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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

August 21, 2012

Lady Bird's Lake Exhibit Sept.1

What:  An exhibit of photos, paintings and more opens Labor Day weekend in honor of the work of Lady Bird Johnson and others to develop the hike and bike trail along Lady Bird Lake.

When: Exhibit runs Sept. 1 through Dec. 2, including on Labor Day, Sept. 3.  

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

Background: The Wildflower Center unveils an exhibit about  Mrs. Johnson’s involvement for seven years in helping clean up and beautify the shores of Lady Bird Lake. Through photographs and other artwork, the exhibit that is part of a year-long centennial celebration of Lady Bird’s birth highlights the beauty of the lake’s banks and the lake renamed in her honor in 2007. The new exhibit was inspired by photo albums given to Mrs. Johnson by participants who worked on the project  in which litter was removed and greenery added along the banks of what was then called Town Lake.

In addition to some of these albums, the exhibit includes 25-plus images of the lake and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail alongside it from the book “Every Town Needs a Trail.” Those photos by the late Russ Ohlson and Brenda Lindfors will be featured alongside lake-centered art by the late Dianne Grammer, by watercolorist Nick Swift, and by Margie Crisp. Crisp’s work involves vibrant lithographs and linocuts of lake-dwelling animals. A flowered scarf Lady Bird used to wear, her personal wildflower book with notations and other memorabilia will be showcased, as well as elements reminiscent of lakeside experiences. The lakeside elements were provided by: The Trail Foundation and Congress Avenue Kayaks.

Ann Butler and the late Roy Butler, who was mayor during the lakeshore revitalization in the 1970s, were among Austinites who helped make the hike and bike trail a reality. In a 2001 interview with daughter Luci Baines Johnson, Mrs. Johnson said of her involvement: “I stepped onto a moving train. It was a feeling in the hearts of people and I found a time by utter chance when the local government was interested in ideas and the possibility of doing something beautiful for a town we all love. It is so possible to love Austin.”

For added conservation quotes by Mrs. Johnson and images that include her along the hike and bike trail, visit: http://www.ladybirdjohnson.org. To leave a note to Lady Bird about her impact, visit: http://ladybirdjohnson.org/send-lady-bird-a-note/

The Lady Bird’s Lake exhibit is sponsored by the Mays Family Foundation.  To learn more about it, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/exhibits, or call 512-232-0100.

Center admission prices are: $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $3 children 5-12, free for members and younger children. The Wildflower Center is closed on Mondays during the fall, and closes its facilities at 5 p.m. starting Sept. 1. 

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