Lecture and Actvity: Garden Muse

Garden Muse: Lecture Series with North Texas Artists and Master Gardeners  


Thursday, Nov 2, 2023 | 7:00-9:30PM 

Bath House Cultural Center | Theater and Lobby

521 E. Lawther Dr. Dallas, TX 75218

Schedule of Events

7:00-7:30 PM – BHCC Visual Arts Coordinator/ CURATOR, Enrique Fernández Cervantes, “Path of Winged Souls: Monarch Butterflies Migration and Day of the Dead Significance.”

7:30-8:30 PM – DALLAS COUNTY MASTER GARDENER, Janet D. Smith, “Miracle of the Monarchs”

8:30-9:30 PM – ARTIST AND ART EDUCATOR, Kenya Diaz, “Activity: Mini Altars/ Actividad: Pequeños Altares”

Janet D. Smith

Personal Statement | Janet’s love of gardening didn’t start until after she took early retirement and decided to spruce up her dismal landscape. The next year she took the Master Gardener training and learned how to actually grow and care for plants. She is a recovering plantaholic who considers the Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and native plant training as her 12-step program. She specializes in growing native and adapted drought-tolerant plants that attract bees, butterflies, and birds. She loves helping others discover the thrill of having their own nature channel out their windows.

Janet speaks on the following topics:

All You Can Eat Buffet for Migrators                          Butterfly Gardening

Easy Gardening with Native Plants                            How to Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Invite the Birds to Your Yard                                      Inviting Nature Back Home with Native Plants              

Landscaping for the 21st Century                               Meet the Hummingbirds in Your Yard

Miracles of Monarchs                                                 Monarchs: Disappearing Before Our Eyes

Sex in the Garden (pollination)                                   To Bee or Not to Bee 

Ya Gotta Love the Pollinators                                     Year-Round Perennials for the Landscape


TEXAS MASTER GARDENER, Dallas County, 2005

White Rock Demonstration Gardens, DCMG – Project Coordinator

National Earth-Kind Certification

Rainwater Harvesting Certification

North Texas Master Naturalist, 2011

Native Plant Society of Texas, Level 3 Certification

RECOGNITION & AWARDS for volunteer work:

Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama

Over 5000 hours of Master Gardener service

Dallas County Master Gardener Speaker of the Year, 2008

Texas Master Gardener Volunteer of the Year, 2010

Over 1000 hours of Master Naturalist Service


BA in Russian and Spanish, University of Arizona

Retired from a long career in information technology

Enrique Fernández Cervantes

About | Enrique Fernández Cervantes is a visual artist, exhibition curator and graphic designer. His paintings, photographs and mixed media artwork have been exhibited in galleries and museums since the mid-1990s. Enrique has held the position of Visual Arts Coordinator and Curator of Exhibitions at the Bath House Cultural Center and has curated exhibitions for other facilities of the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture (formerly known as the Office of Cultural Affairs) since 1999.

Curator | Enrique Fernández Cervantes has over twenty-five years of experience in art administration, curatorial work, visual art programs coordination, and gallery management. In his position at the Bath House Cultural Center, he has curated and coordinated numerous gallery shows and art events, which have engaged hundreds of local, regional, national, and international artists.

Throughout the years, Enrique has collaborated with multiple artistic, cultural, and academic organizations. He has created partnerships with cultural centers, galleries, museums, local school districts, colleges and universities, public libraries, and visual art groups. He has also been responsible for the planning and execution of visual art events that were presented in conjunction with national and international organizations.

In addition to his work at the Bath House, Enrique has served as the Curator of the White Rock Lake Museum and as Associate Curator at other art facilities of the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, including the Ice House Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center, and the Moody Performance Hall. Additionally, Enrique has offered curatorial assistance to the Oak Cliff Cultural Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Dallas Public Art Department, the Dallas Public Library, and the City of Dallas Office of the Mayor.

Kenya Diaz

Teacher Bio | Kenya Diaz was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She is passionate about sharing her love for art and teaches at Oil and Cotton Art Studio. She currently teaches their Studio Kids and Teen Portfolio Prep Programs. Diaz is a Booker T. Washington High School Performing and Visual Arts graduate and has an Associate’s Degree from Brookhaven Community College where she studies Painting and Metals.

Artist Statement | Collaged images in her paintings and small sculptures are inspired by family stories and her upbringing as a first-generation, Mexican-American. She likes to reference everyday objects and symbols to explore ideas of identity, resourcefulness, family, and community. 

Activity: Mini Altars 

Thursday, November 2, 8:30-9:30 PM 

Bath House Cultural Center 

Lobby or Lake Level

Facilitated by: Kenya Diaz &  Raul Najera

Join us in honoring the memories of our dearly departed this Dia de los Muertos on November 2. This activity accompanies the Lecture Series: Monarch Butterflies-Migration and Day of the Dead Significance. 

Let’s come together for a meaningful experience where we craft miniature altars using found objects. All necessary materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring small photocopy images and personal items to customize your altar within a 3.75”L x 2.45” W x 0.9”H inch tin box.

This gathering is a beautiful opportunity to share cherished memories, thoughts, and moments, creating a heartfelt space of remembrance and celebration.

Your participation will make this event truly special!


Actividad: Pequeños Altares

Jueves, Noviembre 2, 8:30-9:30 PM 

Bath House Cultural Center 

Lobby or Lake Level

Facilitada por: Kenya Diaz &  Raul Najera

Los invitamos a celebrar las memorias de nuestros seres queridos este Día de los  Muertos el 2 de Noviembre. Esta actividad comunitaria acompaña una conferencia sobre el tema: la migración de las Mariposas Monarcas y el significado de la celebración del Día de los Muertos.

Nos reuniremos para una experiencia significativa donde crearemos pequeños altares utilizando objetos encontrados. Se proporcionarán todos los materiales necesarios, pero se recomienda traer pequeñas fotos y objetos personales para personalizar su altar dentro de la medida de una cajita de 3.75” de largo x 2.45” de ancho x 0.9” de alto pulgadas.

Esta reunión será una maravillosa oportunidad para compartir recuerdos, pensamientos y momentos especiales, creando un espacio sincero de recuerdo y celebración.

¡Tu participación hará este evento realmente especial!