The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation announces the exhibition and auction of the Barnsdall Olive Wood Workshop, which will be held from November 13 to December 4, 2021 at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Luis of Jesus Los Angeles (1110 Mateo Street, Los Angeles).
This creative fundraising initiative will support the goal of planting 40 new olive trees at Barnsdall Art Park and maintaining the health and general condition of the 463 existing olive trees on the site. The group exhibit will feature original “Barnsdall Olive Wood” objects created by 22 renowned LA artists, designers, architects and landscape architects nominated by the Barnsdall Olive Wood Workshop Committee of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and selected by the Board of Trustees of the Barnsdall Foundation.
Earlier this year, the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation partnered with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation to revitalize the 130-year-old Barnsdall Art Park. Olive grove, which was established in the 1890s. The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation contributed $ 25,000 to the Los Angeles Parks Foundation’s Adopt-a-Park program, and this grant funded horticultural investigation and forensic analysis of the Olive grove, the repair and improvement of its irrigation system, the careful pruning of 400 olive trees, the removal of 20 existing olive tree stumps and the development of a comprehensive strategy for the planting of additional olive trees in the Park.
The Barnsdall Olive Wood Workshop was created by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation to transform the pruned and preserved olive wood branches of the trees at Barnsdall Art Park into new creative objects. From November 13 to December 4, these extraordinary pieces will be exhibited at the Luis of Jesus Los Angeles.
Starting November 13, the public will be able to view the group exhibit during normal gallery hours. (Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) A reception opening to the public will take place at Luis of Jesus Los Angeles November 13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The olive wood objects on display will also be sold through an online auction. The net profit of each coin acquired will be divided between the creator of that item and the Barnsdall Olive grove Funds. Those who provide the winning bids for the unique olive wood creations will become members of the Barnsdall Olive Wood Workshop Collectors Circle, which will include a special preview of artifacts crafted for future editions of this annual group show and auction.
The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is honored and grateful that the following 22 talented individuals and organizations have dedicated their creativity and precious time to the Barnsdall Olive Wood Workshop’s first exhibition and auction.
Working together to achieve the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation’s fundraising mission will help amplify the beauty and integrity of this treasured landscape, improve the air quality of the East Hollywood community, support the The City of Los Angeles’ goal to plant 90,000 new trees as part of the LA Green New Deal and contribute to a spirit of collective healing, which is vital in these difficult times.
For more information on the Barnsdall Olive Wood Workshop Exhibition and Auction, please visit: www.barnsdall.org/olive-wood-workshop.