This morning I went fairly early to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for the Arts and Artisans Festival. The temperature was perfect for outdoor activities. I hadn’t actually planned to buy anything but temptation got the best of me! I enjoyed visiting with many of the artists.
I bought a pair of earrings made from antique buttons from Stephanie Foster, Links to the Past. She also had many beautiful bracelets made from antique cufflinks. At another booth I bought some cards by Linda Calvert Jacobson (www.LindaCalvertJacobson.com). She will be in Fredericksburg April 2-17 for the festival presented by Artisans at Rocky Hill.
My “prize” is a Celtic cross fashioned of pressed bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes in beveled glass by Peter Florczak (www.flowersinglass.com). He hand-dyed them after they had dried to keep the colors from fading. He also presses funeral flowers in this way but does not advertise this; he just relies on word-of-mouth referrals.
At some other booths I drooled over their works but couldn’t buy anything because of either their size or their price. One of these was Ann Feldmeir, Clay Hearts Pottery (www.clayhearts.com). Her works were just gorgeous. Another of these were goldsmiths, Barbara and Fred Stockbauer (www.fredstockbauer.com). They make outstanding hand crafted jewelry.
During lunch I sat with a very interesting couple. The wife was from Holland; they met in St. Louis. Because of the crowd, seating was at a premium and service was slow, but it didn’t really matter because it was such a nice event. I had my favorite: wildflower wrap with pasta salad and hibiscus tea.
After lunch I walked through the gardens to see the Texas Society of Sculptors Exhibit and to the McDermott Learning Center to see works by Shou Ping (www.creektree.com/shouping). She does marvelous paper sculptures of butterflies, wildflowers and other natural subjects. First, she creates watercolor paintings and then cuts them into three-dimensional sculptures. They are then sealed inside frames, some of which look like windows. Someone remarked that she must have great patience and her husband responded, "Yes, she does. She has to live with me." Because of windows all around the McDermott Learning Center, it is very difficult to get photos without glare.