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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.


Nature-inspired Sculptures

Through late August

Wildflower Sculpture by John Christensen

The Wildflower Center offers the amazing works of renowned sculptor John Christensen. His exhibit of 10 abstract nature-inspired works has been extended on the Center grounds through August 24. The Texan has completed large-scale public and private works on commission in Austin, Albuquerque, Miami and many other cities. His sculptures are made from resin, steel, bronze, limestone, concrete and other materials. The poetic works are inspired by natural science, metaphysics, literature and history.

Christensen earned a bachelor’s of fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master of fine arts from The University of Texas at Austin. Before 1990, he developed a body of site-sensitive work in rural landscapes of New York (where he was born), Georgia and Texas. Since 1990, he has focused that sensibility of projects for the theatre and the public space. He has created, in collaborations with choreographers, interactive props and theatrical environments for 21 productions presented in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Christensen has designed and built commercial spaces, and unique and production furniture. 

Art of Nature

February through mid-August
Wildflower Paintings by Nettie Plueckhahn

Visitors to the Center get to view nature paintings by artist Nettie Pleuckhahn for an extended period. Her indoor exhibit of lace cactus and other native plants will adorn the walls of The Store through August 17 -- an update from the original May ending for your viewing pleasure. “Art of Nature" features watercolors and acrylics from the Austin artist. Plueckhahn is a native of Llano, Texas, who specializes in hill country landscapes, colorful florals and still lifes. After earning a bachelor of fine arts in commercial art from Texas Christian University, she worked as a commercial artist. She started painting in oil and pastel before graduating from high school but soon switched to her favorite media: watercolor and acrylic. A member of Waterloo Watercolor Group and Capitol Art Society, she has received numerous awards and recognitions as an artist.

Wildflower Paintings

May 31 through August 17
Linda Calvert Jacobson

Linda Calvert Jacobson brings an exhibit of her vibrant oil paintings to the McDermott Learning Center near the Center’s Butterfly Garden. From May 31 through late August, enjoy more than a dozen of the Texas native’s creations that showcase wildflower meadows and gardens in bold, vivid colors. She has been painting since age 14 and first began developing her current style in 2003 while living in the Texas Hill Country. She has also traveled over the last decade to gain inspiration for her works. Hundreds of her original paintings are in private collections, and she has exhibited in in 10 states. In addition, Calvert Jacobson’s wildflowers have been featured on a line of watches in the U.K. and Germany and on greeting cards overseas. Some images will soon be available for iPhone and IPad covers internationally.

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