Spring into Art
AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria is the perfect place to enjoy art in the Austinspringtime
Mar 17, 2012 | 11:00 am
Spring is officially arriving in Austin; it seems like beginning with the SXSW Festival everyone takes to the streets, relishing outdoors venues and events.
And with our lovely, mild spring weather there is no better place to enjoy the outdoors than at beautiful Laguna Gloria. Once the Austin Museum of Art's original home, the Italianate-style villa that is the former home of Clara Driscoll is situated on 12 lush, sprawling acres overlooking Lake Austin. Visitors can view intimate art exhibitions and attend informative educational discussions focusing on art and nature inside the villa; while outside enjoy sculpture and revitalized historic gardens. This beloved site has been declared a national treasure and is on city, state, and national registries of historic places.
Laguna Gloria’s sprawling twelve-acre grounds on the shores of Lake Austin serve as the picturesque backdrop for Art on the Green, an exciting, interactive exhibition of artist-designed miniature golf holes on view from Mar 9 through May 20.
Texas-based artists, architects, designers, students, and collectives were invited to create a course that responds to the unique natural landscape of the site, encourages play, and stands as independent works of art. The scenic lawns, woods, and paths that surround the Driscoll Villa will host nine individual golf holes, with a bonus tenth hole installed in the lobby of AMOA-Arthouse’s downtown site at the Jones Center to link this exhibition to both of the museum’s locations.
“We wanted to offer a creative, playful art project that welcomes visitors to come experience Laguna Gloria at a beautiful time of year in Austin,” explains Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs Andrea Mellard. Participating artists for Art on the Green include Boozefox, D-CRAIN Design and Construction, Go Sculpture Go, Ink Tank, Legge Lewis Legge, Okay Mountain, Joseph Phillips, Thoughtbarn, Brad Tucker, and Bob Wade.
Also on view at Laguna Gloria this spring are New Works: Leah Haney and Collection Selections: The Barrett Collection.
This series of art talks allows the public to hear from the artists themselves.
March 24, 2-4 p.m.: The artists, architects, designers, and collectives who made the diverse miniature golf holes for Art on the Green will share their inspirations, artistic practices, and particular site-specific projects.
March 31, 2-4 p.m.: Join exhibiting artist Leah Haney to learn more of her painting process, artistic and musical influences, and her interest in dated home and gardening books.
On March 28 from 6 p.m. to midnight, Kimberli Gant, AMOA-Arthouse Graduate Curatorial Intern, leads an insightful 20-minute talk on the current exhibition Art on the Green with an emphasis on art and design in the landscape.
You can explore the Laguna Gloria site while playing Art on the Green. Bring your picnic stocked from the weekend farmers’ markets. The Cupcake Bar will show you how to design your own edible masterpieces. Special drinks will be provided by Pedernales Cellars and Brooklyn Brewery. Tickets are available at amoa-arthouse.org/gardenparty and are $10 for AMOA members; $15 for non-members.
A perennial Austin family favorite, on the second Saturday of every month AMOA offers a different event.
On April 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Laguna Gloria is bringing music and art together with Mr. Johnny & Sharon. Enjoy fun, family performances at 1 and 2 p.m., and make your own music-inspired artwork to take home. Cost is $10 per family ($5 for AMOA members).