The Reason For The Seasons

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018

- Sunday, March 31, 2019

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Instructor: Lenore Tolegian Hughes, Artist

Location: Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery

Open to the public during normal Garden hours

What is The Reason for the Seasons?

Ancient Greek mythology offers an answer, according to local artist Lenore Tolegian Hughes; it is deep and passionate love.

Hughes illustrates the power of love—its ecstasy and its pain—in an exhibition of visual art based on the love of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture and harvest, for her daughter, Persephone. It is Demeter’s love that brings on fall and winter when Persephone descends to Hades for half the year, and spring and summer when she returns.

Hughes’ work designing the Maze and Woodland Dell at the Garden has combined with her fascination with mythology to inspire this dynamic exhibit of watercolors and collages.

Free with Garden admission

Opening Reception on December 6, 2-4pm


Lenore Tolegian HughesLenore Tolegian Hughes is a prolific artist working in a wide spectrum of mediums, including watercolor collages, and paper weavings. Her watercolor tapestries begin as painted scapes which she cuts into ribbons and then reassembles into composite creations.

Her one-of-a-kind pop-up installations for Nordstrom, Santa Barbara, have, for the last three years, brought her interactive art close to people where they work, play, and live, surprising them with new awareness of the meaning of our lives in relation to our surroundings.

Hughes’ work has graced the greater Santa Barbara community in a variety of venues: the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the Museum of Art, where she participated in the Art of the Arrangement Exhibitions, and at the Elverhoj Museum in Solvang, the Berkus Collection show Beyond the Windmills. She has taught at Westmont College and Santa Barbara City College. Her art has also been shown in galleries in San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York. She is presently at work on an illustrated book of stories and recipes informed by her novel, “Cups of Fortune.”

Details of Hughes’ career as an artist, images, press clippings are found on her web site

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