Visual Arts

Out of Town Art: Hit the Road to Boerne, Round Top and Galveston

October 16-18, Boerne – The Texas Hill Country Invitational Art Show & Sale is back for its 13th year, with more than 50 artists participating this year. All this week, artists have been painting in area parks, recreational and heritage centers as part of their “En Plein Aire ‘Paint Out’” invitational; those wet paint pieces will be on display and available for purchase during the art show. Saturday afternoon will include lectures and demonstrations. There’s a preview reception 7 to 9 p.m. October 16. Continuing 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. October 17; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 18. St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 202 West Kronkosky, Boerne. For information, call 830-249-7277, extension 1353 or visit

October 16-18, Lubbock; October 23-25, Rosenberg; November 6-8, Corpus Christi – The Peddler Show is a traveling collection of about 125 artisans, designers and unique vendors, with 26 shows produced annually. For one-of-a-kind fashion, gifts and home décor, visit them in Lubbock, Rosenberg or Corpus Christi this fall. Noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. October 16-18, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock; October 23-25, Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 Highway 36 South, Rosenberg; November 6-8, Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, 1213 Terry Shamsie Boulevard, Robstown (near Corpus Christi). Visit Free to $7.

October 17, Montgomery – This region is steeped in history, tracing its origins back to 1837 and serving as the birthplace of the Texas flag. The Texian Heritage Festival is Saturday, with shootouts, re-enactors, Chikawa dancers and activities for children including the tug-o-war and ropin’ lessons. In between tours of historic homes, check out some of their eclectic antique shops and one-of-a-kind art and collectibles. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 17. Fernland Historical Park at Clepper Street in the Buffalo Springs Development. For information, call 936-232-3967 or visit

October 17-18, Galveston – More than 125 artists from all over the country vie for a slot in ARToberFEST, a juried fine art festival presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House. New this year is an outdoor craft area where children can make and take home projects in collaboration with Clay Cup Studios at 22nd and Market. Hear live acoustic music on Saturday, from 3 to 5 p.m., in front of Mod Coffeehouse. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 17; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 18. On Postoffice Street between 21st and 23rd. For information, call 800-821-1894 or visit Free to $5.

October 24 and ongoing, Round Top – With a population of under 100, it’s amazing that Round Top offers so much, from antiquing to music performances to the upcoming OctoBierFest on October 24. For arts aficionados, be sure to check out the artisanal crafts at Copper Shade Tree, the colorful landscapes at D. Little Gallery, art for the home at Fine Home by Copper Shade Tree, contemporary art at Orchid Tree Park & Gallery, and the historic and aptly named Red & White Gallery. The Gallery at Round Top will host an artists’ reception and awards presentation for “The Exhibition of the Western Associates of the Artists of the American West” from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 24; works remain on display through November 8. Hours vary by venue. For information on area art galleries, visit For information about The Gallery at Round Top, call 979-249-4119 or visit

November 6, Bastrop – During the First Friday Art Walk, local galleries and venues open their doors for an evening of art, music, dining and shopping. Don’t miss Art Bastrop Fine Arts Guild, representing more than 100 artists; the handcrafted jewelry at Bastrop Goldsmith Silversmith; the botanical art at The Gallery at Lost Pines; and Persian rugs at both Abri Gallery and Lost Pines Art Bazaar, among others. Evening hours, times vary by venue, November 6. Main Street, near Highway 71 to Loop 150, Bastrop. For information, visit

November 6, Bastrop – Art Connections Gallery, which represents more than 90 artists, will feature paintings and “art dancing” by Rozi Turnbull; and jewelry, retables and “fire dancing” by Sage Jacote. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. November 6. Art Connections Gallery, 908 Main, Bastrop. For information, call 512-581-1799 or visit

November 7, The Woodlands – Art in the Park features live performances and local vendors selling original paintings, photography, jewelry, clothing and ornaments, sponsored by The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. November 7, Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Boulevard, The Woodlands. For information, call 281-210-3800 or visit

November 13, Galveston – The newly restored Galveston Arts Center “Coming Home Celebration” is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. November 13. The First National Bank Building, which has stood at the corner of Strand and 22nd Street since 1878, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, Hurricane Ike flooded The Strand, causing $1,000,000 in damage to the structure, which already had begun restorations to the historic building. Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, Galveston. For information, call 409-763-2403 or visit

Through November 23, Galveston – The Galveston Arts Center, in what will be the last exhibit in its temporary location at the corner of 25th and Market, is showing works by Elinor Evans in “A Force of Nature: 101.” Works include found-object collages and woven textiles and baskets. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market, Galveston. For information, call 409-763-2403 or visit

Through November 29, Beaumont – The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is hosting an exhibition by contemporary Houston-based artists. Works by Orna Feinstein, created over the past 15 years, are on display in “Now and Zen.” Michael Kennaugh will present new works on canvas, as well as selected drawings and sculptures, in “Locus in Quo.” Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through November 29. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main, Beaumont. For information, call 409-832-3483 or visit

Ongoing, Fredericksburg – Though the drive is a little longer, there’s no denying the energy and charm of the German-influenced town of Fredericksburg. Named one of the “Top Five Western Art Towns” by Southwest Art magazine in 2004, it continues to thrive culturally and artistically. View regional art at InSight Gallery, contemporary art at the Gallery at Vaudeville, the found object pieces at Dan Pfeiffer Gallery, hidden treasures at River Rustic Gallery, and the bold, organic sculptures at Eyfells and Eyfells, among others. Times vary. For information, visit

Ongoing, Galveston – The landmark Bryan Museum, located on the site of what was once an orphanage, now preserves an extensive collection of fine art, artifacts, maps, documents and books. Collection highlights include Santa Anna’s order book, the sword that captured Santa Anna, an antique Colt Walker revolver, a buffalo hide Comanche shield and the Charles Franklin “Frank” Reaugh Collection. Ninety-minute docent-led tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays; be sure to bring a sweater. Open Fridays to Mondays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bryan Museum, 1315 21st, Galveston. For information, call 409-632-7685 or visit Free to $10.

December 11-13, Tomball – The German Christmas Market and Festival welcomes everybody to this street festival and open-air market with three stages of live music and approximately 175 vendors on the old downtown streets of Tomball. Old Town Tomball, near the historical Train Depot Plaza, 201 South Elm, Tomball. 6 to 10 p.m. December 11; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. December 12; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 13. For information, call 281 379 6844 or visit Free.

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Susie Tommaney is a contributing writer who enjoys covering the lively arts and culture scene in Houston and surrounding areas, connecting creative makers with the Houston Press readers to make every week a great one.
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