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.


Nature-inspired Paintings and Christensen Sculptures

Opening Jan. 11, 2014
Wildflower Paintings by Jules Johes
Wildflower Sculpture by John Christensen

The Wildflower Center offers the amazing works of two Austin artists on site starting the second weekend in January. Come inside to take in the singular, edgy works on paper of Jules Buck Jones beginning Saturday, January 11. The Austin artist sees nature as a complex mash up of patterns, and creates colorful depictions of hawks, turtles and other wildlife in native landscapes. In “Primordial Patterns,” he will unveil oils, watercolors and other paintings that bring to life the rhythms and patterns of nature. Jones particularly focuses on patterns in the feathers, fur and scales of his nature subjects.

Jones grew up in Virginia, earning his BFA from VCU in Richmond, VA in 2005 and receiving his MFA from UT Austin in 2008. He shows extensively throughout Texas and is a member of the collaborative installation group Boozefox. Jones also is president of the non-profit project space, MASS Gallery. He has attended residencies in Everglades National Park, the Vermont, Studio Center, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His exhibit will be inside the McDermott Learning Center through March 29.

Also opening January 11 will be an exhibit by the renowned sculptor John Christensen. He will exhibit 10 of his abstract nature-inspired works on the Center grounds, and has completed large-scale public and private works on commission in Austin, Albuquerque, Miami and many other cities. His sculptures are made from resin, steel, bronze, limestone, concrete and other materials. The poetic works are inspired by natural science, metaphysics, literature and history.

Christensen earned a bachelor’s of fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master of fine arts from The University of Texas at Austin. Before 1990, he developed a body of site-sensitive work in rural landscapes of New York (where he was born), Georgia and Texas. Since 1990, he has focused that sensibility of projects for the theatre and the public space. He has created, in collaborations with choreographers, interactive props and theatrical environments for 21 productions presented in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has designed and built commercial spaces, and unique and production furniture. Christensen’s sculptures will be on site from mid-January through May.

Art of Nature

February through late May
Wildflower Paintings by Nettie Plueckhahn

Visitors to the Center starting February 1 will get to view nature paintings by artist Nettie Pleuckhahn. Her indoor exhibit of lace cactus and other native plants will adorn the walls of The Store through May 26. “Art of Nature will feature watercolors and acrylics from the Austin artist. Plueckhahn is a native of Llano, Texas, who specializes in hill country landscapes, colorful florals and still lifes. After earning a bachelor of fine arts in commercial art from Texas Christian University, she worked as a commercial artist. She started painting in oil and pastel before graduating from high school but soon switched to her favorite media: watercolor and acrylic. A member of Waterloo Watercolor Group and Capitol Art Society, she has received numerous awards and recognitions as an artist.

Shou Ping Art

April 5 through May 25
Shou Ping Art

Shou Ping creates unique three dimensional paper sculptures that express her love of nature. She transforms ordinary sheets of watercolor paper into extraordinary life-like flowers and animals. Every petal of a flower or feather of a bird is individually drawn, painted, cut, and sculpted. Her amazingly detailed watercolor sculptures are so realistic that you will be tempted to reach out and touch them. Her art speaks to the heart and the senses. Each unique, intricate piece is created over a lengthy period of time.

Wildflower Photo Exhibit

April 19 through May 25
Shou Ping Art

A wildflower photo exhibit that usually ran just one week in May has been expanded and extended as the Wildflower Center joins with Texas Highways to commemorate the publication's 40th anniversary. Enjoy dozens of photos by well-known Texas photographers including the magazine’s photo editor, J. Griffis Smith. Images have previously appeared in the April issue of the magazine. The exhibit appears in the McDermott Learning Center from Saturday, April 19, through Sunday, May 25.