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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

March 3, 2014

Artists & Artisans Festival March 15, 16

What: Texas artists inspired by nature’s beauty will headline the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Artists & Artisans Festival, the first event of Wildflower Days™ 2014.

When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16

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

Background: The annual Artists & Artisans Festival gives guests the chance to interact with Texas artists while viewing the Wildflower Center gardens gearing up for a beautiful spring wildflower show.  This festival features 35 American artists who work with beads, watercolor, metal, glass and other media. Shoppers can choose from nature-themed handmade items, such as mesquite bowls and clothing, painted silk art and sculptured jewelry as well as exquisite photographs and paintings on glass.

Talk with Jules Buck Jones and sculptor John Christensen in an intimate setting.  These artists will discuss their nature-inspired work from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16 – Christensen in the courtyard about his abstract sculptures and Jones about his singular wildlife drawings at his exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center.

Other artists who will be on hand to meet the public include Joy Fisher Hein who will sign 2014 Wildflower Days T-shirts and art prints and Barbara Atwell who will display her felted sculptures – both Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. In addition, painter George Boutwell will discuss and sell his Texas-themed nature art all weekend in the Auditorium.

Sponsors:  KUT 90.5, KVUE, Classically Austin 89.5 and KLBJ 590 AM.

Admission: $9 adults; $7 seniors and students; $3 for children; free for center members and children under 5. For more information, call 512-232-0100, or visit www.wildflower.org.artisans


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