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Highland Lakes art galleries, studios, and more

You never know what you'll find hanging around the Bunkhouse Art Gallery in Cypress Mill. The gallery is one of many in the Highland Lakes exhibiting the work of local artists. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

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.

Bernie's Art Gallery and Frame Shop

212 Main St. in Marble Falls


Bernie Sachs has been painting, especially in watercolors, for more than five decades.

Buchanan Arts and Crafts Gallery

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.

Bunkhouse Art Gallery

Wenmohs Ranch

573 Old Spicewood Road in Cypress Mill


The Bunkhouse Art Gallery holds an art show and sale over two weekends each April. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

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.

Dan Pogue Sculpture Gallery and Foundry

7670 RR 1431 East in Smithwick


Dan Pogue creates his sculptures in his Smithwick foundry. Staff photo

The gallery features sculptures by artist Dan Pogue. The family-run facility offers guided tours by appointment, showing how the sculptures are created.

Highland Arts Guild and Gallery

318 Main St. in Marble Falls


This cooperative encourages artists of all ages and abilities through classes, demonstrations, workshops, and exhibits.

Gridiron Gallery

112 E. Main St. in Llano


Jack Moss’ realistic portraits and vibrant watercolors capture the people and places of the West. Gallery

103 N. Nugent Ave. in Johnson City


Located in A Smith Gallery, this gallery features the works of Janet L. Haynes.

Kingsland House of Arts and Crafts

112 W. Chamberlain St. in Kingsland


Features a variety of handcrafted items and original art.

Llano Fine Art Guild and Gallery

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.

Lou Quallenberg Studios

In Llano


Specializes in commercial photography and contemporary mesquite wood furniture. Call to schedule a studio tour.

Kirchman Gallery

213 N. Nugent Ave. in Johnson City


Features the work of 30 or so Texas artists. It hosts exhibitions, which change every six weeks.

Marta Stafford Fine Art

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.

M&M Galleries

4401 Cottonwood Drive in Cottonwood Shores


Features artists Bob Peerman and Donovan Yazzie. Peerman’s paintings focus on the Southwest, while Yazzie is a recognized artist from the Navajo Nation who sculpts in metals.


FM 2147 East in Marble Falls

Schedule visits at 830-385-1471

Internationally renowned artist Benini displays his work in a by-appointment-only gallery, which showcases his artistic evolution.

Ritzy Texan

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.

Sculpture on Main

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.

Vandivier Fine Art

4315 FM 2147, Suite A, in Cottonwood Shores


Photographer Kevin Vandivier opened his studio in Cottonwood Shores in 2019. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

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.

West Shore Wind Spirals

Buchanan Dam


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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