Stamford Museum & Nature Center to present “Global Garden: Resonant Beauty” exhibition by Patricia Laspino from March 27 to May 25, 2020

Artist Patricia Laspino in front of her painting “Alice B”, 2011

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is pleased to present “Global Garden: Resonant Beauty,” an exhibition featuring the oil paintings, etchings and drawings of Patricia Laspino.  The artist herself will join the public for the opening reception at the museum on Thursday, March 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The opening is free and open to the community; attendees are requested to RSVP at stamfordmuseum.org/GlobalGarden. Thereafter, the exhibition will be on view in the Stamford Museum’s Bendel Galleries through May 25. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Throughout April, the Global Garden exhibition will feature “Saturdays with the Artist,” with Laspino on-site at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center from noon to 3 p.m. On Thursday May 7 from 6 – 8 pm, the museum will host “An Orchid Conservation Conversation with Tom Mirenda,” respected writer, lecturer and a leading authority on orchid ecology, pollination biology, and strategies for orchid conservation. Formerly with the Smithsonian, Mirenda maintained and curated their collection of over 9,000 orchids for 17 years.

Over her 40 year career, Laspino has developed a signature style that entwines dozens of layers of transparent oil color glazes over a sculptural groundwork of botanical impressions. Her art is the cornerstone of the “Orchid Alliance Project—Bridging Art & Science,” an environmental effort she says has important national and international significance in the art and science communities. Her large-scale paintings use orchids symbolically to raise awareness for environmental stewardship and convey the interconnectedness of humanity and nature.

“The Orchid Alliance Project seeks to increase advocacy and appreciation for the natural world by interweaving the historical, biological and cultural significance of the orchid species through the vehicle of art,” said Laspino. “The abundant cultural presence of the orchid, as demonstrated by the cultivation of thousands of species and hybrids, is a testament to the collective passion this plant species has inspired worldwide for over 2,500 years.”

“Obsession” 2016; Oil on Canvas; 36 x 60 inches

Laspino believes exploring ancient attitudes about orchids and their function, through the lens of art and culture, may shed some light on the present power orchids have on us – a power she believes can transform our future in terms of global stewardship.

“Patricia’s work marries together art and science, and makes it tangible in a way that people can receive and perceive,” said Jillian Casey, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions for the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. “Her orchid paintings explore and inform the viewer of the complex interdependencies and careful balances inherent in environments of orchids, which include every continent except for Antarctica.”

“We’re delighted to host the Global Garden exhibition, and feature Patricia Laspino at our Opening Reception on Thursday, March 26,” said Melissa H. Mulrooney, Executive Director & CEO of the SM&NC. “Her floral portraits convey the interconnectedness of humanity and the natural world and are designed to be the storytellers of nature’s wonders.”

Getting there

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT (3/4 mile North of Merritt Parkway Exit 35.) For more information call 203.977.6521 or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction, seeking to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience of our unique site.

“Marvelous S” 2019; Oil on Panel; 40 x 30 inches