The Providence Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce the collaboration with Lead Designer Catherine Cannon Arensberg for its 26th Annual Festival of Flowers Garden Show and Sale.  She will be bringing fresh new ideas to the event with her interactive designs.Catherine’s roots are strong and deep within the soil of Mobile, where she grew up with an appreciation for her hometown’s varied flora and fauna as well as it’s architecturally rich environment.  She knew at a very early age what she wanted to be when she grew up and upon graduation from McGill Toolen, attended LSU’s Landscape Architecture Program, earning her Bachelor’s degree.

In 2012 she started her Landscape Design business.   Catherine offers Personal Design Services, creating beautiful outdoor living spaces for her clients.  She also has a passion for teaching others how to incorporate budget friendly designs into their exterior spaces.

She has been featured on WPMI TV-15’s Gulf Coast Today, WALA TV-10’s Studio 10,  AL.Com, Mobile Bay Monthly, and produces and hosts a web series named Simple Honest Design giving practical solutions to design dilemmas.  

Catherine is sure to bring excitement and an element of surprise to this year’s Festival of Flowers!

Brent Smith



The works of contemporary painter Brent Smith can be recognized by their serene simplicity. They are created to draw the viewer through the window to an open sky or dramatic cloud formations; the distant horizon a metaphor for the future.  Influenced by classic American landscape painters like those of The Hudson River School, as well as Rothko and Jasper Johns, the works seem to float between abstract colorfield and traditional realism.  Inspired by the diverse landscape of the Gulf Coast, Brent considers himself a regional artist painting the wetlands, fields, bays, and beaches near his home of Mobile, Alabama.  Working in acrylic and mixed media the paintings are brought to life through multiple layers of thinned paint and glazes, creating a palette that is sensuous and earthy.  Although contemporary, the works retain a certain timeless quality; each seems to bare a history of its own.  Brent received his B.F.A. from Auburn University in 1993 and works as a full time artist in Mobile.