Art at the Garden House
Garden House Welcome Center is the permanent home to a variety of art and rotating exhibits.
G. Thomas, "Landscapes & Botanicals" on exhibit now through
April 9, 2014
her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins
College, Ms. Thomas literally took to the air,
visiting the world’s most renowned museums,
through her work with Delta Airlines. Having the
opportunity to study Art history in Italy
through Rollins College, her interest in art
continued and she began studying Plein Air
painting back home in Winter Park. Her work is
featured in the book 100 Southern Artists
by E. Ashley Rooney.
capturing the natural effects of light and
changing color throughout the day and
interpreting what I see in Nature, as an artist.
I am challenged by the Closed Landscape which is
more abstract and depicts nature scenes up close
with minimal background, than the Open Landscape
which is concerned with atmosphere and distance.
I’m interested in abstracting the composition
but retaining representational content. I
attempt to capture subject matter that is half
in light and shadow for more dramatic contrasts
and look for interesting shapes and color
combinations. The majority of the botanical oil
paintings are from strolls through and painting
on site at Leu Gardens”.
- Claudia G.
Mulford B Foster
Paintings: Acreage, Cycadaceae, Orchidacae, Polypodiceae, Palmae, Cactaceae,
Pencil Cactus, and Mexican Landscape
Oil on Canvas
A self trained naturalist he traveled throughout Mexico, discovering 200 new
species of bromeliads in addition to species of amaryllis, cacti, palms and
peperomia. His discoveries include Aechmea fosteriana (bearing his name) and Aechmea
orlandiana, named after the city of Orlando.
Mr. Foster introduced the
Tabeuia tree to Orlando and their large yellow blooms can be seen
blossoming around many Orlando city lakes. He was awarded the Herbert
Medal in 1951 for his work in promoting amaryllids.
He published articles in National Geographic, The Smithsonian Annual Report, and The
Journal of the Bromeliad Society. He published a book with his wife
Racine, on their plant collecting travels to Brazil. He was the leading figure of
the formation of the Bromeliad Society in 1948. He served as its
president for twelve years and edited its bi-monthly bulletin. He died
at the age of 89 as the "father of Bromeliads" and a
Theseabstract works of M.B. Foster earned him the name "passionate plant
philosopher" and have been on display at the Maitland Art Center, and
shows in New York and Pennsylvania before finding its permanent home at Harry
P. Leu Gardens. The Foster Estate presented the paintings as a gift to the
City of Orlando in 1992.
Flowers For Janette is a six-foot buy ten-foot piece by artist Frank Farmer in 1995.
Frank Farmer’s pieces are well known in Miami, Philadelphia and New York.
Created by painting enamel flowers on aluminum, this piece resembles an
impressionistic rendering of flower groupings, yet the colors are strong and
Tree of Life