Art and Orchids Come Together
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will feature works from two of Lazes’ collections. “The World is Bending” contains large unique shapes made of wood or metal, that Lazes says make a social statement about the changes and challenges that people around the world are encountering during the early part of the 21st century. While “Liquid Art” showcases colorful acrylic sculptures that are melted into obscure shapes. These pieces are smaller but more vibrant and painted with incredible detail. All of his sculptures are unique and memorable. The pieces exhibited at the Garden will be available for purchase.
Due to the colorful nature of Lazes’ work, the Garden has designed orchid arrangements that complement the art. By using exotic plants and orchids with a wide variety of colors, textures, shapes and sizes, the art and plants create an impressive overall composition. It’s a living art display that showcases some of the best orchids in the Southeast.
“Art should be about the relationship between artist and art lover,” said Lazes. “Sculpture is meant to be beautiful, balanced and tactile. I see sculpture as an aesthetic wonder finding balance with tension, structure with elegance and asymmetry.”
Lazes graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in architecture and sociology. He is also an accomplished inventor and the holder of several patents for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. His art studio is located in the NC Music Factory in Charlotte.
Also part of Art & Orchids, the Garden will offer special classes designed for anyone who loves art or orchids. Orchid Workshops will teach participants how to grow and care for orchids at home on Feb. 1 and March 1, both fun from 1 to 3 p.m. Each Workshop costs $20 for members and $25 for non-members, plus a $25 materials fee. Photographing Orchids will be conducted on Feb. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon with instructor Dave Kelly.
The exhibits are free with garden admission. Members admitted free, $12 adults, $11 seniors 60+, and $6 children 4-12. The Garden is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. For more information call (704) 825-4490 or visit www.DSBG.org.