A whimsical garden is the scene of a new exhibit from Leslie Iwea at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The works will be on display from October 24th until December 26th and come with a touching backstory, says curator Helen Del Guidice. Iwea has been a teacher for years, including helping the elderly and cognitively impaired. At the center of the gallery is Tulips for Clemens, three twenty-foot flowers inspired by a man Iwea taught. Tulips were his favorite subject.
Also on display are plenty of rabbits and Levi the giraffe, three feet tall and made of vinyl. Del Guidice says to expect flashy, bright colors.
Additionally, pieces from the Miller's permanent collection will be scattered at the mezzanine level to add to the outdoor wildlife feel. Iwea has a background in mathematics and chemistry, but that analytical element to her art is missing in Winter's Spring: An Ältere Garten. Del Guidice says that it is interesting to note that the things that bring us joy as we age are often remarkably similar to what creates happiness for a child.