Vero Beach – Sunday, January 8, 2022: The Mackie Botanical Garden will present a Garden of Glass exhibition by master glass artist Jason Gamlas from Friday, January 20, 2023 to Sunday, April 30, 2023.
This colorful and thought-provoking exhibit celebrates the beauty and power of the natural world through glass. The exhibit features 10 stunning glass orchids, water lilies, and plants ranging from 6 to 14 feet tall throughout the garden. This is Jason’s first outdoor garden exhibit in Florida.
Each bright and colorful piece aims to accurately represent its living counterpart on a macro scale and reveal the beauty that exists within nature’s micro scale. Delicate and monumental, these unique sculptures convey the complexity of their living counterparts and captivate the viewer with new ways of looking at nature through the fragility of glass art. Tiny plants are very small in comparison to our human-sized beings, yet they are overwhelmingly disconcerting when held inches away from our faces. Most people rarely comprehend the perception of this seemingly secret existence. I hope that when people admire my large-scale renderings, they will be interested and fascinated by the hints of realism I incorporate into my designs. I encourage people to observe with the same eyes that they experience with humility and grace,” said Jason.
Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life attend Gamrath exhibitions. People from all over the country and around the world come to experience the intense emotions of seeing his unique, life-like works. “If a work of art has a soul, I think it lives in Gumlas,” said Executive Director Christine Hobart.
About the artist
Jason Gamrath is a world-renowned glass sculptor and artist from Seattle, Washington. His fascination with glass began at the age of 15, and a year later he began taking classes at Seattle’s Pratt Fine Arts Center. At 18, he graduated from the nearby Pilchuck Glass School, where he met and studied with the world’s leading glass artists. In just a few short years, Jason has gained worldwide recognition for his groundbreaking work. Exhibitions of his sculptures have drawn large crowds not only in the United States, but also in Greece, Sweden, and China. Now in his thirties, Jason continues to push the boundaries of glass art in both size and detail.
Admission: Adults $15, Seniors (65+)/Youth (13-17) $13, Children (2-12) $10. McKee members and children under 2 years old are free.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm | Sunday 12pm-5pm. Last entry is at 4pm. Kindergarten closes at 4:30pm.
The park is closed on Mondays and holidays.