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Artists & Artisans Festival
February 29, 2012
What: Origami master headlines the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Artists & Artisans Festival, the first event of Wildflower Days™ 2012.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX.
Background: The main feature at this year’s Artists & Artisans Festival will be Robert J. Lang, physicist turned world-renowned origami master, who will demonstrate his art at noon Saturday in the Center auditorium. From 3 to 5 p.m. that day, he will teach a workshop on a unique origami technique, wet-folding, for those who register for this University of Texas at Austin Informal Class. (A $35 fee is required).
This festival features 24 American artists who work in sculpture, photography, jewelry, silk, wood and more. Their all-handmade art on sale includes iron sculptures, pressed wildflower prints, fused glass jewelry, handcrafted soaps, mesquite vases, hand-woven clothing and stainless steel housewares.
Artists who will be on hand to meet the public include David Busch, watercolor painter, in the store, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday; Shou Ping, creator of the floral paper sculptures now on display in the McDermott Learning Center, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, and collage artist Lance Letscher and oil painter Ken Moore in the store, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday marks the opening of “A Bouquet for Mrs. J”, giant metal flower sculptures on the ground that sculptor Logan Stollenwerck created for the Lady Bird Johnson Centennial this year. On that day, kids will want to go on a fun, flower scavenger hunt to find some of Mrs. J’s favorite Texas wildflowers.
Putting on a show in the Wildflower center gardens are early-blooming wildflowers including Carolina jessamine, mountain laurel, Mexican plum and golden groundsel.
Sponsors: KUT 90.5, KVUE and Classically Austin 89.5.
Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors and students; $3 for children; free for center members and children under 5. For more information, call 512-232-0100, or visit www.wildflower.org/artisans.
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