Style Icon Iris Apfel Joins Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Board

Iris Apfel, legendary trend icon and longtime Palm Seaside resident, joins the Board of Trustees of Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (ANSG). “As a pioneering feminine artist, Iris has embraced Ann Norton’s legacy,” shares Frances Fisher, Board Chairwoman for the group. Throughout her one hundredth birthday, Apfel introduced a legacy present to ANSG and on the heels of her one hundred and first birthday celebration final month, Apfel clearly exhibits no indicators of slowing down.  

Apfel joins the Board of Trustees at a really thrilling time. “As we put together to unveil the restored century-old Norton home at ANSG subsequent season, it’s very becoming that Iris has performed such a task in preserving its historical past,” says Fisher. When the Norton Home reopens to the general public, one of many enhancements that guests will take pleasure in is a gallery doubled in dimension to accommodate grander exhibitions and occasions.    

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens; picture credit score: CAPEHEART

Recognized for her daring, eclectic and statement-making type, Apfel continues to go away her mark that transcends far past trend. An advocate for historic preservation, Apfel is the co-Founding father of Outdated World Weavers, a world textile manufacturing firm specializing in reproducing vintage materials. In 2005, the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork showcased an exhibition of Apfel’s clothes and niknaks. Not solely was the exhibition a mega hit, however she was the primary residing girl and non-fashion designer to obtain such a prestigious honor. Ten years later, the documentary IRIS gave viewers a glimpse into Apfel’s inventive modern world and made us fall much more in love with the icon. We might simply go on and on together with her prolific achievements, from an ever-growing record of worldwide manufacturers and retailers to Mattel’s Iris Apfel impressed Barbie doll together with Barbie’s wardrobe and equipment designed by the type maven herself.  

The bestselling e-book Iris Apfel: Unintended Icon was printed in 2018. It’s a title that exhibits Apfel’s candor, humor and wit, but additionally her humility. She might have used the phrase “unintentional” to explain her iconic standing, however we’re lucky to have Apfel play an necessary half in preserving and sharing the historical past, artwork and cultural great thing about the South Florida group.  

About Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens 

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens; picture credit score: CAPEHEART

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is a non-profit basis established in 1977 by resident sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). A two-acre city sanctuary and nationally acknowledged arboretum, the compound includes the historic Norton Home and Artist Studio, exhibition galleries, monumental sculptures, butterfly havens, propagation home, and tropical gardens of greater than 250 species of uncommon palms and cycads.  

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is presently closed however will reopen early November. It’s a gem value visiting!  

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