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1701 E. St. Elmo Rd.
Austin, TX 78744
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Arts & Museums
Gallery Soco an all-purpose art store offers contemporary art for sale, custom framing, and corporate and residential art consulting services. Art brokering and art searches are also available. The gallery features posters and limited edition prints. The primary focus here, however, is on the original paintings, which include abstract, contemporary, impressionist and realist works, design, figurative, landscape, and still life forms, and are composed in oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. One featured artist creates exquisite realist paintings, despite having lost her sight several years ago.
The studio and home of artist James Edward Talbot is known as Casa Neverlandia, as everything from its exterior to the art displayed inside represents something out of this world. Once you're done exploring the house, take the plank bridge to the tree house in the back yard, then take the firefighter pole back down to ground level. The museum is open by appointment only, and is definitely worth the planning ahead. The entire house is "green", as in solar panels and the like, so it is definitely a treat for the eco-friendly! Check out his website to know more about Talbot and call to book your visit!
Avenue Gallery, a gallery that will mesmerize your senses, thanks to the number of examples of pure art put on display. From colorful home furniture to artistic vases. Elegant paintings, sweet aromatic candles, realistic statues, lamp shades et al. This gallery has unquestionable works from Michele Ramshur and Kip Holm who are exquisite with their photography. To buy the above and more, you have to drop by.
This unique art gallery focuses on visionary folk artists of the American South. Featured artists have included self-taught painter Purvis Young, mud painter Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Sultan Rogers who creates cartoon figurines. Many of the eclectic artists shown at Yard Dog Art Gallery tend to work in isolation, creating from a place of intense drive and passion. If you are not in the market for a large painting, a variety of handmade gifts are also offered. Secure online ordering is also available.
For a fabulous collection of modern art, this is one of the best galleries in the city. Here, you can find everything from original prints of Dr. Seuss to works by Rauschenberg and Warhol, located in the former Children's Museum space in West Towne Common. Don't think you're limited to looking; most of the works on display are also available for purchase.
Austin art from the 1960s is on display here at the South Austin Popular Culture Center for all to come and see. Visitors can visually notice the changing times in the production art in the gallery. Appointments can also be made, call or see the website for more information.
Not only is this an art gallery, it is also a community-based organization, which seeks to promote and provide exposure to all forms of Latino artistic expression, including poetry, music and visual arts. The gallery markets and exhibits captivating paintings and prints, and also sponsors music performances, a literary workshop and several special exhibits, including "Through Children's Eyes," an annual exhibit of photo essays by East Austin children. Endowed by state and national arts commissions, private foundations and individual donations, the gallery holds frequent fund raisers for the arts community.
The brain child of Reji Thomas, Pine Street Station, exhibits the works of several artists who mainly work with glass, wood carvings, stone and metal work. A space dedicated to showcasing upcoming artists, it is also a great venue for conducting workshops. Art workshops are conducted by the well known artists and attended by all kinds of art enthusiasts. Opening up new avenues for exploring the art hysteria, the place is worth a stop. Space for hosting private parties and events are also made available. For further information, log on to their website.
Coronado Studios is named for artist and owner Sam Coronado, who showcases Hispanic and Native American works of art, as well as his own work in it's premises. The comfortable atmosphere makes this an ideal gallery for lingering and viewing the many works for sale. Coronado has been featured on Art Journeys—a PBS series. He is also involved in the Serie Print Project, offering artists a forum for communicating ideas while producing artwork. This program is dedicated to supporting Latino art in the community.
Short story writer William Sydney Porter, whose pen name was O. Henry, lived in this home for three years while he spent time in Austin. It was constructed in 1891 and is filled with rare books, O. Henry's writing desk, original furniture, photographs, personal belongings and the chairs that brought The Gift of the Magi to life. Enjoy a guided tour and learn about the history of this home and its famous occupant. The home has been moved twice since from its original location at 308 East Fourth Street. It now features a gift shop with books, videotapes and more. The museum offers writing clubs for Austin children and sponsors many local events such as the Victorian Christmas celebration and the "O. Henry Pun-Off." Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Located inside Austin’s Central Fire Station No. 1, this hidden gem is an interesting museum about the history of the Austin fire department. Learn about how the department used to be run by volunteers and see historic artifacts chronicling how firefighting has evolved over the years, including exhibits with old uniforms and a Hook and Ladder No. 1 lantern. Although this small museum doesn't feature flashy interactive displays, this is a fun place to bring the kids if they're interesting in learning more about fire fighting and want to see part of a working fire station along with the historic exhibits.
The Joseph & Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum is located right in the middle of downtown Austin, but is still a hidden gem. This place was the home of Susanna Dickinson, who was the one of the two survivors of the Battle of Alamo, the second being her little daughter. This rubble rock style house provides one a good glimpse into her life after the battle, being the house where she settled with her fifth husband. There are other artifacts relating to local Texan history, as well as temporary exhibitions held on different subjects.