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March 8, 2012
What: Italian-trained sculptor Logan Stollenwerck debuts an outdoor exhibit in honor of Lady Bird Johnson at the Wildflower Center while Shou Ping shares her intimate, 3-D portraits of birds and other nature subjects indoors.
When: Saturday, March 17, to Monday, May 28.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX, 78739.
Background: As the first exhibit for Lady Bird Johnson Centennial Year, the Wildflower Center offers “A Bouquet for Mrs. J,” giant sculptures of a bluebonnet, Indian paintbrush and other wildflowers throughout the gardens. Some of the metal sculptures reach 8 feet tall, and were created by Logan Stollenwerck, whose family was close to Mrs. Johnson’s family for many years. He has worked in marble and metal for more than 15 years, perfecting the art while studying under Italian masters. Stollenwerck created this exhibit in loving tribute to Lady Bird to commemorate what would have been her 100th birthday year.
The Center also unveils an exhibit of the beautiful, intricate 3-dimensional watercolors of Shou Ping. With a pair of scissors, she expresses herself and transforms an ordinary painting into art that speaks to the heart and the senses. Shou Ping has been invited to give demonstrations to dozens of art groups, schools and organizations in Texas and has participated in more than 50 art shows over the past decade. Enjoy a special treat March 18 at Artists & Artisans Festival, when she will be on hand at her exhibit from 1 to 4 p.m.
General admission: $9 adults (Updated Rate), $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/exhibits.