AE21 Walk on the Wild Side: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit Highlights

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Friday September 24

10:00 AM  –  11:30 AM

Walk on the Wild Side: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit Highlights

ONSITE* Friday, September 24; 10 - 11:30 a.m. 

Instructors: Clara Curtis and Lynn Raker

$17 Non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Become an Arboretum Member!)

Capacity: 10 participants


Take this special small-group guided stroll through the Arboretum's outdoor sculpture exhibition, Wild Art, before it closes on September 26th. The Arboretum's Senior Director for Mission Delivery, Clara Curtis, and Landscape Architect Lynn Raker will highlight sculptures created by selected local and national artists who were inspired by nature to create using a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and a diverse array of materials. Pick up some inspiration for incorporating art into your garden! 

Clara Curtis is the senior director for mission delivery at The North Carolina Arboretum. She holds a bachelor’s degree in horticultural science from N.C. State University. Her designs for the Arboretum’s Quilt Garden, container gardens and seasonal and permanent landscapes are featured for the 25th season and have been featured on UNC-TV and with the Emmy® Award winning Show, “In the Garden with Bryce Lane”, Our State magazine and by the Associated Press. Curtis received the Award of Merit from the American Public Gardens Association in 2018 for her career achievements.

Lynn Raker, PLA, ASLA, is a landscape architect and urban planner with 30 years of experience in urban design, downtown and tourism development, infrastructure and park design, community and neighborhood development, project management, and public art administration. A past president of the NC Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NCASLA), Raker has received numerous state and national awards including NC Main Street Champion and the NCASLA President’s Award. Following 20 years as Urban Designer for the City of Salisbury, NC, Raker recently returned to private sector consulting in residential, commercial, institutional design, and urban design. 


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