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The communications office of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin provides media with timely, accurate information about the Wildflower Center. Below are recent press releases related to Center events and to staff expertise on conservation practices, native plant gardening, nature education, and native plant resources and research findings. For more information or photos beyond those on the newsroom site, please contact:

    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

May 21, 2013

Nature-Inspired Abstract Watercolors

What:  Third-generation artist Jan Heaton provides transcendent watercolors in “Quiet,” her new exhibit at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s McDermott Learning Center.                                                                                             

When:  Saturday, June 1, through Sunday, August 18.

Where:  Indoors at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX, 78739.

Background: Austin artist Jan Heaton paints abstract watercolors out of a love for the organic way the pigment becomes integrated with the paper. She spent six months reading and experimenting with how the colors of nature influence the viewer to prepare for the Wildflower Center exhibit. Her exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center includes 20 translucent pieces she has developed that showcase layers of vibrant, calming blues, yellows and other colors. Each piece draws on the repetitive patterns of movement found in nature.

A native of Michigan, Heaton has had exhibits at Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, as well as at galleries in Johnson City, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Atlanta. Her works are also in private collections in London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas.

She teaches at the Austin Museum of Art School and is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society. She prefers not to title her paintings to allow the public to interpret them from their own experiences. As Heaton says, “I hope my paintings will allow the viewer to observe a familiar object in a new way.”

General admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $3 children and free for members and children under 5. Learn more at www.wildflower.org/exhibits and http://janheaton.com.

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