Art and flowers deserve to be together all the time. The Wildflower Center hosts many exhibits featuring the work of Central Texas artists and photographers, as well as the work of prominent nature artists from around the world.
Bluebonnet Oil Paintings
June 4 through September 2
Ken Moore portrays the beauty of bluebonnets and idyllic scenes of Texas with his oil paintings on canvas displayed in The Store through Labor Day. Moore derives excitement and inspiration for his art from the annual wildflower explosion in the Texas Hill Country, a phenomenon he describes as grand and unique. Born in Iowa, Moore later retired in Austin after a military assignment at the Bergstrom Air Force Base and then began painting full time. He contributes to the Austin art scene by participating in groups and clubs, entering various art shows and by teaching. Enjoy Moore’s paintings highlighting the state’s wildflower until September 2 at the Wildflower Center.
Jan Heaton Watercolors
June 1 through August 18
Third-generation artist Jan Heaton provides a journey into calmness with her latest abstract exhibit, “Quiet,” at the McDermott Learning Center this summer. She uses the translucent capabilities of watercolors, repetitive patterns of movement found in nature, and layering techniques as her tools. Soothing blues, yellows and other colors abound in the artwork based on the six months of research Heaton did on environmental factors that influence a person’s health and well-being. Born in Michigan, she is a faculty member of the Austin Museum of Art School, and a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society. Heaton has exhibited locally at Wally Workman Gallery and in galleries in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Atlanta and Johnson City. Her watercolors are also in private collections in London, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and elsewhere.
La Paso Kinetic Sculptures
March 9 through September 2
Accomplished sculptor Jim La Paso brings six of his giant works to grace the Wildflower Center grounds this spring. Come see his wind-driven sculptures of wildflowers and other nature subjects. The whimsical creations will be made from polished stainless steel, and will be placed throughout the gardens. La Paso has taught the art of creating kinetic sculptures to art teachers at the McNay Fine Art Museum in San Antonio. He has commissioned works or has held exhibits in Santa Fe, Houston, Los Angeles and elsewhere nationally. La Paso is also represented at the internationally famous Benini Studio & Sculpture Ranch outside Johnson City. In Austin, he has 12 pieces at the Domain and a 20-foot music sculpture on 3rd Street. Meet this engaging artist Sunday, March 10, at the Artists & Artisans Festival, when he’ll speak to visitors at The Store from 1 to 4 p.m.