Connemara Meadow features sculpture by local artist Art Garcia

Untitled sculpture in Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve

The Connemara Meadow features five works on metal, the untitled sculpture of local artist Art Garcia.

Sculpture returned to the Meadow Nature Preserve as part of Connemara’s FallFest Celebration on Oct. 22.

The Untitled five works on metal are the work of local artist Art Garcia, whose public art projects can be found throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. The five pieces of enamel on steel each measure 18”x 9”x8’ each.

Art Garcia and his sculpture for Connemara

Art Garcia with his sculpture in the Meadow Nature Preserve.

As described in his Artist Statement, Garcia was inspired by a 1964 review that Donald Judd wrote for the Twentieth Century Engineering  exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in which he said that “until lately art has been one thing and everything else something else. These structures are art and so is everything made.”

For Garcia, “Nature influences man, in return man creates objects to improve nature; in reality, his status. These structures are produced to enhance our environment; they comfort our existence.

“As we overburden the environment, the ecosystem becomes stressed, plants and animals, soil and water, and the air and ozone layer; the natural world becomes an afterthought,” Garcia continues. “How often does one hear the sound of the first bird chirp before the sunrise? Man relies on man, no longer do we rely on nature to provide comfort, nourishment and enlightenment. Seriality are the things man produces and nature inevitably adapts.”

Garcia is an artist/creative director with 41 years of design and public art experience. His success is the result of an approach that places equal emphasis on research and art to develop iconic installations that are both memorable and specific to their environment.

Since 1990 Garcia’s artwork has been honored in Communication Arts, Graphis, American Illustration and The Annual of The American Institute of Graphic Arts. He has produced work for The Cities of Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Georgetown, Southlake and New Orleans.

Other collections include The Meadows School of Art, The University of Texas at Dallas, UT Southwestern, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the US Census. Most recently, Garcia completed Texas Bluestem, a sculptural installation for Art on Henderson, in Dallas, Texas.

Past commercial and private installations Garcia has created and managed, encompass retail properties including signage for The Riverwalk in New Orleans and Topanga Plaza in Canoga Park, California. While communication is key to creating integrated environmental art, Garcia’s emphasis is to create artwork specific to the given environment and its community.

Garcia holds an Associated Degree from the Art Institute and Master of Arts in Art from the University of Dallas. In 1998 he founded Graphic Content on the principle of providing effective visual communication with extraordinary customer service. Garcia is a member of AIGA, America for the Arts and the Better Business Bureau. He has served on the board of the Dallas Advertising League and is a fellow member of AIGA Dallas. Currently he serves on the Visual Communications Advisory Board of Brookhaven College. Garcia has guest lectured on design at the Art Institute of Dallas, the University of North Texas and South Arkansas State University.

Join us Sunday, Oct. 22, for FallFest in the Meadow

Connemara FallFest pumpkin patchThe Connemara Conservancy is hosting an afternoon of fun for the entire family in the Meadow Nature Preserve on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Connemara Fallfest hay ride FallFest in the Meadow will feature a wide range of activities, including:

  • Hay Rides
  • Face painting
  • Butterfly Garden Tours
  • Mazes
  • Pumpkins
  • Photo Booth
  • Art In The Meadow

KONA ICE will be serving up their frozen treats from 1:30 – 3:30 and we will even have hammocks provided by REI for those who want to spend a lazy afternoon outdoors.

The entrance to the Meadow Nature Preserve is on Alma Road just south of Bethany Drive in Allen. For directions, CLICK HERE.

 

Thank You to everyone who joined us for MeadowFest 2017

Connemara MeadowFest 2017 LogoDespite an early morning threat of storms, the skies cleared and it turned out to be a perfect night for a party!

Thank you to our sponsors, to event organizer Michelle Rodenbach, our very gracious host, Brad Nace, and everyone that made MeadowFest 2017 such a success!

Check out our Facebook page for some of the great photos that Brad shared with us.

 

MeadowFest rescheduled for June 3

Connemara MeadowFest 2017 LogoDue to the threat of potentially dangerous thunderstorms throughout the day and into the evening on Saturday, we have decided to reschedule the event for June 3.
We apologize for the inconvenience to our sponsors and those who have purchased tickets, but hope you can join us on June 3 for an evening of dinner, dancing and fun under the stars.
We will more updates and additional information in the coming weeks.
CLICK HERE for more ticket and sponsorship information.

Join Connemara this weekend for City Nature Challenge

Connemara Conservancy iNaturalist imageYou are invited to join the Connemara Conservancy along with Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, and many others all weekend for the City Nature Challenge to see which city in Texas and nationwide can document the most species over the next five days.

It is easy to participate by joining an event, or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app.

Connemara is hosting a gathering event Sunday in the Meadow Nature Preserve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. which will provide a great way to spend some time Easter Sunday with the family enjoying nature.

The competition runs through Tuesday and it is easy to participate. With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a plant or animal, and the community will help identify which species it is. Any observation in the greater metropolitan area of each city will count during the five day challenge. You can participate by exploring the life in your backyard, in your local park, or on a field trip with your local naturalist group.Check out the Nature Challenge home page for a leaderboard and additional resources.

ALL observations made within April 14 – 18 within the DFW metroplex will count to this challenge.  Observations have to be uploaded to iNaturalist before April 22.  No specific projects need to be joined.

You can also join the fun on Facebook.

Not only is this a competition between Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston, cities across the nation are participating. Hopefully, we can show the rest of the world that we do indeed have diversity in North Texas and we also have quite a few citizen scientists and naturalists and nature enthusiasts that care about it.  let’s show them what we got!

There are a number of gathering events scheduled for this weekend. Here are the locations, and times:

Friday, April 14…
9 am – noon: Breckinridge Park in Richardson
9 am – 11 am: White Rock Lake (Bath House) in Dallas
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Twelve Hills Nature Center in Dallas
11:30 am – 1 pm: UNT campus (by student union and admin building) in Denton
1 pm – 4 pm: Bear Creek Nature Park in Lancaster
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm: The Mound in Flower Mound
7 pm – 10 pm: Cedar Ridge Preserve in Cedar Hill (mothing!)
7 pm – 10 pm: Mockingbird Nature Park in Midlothian (mothing!)

Saturday, April 15…
8 am – 11 am: LLELA in Lewisville
9 am – noon: OS Gray Natural Area in Arlington
9 am – noon: Marion Sansom Park in Fort Worth
9 am – 1 pm: Heard Museum in McKinney
10 am – 11:30 am: Twelve Hills Nature Center in Dallas (butterfly walk!)
1 pm – 4 pm: South West Nature Preserve in Arlington
1:30 pm – 3 pm: Fort Worth Nature Center in Fort Worth

Sunday, April 16 (Easter Sunday)…

9 am – 3 pm: Connemara Nature Preserve in Allen

Monday, April 17…

9 am – noon: Mike Lewis Park in Grand Prairie
1 pm – 4 pm: Cross Timbers Park in North Richland Hills

Tuesday, April 18…

9:30 am – 11 am: Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier prairie in Dallas
4 pm – 7 pm: Tandy Hills Park in Fort Worth

The City Nature Challenge is organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.

We hope to see you in the Meadow on Sunday.

Connemara reintroducing Bobwhite Quail to North Texas

Connemara Bobwhite quali

Photo courtesy Chris Jackson, DFW Urban Wildlife

Chris Jackson of DFW Urban Life recently wrote about Connemara’s efforts, spearheaded by Meadow manager Bob Mione, to reintroduce the Northern Bobwhite Quail to North Texas.

Once common throughout North Texas, the Bobwhites have all but disappeared. Now Bob is leading an effort at in the Connemara Meadow along with a few other organizations to bring the Bobwhites back to Collin County.

CLICK HERE to read Chris’ story the project.

“Art In The Meadow” is Sunday

Tomorrow is the day to spend the afternoon with your family in the Meadow Nature Preserve. From 1 to 6 p.m. we will partner with the Allen Arts Alliance to present “Art In The Meadow,” an afternoon of art and fun for the entire family.

The event is free and open to the public. [Read more…]

Save The Dates

Connemara Conservancy Meadow Communities Foundation of Texas promotionSept. 22 – North Texas Giving Day

From 6 a.m. to midnight on September 22, your donation to Connemara will help us qualify to receive extra funds. Every gift of $25 or more will go further with $2.5 million dollars in bonus funds and prizes! We will have more information on how you can participate as we get closer, but for now be sure to mark you calendar for the morning of September 22 to “Get Up And Give.”

Allen Arts Alliance event in Connemara Meadow PreserveOct. 16 – Art In The Meadow

Connemara and the Allen Arts Alliance are teaming for an afternoon of art, music and fun in the Meadow Nature Preserve. Local artists such as Katherine LiBretto, whose print is featured above, will have their work on display while local musicians provide entertainment. In addition, a wide variety of family-friendly activities including a pumpkin patch perfect for family photos are planned throughout the afternoon. More information to come!

Pooch Permits approved for year-round use

Dogs in the Connemara Meadow

Dogs are now welcome back to the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve year-round! [Read more…]

Connemara launches campaign to protect Monarchs, bees and other pollinators

Connemara Meadow Monarch butterflyWith support of a grant from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Connemara has joined the nationwide effort to protect and restore habitats for the Monarch butterfly, American bumblebee and other pollinators critical to our way of life.

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