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This is the largest collection ever assembled for a show in the United States. Known as Shona sculpture, these contemporary pieces can be as large as seven feet tall and are hand carved from stone, as hard as granite. ZimSculpt will feature exquisite sculptures of several dozen contemporary Zimbabwean artists displayed throughout the garden.
Known as Shona sculpture, these contemporary pieces are carved from various types of serpentine and semi-precious stone, often weighing tons, and can be as large as seven feet tall. As part of the exhibit, guests are welcome to watch artists and sculptors Passmore Mupindiko and Aron Kapembeza demonstrate their artistry carving statues daily in The Marketplace, which is located in the Pecan Grove.
Visitors may purchase any of the sculptures on display in the garden, as well as the pieces created by the onsite artists in The Marketplace. The Marketplace will be open to guests seven days a week, and on Wednesday evenings, selling hand-held to medium size sculptures. Commissioned pieces can be ordered and made onsite by the artists.
We will also have a host of special events explaining the history of the art form, allowing guests to learn about the techniques and even attempt a bit of sculpting themselves, giving guests the opportunity to take a guided tour of the exhibit and more.
See Memorial Day and Summer Activities Here.
April 15-July 31, Daily, Pecan Grove
ZimSculpt artists are on site sculpting new pieces available for purchase in The Marketplace.
Guided ZimSculpt Garden Tours
Thursdays, April 20 - July 27, 10-11 a.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, April 22-July 30, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Learn about the history and artistry surrounding ZimSculpt, featuring 100+ hand-carved stone sculptures throughout the garden. Tour through the exhibit with the curator, and capture some of her passion for this time-tested art form. Tours begin at the entry plaza and end at the ZimSculpt Marketplace in Pecan Grove where you can purchase a ZimSculpt piece to take home to remember the day.
ZimSculpt Picnic Music
Saturday & Sunday, April 15 - July 30, all day on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn
(Exclusions 5/27, 5/28, 6/10, 6/24, 7/1, 7/2)
African-inspired music is played for those looking to enjoy a picnic on the concert lawn.
Bandan Koro – African Drum and Dance Ensemble
Select Saturdays and Sunday, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage
June 24 at 10:00 a.m. & June 25 at 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
July 22 10:00 a.m. & 23 at 11:00 a.m.
Move to the beat of African drum and dance ensemble, Bandan Koro, performing on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.
Africa Day Celebration
Saturday & Sunday, July 22-23, 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m.
Join the curator of ZimSculpt and the artists in residence to hear how they celebrate Africa Day, similar in nature to our Independence Day, in Zimbabwe.
Friday, May 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Martin Rutchick Concert Stage
Award-winning solo artists Eric Czechowski performs on the concert stage.
The Bubble Lady also offers some children's bubble entertainment on the concert lawn.
Dallas Children’s Theater Performance: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m.,Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Watch a live performance of “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters”, the Zimbabwean tale of Cinderella on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn in celebration of the special ZimSculpt exhibit, located throughout the garden.
Something in Common: Growing Plants of Zimbabwe and Texas
Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Come & Go workshop)
Although worlds apart, there are some striking similarities in the plants that can be grown both in Dallas and in Zimbabwe. The Dallas County Master Gardeners will be on-site in the Pecan Grove talking about these similarities. Come enjoy demonstrations and learn all about Zimbabwe's national flower, the Fire Lily.
African Music Fest - June 24-25
Enjoy music from the continent that brought Shona sculpture to the Arboretum-- Africa. Lively performances featuring Kupira Marimba and Bandan Koro drive the weekend and provide an entertaining backdrop while viewing the artwork of ZimSculpt.
Bandan Koro – African Drum and Dance Ensemble
June 24, 10:00 a.m. & June 25, 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage
This amazing local group offers a fun, engaging live performance.
Performance by Kupira Marimba
Saturday, June 24, 12:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn
Saturday, July 22, 12:00 p.m.
Listening to Kupira Marimba, best known for their lively, family-friendly performances, has been known to cause an uncontrollable urge to dance. They will have guests happily swaying as they stroll the garden or stop by the concert state to sit and relax.
Photography in Nature: Africa
Urban Wildlife Photography
Saturday & Sunday, July 8-9
9 a.m., Pecan Grove
Learn how to best photograph wildlife within the garden, no matter what kind of camera you use to capture the image from urban photographer Chris Jackson.
Life in Zimbabwe - A Photographic Tour
11 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-2 p.m., Rosine Hall
Join the ZimSculpt team for a description of life in Zimbabwe through photography.
A Study of Zimbabwe (Horti)culture
Saturday & Sunday, July 15 - 16, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (come and go workshop), Pecan Grove
Dallas County Master Gardeners share their knowledge of plants with African origins that can be successfully grown in Dallas. Learn how to cultivate these plants in simple containers from the experts. And as a special treat, view and learn the history of one plant from Zimbabwe you won’t want to grow, the National Flower—the deadly Fire Lily.
Performance by Zimbabwe Choir, Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church
Saturday, July 22, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., DeGolyer Pergola
Enjoy the inspiring voices of the Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church Zimbabwe Choir.
About the onsite artists:
Aron Kapembeza: Aron is one of Zimbabwe's most successful and most represented artists; he is also a self-taught sculptor, specializing in Springstone and stone inlay. He maintains his studio and gallery in New Tafara, Harare. At a young age, he discovered that he could see the finished sculptures hidden in Springstone, and from that moment a transformation began, which has snapped the soul of an artist. His passion for the human form has made him develop his own expressive style - womanhood from tender ages to motherhood, and this can be seen in a wide range of gorgeous sculptures ranging from stylized to representational in the Marketplace and Garden.
Passmore Mupindiko: Passmore started carving at a young age; his favorite medium was wood. After a life-changing visit to a famous art community called Tengenenge in Zimbabwe, he was convinced by the proprietor Tom Blomfield, to start sculpting in stone. He now creates all his work in stone, focusing on leaf bowls (used for attracting birds), slender guinea fowl, shells, and leaf heads. His work has been exhibited all over the world, including countries such as France, Holland, South Africa, Germany and Denmark.
Wednesdays through July 31
Buy one get one free general admission, is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person.
Thursdays, April 15 through July 31
Senior-friendly tours and activities are offered each Thursday during the festival. Admission is $11 for those 65 and older, and seniors receive a 20 percent discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store on Thursdays.
See a complete listing of all children's adventure garden activities.
For those wanting to have a representative come to their club or organization to share about Dallas Blooms or another topic, contact the Dallas Arboretum speakers bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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