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    Art Partners to Host Seventh Annual Artful Garden Tour

    ATLANTA, GA, March 16, 2011 — The Art Partners of the High Museum of Art will host the seventh annual Artful Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Visitors will tour privately owned Atlanta gardens and see how art enhances these special places. The gardens included in this year's tour are located in Loring Heights, Druid Hills, Peachtree Battle, Buckhead and Ansley Park. Art Partners and Artful Garden Tour sponsor Westside Provisions District will kick off this year's event on Thursday, May 12, with a courtyard garden party in Atlanta's Westside Provisions District.

    Local artists will be working or showing their art in each garden on the tour. Visitors will see sculptors Carlos Montano and Kathy Walton and glass artist Matt Janke. Painting en plein air in several gardens will be Kay Summers, Jackie Begue and Nancy Blum. Local potters including Modern Potter and Tina Cox will be showing their wares, and works from the late Christine Sibley will also be on view.

    Tickets to the Artful Garden Tour are $20 per person before May 12 and $25 after that date. They can be purchased online at www.high.org/gardentour, by phone at 404-733-4521 and will be available starting April 1or at any of the gardens on the day of the tour. All of the ticket proceeds will benefit the High Museum of Art.

    We're excited to highlight several gardens that will be open to the public for the first time. Visitors will see a variety of planting styles and distinctive features in each garden, said Art Partners event co-chair Phyllis Libowsky. The tour offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to learn about new plants that may do well in their own yard and to see how adding an artistic focal point can make their garden more personal and special.

    Artful Garden Tour Highlights:
    • A 30-year-old English and woodland garden surrounding a 1935 Tudor home. Designed for high impact and low maintenance, the garden features formal spaces for entertaining or relaxing as well as natural woodland plantings along meandering paths throughout the property. Custom wood structures created by artist Buzz Stone accent the spaces and provide amazing focal points.

    • A contemporary garden designed by Bennett Design and Landscape that emphasizes and complements the style of the home both day and night. This garden incorporates plantings, dramatic lighting and sleek hardscapes, and also features whimsical works of art collected by the home owner. Surrounded by mature trees and the Atlanta skyline, the garden is an oasis in the heart of Midtown and has never before been included in a garden tour.

    • An intimate cottage garden designed with year-round interest in mind. The home owner designed the garden himself and has maximized a small space with dramatic effect. Enclosed by evergreens for privacy, the garden is a treasure and offers endless inspiration.

    About Art Partners
    Art Partners is a dynamic social and volunteer organization that supports the Museum through fundraisers and events. Participants enjoy exclusive programs planned around a variety of interests and schedules, and educational opportunities that include visits to local artists’ studios, intimate gatherings in the homes of private collectors and private tours of both local galleries and Museum exhibitions. For more information about Art Partners, visit http://www.High.org/artpartners.

    About the High Museum of Art
    The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High's media arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum's size, creating a vibrant village for the arts at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.high.org.

    The Woodruff Arts Center
    The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit www.woodruffcenter.org.