshore Life, and Florida Weekly.
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.
During its two month exhibit at Naples Botanical Garden, guests can enjoy strolling the pathways through the cultivated gardens to see the numerous sculptures incorporated into the landscapes. In addition to the sculptures, a Zimbabwean artist will be on-site carving in the Garden daily.
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.