Pam Henman and Cooper Sanchez from Oakland Cemetery join our host Todd Schnick and co-host Carol Morgan for the Around Atlanta edition of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio.

Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery spans 48 acres of gardens, wildlife and sculpture. Oakland is the final resting place for 70,000 people, including author Margaret Mitchell, 27 Atlanta mayors, six former governors, Civil War generals and soldiers, and thousands of unmarked graves. Oakland Cemetery offers critical green space for recreation and serves as a cultural resource for lifelong learners who come to study history, art, architecture, archaeology, horticulture, photography and more. Working in partnership with the City of Atlanta, Historic Oakland Foundation works to preserve, restore, enhance and share Oakland Cemetery.

On April 16, Historic Oakland Foundation’s Arts at Oakland program returns for one evening only with Illumine: Art and Light in the Gardens. The cemetery’s Victorian-era gardens will transform into an outdoor gallery aglow with light installations made by artist and gardener Cooper Sanchez, as well as a trio of local artists.

The twilight tour begins at the cemetery’s main gate and is a self-guided jaunt through the gardens. Sanchez’s light boxes and backlit molds use pressed plants, beeswax, cyanotype prints, drawings, and glass to reflect the architecture, botanicals, and history of Atlanta’s oldest municipal burial ground.

The tour culminates at Oakland Cemetery’s recently erected Beaumont Allen Greenhouse, which will serve as a pop-up gallery featuring works from Macon-based painter Charles Ladson; Elizabeth Ingram, Design Director of Chef Ford Fry’s restaurants; and filmmaker Steve Bransford.

Gates open at 6 p.m., and general admission tickets to Illumine are $15 in advance, and $20 at the gates. A VIP “Illuminati” package for $75 includes admission for one, a limited-edition event poster, two drink vouchers, and a specially prepared box dinner from Chef Brian Horn of JCT. Kitchen & Bar. Tickets are on sale at Illuminati tickets are available in advance only, and capacity is limited.

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