Jane Gottlieb’s Fantasy Gardens: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden at Sunset by Jane Gottlieb (courtesy of the artist)

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery will feature an exhibition of recent artworks by Santa Barbara artist, Jane Gottlieb. Titled Jane Gottlieb’s Fantasy Gardens, the exhibition will launch with a private reception on Thursday, April 13, 2017, and will be open to the public from Friday, April 14 through Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The exhibition is free with paid admission to the Garden ($12 for adults). The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Pritzlaff Conservation Gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A Mission Canyon resident and long-time member of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Jane Gottlieb has journeyed to destinations throughout the world taking photographs of the natural and man-made world that creates the basis for her vibrant artworks. This new body of archival dye sublimation prints on aluminum builds on her lifelong fascination with garden environments. For this exhibit Jane combines garden-themed works from Europe and Bali with landscapes from southern California and, most recently, images created at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

As much painter as photographer, Gottlieb applied her explosive colorist skills starting 35 years ago to hand-paint layers of retouching dyes onto her Cibachrome prints, altering reality into a more romantic and fantastic world. For the last 25 years she has been scanning her one-of-a-kind, hand-painted prints and her lifetime collection of Kodachrome slides and then enhances, collages, and paints them with Photoshop to create an idyllic vision in a voice that is uniquely her own.

Gottlieb’s Fantasy Gardens invites viewers to experience one artist’s interpretation of our complex and evolving relationships with designed landscapes. Directly outside the Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery, viewers can then apply their own interpretations to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s new Island View Garden—a collection of native plants specific to the Channel Islands planted with breath taking vistas of Santa Barbara’s skyline and, on a clear day, the Channel Islands themselves.

The 14 artworks included in this exhibition are for sale with a generous percent of proceeds benefiting the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in California.

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