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Lauritzen Gardens exhibit combines art and nature

Posted at 6:12 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 19:12:37-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Fantastical Folklore at Lauritzen Gardens brings visitors to a whimsical world connecting art and nature.

“Who doesn't need some warmth and color and light and green when it’s so darn cold outside?” said Paula Wallace, an artist with the Hot Shops Art Center.

The exhibit features installations by Lauritzen Gardens staff and works by local artists from the Hot Shops Art Center.

“There’s a wonderful satisfaction working as a team to see something come together,” said Wallace.

Wallace’s works include the Kitsune Fox and The Old One, a giant built from a metal frame and recycled cardboard. She says the piece is a reminder of what we use and discard.

“Also to remind us of imagination and play. And there's nothing more wonderful than an empty box to become something else,” said Wallace.

Legends and lore from cultures around the world are seen in habitats across the exhibit, stretching from the floral display hall to the garden’s conservatory.

“Art and nature is such a natural combination but this is special, because the work just really blends in with the environment and creates just really a visual sensation for the eyes,” said Mia Jenkins, marketing director for Lauritzen Gardens.

Jenkins says they hope to give visitors meaningful experiences in nature year-round.

“I think nature has a lot of benefits for us that sometimes we don’t realize and just a little bit of time spent in nature when it’s so cold, it just really breaks that spell and brings you some joy,” said Jenkins.

An exhibit built by the community, for the community.

“I see something different every time I go through, and that’s part of the beauty of it,” said Jenkins.

Fantastical Folklore is on display daily through May 9. Masks are required throughout Lauritzen Gardens and they're doing timed ticketing to help with social distancing.

Find tickets on their website.

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