Nature-Focused Glass Show Coming to Selby Gardens in July

May 22, 2018

Hand-blown glass by Florida artists featuring plants and pollinators will be on display through September 2

Vases, bowls and other glass artworks featuring plants and pollinators appear almost like fossils preserved in amber. Bees loom large, glowing orange over blades of grass and flowers illuminated at the base of a bowl in one piece. A dragonfly encircles a red-tinged, obelisque vase surrounded by cattails. This July these pieces and many more glass works are created by a small group of Tampa Bay area artists will be on display at Selby Gardens beginning July 14.

In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens features botanically-themed, artistic glass made in St. Petersburg, FL at the acclaimed Duncan McClellan Gallery. Works by the gallery’s eponymous owner will be joined by works created by Mariel Bass, Danyell Bauer, Eric Claycomb, Josh Cocozza, Susan Rankin, Tommie Rush and Alexis Silk for the two-month exhibition that runs July 14 – Sept. 2. All of the works on display will be available for purchase.

Glass seems to fascinate like no other medium, especially when inspired by the beauty of Nature. ,” said Laura Avery, manager of exhibits at Selby Gardens and curator of this exhibition. “Manipulating this fiery liquid is a magical process. Familiar forms become transcendent objects that the fire seems to breathe into being –  illuminating the light within. There is nothing else like it.

Selby Gardens regularly develops artistic exhibitions in its historic Christy Payne Mansion, which houses the Museum of Botany & the Arts at Selby Gardens. Founded in 1979, the museum displays major fine arts exhibitions and relates them to nature and the botanical collections in the gardens.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Fri., July 13. The reception is free to attend, but RSVPs are required and can be made at Accompanying classes and demonstrations celebrating glass making will also be offered during the run of the show.

Since opening to the public in 1975, Selby Gardens has been internationally recognized for its focus as the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display of epiphytes.

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns and other tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education.Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas. Regular admission is $20 and $10 children ages 4-17; members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens or visit for more information.


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