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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

August 13, 2013

"Natural Patterns" Indoor Exhibit

What:  “Natural Patterns” exhibit features Texan artists Billy Hassell and Charles Allen at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

When:  Saturday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Dec. 8.

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

Background: With 25 years of experience creating nature-inspired paintings, Billy Hassell artfully expresses the beauty found in natural settings. By sketching scenes “en plein air,” he captures details of shape, color and wildlife interactions and develops them into elaborate paintings. Hassell’s work is in the permanent collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Menil Collection, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Dallas Museum of Art. His on-site exhibit will include small watercolors of wildflowers from around Texas, four new color lithographs of wildflowers and five color lithographs commissioned by Audubon Texas to highlight their local conservation efforts. Describing wildflowers, Hassell says, “As nature’s visual art, they bring color and beauty to our lives.

Alongside Hassell’s images in the McDermott Learning Center, Charles Allen will display 13 colorful flower sculptures that are hand-cut from a variety of metals, intricately shaped and soldered together. From tiny ladybugs to blooming bluebonnets to prickly plants, his pieces depict bright groupings of Texas natives with lifelike accuracy. Allen has been creating botanical sculptures for 43 years, after turning from the practice of pharmacy to professional art. Not only is his work included in private and municipal collections throughout the United States, such as the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., Allen has been honored with the Best Metal Sculpture award at the State Fair of Texas and has been featured in Southwest Art magazine. 

General admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $3 children and free for members and children under 5. For more exhibit information, call 512.232.0100 or visit www.wildflower.org.  

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