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.
"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.
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.
“The Nature of Art” ExhibitJune 6 through August 23
For the first time in many years, we present a selection of paintings from the Wildflower Center’s own collection, many of them not normally on public display. Oils, acrylics and watercolors---all displaying the beauty and appreciation of wildflowers and native plants! Several pieces in the exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center are originals from 20 years of Wildflower Days™ art that each year proclaims our spring season. Artists represented include local artists V....Vaughan, David Busch, Ada McIlhenny and others, plus nationally known painters such as Gabor Peterdi and Yankel Ginzberg.
An Autumn Show by Shou PingSeptember 5 through December 6
Plan to be amazed by the unique watercolors of Shou Ping in the McDermott Learning Center. A new exhibit of her 3-D images of wildflowers, birds and other natural subjects opens the first Saturday in September. Shou Ping creates beautiful paintings by adding watercolor to paper that is then cut into 3-D sculptures of natural subjects like you've never seen before. She has given demonstrations to dozens of art groups, schools and organizations in the state and has participated in more than 50 art shows as well as receiving numerous awards.
Bluebonnet ContemplationsSeptember 5 through December 22
Enjoy Ken Moore's beautiful oil paintings of the Texas state flower this fall. A self-taught artist from Iowa, Moore was a fighter pilot for many years. He began painting full-time after retiring from his last military position at Bergstrom Air Force Base. He has been active in teaching art and the Austin area art community for years. His inspiration comes from the spring season when wildflowers take over the Hill Country. See his images in the Store into late December.
Relics in The Field Sculpture ExhibitSeptember 5 through January
As you walk the gardens of the Wildflower Center, keep an eye out for the intriguing works of Sun McColgin. The Austinite started sculpting after he moved to the city in the late 1980s to pursue an archeology degree. With the abstract sculptures of "Relics in The Field," he seeks to celebrate time's passage and the promise and beauty of the unseen forces of the future on the shape of things. His metal sculptures also serve as a metaphor for how fragile seemingly indestructible things can be. Look for Clovis and his other sculptures on the grounds through January 31.