A Gift From The Bower

Locke Surls Center For Art And Nature
@ Splendora Gardens (LSCAN]
26041 Midline Rd
Cleveland, TX 77328

On View
April 29 – October 28, 2023
Saturdays, 11 am – 4 pm

A Gift From The Bower is an outdoor, multidisciplinary art exhibition within natural galleries formed by small clearings in the woods of Southeast Texas. Originally conceived by artists James Surls and Charmaine Locke, the project is co-curated by Jack Massing and Xandra Eden to include newly commissioned works by fourteen artists and artist teams. Each of the artworks is being created in collaboration with musicians, performers, and writers to create a unique experience in nature.

  A Gift from the Bower is presented by DiverseWorks and the Locke Surls Center for Art and Nature. As implied by its title, A Gift from the Bower has its starting point as a view of nature as a restorative, benevolent source. As the world experiences the unprecedented impacts of climate change, aspects of the flora and fauna of the grounds of LSCAN take a central role in a number of the artists’ works, while others focus on community, the environment, and our relationships to nature and land.

A Gift from the Bower features new work created by multiple generations of artists, including Leticia R. Bajuyo, Susan Budge and George Tobolowsky, John Calaway, Carlos Canul and Rachel Gardner, Lina Dib, Alton DuLaney, Ronald L. Jones, Sharon Kopriva, Charmaine Locke, Jack Massing, Sherry Owens and Art Shirer, Patrick Renner, Kaneem Smith, and James Surls.

Collaborating sound artists, musicians, and performers include Chris Becker, Aaron Bielish, Anthony Bob, Sammy Butts, Laura Calaway, Marilou Mariko Carrera, Stephanie Darling, Aralee Dorough, Colin Gatwood, Corin Gatwood, Joshua Gottlieb-Miller, the Filipinx Artists of Houston, Kendra Greene, Dickie Landry, Patrick Moore, Violet Moon, Elizabeth Cummins Munoz, Rick Paulson, Scott Peck, the Punctuations, Guadalupe Rocha, Redbud Yoga Group, Malcolm Smith, Toussaint St. Negritude, Ruby Surls, and Transitory Sound and Movement Collective featuring Lynn Lane.

Eulogy [For Handsome] is the title of a light installation that is dedicated to late my friend and dog, Handsome who passed away at the end of 2022. The LED light rope weaves between the trees in my mother's backyard as he once had.

Jefferson Johnny Wayne Wolf "So This Is Hell" (Slowed to 30%)