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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

April 2, 2005

Annual Spring Gala Benefit and Art Auction coming May 6

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will celebrate the world of nature with an evening under the stars filled with music and art at the Center's Hill Country Celebration. On Friday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m., the annual spring gala invites guests to enjoy an elegant evening garden party to benefit the Center.

Music from the Hill Country Brass Band will welcome guests as they arrive. After cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, guests will enjoy a fabulous dinner by the Four Seasons while being serenaded by pianist Rich Harney and saxophonist/flutist Alex Coke. Later in the evening, jazz and blues music by Paul Glasse and Gene Elders will fill the air. Those ready for dancing can pick their favorite vintage tune from a Wurlitzer Juke Box, or sip on espresso and indulge in decadent chocolates in the McDermott Learning Center to end the evening.

The silent auction of original artwork by premier Texas artists features nature-inspired art and is a highlight of this year's gala. The artwork will be displayed at the Center and on the Center's website for anyone who would like to view the art or place a bid. Visitors can view this art on-site in the McDermott Learning Center or can visit $link(nd=gala, www.wildflower.org).

Artists who have donated works for the auction include:
John Alexander, New York, NY - Signed fine art print
Bale Creek Allen, Austin - Sculpture
Roy Bellows, Fredricksburg - Iron work sculpture
Kate Bergquist, Austin - Calligraphy art
Ellen Berman, Wimberley - Oil painting, Two Pears
Kate Breakey, Tucson - Photograph
Katherine Brimberry, Austin -Fine art print
Keith Carter, Beaumont - Photograph
Sunyong Chung, Austin - Colored porcelain, Flower Platter
Lynn Cohagan, Austin - Oil painting
Laurel Daniel, Austin - Oil painting, In the Clefts of the Rock
Susan Davidoff, El Paso - Lithograph, Regiones Botanicas de le Tierra, Antillas No. 2
Mary Doerr, Austin - Watercolor print, limited edition, signed, River City
Diana Dopson, Austin - Chromogenic color print, Fairyland, Exhibit F
James Evans, Marathon - Photograph
David Everett, Austin - bronze sculptures, Catfish and Frog
Melanie Fain, Boerne - Hand colored print
Kelly Fearing, Austin - Fine art print
Charles Field, Helotes - Watercolor, August
Malou Flato, Austin - Acrylic, Columbine
Gordon Fowler, Austin - Oil painting
David Gibson, Dallas - Gelatin Silver Photograph, Cypress Creek, 7:10 a.m., Nov. 7, 1996
Dianne Grammer, Austin - Pastel, Town Lake Sunrise
Rose Harms, Helotes - Handmade book with handmade paper, In the Garden Again
Jan Heaton, Austin - Watercolor, Cacti 5
Daryl Howard, Austin - Woodblock print, Spring's Ocean...Waves of Blankets
Cassandra James, Austin - Painting, Summer Storm
Lance Letscher, Austin - Collage, Strange Cloud
Lauren Levy, Austin - Mixed media sculpture
Bonnie Lynch, Austin - Clay, large ceramic vessel, Desert Sphere
Maline McCalla, Austin - Painted ceramic tile table
Wyman Meinzer, Benjamin - Photograph
William B. Montgomery, Elgin - Hand-colored etching, Banded Rock Rattlesnake
Bill Nowlin, Austin - Color chromogenic photos, Oasis Filling Station, Misty Morning Wildflowers
Bill Nowlin, Austin - Archival ink print, Barren Trees in Winter
Laurence Parent, Wimberley - Photograph, Misty Oaks
Judy Paul, Austin - Collage/acrylic, Bulbs, Bees and Birds
Beverly Penn, Austin - Sculpture
Eileen Pestorius, Austin - Watercolor, Sunflowers
Burton Pritzker, Austin - Ilfochrome classic print, Sunflower #8
Claudia Reese, Austin - Ceramic
Nancy Scanlan, Austin - Giclee photographic print, Blue Marsh
Carole MacIntosh Sikes, Austin - Oil on canvas, Ornamental Grass
Charles Sikes, Austin - Oil on canvas, Tail Plant
Mark Smith, Austin - Mixed, Twilight Icon
Sunset Canyon Pottery, Dripping Springs - Clay
Trent Tate, Sag Harbor, NY - Fine art print, Blue Sky

On Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m.- 5p.m., gala guests, members, and the public are invited to take an exclusive look into Austin's unique garden designs at the $link(nd=garden_tour, Gardens on Tour 2005). The tour will include six private gardens, plus the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. All gardens prominently feature and demonstrate good gardening practices, while encouraging people to use native plants in their own garden landscape. Passes for all gardens are $25, and each individual garden is $6. Children under 5 will be admitted free of charge.

Revenues generated by this year's gala celebration will support the environmental education programs of the Center.


  • Dress for the Gala is elegant garden party attire for a warm May evening.
  • Shuttle service from the Four Seasons Hotel to the Wildflower Center and valet parking at the Wildflower Center will be available.
  • Sponsorship and tables are available at $25,000 for a table of 12, and $10,000 and $5,000 for tables of 10. Individual tickets are priced at $500, $1,000 or $2,500 per person.
  • For more information or to order tickets, call 512.232.0104.

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