If you’ve had the opportunity to visit NIAD during work hours, then you surely know our studio is a bustling hub filled with enthusiasm. Somedays, it can even get a little noisy. Normally, this isn’t a big problem but some of our artists can get overwhelmed by the commotion.
For many years the antidote has always been our garden. It’s an inviting oasis and comfortable retreat during breaks and lunch time. It also provides fruit and vegetables for our artists’ cooking classes. Thanks to a very generous donor, the space has received a tremendous makeover.
We have new planting beds, soil, irrigation systems, plant materials, teak patio furniture, benches and hardscape. All of these changes resulted from the vision, energy and generosity of our supporter, Liliane Schneider. Liliane engaged the assistance of Andreas Flache, a landscape architect who advised on the underlying structure of the project and who was kind enough to donate his time to the effort.
Although we sorely missed having access to our old garden during the build, the work was done as quickly as possible and what we now have was certainly worth the wait. Some highlights include:
A few things still remain. The asphalt area needs resurfacing and we have concepts for several redesigns, including the front gate, fence and a new structure to display art. We will realize those plans as quickly as we can.
For now, everyone has settled into the new space that Liliane has given us, and they’re eager to spend time there during meetings, breaks and lunch. Our new garden provides everyone at NIAD with a place of inspiration, serenity and quiet contemplation. Liliane intended to encourage the creation and display of all art forms and to involve our clients in the use and enjoyment of the garden. We think she has succeeded. What a gift!
Join us on Saturday, September 8th, to celebrate the revival of our garden during the reception for our latest exhibit Trading Places, from 2-5pm.