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Design of the Times

Garden Deva showcases decorations for your garden, home, or business and invites you to peruse the unique and vibrant metal work of Lisa Regan.

Article
Lindsey Mills
Photos
Sarah Eliza Roberts
Posted
February 28, 2019

Located in the heart of the Pearl District, a little building with a whimsical interior is home to beautiful sculptures and mesmerizing art all made from metal. The gallery is what part-owner Kari Hackbarth refers to as the end of one story and start of another. Over 20 years ago, artist Lisa Regan began creating commissioned art for people’s gardens, gates for their homes, and custom pieces for businesses and nonprofits. Her work gained a following in the Tulsa area and even garnered some attention from HGTV.

You’ve likely seen some of Regan’s work around Tulsa: benches for Osage Trails Park, 8-foot sculptures for Empire Optical, and most recently a giant whisk at Mother Road Market.

As Garden Deva Sculpture Company attracted more interest, the business grew into a destination place for Tulsa residents and visitors alike. In 2016, after many years of running the business, Regan was ready to step away from many of the constraints a full gallery demanded. With a desire to focus more on creating custom pieces and give more attention to her art, she sold the former building.

It was around this time that Regan met the Hackbarth family who, not wanting to see the treasure dissolved, offered to take on the business so that Regan could focus on making art. It was a match made in heaven. Kari and her family (parents Greg and Penny) have since relocated the gallery to its current location and poured their efforts into celebrating the art through curating the unique space and organizing special events.

Over 20 years ago, artist Lisa Regan began creating commissioned art for people’s gardens, gates for their homes, and custom pieces for businesses and nonprofits. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Over 20 years ago, artist Lisa Regan began creating commissioned art for people’s gardens, gates for their homes, and custom pieces for businesses and nonprofits. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

Today, you can walk into Garden Deva and find a lovely display of art that coordinates with the season. “It’s a very specific medium of art, so there’s a lot,” Kari shares. “But it’s just so enjoyable and fun.”

The space showcases decorations for your garden, home, or business and invites you to peruse the unique work of a talented artist. Visitors are often so inspired by the work that they wish to create their own.

Kari attributes people’s attraction to the gallery to the vibrant experiences it opens up to guests. “Whenever you come in, and you see the lights and the blue sky in the back and all the art, you get immediately inspired to create something beautiful,” she says. “You just want something fun for your home or your garden. It’s an experience that is just so special.”

Introductory metal workshops are offered twice a month in which visitors are instructed on and guided through the process of making their own masterpiece. If you’re not confident enough yet to give it a try for yourself, shop the gallery or inquire about a custom piece. Buyers often ask for a design that includes their family's names, a piece to commemorate their pets, or perhaps a unique work to present as a wedding gift.

 You can walk into Garden Deva and find a lovely display of art that coordinates with the season. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
You can walk into Garden Deva and find a lovely display of art that coordinates with the season. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

Catering to the community of admirers and visitors who seek the experience that the company is known for, the company utilizes events like their Spring Fling in order to bring people together and celebrate the art.
The studio also hosts an Open Studio Party in November that invites other artists to set up booths, hosts live music for two days, and much more.

Last year, in the absence of the usual Spring Fling, the studio put on a Summer Solstice event to showcase art inspired by and utilizing designs that incorporate the sun, moon, and stars. The event was so successful that the studio is planning another one for this summer.

“Anybody can be involved at Garden Deva,” Kari says. “Whether that’s through our metal workshop or getting a custom piece to represent someone in your family or coming to an event that brings people together; that’s what we want to encourage people to do is just come hang out with us.”

For events, the gallery will often host a sale and release new lines as well.

Aside from the events sprinkled throughout the year, the business has a few other things up their sleeve to bring more art to more people. In the old building where Regan used to run her studio, the Hackbarth family is opening an artists cooperative in order to bring more local artists’ work together for the community. The location (Hummingbird Fine Craft) will host work by several artists that offer a variety of styles from woodwork to leather goods. There will also be a special selection from Regan’s Deva Garden collection offered.

This new gallery will be located across from Leon Russell’s The Church Studio and hopes to bring a variety of art styles into a very communal atmosphere.

Stop by the gallery in the Pearl District or put one of their upcoming events on your calendar; you don’t want to miss experiencing one of Tulsa’s artistic treasures.

LOCATOR
Garden Deva Sculpture Company
1326 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
918-592-3382
gardendeva.com
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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