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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

Filoli’s Irish Connections

Saturday, March 16, 2019

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17 we at Filoli wanted to highlight the close connections between Filoli and Ireland.  William and Agnes Bourn the builders of Filoli also owned another amazing estate: Muckross in Ireland. The murals here in the Filoli ballroom depict the Muckross House and the surrounding area. Their only … Read More

Following the Squirrels Lead

Thursday, November 22, 2018

by Andrew Wollenberg | Andrew is a guest blogger writing about Filoli’s Nature Preserve. This is the second in an occasional blog series. Enjoy! As the temperatures lower and plant and animal life prepare for winter, I often find myself entertained by the lively preparations of the squirrels. Effortlessly bounding up and down trees, keeping … Read More

Shaking the Hand of the Land: Getting To Know Place

Monday, August 6, 2018

by Andrew Wollenberg | Andrew is a guest blogger writing about Filoli’s Nature Preserve. This is the first in an occasional blog series. Enjoy! When we meet a person for the first time we are typically introduced through a mutual friend, a work setting or simply risk saying hello and sparking up a conversation. From that point … 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

21st Annual Botanical Art Exhibition

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

March 1 – May 5, 2019 Through the display and interpretation of historical collections and the work of contemporary botanical artists, Filoli’s Botanical Art program connects visitors to this art form’s intricate beauty and historical importance. Filoli’s annual exhibition is one of the West Coast’s most prominent botanical art exhibitions and includes artists from around … Read More