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Art and Soul

A shop and gallery, Garden Deva offers whimsical garden and home décor, primarily from the creative mind of Lisa Regan.

Michele Chiappetta
Sarah Eliza Roberts
October 28, 2018

You’ve probably seen them — the lively, whimsical, metal statues of children adorning the Ronald McDonald House, or the lighted mandala candle statue greeting you at Yale Manor Apartments, or the ornate benches on the recently renovated Osage Trail. Maybe you’ve stepped into a local shop like Boomtown Tees and seen cheerful little metal magnets in the shape of the Blue Dome and other Tulsa icons. Or perhaps you’ve taken the chance to step into the gallery where these metal pieces and many, many others have their origin.

Yes, we’re talking about Tulsa’s own Garden Deva — a shop, gallery, and artist’s dream spot that showcases the work of local artist Lisa Regan. Regan founded the shop as a way to promote her metal art, which she has been making for close to 35 years.

The overall purpose of Garden Deva and its team is to foster an artistic community and give Tulsa beautiful, happy art. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
The overall purpose of Garden Deva and its team is to foster an artistic community and give Tulsa beautiful, happy art. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

Garden Deva has undergone a bit of a change in this past year, bringing in new partners in the form of Greg and Penny Hackbarth, and their daughter, Kari. The Hackbarths manage the business, while Regan continues to create art. But the overall purpose of Garden Deva and its team — to foster an artistic community and give Tulsa beautiful, happy art — is still as strong as ever.

“Garden Deva’s metal art is whimsical garden and home décor, all positive and hippie type art for your garden,” says Kari, who is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and a member of the local musical group The Lonelys in the off hours when she’s not serving as Garden Deva’s gallery manager. “It’s evolved over the last 20 years as Lisa has evolved in her artistry.”

Kari and her parents became involved in helping Garden Deva on the business side out of love for Tulsa and Regan’s art. “My dad, Greg, runs the shop. He makes sure we have enough inventory, manages the team that handles stock, and makes sure building is in running order. My mother is the queen of creative marketing ideas. She helps us reach out to new people, nonprofit groups and people our art can be beneficial for. I manage the gallery and office,” says Kari.

“It’s really turned into a partnership between Lisa and us,” she adds. “Lisa is our creative director. We manage the shop and gallery and help manage events, so she has more time to dedicate to her artistry.”

Kari Hackbarth (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Kari Hackbarth (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

Regan’s upbeat, whimsical artwork can be seen all over the area. “We did the Bees on Brookside, and the fence paneling for Youth Services in the Pearl District. Almost every school in Tulsa has our work peppered inside and out, cheerful kids waving and all kinds of little sculptures,” says Kari, listing off some examples that you’ve probably seen as you’ve gone about your local doings.

Of course, Garden Deva produces artwork for individuals too, some on a commission basis, and some as retail items available at the gallery and at a few select local shops like Boomtown Tees. The gallery, located at Third Street and Peoria Avenue, is open to the public so shoppers can browse, make a purchase, or place a special commission.

“It’s such an amazing place where people can just come by and say, ‘I want this cool thing for my house.’ Our designers can then create it,” says Kari. While much of the artwork on display is Regan’s, Garden Deva also is open to displaying and selling the art of other local artists. Between Regan’s creativity and the other artists on display, the gallery’s art is always changing, so it’s fun to stop in often and see what’s new.

For those interested in seeing what’s on display, Garden Deva invites you to stop in anytime the doors are open. “We have a gallery full of art — from cute little holiday pieces to large, ornate metal sculptures and everything in between,” says Kari. Popular items and great gifts are available for indoor or outdoor display, including Christmas trees, elves, reindeers, rein-dogs, rein-cats, magnets, and OU and OSU themed objects.

“Our gifts can be customized with names and dates, so they’re great for weddings and birthdays,” says Kari.

In addition, Garden Deva is dedicated to fostering a sense of community. At the beginning of this month (Nov. 2–3), Garden Deva will host its 19th annual studio party. More than 40 artists from all over the country, and more than 30 musicians, will be showing their stuff over the two-day period. There will also be food trucks in Garden Deva’s parking lot, fire dancers, and other entertainment.

“Garden Deva has always been known for fun events that bring people together, and we plan to continue doing those throughout the years,” says Kari.

Among Garden Deva’s plans for the future are more community events and more artwork, of course. “Lisa has been expanding into painting and wood mediums, which is way different from what we’ve done in the past,” says Kari. “Tulsans can also expect to see the work of more artists — traditional art as well as innovative.”

Garden Deva Sculpture Company
1326 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday: Closed