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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

August 24, 2011

Sculpture, Painting Exhibit

What: Renowned Texas sculptor Damian Priour exhibits his acclaimed glass and limestone evocations of “Around About Water” on the grounds, and emerging contemporary artist Darvin Jones displays “Field Notes,” paintings that focus on color and light in the McDermott Learning Center.

When: Saturday, September 3, to Sunday, December 4.

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX, 78739.

Background: Revered Austin sculptor Damian Priour is of the seventh generation of a family born on Padre Island and his work, in which glass represents water carving through immense slabs of fossil-laden Texas limestone, evokes the powerful tidal forces of the Gulf. In this dry year, these sculptures speak of water—water, which Priour says, “sparks my imagination, my memories.” “Water teaches,” Priour says. “Water sparks the lucky, the poor, the pretty and the not so. Water cleans. Water nourishes. Water kills. Water saves.” The wide variety of pieces in “Around About Water” include “Aqua Bella,” “Wildflower Sphere” and “Fossil Form.”

Darvin Jones, who moved to East Austin in 2005 after earning a master’s of arts degree at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, has mounted an exhibit of highly personal paintings inspired by the natural world and its continual process of growth and decay. His art is influenced by Japanese artists and pop icons with suggestions of micro pop and pop surrealism. Since moving here, he has become a full time artist, gotten married, started a band, gotten addicted to breakfast tacos, doesn’t sleep enough and dreams of the ocean. Paintings include: “We Think, While It Just Knows” and “Nature or its Own Sake: John Van Dyke.”

General admission: $8 adults, $7 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.

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