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Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens News Release



PALM BEACH (December 16, 2010) – The Ann Norton Sculpture Garden is in good cheer and celebrating the holiday spirit with the overwhelming success of the Festival of Trees. Now in its fourth year, the sculpture garden brought in over 2,000 people in just two weeks to celebrate “Les Artists”. The gala, held December 3, drew over 400 guests, Literacy Days brought in over 700 guests, The Ann Norton Sculpture Garden’s Community Days brought in 1,500 individuals.  

Guests ranging in age from 1 to 92 traveled through the gardens and viewed over 30 magnificently decorated trees individually underwritten by various businesses, civic groups and individuals with a universal theme of Les Artistes.  In addition to the parade of trees were musical and ballet performances from the Florida Classical Ballet Theater, the West Boca Raton High School Choir, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Stringendo School For Strings, the BAK Middle School of the Arts Chorus, and Palm Beach Atlantic University’s “Brass 5” who provided glorious entertainment for the young and the young at heart.
Mentionable tree favorites included a musical tree by Kevin Clark, President of Fusedog Media Group and current Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. Clark has become famously known for being the design master for the Gentlemen of the Gardens Devil’s Night fundraiser by drawing upon his skills as a former lighting designer. With a background in music and formal training in art, Clark brought to life a tree synchronized with music and light incorporating 20,000 multi colored lights. Clark’s inspiration came from Christo and Jeanne Claude’s 1983 “Surrounded Island” Biscayne Bay installation. Clark’s design utilized pink and blue lights for the reflection pond and water and 13,8000 lights for the tree astonishing and delighting viewers throughout the 2-week event.    The Palm Beach Illustrated tree was inspired by Louis Nelveson and created by the Festival of Trees Design Chair, Joseph Pubillones who assembled an eight-foot, three-dimensional tree. Wayne Thiebaud designed a confection in art inspired tree; which was a favorite for the numerous children who attended the gala with lollipops adoring the tree and its base. A Picasso inspired tree, by Home Life Interiors utilized the abstract use of color and imagery as well as the musical instruments depicted in many of his works, and Erte was an absolute garden goddess in green and faux fur for Dr. Howard and Joanne Lybolt as seen by their designer, Austin Hancock.  Additional masterpiece mentions included: Garrigues Interiors whodesigned two trees; the first, a Henri Matisse inspired tree, utilizing bold colors and large scale shapes topped with Matisse’s famous Icarus from the Jazz series and a Paul Gauguin tree covered with large palm fronds, colorful flowers and seashells. Designer Chad Renfro created a Warhol inspired tree for the Rodriquez and Wickman Families of Wellington that wowed the crowd and the 3rd grade class at Rosarian Academy created a Vincent Van Gogh themed tree; which wasunderwritten by Mieke van Waveren & Family. Van Waveren was also one of this year’s Co-Chairs.
“For the first time we exceeded our goal of presenting 25 trees”, said Cynthia Palmieri, Executive Director of the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden. “With 32 trees this year, we had quite an array of contemporary, traditional, abstract, and pop art represented and are extremely proud of how successful the past two weeks have been.”
Designers representing the Festival of trees included: Rodger Chew II, Kevin Clark, Joseph Cortez, Mona de Sayve, Susan Fagan, Jack Fhillips, Jenny Garrigues, Austin Hancock, Patrick Killian, Isolde Koester, Lauri LaBow, Debora Maaale, Kevin Marnell, Jennifer Marsh, Tom Mathieu, Stephen Mooney, Cynthia Palmieri, Margaret Poetz, Chad Renfro, Allan Reyes, Angela Reynolds, Scott Robertson, Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach, Melody Smith, Catherine Stewart, Bruce Sutka, Holly Taboada, Cynthia Thomas, Veronica Volani-Inza and Design Chair, Joseph Pubillones. 
The 2010 Chairpersons were Karyn Lamb and Mieke Van Waveren, with David Miller serving as Honorary Chairman and Joseph Pubilliones serving as Design Chair.  Committee members included: Robin Azqueta, Diana Bell, Jeff Blakely, Jonathan Cameron-Hayes, Joanne Colt, Chrissy Colton, Millie Dayton, Aime Dunstan, Jenny Garrigues, Amy Guerrieri, Austin Hancock, Margaret Horgan, Karyn Janssen, Kelly Kirkpatrick, Brian Kirkpatrick, Dana Krentschmar, Heléné Lorentzen, Denise McCann, David Miller, Tara Nicoletti, Eileen and John Otto, Analisa Ramos-Estaban, Chad Renfro, Jennifer Rodriguez, True Rodriguez, Ashley and Michael Ramos, Denise Silverman, Sandy Singer, Tracy Smith, Linda Soper, Diana Speight, Tricia Taylor, and Emmy Wolbach.
The event serves as the major fundraising event for the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden and its Community Enrichment Program with sponsors and underwriters that included: The Gentleman of the Garden, KOOL 105.5 FMPalm Beach IllustratedThe Palm Beach PostGrey Goose Vodka sponsored by Bacardi, U.S.A, Rock Star Catering CompanyMarky CaviarThe Breakers Palm BeachWhole Food MarketsSushi JoOpici Wines Company of FloridaImishmail Merritt PhotographyLydian Bank and Trust, and Tree Towne Christmas Trees
The Festival of Tree raises money to support the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and its Community Enrichment Program. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens’ Community Enrichment Program is designed to provide cultural opportunities to all populations, through innovative programming incorporating the visual arts, environmental awareness, and interpretive history of Ann Weaver Norton.
The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) operating foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). The gardens are conveniently located at 253 Barcelona Road, at the corner of Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, FL. The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday. 11- 4 p.m.
If you would like more information on this topic or to schedule an interview, please call Linda Soper at (561) 835-9057 or email: linda@lindalanemarketing.
Photos Credit: Ishmail Merritt Photography 


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