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.
FlorescenceJune 4 through August 21
Come enjoy the floral paintings of Andrew Stalder, who is a finalist this year for Texas’ Hunting Art Prize. A contemporary realist oil painter, his primary inspiration is the richly diverse subject matter of flowers – both cultivated and wild. His art is characterized by vibrant colors and dramatic, photorealistic compositions. Stalder has exhibited his art work in many solo and group exhibitions including one recently at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, and at Miller Art Gallery in Cincinnati. He studied painting at the University of Dallas and Ohio University, and lives in Bedford, Texas, where he teaches art at Tarrant College. See his exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center starting in early June.
NaturescapesJune 4 through August 28
Enjoy an art exhibit by Anna Lisa Leal in the Store into late August. The Texan has focused professionally on Southwest landscapes and subjects since 2011, and began working almost exclusively in soft pastels two years later. Of her current exhibit influenced by recent droughts, she says: “There is a stark yet rich beauty in xeric gardens and her inhabitants that draw me. The odd beauty of a cactus – prickly, spiny, difficult to touch … The line and undulation of the agave leaf. The poignant beauty of the agave flower - the last hurrah before her eventual demise. Those are the best paintings – the reflection of nature’s spirit in all of us.” Leal is the spring 2016 Wildflower Days™ artist at the Center, and her selected image will be available in the Store on T-shirts and art prints.