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Texas Discovery Gardens Announce Portals Exhibition Featuring Jackie MacLelland

Crow Call by Jackie MacLelland at the Texas Discover Gardens

Crow Call by Jackie MacLelland at the Texas Discover Gardens

Portals Exhibition
Texas Discovery Gardens
May 25 through August 16, 2013

Bright colors and bold patterns redefine nature in Texas Discovery Gardens’ latest exhibition. Large scale acrylics and monotypes by Jackie MacLelland feature alternative perspectives. Ceramic birds and printed columns are also on display.

Jackie MacLelland is a painter, printmaker, photographer, sculptor, encaustic artist, and writer who has lived, taught, and exhibited around the world. She holds degrees from a number of universities and has attended classes and workshops in a variety of mediums in Asia, Europe, and the United States. She works from her studio, which is now located in Poetry, Texas. She offers workshops in printmaking, photography, encaustic, and papermaking.

Having traveled extensively and exhibited both nationally and internationally, she loves to texture her works with the feel of the countries and cultures she has experienced.

This exhibition in Texas Discovery Gardens’ gallery is curated by Janet Reynolds.

The opening reception is 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Free admission for visitors attending the reception.

The exhibition runs from May 25, 2013 through Aug. 16, 2013. Texas Discovery Gardens admission applies. $8 for adults, $6 forages 60+, and $4 for ages 3 to 11. Free for members or on Tuesdays (butterfly house admission regular price).

Artist Statement

Not long after I moved into my new home (a metal building), I noticed that hummingbirds were entering the warehouse by one of the high overhead doors, and that although both overhead doors were open, providing points of light, the birds could not seem to find their way out. They stayed high up in the ceiling. I tried desperately to save them, but the birds simply could not see the doors in front of them.

The experience with the birds made me think of Bede and gave me pause to think: What if we were like those birds? What if there was a way into the great unknown that we simply could not see because we were so handicapped by our cultural vision that we would not even look at another possibility when it was right before us?  Since that epiphany, I have been searching for that simple, obvious passageway, which I believe is held somewhere in nature, the subject of this body of work.

Jackie MacLelland

About Texas Discovery Gardens

Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park is a year-round organic urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. The new Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium unveils the fascinating lives of butterflies. The Gardens feature spectacular native and adapted plants grown using sustainable methods that conserve water and protect the environment. Our EarthKeepers® Children’s Education Program offers year-round outdoor education.

Texas Discovery Gardens is a nonprofit educational organization supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

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