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The Dying Tree Nature’s Legacy: A Home for the Birds of Filoli

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Our eyes dismiss a dying tree. We perceive it as useless and an eyesore. Our fears tell us to cut it down and haul it away quickly. How often do we ask, “Does the tree need to be removed completely?” A tree has two lives. It’s second begins when it declines. Its commendable legacy is … Read More

Filoli House and Gendered Spaces

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Drawing rooms were always associated with privacy and limited access. The name derives from its earlier counterpart, ‘withdrawing rooms.’ It was in these rooms that elite, early American families and their guests developed a pageantry of manners and formal civility; rituals that helped separate them from the rest of society. Then, in the nineteenth century, … Read More

Sara Friedlander’s American Women: Birds of im/Migration

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Artist Sara Friedlander shares the inspiration behind her exhibition American Women: Birds of im/Migration It all started with Ethel… In the mid 70s, early in my flea-marketing days, I found a wonderful black and white photograph of a young woman, with the words “Ethel on her way home from school” scribbled in pencil on the … Read More

W. Gary Smith, Nests: Patterns from Nature

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

May 10 – November 10, 2019 An Environmental Art Exhibition in the Garden and Nature Preserve W. Gary Smith is an artist and landscape architect with a simple mission – creating meaningful encounters between people, plants, and the natural world. Gary’s exhibition at Filoli features forms inspired by both patterns in nature and nesting animals. … Read More

Sara Friedlander, American Women: Birds of im/Migration

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

May 10 – November 10, 2019 Art Exhibition in the Visitor Center Inspired by her own grandmother’s immigration journey, Santa Cruz artist Sara Friedlander has created visual narratives to honor the courageous women who left their homelands and families behind, often under great duress. Most spoke no English and holding steadfast to their hopes for … Read More