Theodore Payne Gallery

The 116-square-foot Theodore Payne Gallery at our Sun Valley headquarters is open to the public during business hours. Three exhibitions are offered each year, featuring contemporary, modern, and historic artists whose work is influenced by our state flora, landscape, and natural history.


Current Exhibition

January 19 through April 20, 2019
Opening reception, Saturday, January 19, 1:00-3:00pm,
with Artist Talk at 2:00pm. Refreshments will be served.

For more than 30 years, Pat Warner was a hands-on gardener living in the hills of Whittier east of Los Angeles and visiting the Theodore Payne Foundation’s plant sales. Five years ago, she relocated to an urban environment in Los Angeles, but with her art making, she is still “gardening.”

Pat Warner, Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), 24”H x 18”W, 2018, Collage on Vellum

FLORAGALORA is an exuberant celebration of gardens, which is a recurring theme in Warner’s work. The exhibition pays homage to the native flora of the California landscape; to the staff and volunteers who, through their hard work, make the Foundation the success it is; and to Theodore Payne for his foresight and dedication in developing the use of native plants in our gardens.

The stylized collages that Pat created specifically for this exhibition depict some of her favorite native garden plants and celebrate their lively form and color. Hand-cut from brilliantly colored and textured papers and assembled to show subtle shadows, the work emulates the delicate textures of flowers, while bringing attention to the fragility of the natural environment.

Flowers and trees have been an important element of Warner’s work for many years, including sculptural installations, drawings, and paper works. This exhibition has given Pat the opportunity to create a new body of work based solely on native flora. She hopes it will bring a greater appreciation of California’s plants to all who visit.

Pat Warner was born and raised in an agricultural area of southeastern Pennsylvania. She lived in Texas and Europe before moving to southern California in 1982 and has traveled extensively throughout the world observing the natural environment. Her indoor and outdoor sculptural environments, as well as drawings and paper works, are involved with the relationship of humans and nature.

Warner’s work has been exhibited in the L.A. Municipal Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park; the Robert V. Fullerton Museum, California State University at San Bernardino; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, TX; and the American Craft Museum, N.Y, and she has participated in exhibitions, residencies and symposia in the U.S., Japan, Korea, France, Lithuania, and The Netherlands. Public art projects include a major work for the Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois, and as design artist for the Pierce College Station on the LA Metro Orange Line. She is currently creating a public work for Terminal 1 at LAX.

She was awarded the first River Residency at A Studio in the Woods/Tulane University, New Orleans, and a fellowship at the Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming. Her work has been featured in World Sculpture News (Hong Kong), Sculpture Magazine (Washington, D.C.), and regional publications. To see and read more about Warner and her work, visit her website at