Reach for the Sky Tradition + Inspiration

How did Sunnylands connect Herb Alpert, one of America’s most famous musicians, with Canada’s foremost family of First Nations’ woodcarvers? Through art.

Anne Rowe, director of collections and exhibitions at Sunnylands, details the backstory of how she produced the exhibition, “Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration”, which features the artworks of Alpert and Kwakiutl carvers Henry, Stanley, and Jason Hunt.

For Rowe, it all started in 2009, when she encountered a monumental, 30-foot totem pole on the fifth hole of the Sunnylands golf course and thought, “Who could have carved this?” This lecture was presented on January 17th, 2020 at Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory in partnership with Sunnylands Center and Gardens.