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.
Wildflower Paintings and Metal Sculptures
August 31 through December 8
Enjoy the vibrant paintings of Billy Hassell and colorful metal sculptures of wildflowers by Charles Allen in the McDermott Learning Center this fall.
Native Texan Billy Hassell often sketches landscapes, birds and other nature details before developing a painting. Hassell seeks a balance in his oil paintings and hand-pulled color lithographs between realism and abstraction. His Wildflower Center exhibit will feature four new color lithographs of wildflowers and related fauna, as well as pleine air watercolors based on wildflower sketches throughout Texas.
Hassell has produced paintings on commission for The Nature Conservancy and Audubon Texas (five of those color lithographs will be in the Center exhibit). He has exhibited nationally, and his art is in collections of the Houston Museum of Art, the Menil Collection, and elsewhere. Articles about the Fort Worth resident’s work have also appeared in Art News
and Southwest Arts
Charles Allen creates intricate metal sculptures of wildflowers that will also be on display in the McDermott Learning Center starting August 31. Allen’s artwork has been shown in galleries throughout the U.S. and included in many private collections. He has held a solo show at the Heard Natural Science Museum as well as the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., and had two exhibitions at Calloway Gardens in Georgia. He is also a winner of the Best Metal Sculpture category at the Texas State Fair, and Allen’s work has been featured in Southwest Art
magazine and other publications.
September 7 through January 31, 2014
With vivid and sparkling watercolors, Texas artist Sue Kemp depicts beautiful wildflowers in an exhibit featured in The Store through January. Kemp’s paintings express the joy and inspiration she finds in the simple things of life: a splash of color, a pattern of light, the possibilities of nature. You may recognize Kemp’s work because her detailed bluebonnets painting was chosen as the official 2007 “Wildflower Days” poster for the Wildflower Center.
Kemp has been painting for over 35 years and has been on the faculty of the Art School of AMOA, at Laguna Gloria, since 2002. She served as President of the Texas Watercolor Society from 2011 to 2013 and actively participates in the Capitol Art Society, Waterloo Watercolor Group and Third Coast Painters. Collections of her work have been showcased throughout the country in prestigious venues such as the Cannon House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Kemp hopes to continue to grow as an artist and share her vision through her paintings and teaching.