2017 will find an inspiring collection of art and decorative art exhibits to enrich your visits to Filoli. Artwork related to our mission, permanent collection, and education programs will be displayed throughout the open season. We look forward to sharing these with you, your family, and your friends!
Tuesday, May 16 through Sunday, November 5
Inspired by the Bourn collection of garden art and accessories, this years exhibit draws on the art in Filolis Garden for its influence and motivation. Bay Area sculptors are invited to participate and be inspired by not only the theme of this years exhibit, but the dramatic setting of our formal Garden and surrounding areas. Guided walks through the exhibit will be offered on select days. Advance reservations are needed for the walks and will be taken soon.
Meet the Sculptors
Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stroll the Garden and meet the artists as you explore this remarkable exhibit. Find out how the theme of this years exhibit excited and filled them with enthusiasm while you learn about their techniques and the materials they have chosen to use. No reservations needed.
Thursday, August 24, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A special evening is planned for the artists and our guests. There will be sculptors and docents on hand to share their knowledge, experiences and insight and, complimenting the evening, will be a variety of tasty appetizers and wine. While admission to the reception is free, reservations are required; reservation deadline is August 18.
Also this evening Don’t miss Art, Ornaments, and Hardscape in the Garden presented by Filoli’s Head of Horticulture, Jim Salyards in the Visitor and Education Center. Please reserve in advance.
Guided Sculpture Walks
Days: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (except on evening walk dates – see below),
2nd and 4th Thursday and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, May 25 through November 4 (except June 3)
Evenings: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, June 15 through September 7
Take a Guided Walk and explore the amazing sculptures that were skillfully crafted and are displayed in the garden by Bay Area artists. Find out about the artists and their sculpting techniques, what materials they used, what inspired them and more. Advance reservations are needed and will be taken on or after April 25
Tuesday, June 6 through Sunday, August 6
Gardens allow one to take a vast landscape and transform plants, ponds, fountains and statuary to create magical places for visitors to enjoy. They evoke feelings of tranquility and awe; they provide a place where visitors feel welcome and fortunate to be able to stay and reflect, interpret and rejuvenate. This exhibit will transport visitors to these inspiring gardens through a beautiful collection of paintings, drawings and 3-dimensional art. Let this exhibit be your encouragement to visit new places like Filoli.
Meet the Artists Weekend
Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9
Join us on this special weekend to meet the artists as they share with you their methods and what inspires them to create these outstanding pieces of artwork. View additional pieces of original artwork and a collection of prints, note cards and other products that could be a perfect memento of your time at Filoli or perhaps another destination you have visited. Admission is free with paid admission to Filoli. Reservations are not needed.
19th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition
Tuesday, August 8 through Sunday, October 22, 2017
With its exquisite formal Garden, heirloom orchard and nature preserve, Filoli is a unique and fitting venue for this historical art form that has represented plants throughout history and from around the world.
The Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit has long been an essential part of our mission to interpret and preserve this historically significant art form. Many beautiful and accurate plant portraits by artist, international and local, will be on display in the Visitor and Education Center. Come and experience the West Coasts most prominent botanical art exhibit!
Thursday, August 10, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Filoli will host an artist reception to celebrate this remarkable exhibit. Artists are on hand to share their botanical art knowledge and experiences. Listen as the curators share insight into the exhibit and present the exhibit awards. Enjoy complimentary tasty appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages; a no-host wine and beer bar will be open. Complete the evening with a stroll through our amazing Garden. While admission is free with paid admission to Filoli, reservations are required. Reservation deadline is Friday, August 4.
Saturday, September 2 through Sunday, October 22, 2017
On display in the historic House’s Trophy Room the final works from each of our graduating certificate program students. Each student is required to present five original paintings and or drawings of a particular theme that successfully portray the skills of a good botanical artist. All of our graduating students have completed more than 180 total class hours.
Tuesday, October 3 through Sunday, October 22, 2017
Begun in 2000, an ever growing collection with currently more than 30 original works, the entire Filoli Florilegium will be on display in the historic House’s Ballroom. The purpose of the Florilegium is to document the plant materials of Filoli within a historic perspective, using traditional methods of botanical illustration. While the artwork is created by contemporary artists, the style is classic in presentation. The Florilegium adds to the archives of historic information about Filoli and is a unique addition to the Filoli Permanent Collection.
Join Filolis Artist Registry
Filoli hosts four to five art exhibits annually that vary in theme, media, and content. To join Filoli’s Artist Registry and receive notifications of open call for entries please contact the Education Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.