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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

August 18, 2010

Yard Show Exhibit

What:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin hosts "Texas Folklife Yard Show" art exhibit

When:  Saturday, Sept. 4 through Dec. 5. A reception with the artists will be held at the Center November 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. For hours, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/visit.

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX,

Background: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center presents an offbeat, quirky celebration of place with an exhibit of yard art by Austin "Cathedral of Junk" creator Vince Hannemann and other Texans. Among the works in and around the center's Theme Gardens is Hannemann's "The Sporting Life." The structure of recycled rebar, window panes, bicycle wheels and more is decorated with tennis rackets, a white roller skate, CD's and other objects hanging like icicles. Knick knacks that include bowling balls and old sewing machines surround the "house." In the Homeowner Inspiration Gardens nearby, Mark Wieland's bottle tree provides splashes of color in cobalt blue, emerald green and other colors. Among other works, Marian Reyes has created a stone altar near Wieland's piece based on her spiritually focused landscaping in Creedmore, Texas. Complementing the outdoor yard art will be an exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center of decorative bird houses and photos of Texas yard art.  

Sponsors: Texas Folklife and the San Angelo Museum of Art. "Texas Folklife Yard Show" is based on landscape designer Jill Nokes' book, "Yard Art and Handmade Places."

Admission: $8 adults; $7 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/

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