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.
Significant BloomsFebruary 7 – May 31
Enjoy a display of Sherri Jones’ wildflower watercolors in the store through May. Wildflowers are central to the work of this Paradise, Texas artist. Seen routinely as part of our Texas landscape and viewed by many as weeds, Jones believes they hold a silent truth. Each blossom is an important element in the whole. Her vibrant wildflower images symbolize the crucial part of the individual, the value of each soul. Every unlikely bloom offers a link to the seemingly insignificant. Robert Louis Stevenson stated, “To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying amen to what the world tells you, you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.” Communicating this unspoken truth through excellence and honesty are what she seeks through her art and teaching.
"Alternate Views" SculpturesMarch 14 through August 23
Enjoy the sculptures of Roger Foster throughout the Center’s blooming gardens starting mid-March. The Austinite has spent 30 years developing pieces that stem from his study of the ritual objects of early and ancient civilizations. His current exhibit, “Alternate Views,” seeks to express the connection certain symbols have had for societies into the present. In particular, his limestone “oculars” are the result of repetitive and derivative interpretations of small jade ritual objects known as bi and cong. These objects reference the sky and earth have been associated with shaman dating from 5,000 BCE. The objects have spiritual significance and, and his current exhibit serves to physically express the contemplative divine. Foster’s work is in private and public collections throughout the U.S. and Mexico.
Shou Ping 3-D PaintingsMarch 21 through May 31
Plan to be amazed by the 40-plus works of Shou Ping in the McDermott Learning Center. Her new exhibit, “Paper Sculptures,” opens March 21 with beautiful paintings of butterflies, wildflowers and other natural subjects. Shou Ping uses watercolors to paint strips of paper and then fashions them into 3-D sculptures of birds, flowers and other natural subjects. She has demonstrated her intricate, novel approach to art to dozens of art groups, schools and organizations in the state. And she has taken part in more than 50 art shows and received numerous awards.
The Spectacular Wow! Photo ExhibitApril 25 through May
Until the end of May, the Wildflower Center will feature The Spectacular Wow!, a Texas Highways photo exhibit showcasing the springtime images in the magazine’s April issue along with highlights from previous years’ issues. These images will be displayed in the McDermott Learning Center. Budding photographers, a photography portfolio review with the magazine’s Photography Editor Brandon Jakobeit and other Texas Highways contributors will take place at the exhibit. It will occur from 1 to 4 p.m. on opening day, April 25.
Wildflowers And WaxMay 30 through August
Enjoy beautiful encaustic paintings by Sarah St. Laurent at the Wildflower Center into August. The Austin resident has worked with many media, including silver, clay, enamels and watercolor. She creates encaustic images from a medium that includes beeswax, adding leaves, fragments from a honeycomb and other nature elements before the wax cools to create beautiful, multidimensional abstract pieces. With her horticulture background and extensive art training, you’re sure to respond to her images on display at the Store until August 31.