March Reception Kicks Off Artscape at Dallas Arboretum April 28-29

An elegant Artscape kickoff reception was held on March 13 at a private Highland Park residence. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Artscape Chair Kaki Hopkins gave some exciting updates about this year’s Artscape taking place April 28-29, where 96 professional artists from around the country will showcase their artwork in the garden.

A distinguished jury of art professionals selected these artists from a competitive group of a record-breaking number of applicants. The blue ribbon jury panel, led by art curator Patricia Meadows, was impressed by the quality of the applications. They expect Artscape to be one of the most prestigious and successful outdoor art shows this spring.

Other Artscape happenings include Galleries at the DeGolyer with local top galleries showcasing and selling their paintings and sculpture (donating 20% of their sales to the Arboretum); a University Zone with regional universities showing and selling their art; Dallas County Community College District providing art demonstrations; continual live musical entertainment on stage with radio and TV personalities serving as emcees; returning and new food concessions and wine and beer flights and packaged food for sale.

“It’s the perfect place to spend the weekend strolling through the gardens and shopping for artwork from these artists who are among the best in their fields of painting, drawing, sculpture, woodwork, jewelry making, textiles and more,” said Hopkins.

A special member’s preview will be held on April 27 before Artscape opens to the public April 28 and 29. The show features a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, 2-D and 3-D mixed media, photography, jewelry, glass, digital art, ceramics and more. The layout for the art fair is architect-designed for maximum visibility of artists and audience flow. Named by Architectural Digest as one of the “15 Most Breathtaking Botanical Gardens to Visit This Season,” the Arboretum is a perfect complement to the beautiful artwork selected for the show.

Artscape guests will also enjoy the newest summer exhibit, Wind Sculptures in Motion: The Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker, on display through July 31, presented by Reliant. Each piece of Whitaker’s artwork is organic in nature and responds to the changing currents of the wind, which provides each sculpture’s movement. The sculptures range in height from 5 to 27 feet, and 122 sculptures will be arranged artfully in groupings throughout the garden for viewing, and will be available to purchase.

Artscape at Dallas Arboretum admission is free for paid garden guests. Visit for more information.

Featured photo L-R Mary Brinegar, Kaki Hopkins and Mark Wolfe. Second Photo: Julie Tobolowsky, George Tobolowsky and Mary Dorflinger.

Photos courtesy of Dallas Arboretum by Steve Foxall.