We Austinites consider our city the most cultured burg in the Lone Star state. Sure you can dine almost anywhere in in town in shorts and flip flops. But what we lack in overt displays of wealth, we make up for in honest to goodness class and taste.
There are more than 15 art galleries in the river city. Here’s a taste of what you can expect from them.
Artworks has been operating their 5,000 square foot gallery since 1985, making them something of an Austin institution in the West 6th street area. They sell wall art, art glass, sculpture and distinctive works in a variety of other artistic mediums from local artists, as well as, internationally acclaimed ones.
What makes this gallery unique is its framing and restoration departments, offering museum quality framing, plus cleaning and restoration services for oil paintings and vintage frames.
Artworks is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.
Art on 5th
The name is a bit of a misnomer, since Art on 5th has moved to South Lamar, but it still has that quirky mixture of pop art and contemporary gems that perfectly suits the downtown Austin vibe.
The gallery has three floors, one of which houses a monthly exhibit, which may include a single artist – like Sebastian Kruger, International Rock Star Artist; or several related artists united by a theme – like Modern Mexican Masters.
Another floor features the works of 60 contemporary artists on rotation. The last major space is devoted to “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss,” an extensive collection of images from children’s fantasy artist Theodor Seuss Geisel.
If you want a sneak peak of the galleries, the owners have published some great videos on their website’s “Virtual Tour” section. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Flatbed Press is more an artist’s colony than a gallery. There is a gallery, of course, specializing in original prints, and a “publishing workshop” where interested artists and staff work together to produce limited edition lithographs, woodcuts and etchings.
The 18,000 square foot reclaimed warehouse near the University of Texas also includes 12 artists’ studios which they claim gives them “24/7 creative synergy in the building.”
Hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday, and 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday.
Capital Fine Art
Another West 6th street emporium, Capital Fine Arts is distinguished by it selection of quality estate pieces.
In addition to these the show room features works by contemporary and southwestern artists like: Cal Gaspard, John Maisano, Jim Connelly, Dale Landrum and Mark Edward Adams. They also carry Danish artist Ulla Darni’s reverse painted chandeliers and lamps.
The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
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