OSPREY, FL (March 10, 2014) Join Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast for a lecture series designed to provide insight and inspiration. Artist and lecturer Kevin Costello presents “Gardens as a Form of Art” on Thursday mornings, 10:00am to Noon, beginning March 20 and concluding on May 8, 2014. The eight-week lecture series will be held at Conservation Foundation’s headquarters in the historic Burrows-Matson House at 400 Palmetto Avenue, Osprey. Please RSVP to (941) 918-2100 to reserve your seat for any or all sessions, at no charge.
Ancient Babylon and modern cities have gardens in common as an emotional and aesthetic expression of their civilizations. Public and private gardens are the soul of a city or home: some embellished with reflective water or sculpture. Gardens are a site specific art form incorporating many uses. Gardens have been made to represent the power of a monarch or state and, since the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the middle class, private domestic tranquility. This series of power-point lectures examines gardens from this aesthetic perspective, addressing gardens as a living sculpture formed through the taming of nature.
Kevin Costello was born in St. Peter Port, Guernsey, English Channel Islands and graduated from the Chelsea School of Art and Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Costello emigrated to the U.S. in 1973, and has taught visual arts and art history, created conceptual pieces and performance art and contributed as a writer and art critic. Currently, Costello is an adjunct instructor at Ringling College of Art and Design, Elderhostel lecturer and on the faculty of Pierian Spring Academy and the Adult and Community Enrichment Department of the Sarasota County School Board. His works are currently represented by State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota. Learn more at www.kevincostelloart.com
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is a nationally accredited land trust, and works with landowners, businesses, and government to protect the beauty and natural integrity of bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Foundation purchases natural areas, holds conservation easements and educates for responsible stewardship. Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast also works with Sarasota County’s acclaimed environmentally sensitive lands program and their neighborhood parks program. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com