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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

May 13, 2008

L. Ray Watercolor Exhibit Debuts

More than 25 transparent watercolor paintings of butterflies by Texas artist L. Ray will be on display this summer at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

The exhibit, "Butterfly Portraits Beyond Scale," will be on display at the center's McDermott Learning Center from May 24 to August 16.

L. Ray gathered inspiration for watercolors in diptych and triptych form from local flora and fauna in The Woodlands, Texas, where he lives. His work is unconventional and has been described as both startling and powerful.

L. Ray's artwork was previously recognized by the Wildflower Center when he was chosen as the official artist for Wildflower DaysTM 2008 --- a series of spring events at the center to celebrate wildflower season. L. Ray's watercolor painting of Gaillardia, commonly known as Indian Blanket, was selected as the official 2008 art print.  The watercolor is now part of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's permanent art collection and is available on posters and T-shirts at the center's store.

 "The opportunity to present my vision of our state's natural beauty, within the colorful setting of the Wildflower Center, is fantastic, " L.Ray said.  "The wildflowers growing at the center will bring life to my art, and my art will bring life to the flowers and plants surrounding the gallery."

His artwork will be available for purchase at the Wildflower Center's store.

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