River Gallery Sculpture Garden celebrates 25 years

Detail of "Birdzie" by sculptor Mark Chatterley in the River Gallery Sculpture Garden. (Photo from River Gallery)
photo Self-taught artist Ernest Trova of St. Louis, Missouri, says he was inspired by surrealism and abstract expressionism for "Walking Jackman" (1985), part of the collection at the River Gallery Sculpture Garden. (Photo from River Gallery)

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› What: River Gallery Sculpture Garden’s 25th anniversary reception with “Birdez” sculptor Mark Chatterley.› When: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, May 18.› Where: 400 E. Second St.› Phone: 1-800-374-2923.

Months after the River Gallery opened, Mary Portera toured an art gallery inside a historical home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. That gallery showcased beautiful art on the inside and opened up into a sculpture garden in the backyard.

Portera told her husband she wanted one.

"Where is my garden? I really, truly was giving him a hard time," she recalled last week while standing in her sculpture garden next to her husband, retired physician Charles Portera.

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