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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

March 5, 2010

Spring Art, Nature Exhibits

EVENT:  As Carolina jessamine and other wildflowers start blooming at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, three spring exhibits begin on site. Starting Tuesday, March 9, visitors can view nearly 40 new sculptures inspired by nature and the human form in the center gardens. In mid-March, an exhibit of nature-inspired paintings by Shou Ping starts at the McDermott Learning Center, and just outside the building, a bonsai exhibit will begin in late March. The sculptures outdoors by 18 talented Texas artists are made of wood, metal, clay, found objects (including a musical instrument) and other materials. Among the pieces are several interactive works such as John Maisano's green frog that children can climb on, colorful terra cotta figurines of a garden troll and other subjects by Dar Richardson, and two eight-foot long ants of bronze by Julio Sanchez de Alba. The sculptures will be on display throughout the gardens through June 27.  

WHEN:  Texas Society of Sculptors Exhibit begins Tuesday, March 9. A reception with the sculptors will occur from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21.

WHERE: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue. Directions at: http://www.widlflower.org/visit


  • Shou Ping - March 13-May 30

         About 40 works of this talented painter will appear in the McDermott Learning Center.  Shou Ping creates beautiful watercolor paintings of wildflowers, birds and other natural subjects, and then cuts them into 3-D sculptures like you've never seen before. Her work will be on sale through the center store, and she will be on hand at her exhibit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, the first day of the center's Artists & Artisans Festival.

  • Native Plant Bonsai - March 27-May 30

          Come see how pruning and other traditional bonsai techniques are used by the Austin and San Antonio Bonsai societies to turn native trees of Texas into elegant, miniature mimics of their larger counterparts. More than 20 bonsai that include Texas persimmon and cedar elm will be on display under the rose arbors near the McDermott Learning Center.

ADMISSIONS:  Through March 14 - $7 Adult, $6 Seniors and Students, $3 Children and Free for members and children under 5. Starting March 15 - $8 Adult, $7 Seniors and Students, $3 Children and Free for members and children under 5. For more information, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/exhibits or call 512-232-0100.

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