Art and flowers deserve to be together all the time. The Wildflower Center hosts many exhibits featuring the work of Central Texas artists and photographers, as well as the work of prominent nature artists from around the world.
FlorescenceJune 4 through August 21
Come enjoy the floral paintings of Andrew Stalder, who is a finalist this year for Texas’ Hunting Art Prize. A contemporary realist oil painter, his primary inspiration is the richly diverse subject matter of flowers – both cultivated and wild. His art is characterized by vibrant colors and dramatic, photorealistic compositions. Stalder has exhibited his art work in many solo and group exhibitions including one recently at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, and at Miller Art Gallery in Cincinnati. He studied painting at the University of Dallas and Ohio University, and lives in Bedford, Texas, where he teaches art at Tarrant College. See his exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center starting in early June.
NaturescapesJune 4 through August 28
Enjoy an art exhibit by Anna Lisa Leal in the Store into late August. The Texan has focused professionally on Southwest landscapes and subjects since 2011, and began working almost exclusively in soft pastels two years later. Of her current exhibit influenced by recent droughts, she says: “There is a stark yet rich beauty in xeric gardens and her inhabitants that draw me. The odd beauty of a cactus – prickly, spiny, difficult to touch … The line and undulation of the agave leaf. The poignant beauty of the agave flower - the last hurrah before her eventual demise. Those are the best paintings – the reflection of nature’s spirit in all of us.” Leal is the spring 2016 Wildflower Days™ artist at the Center, and her selected image will be available in the Store on T-shirts and art prints.
Works of NatureLabor Day Weekend through December 4
Laurel Daniel’s lifelong love for the physical world inspires her focused attention to the landscape. An avid plein air painter, she tirelessly seeks to approach her subject matter with fresh eyes and to bring that energy to her studio work. Laurel's exhibit, “Works of Nature” offers a perfect confluence of idea and place. Her oil paintings honor the Center's ambitions to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of our land. Laurel's work is represented by the Davis Gallery in Austin and the Anderson Fine Art Gallery in St. Simons Island, GA. See her show at the McDermott Learning Center through December 4.
Roadside ColorsLabor Day Weekend through December 22
Mary Lambeth is a sixth-generation Native Texan from Midland. She finds her inspiration from the roadsides — the pops of color that catch her eye and make her want to turn around for a second look. Lambeth received her Bachelors of Arts in painting from Arizona State University in 1990 and her master's in art education from Texas Tech University in 2002. She is a former adjunct professor of the Lone Star College System in Houston where she taught art history and appreciation. She now lives and works as an artist and teaches yoga in Midland. Ever-observant of plants, Lambeth is also a certified Texas Master Naturalist. See her show “Roadside Colors” at the Store through December 22.
Local Light and WaterSeptember 18, 2016 through January 29, 2017
J.J. Priour's vision and inspiration for art come from growing up in Central Texas and watching his father, Damian Priour, evolve in his lifelong passion as a sculptor. The Central Texas limestone and glass, used as a metaphor for water, are the unique elements combined in his pieces of sculpture that capture the light, fascination, beauty and strength of the relationship between nature and the artist. These materials deeply depict the importance of our place in and commitment to our surrounding environment. Priour hopes to enlighten the community with love of the arts in our environments and in our homes. Priour's collection of sculptures in "Local Light and Water" can be seen around the Wildflower Center grounds through January 29, 2017.