Art in The Garden

July 14, 2017 – September 30, 2017

Join us for Art in the Garden, which features stunning art installations in the Garden throughout the summer!

Featured Artists

Lauren Wingert

Hot glass artist, Lauren Wingert, began as a glass collector. Her strong passion for glass led her to try glassblowing, take lessons,  and then to build a glass hot shop in her back yard. She has been blowing glass since 2008 and is mostly self taught. “I love organic forms like flowers, and the vibrancy of glass, and especially the way it catches the light. Glass is something you can enjoy and appreciate for a long time.”
Lauren’s installation is titled “Glass in Bloom”. View more of Lauren’s work here.


Jenny Ellsworth

Raised in Oregon and inspired by nature, Jenny made a small portfolio of work to show to nurseries and galleries. In 2006 a few were excited to display her work and encouraged her to build up an inventory. In 2009 she put her art in a yard sale just for fun…what she walked away with was numerous compliments and an invitation to join her first art show. Since then she has been in a number of art shows in Oregon and Washington, built multiple custom pieces, had a few public art displays, and shown her work at various events and galleries.

Currently 99% of the materials she uses are recycled.”I pride myself on saving other peoples’ unwanted items from the landfill. It keeps me thinking creatively in turning someone else’s waste into something that has a purpose again. My goal is to inspire others with my unique ideas and have the opportunity to talk and teach about the importance of recycling. Stop waste together and we can reduce our Carbon Footprint!”

See more of Jenny’s work here.


Tyler Brumfield

Tyler Brumfield was born and raised in rural Oregon. He spent many summers in his grandfather’s woodshop, taking in the sight, touch and smell of wood. It was there that he gained familiarity with tools and knowledge of building methods. His father taught him the value of work and perseverance, and his grandfather shared with him the satisfaction in making something with one’s own hands. He discovered his affinity for the visual arts at Western Oregon University, where it was nurtured and grown into technical skill, critical thought, and confidence. Tyler moved to Missoula, Montana to pursue a Master’s of Fine Arts degree the University of Montana.

See more of Tyler’s work here.


Mike Leckie

Mike imports carving stones from Italy, Portugal, China, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Canada, Australia, and Mexico to his open-air studio in the Oregon forest near Eugene. Leckie was sanctioned to create the Official Art of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. In 2013, he was commissioned by the Mary LcLeod Bethune Humanitarian Network to create “The First Ladies of Diversity” for a proposed National Monument to Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt. In 2009, the city of Albany, Oregon commissioned a marble statue for its library. “The Reading Girl” is five foot tall statue that greets visitors entering the library.

Mike’s installation is titled “Warrior for Love”. See more of Mike’s work here.


Shawn Peterson

Shawn Peterson was raised in Baker City, Oregon where he developed a passion for working with various materials and styles as a young man in his father and grandfather’s construction business. Shawn is a 2003 graduate of Northwest Nazarene University with degrees in design and fine art. Shawn’s primary creative focus is in found object metal and wood, constantly attempting to merge contemporary design elements with older and decaying industrial styles and materials. Presently, Shawn resides in his hometown in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon where he maintains a working studio as well as assists in the operation of his family’s art gallery in the downtown historic district of Baker City, Oregon.

See more of Shawn’s work here.


Jayne Smoley

Throughout her years as an artist, Jayne has dabbled in everything from painting, basket weaving to paper making. However, she found her true passion when fulfilling a life-long dream of working with glass. It is through this deep love for creating artworks from malleable objects that she is able to bring you one of kind objects that reflect the light and love that she hand crafts into every piece. Thus far her journey in glass has included instruction with Bullseye Glass in Portland OR, Pratt Fine Art Institute, Seattle WA. and extensive personal study and experimentation.

She is the owner of The Studio’s at Jayne Smoley Design, a brick & mortar shared working studio space for artists. She is also a co-owner of the Backstreet Gallery in Florence Oregon and is currently represented by several galleries in Oregon.  Past exhibits include Music in the Garden with the Eugene Symphony,  Made for Interiors Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene OR, The Justice Center in Portland OR, The University of Oregon and many private collections throughout the world.

See more of Jayne’s work here.


Ryan Everson

For the last 20 years Ryan Everson has, quite simply, been a mechanic that likes making art. Earlier last year he retired from the wrenches and dove head first into the art world full-time using his collection of recycled copper wire to make his favorite natural art form – trees. His beautiful work reflects his time out on the road, working as a mechanic away from his home town of Warrenton, Oregon where his favorite trees are located. “Whenever I was away from home working, I missed the trees back home” he said. “The ones with the ocean views, sculpted by nature are my favorite.” Aside from copper tree sculptures, Ryan can also tie flies, wrap fishing rods, weld sculpture, make abstract pottery (he’s still practicing), has begun dabbling in mosaic, can kind of paint, and likes to work with almost anyone in any medium. 
Ryan’s art is unique, varied, and has stories. “I am never done learning and trying new art! and I want to make it fun” he says. Ryan has very little formal art training, way too many hobbies, and a flair for the simple elegance of a complex design. He is a bit shy at first, but don’t hesitate to say hello if you find him in the Garden this year making copper models of trees. He is easy to spot as he looks like a cross between Grizzly Adams and Chuck Norris.
View more of Ryan’s work here.


 Judy Kunkle

Judy Kunkle is a recycled material mosaic artist. She works with a variety of items including old wooden windows, doors, bottles and vases. Judy works to incorporate previously cast aside items in each of her works. ” I love to find interesting items that are no longer needed for their previous purpose and give them a second chance as a part of a piece of artwork” Judy is a member of Crackedpots, a Portland area group of upcycle artists.

View more of Judy’s work here.


If you are an artist and interested in participating in Art in the Garden next year, please fill out our Artist Inquiry Form.

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