This week, our Five for Friday feature gives you five fun facts you may not have known about the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum…or their 15th-annual Garden Party, taking place on Thursday, April 25.
1 Did you know the Umlauf recently acquired Charles and Angie Umlauf’s home and studio up the hill from the Museum proper, and the Museum is currently embarking upon the process of connecting the two spaces? This will offer museum-goers an intimate look into the life and work of the iconic Austin artist, and give them unprecedented access to the place where Charles Umlauf actually lived and worked. The fundraising aspect of this year’s Garden Party will go toward developing the infrastructure and next steps needed to connect the Museum and the studio space, as well as continuing to build upon and expand the Umlauf’s educational programming.
2. Who knew that every year the Umlauf Garden Party selects a Featured Artist? This year’s Featured Artist is Austin-based painter and philanthropist Jennifer Chenoweth, whose creative efforts at Fisterra Studio and nonprofit Generous Art have boosted Austin’s art community. Jennifer’s sculpture “Calendar Drips” is the featured art piece for the 2013 Garden Party, and will close out the Garden Party’s live auction.
3. Excuse me, I heard that this year the Garden Party is auctioning off a puppy? Yep, a 9 week old, pure-bred standard poodle to be exact. The puppy is temporarily named “Jules” after Charles Julius Umlauf (but he doesn’t answer to anything, so the winner can certainly change his name). He comes from a long lineage of AKC certified champions, and comes with a year of complimentary vet services.
4. Is it true that Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko, along with tennis star/foundation chief Andy Roddick, are participating in this years’ “Celebrity Seeds” auction? It is indeed. Each year, this auction features one-of-a-kind flower pots and sculptures donated and decorated by an A-list of Austinites. Other participants this year include: Ray Benson, Richard Buckley, Bill Worrell, the Austin Film Festival, the Paramount Theatre and ZACH Theatre.
5. Did you know the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum has the largest touchable outdoor collection of bronze sculptures in Texas? The fact that the sculptures are touchable (in fact, they’re covered in wax) is huge because it gives children and people with special visual, hearing and mobility needs the opportunity to touch and intimately experience and engage with the sculptures. The Umlauf also offers free admission to AISD students.
Tickets to the Garden Party are $150, and can be purchased HERE.