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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2009
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX
Background: The annual Artists & Artisans Festival showcases the work of more than 20 American artists in metal, painting, photography, jewelry, pottery and more. This display includes nature-friendly, handmade items, such as mesquite bowls and bird houses, fanciful ceramic vases and sculptured jewelry as well as exquisite photographs and watercolors. The gardens are ready for spring with bluebonnets already in bloom, along with golden groundsel, Indian paintbrush, winecups, evening primrose, Drummond phlox and giant spiderwort. For children, there are eco-inspired crafts and activities in the Children's Little House.
Artist Dalhart Windberg will sign his new print, "A Spring Occasion," sales of which benefit the Wildflower Center, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The official Wildflower DaysTM 2009 artist, Mary Catherine Gardner, will sign her print, "Perfect Imperfection," and Patsy Pittman Light will sign her book "Capturing Nature" from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday in the store. All previous Wildflower DaysTM art prints will be half-price in the store for these two days only.
Also on display will be the wildflower sculptures that artist Shou Ping creates from her watercolors in the McDermott Learning Center from March 14 through May 31. The artist will be on hand at the Learning Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Sponsors: KUT 90.5, KVUE and MAJIC 95.5 are event sponsors.
Admission: $7 adults; $6 seniors and students; $3 for children; free for members and children under 5. For more information, call 512-232-0100, or visit http://www.wildflower.org/.