Highland Lakes art galleries, studios, and more
The natural beauty of the Highland Lakes has inspired artists for decades. Creative spirits of all types — sculptors, painters, photographers — thrive in the area’s small towns and communities. You’ll find their works in art galleries, exhibits, restaurants, shops, and lodges. Shopping for art is a great way to take a piece of the Highland Lakes home with you. Here are some of the places to put on your art trail list.
106 E. Main St. in Johnson City
Features the work of three local artists: Amy Harper, Brenda Thomas, and Kat McCool. This fun spot aims to provide art lovers original pieces at affordable prices.
17534 Texas 29 East in Buchanan Dam
Home to a cooperative of two dozen artists showing and selling original arts and crafts. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
573 Old Spicewood Road in Cypress Mill
Located on a sprawling, working cattle ranch in Cypress Mill, Bunkhouse Art Gallery is the epitome of whimsy, exhibiting a variety of art forms by local artists. The barn is a year-round space where artists meet weekly to commune and create. The Bunkhouse Gallery Art Show & Sale is held each year, usually over two weekends in April. UPDATE: The 2020 event has been postponed until the fall due to COVID-19.
17617 Texas 29 East in Buchanan Dam
908 Second St. in Marble Falls
Daniel Adams is an internationally renowned artist. He's probably best known for his wildlife paintings but is adept at many styles and forms. His use of color catches people's attention.
7670 RR 1431 East in Smithwick
The gallery features sculptures by artist Dan Pogue. The family-run facility offers guided tours by appointment, showing how the sculptures are created.
100 N. Nugent Ave. in Johnson City
Echo bills itself as the “non-gallery” art gallery and features the works of more than 30 fine art and functional artists.
318 Main St. in Marble Falls
This cooperative encourages artists of all ages and abilities through classes, demonstrations, workshops, and exhibits.
809 12th St. in Marble Falls
Features artists from the Highland Lakes and the surrounding area. It offers classes, meetings, shows, and other events. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
112 E. Main St. in Llano
Jack Moss’ realistic portraits and vibrant watercolors capture the people and places of the West.
100 N. Nugent Ave. in Johnson City
Located in Echo, this gallery features the works of Janet L. Haynes.
Galleries on Nugent Street in Johnson City
On the last Saturday of the month, enjoy an evening on the town in Johnson City with art as the focus and wine as the refreshment.
112 W. Chamberlain St. in Kingsland
Features a variety of handcrafted items and original art.
503 Bessemer Ave. in Llano
Showcases work by local artists in oils, watercolors, pastels, photography, ceramics, and sculptures as well as jewelry and gemstones. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. The guild holds demonstrations from 10 a.m. to noon the first Monday of the month.
Specializes in commercial photography and contemporary mesquite wood furniture. Call to schedule a studio tour.
213 N. Nugent Ave. in Johnson City
Features the work of 30 or so Texas artists. It hosts exhibitions, which change every six weeks.
200 Main St. in Marble Falls
This award-winning gallery is for both the serious art lover and the beginning collector. Stafford also brings in artists throughout the year to demonstrate their work.
103 W. Polk St. in Burnet
Ritzy Texan started as a way to bring "unique, handmade products" to Canton's First Monday Trade Days. The demand for one-of-a-kind, locally made products blossomed, and the Ritzy Texan gallery and shop were born in Burnet.
Main Street in Marble Falls
Sculpture on Main is a year-round public art exhibit sponsored by Highland Lakes Creative Arts. You can enjoy the work of some of the best sculptors from Texas and beyond, and all you have to do is stroll down Main Street.
4315 FM 2147, Suite A, in Cottonwood Shores
Photographer Kevin Vandivier’s work has appeared in National Geographic LIFE, The Smithsonian, and Texas Monthly. You can see it in his Cottonwood Shores gallery, where you can sometimes sit and chat with the artist himself.
Award-winning artist Ralph Moresco translates movement into kinetic sculptures. The pieces are created one at a time from copper, stainless steel, brass, and metal.
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