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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

February 28, 2013

Artists & Artisans Festival March 9 and 10

What:  Three art exhibits open during the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s annual Artists & Artisans Festival, in which 20-plus artists will sell their wares.


When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10.

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 

Background: Giant sculptures of wildflowers by an artist whose works decorate places like the Domain and 3rd Street in Austin will be among the exhibits opening during Artists & Artisans Festival at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. On Saturday, Kyle artist Jim La Paso will unveil six nature sculptures on the grounds. The sculptures of polished stainless steel are kinetic (move in the wind). In addition, an exhibit of Shou Ping’s popular 3-D watercolors will open that day in the McDermott Learning Center. And Denise Counley’s plein air watercolors of wildflowers will open in The Store.

The festival also features 21 Texas artists who work with watercolors, silk, wood and other media. Their handmade art on sale will be featured in the courtyard and Visitors Gallery. Among the offerings will be paintings on glass, nature photos, beaded jewelry, handcrafted soaps, hand-woven clothing and pressed Texas wildflowers.


Exhibiting artist Joan Heflin Rankin, our 2013 Wildflower DaysTM artist, will sign posters and T-shirts Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. in The Store; at the same time, Denise Counley will discuss her watercolor exhibit there. On Sunday, meet the amazing Shou Ping, who creates intricate, 3-D depictions of wildflowers, birds and other nature subjects as watercolor paintings. Shou Ping will talk to visitors at her exhibit from 1 to 4 p.m. La Paso will discuss his kinetic sculptures with Store visitors at the same time, and Joan Edelstein will showcase her scarves. 

Sponsors:  South Texas Money Management, Ltd., KUT 90.5, KVUE and Classically Austin 89.5.                                

Admission: $9 adults; $7 seniors and students; $3 for children; free for center members and children under 5. For more information on Artists & Artisans, call 512-232-0100, or visit www.wildflower.org/artisans.  To learn more about the new exhibits and their creators, visit: www.wildflower.org/exhibits

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