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Art Exhibits

lady bug on tidy tip by judy kramerLady Bug on Tidy Tip by Judy Kramer.©

The Gallery at Filoli is a space used by the Art Committee of the Friends of Filoli to display artwork related to Filoli Center’s mission and to foster community relationships. Enriching your visits to Filoli in 2014 will be an inspiring collection of art and decorative art exhibits. We look forward to sharing these with you, your family and your friends!

2014 Exhibition Schedule

california tiger salamander by lucy d. martin

California Tiger Salamander by Lucy D. Martin.©

Bay Area Wildlife — A multiple–media exhibit

Tuesday, September 9 through Sunday, October 26

The San Francisco Bay Area, including the grounds of Filoli itself, is home to a large variety of wildlife which will be celebrated with this fine art exhibit located in the Visitor and Education Center.

Meet the Artists

Saturday, October 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 12, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

On this special weekend visitors can meet the artists, learn what inspires them, discover how they create their artwork and view additional works. Original pieces, prints, note cards and other items will be for sale. Admission is free for members or with paid admission to Filoli for non–members. Reservations are not necessary.

2015 Exhibition Schedule

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Filoli Meadow by Sue Vandiver, Art Student.

Filoli Instructors and Their Students

Tuesday, February 11 through Sunday, March 30, 2014

Filoli is fortunate to have many talented and knowledgeable instructors that teach a wide variety of subjects including art and decorative art classes to an enthusiastic student body. This exhibit will feature works by our instructors and their students in the Visitor and Education Center. Enjoy the display, learn about our education programs and let Filoli be the inspiration for your next work of art.

The picturesque surroundings of Filoli make a wonderful venue for art and artists, providing inspiration and a range of valuable resources. Click here for more information about our Art and Decorative Art Programs.

The Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program at Filoli offers a unique, in–depth study of botanical art through challenging, integrated and comprehensive courses. Click here for more information about Filoli’s Botanical Art Certificate Program.

Pinus ponderosa, Ponderosa Pine by Carrie DiConstanzo

Pinus ponderosa, Ponderosa Pine by Carrie DiConstanzo. Winner of the 2013 Roth Award for distinction with an emphasis on traditional botanical art presentation.

Botanical Art

Tuesday, April 8 through Sunday, June 8

Filoli presents its 16th Annual Botanical Art Exhibit this coming spring. Botanical art has experienced a renaissance of growth both in the states and internationally and Filoli has been a leader in the renewal of this art form, which combines the observational skills of the scientist and the sensibility of the artist. This beautiful exhibit has long been an essential part of the Filoli Botanical Art Program’s mission to interpret and preserve this historically–significant art form. Artworks selected this year will be displayed in the Visitor and Education Center while select pieces from our three major florilegia collections: the Filoli, the Banks’ and the Highgrove, will be displayed in the historic House. Come enjoy the West Coast’s most prominent botanical art exhibit!

Pinus ponderosa, Ponderosa Pine by Carrie DiConstanzo

The Rose by Marian Gault.©

Calligraphy — Gifts of the Garden

Tuesday, June 17 through Sunday, August 24
Calligraphy is Greek for “beauty writing.” It is the art of writing in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner. A calligraphic artist is both painter and letter designer. The use of media and means of expression is as unique as the individual artist. On display in the Visitor and Education Center is an exquisite collection of original artwork depicting the exhibit’s theme, Gifts of the Garden.

Pinus ponderosa, Ponderosa Pine by Carrie DiConstanzo


Sculpture in the Garden

Tuesday, June 10 through Sunday, September 7
A stunning collection of sculptures by local artists will be on display throughout the beautiful setting of Filoli’s Garden. You will find pieces in courtyards, terraces and fields all summer long. Visitors will be given a guide and map to help interpret what is on display and where to find it.

Artist Reception

Thursday, June 26, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Special Guest Speaker Archie Held will speak on “Sculptures in the Garden” at 4:30 pm.

Meet the artists as you explore the exhibit, find out what excites and fills them with enthusiasm while you learn about their techniques and the materials they have chosen to use. Many of the pieces on display will be for sale. While admission is free reservations are required; reception reservation include admission to the talk. Make your reservation by Friday, June 20.

Artist Registry

Filoli hosts approximately six art exhibitions annually that vary in theme and content. With the exception of the Annual Botanical Art Exhibition and occasional larger exhibitions, they are invitational exhibitions. For invitational exhibitions, the curator invites artists from the Filoli Artist Registry, whose work fits within the theme of that particular exhibition. To become a member of the Filoli Artist Registry please send a one-page biography along with samples of your work either on a CD in JPEG or TIF format, or printed copies, two-up on 8½" x 11" sheets, to:

Attn: Education Office
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA 94062

A confirmation letter will be sent upon receipt and acceptance into the registry. For questions, please contact the Education Office at classes@filoli.org.

Artist Access Days

Plein Air painting at Filoli

Painting plein air during Artist Access at Filoli.

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” — Claude Monet

Filoli extends the opportunity for artists and photographers to have individual access to the Garden on a select day each month, after hours from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm, to create landscape paintings, drawings and photographs. Photographers may use tripods; other artists may use easels and work in the medium of their choice. Models, wedding and engagement photos, family portraits or any other professional photography is not allowed. Artists must provide all their own materials and storage containers for the removal of all used water and non–toxic cleaning fluids. No fluids of any type are to be disposed of at Filoli. Space is limited, pre–registration is highly recommended.

Fee: per day: $20 for members; $25 for non–members.
Non–members: Fee includes same day admission to Filoli. You are welcome to arrive anytime between 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, visit the historic House and Garden and scout locations for your next masterpiece.