January 25-April 15
Included with Admission
What happens when you combine the fluidity of the natural world with the rigidity of metal structures? You get the unique fusions of Chromatic Organics. Featuring the work of Jon Allen, this art installation is a first-of-its-kind for the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.
These wonderful spiraling spires will add a pop of color to both our Orchid Exhibit and Spring Flower Exhibit. Enjoy viewing these sculptures from every angle, each twisting curve transforming the pieces into completely different shapes.
While you're visiting, design your own Chromatic Organic Sculpture! You don’t have to be a professional artist, just grab some paper and enjoy this fun activity for all ages.
E-Tickets - E-TICKETS are recommended for all visitors. Walk-ins may be turned away if our visitor capacity has been met. Please arrive within 15 minutes of your arrival time. Most visitors spend 45 minutes-1.5 hours to complete their visit, but you are welcome to stay until we close to the public at 4pm.
Meet the artist behind Chromatic Organics, Jon Allen!
Formally trained at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Jon truly refined his techniques on his own. He spent time in Europe during his formative years in awe of the centuries-old traditions of Western art. For Jon, it didn’t take long to realize his interest resided at the intersection of architecture and art and that sentiment remains a driving force. He counts among his influence’s abstract painters such as Paul Klee and influential architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. Jon Allen’s passion initially lead him to hand-making highly structural, architectural jewelry. He and his wife, Kelly, with their two kids in tow, participated in art shows across the country. The reputation and demand grew steadily; galleries all over were clamoring for Jon’s work. The open road became a semi-permanent way of life for several years. A truly prolific artist even in his earliest days, Allen continued to expand upon his designs and the demand for the work continued to grow. Even at highly-revered juried art shows, lines would form around Jon and Kelly's booth. Other exhibitors would even complain on occasion, but there was no recourse; there was simply nothing could diminish the connection between the people and Jon’s work. That connection would prove to be enduring.
A lifetime of imagery was etched into his memory from the unyielding cross-country drives; the coastal seaside villages, the desert dunes, the winding mountain roads, countless sunrises and sunsets, rolling fields of green, the smiling faces of his children in the rear view. All of these sights, sounds, colors, and people he and his family met along the way seeped into his work. That inspiration very organically proliferated into the work Jon is best known for today: his fine paintings, freestanding sculpture, handcrafted clocks, wall sculpture, and celebrated metal wall art.
Today, Jon is revered as an innovator in the metal art realm. His work is well respected. It is often imitated but never replicated. His command over his chosen medium, metal, is unparalleled.