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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.
Meet Artists Passmore Mupindiko and Aron Kapembeza
Saturday, April 15, 1-1:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 16, 10 a.m.& 1 p.m., Rosine Hall
Meet artist and sculptors Passmore Mupindiko and Aron Kapembeza as they give a presentation on life in Zimbabwe and their artistic processes.
Walking tour with the Artists
Saturday, April 15, 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Sunday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
A member of the ZimSculpt team will lead a guided tour that begins in the Entry Plaza at the conclusion of the artist’s presentation in Rosine Hall.
ZimSculpt Photo Exhibit
Saturday, April 15 - July, 31, all day, Rosine Hall Vestibule
Photographs are on display representing life in Zimbabwe.
Guided ZimSculpt Garden Tours
Thursdays, April 20 - July 27, 10 - 11 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16. 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, April 22-July 30, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
A member of the ZimSculpt team leads a guided tour of the sculptures throughout the gardens. Tours begin in the Entry Plaza and end in Pecan Grove.
ZimSculpt Trivia Boards
April 15-July 31, Daily, throughout the gardens
Trivia boards can be found throughout the garden using the ZimSculpt garden map. The maps have questions regarding Shona, the native language of Zimbabwe.
April 15-July 31, Daily, Pecan Grove
ZimSculpt artists are on site sculpting new pieces available for purchase in The Marketplace.
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.
African Safari Weekend
Birding with the Trinity River Audubon Society
Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7, 9-11 a.m., throughout the garden
Trinity River Audubon Center is onsite teaching garden guests how to identify birds throughout the gardens and giving tips and tricks for getting the best view.
Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., throughout the garden
A wildlife photographer will be on property teaching garden guests the best way to take pictures of wildlife in the garden.
Zimbabwe Women Photo Exhibit
Saturday, May 13 - Sunday, May 14, all day, A Woman’s Garden
Photos and stories are displayed, featuring women from Zimbabwe.
Africa Day Celebration
Saturday & Sunday, May 21-22, 2-3 p.m., Pecan Grove
Saturday & Sunday, July 22-23, 10-11 a.m. & 2-3 p.m.
The ZimSculpt team speaks with garden guests all about how they celebrate Africa Day in Zimbabwe.
Heroes Day Celebration
Saturday & Sunday, May 27-28, 2-3 p.m., Pecan Grove
The ZimSculpt team tells garden guests in the Marketplace all about how they celebrate in Zimbabwe.
Dallas Children’s Theater Performance: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m.,
Come watch a live performance of Mufaro's Beautiful Daughter's, the Zimbabwean tale of Cinderella.
Live performance by Kapira Marimba
Saturday, June 24, 12 to 1 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn
Kapira Marimba, best known for their lively, family-friendly performances, performs.
Zimbabwe's Most Popular Plants
Saturday, June 3- Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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.”
ZimSculpt - Photography in Nature: Africa
Saturday, July 8 - Sunday, July 9, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m., Rosine Hall
Join the ZimSculpt team for a description of life in Zimbabwe through photography.
A Study of Zimbabwe Horticulture
Saturday, July 15 - Sunday July 16, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Pecan Grove
The Dallas County Master Gardener's is discussing plants of African origins that can be successfully grown in Dallas, along with container planting, and discussions on Zimbabwe's National Flower, the Fire Lily.
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.
Gift Store Events
April 29, 10:00 a.m., Hoffman Family Gift Store
Psychologist Jon Lasser, PhD, is here signing copies of his book, Grow Happy.
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.
C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
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.
Tom Thumb $1 off General Garden Admission
Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets available at area Tom Thumb locations.
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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