Unusual Views

Categories: Sturt Haaga Gallery

February 11 – June 9, 2019

The winner of the People’s Choice Award was “Descanso Gardens Fantasy Train Ride” by Kathryn Christie

Descanso Gardens has a long history of presenting art in the Gardens. From exhibitions mounted in the old garage and the Hospitality House to “arts and craft faires,” photography competitions and “Art Under the Oaks,” there have been many opportunities to enjoy high quality artwork from talented artists such as the Heritage Artists and the Botanic Artists Guild of Southern California.

Occasionally, we have the chance to return to the tradition of presenting the artwork of local artists. Unusual Views, an open call for entries, invited artists through a juried exhibition, to present a different way of looking at nature.

Garden landscapes tend to invoke images that reflect reality: trees, flowers and butterflies, etc. Unusual Views presents an opportunity for risk-taking, for trying something never attempted. Creatively, we encouraged innovative use of media, a personal point of view, and avant-garde representations of gardens. We asked artists to uniquely interpret, not simply represent, the garden. They responded with diverse, discerning – yes, Unusual Views.

Unusual Views is funded in part by Heather and Paul Haaga.


The gallery is open from 10am to 4pm daily. Free with admission.