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Barbra Rodriguez
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2009

Texas Society of Sculptors Exhibit

What: The Texas Society of Sculptors exhibit debuts this spring with an installment of 38 pieces.

When: The sculptures will be on display Tuesday, March 3 through end of May. Winners of a juried competition will be announced Sunday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. as part of a public reception with the artists from 1 to 4 p.m. that day. Sculpting demonstrations in various media will occur April 18 and May 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. on both Saturdays.

Where: Gardens of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX, 78739. Reception and sculpture demonstrations will be in the center’s courtyard.

Background: The Wildflower Center features a wide-ranging exhibit of sculptures nestled throughout the center’s grounds. Eighteen Texas artists crafted the works depicting humans, birds, lizards and other subjects from stone, wood, resin, steel and other materials. Among them are serene, stone abstracts of human faces by Michael Epps, whimsical, colorful elfin-like figurines by Dar Richardson, and detailed bronze statues. The latter are among the offerings from Gregory Beck, who is influenced by classical realism in his creation of lifelike works that include larger-than-life human figurines.

The public is invited to meet several participating artists at the reception on Sunday afternoon, March 15, and to learn about sculpting with various materials at the April and May demonstrations.

Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, $3 children and free for members and children under 5. For more information, call 512.232.0100 or visit www.wildflower.org. To view a sampling of bluebonnets before visiting, see the bluebonnet cam broadcast at: http://www.wildflower.org/bbcam

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