Although Palm Beach’s recent climactic convergence gave riseto less than Biblical flooding, the High Tide + King Tide + Nicole’s storm surge brought enough wind and wet for the Garden Club of Palm Beach to cancel its Christmas reception and open its Holiday Boutique earlier than scheduled. I stopped by on my way to check out GCPB’s innovative Bradley Park Tidal Garden, designed to mitigate coastal flooding.
And then, at another nearby waterfront botanical showcase, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens observed the completion of a three-year restoration of the Main House, Artist’s Studio, and botanical showcase with activities saluting our nation’s veterans, highlighted by the Sculpture in Motion classic car exhibition, 40-car Grand Tour parade, and Reception for the event’s patrons, exhibitors, and sponsors, including the Broad Arrow Group, a portfolio of companies focused on the collector car industry. While looking around at ANSG’s lustrous makeover, I stumbled on sculptors Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz, busily hanging their upcoming show Abundance of Riches 1972-2022, which opened November 16.
11 November 2022 / 6-8 pm ANSG Patron’s Reception
12 November 2022 / 10 am – 4pm 6th Annual Sculpture in Motion Exhibition Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens South Flagler Drive @ Barcelona, West Palm Beach
Curated by John Barnes, founder of the Cavallino Cassic, and with Chuck Mitchell, honorary chairman, the Ann Norton’s le concour revives the thrill that artful automotive design once commanded, much the same eagerness as Paris runway shows. The exhibition was staged around one of sculptor Ann Norton’s monumental Midcentury Modern art works, Untitled Horizontal Sculpture, 1979, composed by handmade Mexican bricks.
The ANSG show harks back to when Palm Beach conferred automotive design the same haute aesthetic regard as architects or shoe designers. Zoom! Whizz! Screech! Squeal! Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Packard, Cadillac, Peugeot and Studebakers are not names ordinarily associated with Worth Avenue’s chorus of storefront brand names but during the late 1920s a wave of auto showrooms jazzed-up Worth Avenue’s shop windows customarily reserved for cashmere sweaters and golf umbrellas.
In addition, there were auto showrooms at the northwest corner of Royal Palm Way and South County Road and the northwest corner of North County Road and Sunset Avenue. Where else in the world could you buy beach pajamas, a chinchilla wrap, dine and dance beneath the stars, and then, take a Cadillac V-16 for a test drive? Wheelchairs watch out. Vroom!
Artist Studio Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
9 November 2022 / 10 am Garden Club of Palm Beach Christmas Boutique & Bradley Park Tidal Garden
9 November 2022 / 11 am Bradley Park Tidal Garden
November 16, 2022 – December 10, 2022 Abundance of Riches 1972-2022 Luis Montoya & Leslie Ortiz Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens