Art Galleries: Galveston

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Galveston, Texas is home to numerous art galleries catering to every taste. Take a stroll through the historic downtown area and enjoy extraordinary exhibits and artwork.

Buchanan Gallery

220 25th Street
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)763-8683

Buchanan Gallery has been an Island favorite for years. Owner Kathryn Buchanan offers works by many of the region’s most inspired fine contemporary artists, including Heather Gorham, C. Ellen Hart, Danna Ruth Harvey, Greg Reuter, Margaret Smithers-Crump, Doug Sweet, Terry Vine, Erick Schaudies, and more.

Buchanan serves on The Galveston ArtWalk Committee, The Galveston Commission for the Arts, and on the Board of the Galveston Arts Center.

Hours of Operation
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Monday: 11am – 6pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: By Appointment

E Street Gallery

2219 Postoffice Street
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (903)209-5454

E Street Gallery is a commission-free gallery on Postoffice Street in downtown Galveston. The gallery is “for” the artists; “by” the artists. Artists are invited to sublet space when needed.

The co-op gallery offers oil paintings, acrylics and sculptures from Galveston and Houston artists. It is owned by Ray and Connie Heard.

Hours of Operation
Thursday thru Sunday: Noon – 6pm

Galveston Arts Center

2501 Market St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)763-2403

Incorporated in 1986, the Galveston Arts Center (GAC) is as an independent nonprofit organization that presents pacesetting contemporary art in a historic building on Galveston’s Strand donated by the Junior League of Galveston County. The Galveston Arts Center is the only visual arts organization in Galveston with a permanent location, a rotating exhibition schedule with free admission at all times, and a full-time staff. Curator Clint Willour brings contemporary art from all over the state in approximately 25 exhibitions a year, offering both emerging and established artists a home here. Over 50,000 visitors annually visit GAC exhibitions. In addition, the GAC regularly tours exhibitions to other arts spaces in the state and produces award-winning publications. Willour often draws insightful parallels among the shows he installs in each of the three galleries, presenting unique ways of thinking about art.

One of the most rewarding programs of the GAC is Art for All which provides art education outreach to various underserved populations in our community from children on extended hospital stays, to pre-K children at a neighborhood community center to the elderly who live in a local nursing home. These programs offer the joy and new ways of seeing that creative learning can inspire.

For over 20 years the GAC has organized and produced ArtWalk, occurring every six to eight weeks on Saturday nights in the heart of Galveston’s historic district. Not a street festival, ArtWalk takes place in existing galleries and non-profit spaces and also what are called “other walls,” for example, restaurants and retail stores. ArtWalk promotes visual art and artists, extends alternative places to see and learn about art and hopes to bring newcomers, as well as welcome return visitors to the art community on the island.

The Center also houses a museum shop, ArtWorks, that presents a showcase for fine craft artists. The store manager constantly looks for new artists and actively pursues supporting working regional artists through display and shop sales. Works are taken on commission and sold to support both the artist and the Arts Center.

Initial support for building renovation and programming was provided by: the Junior League of Galveston County, the Moody Foundation; the Kempner Fund; the Houston Endowment and individual donors. Today Hotel/Motel taxes, individual donations, memberships, private foundations and corporate grants provide funding. Devoted volunteers support the GAC with the gift of their time. Agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Institute of Museum Services, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Texas Historical Commission, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Committee for the Humanities also have contributed to GAC programs.

Hours of Operation
Summer Hours:
Monday thru Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm

Winter Hours:
Tuesday thru Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday: By Appointment

Peck Arts

2208 Postoffice St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)621-1500

Amoung the palm trees on Postoffice street you’ll find PeckArts gallery. In the middle of Galveston’s well established arts district, PeckArts offers unique abstract and representational works with a coastal feel. Opened in the fall of 2009, Jennifer Peck shows her own popular collages of beach life and you’ll often find her busy creating inside. Jennifer also represents local painters Russell Mai and Bud Clayton, abstract artist Mars Woodhill and fish artist J. Vincent Scarpace. Visiting artists have included Texas painters and sculptors working in a variety of genre’s and mediums and new artists are exhibiting monthly.

Located in the Urban Lofts the gallery expands its walls into the gorgeous atruim and spacious entry of the Galveston’s most beautiful remodeled loft building.

PeckArts is pleased to provide Galveston with fresh modern and contemporary fine art on a regular basis. Galveston’s art lovers can enjoy an exciting collection of cheerful, elegant, and sophisticated work by a group of professional and talented artists.

Uncover Your Inner Art-lover!

Hours of Operation
Tuesday thru Saturday: 11am – 6pm
And By Appointment

 

Admiralty Marine Model Gallery

2221 Strand
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)766-1776

Whether you’re updating your beach cottage decor, outfitting a yacht or searching for the perfect gift , you’ll find a surprisingly exotic selection of elegantly designed home decor & gift items that suit your coastal style at The Admiralty on the Strand. For anyone who like nautical themed home decor, this is a must see!

Hours of Operation
Sunday thru Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 9pm

Affaire d’art International Fine Art Gallery

2227 Postoffice Street
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)789-0079

Affaire d’art is an International Fine Art Gallery located in the Historic District of Galveston. Housed in a 1900 Storm Survivor building in the Art District, the gallery aims to present work in fine art mediums including paintings, photography, 2D mixed media, pottery and sculpture.

Built from the ground up by local Galveston Artist Sharis DeJaynes, the gallery is focused on exposing individual artists’ work from different regions and countries. Local, national and international fine artists are encouraged to apply for space.

Hours of Operation
Thursday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Avis Frank Gallery

213 23rd Street
Galveston, TX 77550
(409)763-5555

When Houston-based artists David Hardaker and Ray Phillips began plans to open a contemporary art gallery, they were often met with tilted heads and skeptical glances. However, they felt certain they had picked the right place for their gallery concept.

Located in Galveston’s Strand Historic District, Avis Frank Gallery lies just around the corner from the Tremont House. The gallery occupies the Rice Baulard Building, built in 1870 as one of the first art supply stores in Texas. With lime-washed walls, high ceilings,and an atrium in the rear, the gallery offers the sort of visual environment seldom found in the Houston area. The whitewashed walls and open space add a comfortable sophistication to the Soho loft-like gallery.

Both Hardaker and Phillips have successfully lived on either side of the art fence, running galleries in addition to working as contemporary artists. While working on the concept for Avis Frank, the pair spent many months discussing logistics and scouting locations. In the end, they decided to take the idea to Galveston. Hardaker and Phillips hoped to contribute to Galveston’s revitalization, so they made it the base for Avis Frank Gallery.

In addition to curated shows, Avis Frank plans to serve as an art movie house, premiering films in the space, as well as play host to visiting artists to display temporary exhibits.

Hours of Operation
Friday thru Sunday: 11am – 6pm
All other days by appointment

DesignWorks

2119 Post Office St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)766-7599

Transforming space into a unique and spirited statement…

DesignWorks creates interiors for a wide variety of projects, including both new construction and renovations.

National credits include numerous primary residences and second homes, as well as corporate offices and other commercial interiors.

With over 30 years of experience, DesignWorks understands and carefully considers the impact of structural, mechanical and electrical systems on the creative and functional design of interior spaces.

Working with architects, builders and homeowners alike, DesignWorks partners with clients, creatively solving design challenges within budget.

Hours of Operation
Wednesday thru Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Monday: By Appointment

The Emporium at Eibands

2201 Postoffice St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)750-9536

The Emporium at Eiband’s is a full service decorative and design center.

Located in historic downtown Galveston, Texas at 2201 Postoffice Street, customers may stroll through our shops and enjoy the unique pieces and special finds collected just for The Emporium.

An impressive array of antiques and collectibles, this design emporium highlights the wares of over 30 dealers and artists, and includes clothing, jewelry, books, furniture, antiques, art, architectural salvage and interior design services.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday thru Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm
Closed Monday

Front Parlor

2111 Strand
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)762-0224

Located in the historic Strand district, The Front Parlor offers unique specialty gift items found nowhere else on Galveston Island.

With over 100 different styles of Lampe Berger lamps to choose, The Front Parlor also features other famous gift brands from around the world, including Pandora, Brighton, Emily Ray, Kenny Ma, and much more. They also offer unusual collections of attractive personal and home accessories.

Open since 2000, The Front Parlor is famous for being a wonderful place to shop and browse.

Hours of Operation
Summer Hours:
Monday thru Thursday: 10:30am – 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:30am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Winter Hours:
Monday thru Saturday: 10:30am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
f/s till 7

Galveston Art League Gallery

2117A Postoffice St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)621-1008

The Galveston Art League was founded in June, 1914. Today, it enjoys the distinction of being the oldest art league in Texas. Throughout the years, the league has exhibited the work of local artists, sponsored art instruction by well known artists, provided student scholarships and introduced Galvestonians to the cultural world.

In 1968 the League was incorporated. The purpose at that time and which continues today is, “to establish an art studio for working groups and a gallery for the exhibition of the art work and sales thereof for the enrichment of children and adults in the area of art and art related subjects and its appreciation in all aspects.”

Today’s members are committed to further develop programs as stated by the foresighted founders of the Galveston Art League.

In January 2004, the Galveston Art League was extremely proud to sponsor and present a new and exciting program. The league developed an outreach program called, “The World of Art” for the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Galveston. One hour out of their world into the world of art we love.

On May 29, 2004, the league opened its new temporary home at 2117-A Postoffice Street. The league’s long-range goal is to their own facility. The league has established a building fund and is seeking individual and corporate funds. The Galveston Art League presents four shows annually and sponsorships are needed for these exhibitions.

Hours of Operation
Thursday thru Sunday: Noon – 6pm

Galveston Gallery

1825 25th St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)763-6116

An island favorite for many years, Galveston Gallery offers a superb collection of items that stand out from the ordinary.

Every nook and cranny, including the stairs, of this beautifully-restored home-turned-business in the island’s historical Silk Stocking district is filled with an unsurpassed selection of treasures guaranteed to delight islanders and visitors alike.

Noted for its extraordinary selection of gourmet coffees and teas, specialty foods, decorative home furnishings and antiques, Galveston Gallery also offers shoppers an eclectic array of unique gifts and gift ideas.

Galveston Gallery also carries a large selection of candles and fragrance lines for the home, including Beeswax Designs, Votivo Aromatic Candles, and Archipelago Botanicals.

Galveston Gallery carries one of the largest selections of bath products on the island, offering both Bronnley and Caswell-Massey lines. Well known for its wonderfully-subtle scents, Bronnley is known as “makers of the best soaps in the world.” The extensive line includes hand lotions, body lotions, bath oils, body splash colognes, and bar soaps.

Galveston Gallery also carries a lovely selection of Arthur Court serveware, the number 1 bridal gift line in the country. Arthur Court’s elegant aluminum serveware features lively animal themes and makes the perfect gift for the bride-to-be or for any special occasion.

Whether you’re shopping for a wedding present, birthday gift, or something to brighten your own home, don’t settle for ordinary – choose something extraordinary from Galveston Gallery.

Hours of Operation
Monday thru Saturday: 11am to 5pm
Closed Sunday

J Bangle Gallery

13710 San Luis Pass Rd.
Galveston, TX 77554
Phone: (409)737-5333

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J Bangle’s Silk Stocking Gallery


25th & Avenue L
Phone: (409)763-6161

Since 1981, J. Bangle Galleries has helped patrons from around the world frame those cherished possessions most important to them. Included among the gallery’s most famous frame jobs are prints of Galveston’s Tall Ship Elissa for James Michener and Prince Charles, as well as an original Gauguin.

Voted Best Gallery in Galveston County by readers of the local newspaper, the Gallery also offers a host of other treasures including antiques, collectibles, and a tasteful collection of old coin sets and frames.

But according to Bangle, the heart of the gallery is the art collection by renowned local and national artists; most notably, “Galveston’s own” Pam Heidt.

When visiting the Island, stop by J. Bangle Galleries, and experience why this is one of Galveston’s favorite destinations!

Hours of Operation
Tuesday thru Saturday: 11am – 6pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm
Closed: Monday

Rene’ Wiley Studio & Gallery

2128 Postoffice St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)750-9077

Rene’ Wiley Studio & Gallery is located on Galveston Island. The subject for most of her work is the warm Gulf Coast light that illuminiates the harbors, wetlands, alleyways and an assortment of interesting structures. Victorian homes line the streets of her neighborhood, with the Seawall on one end and the historic Strand on the other – so inspiration is always close at hand.

Hours of Operation
Open Daily: 11am – 6pm

Wagner Sousa Modern Art

404 25th St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)392-3331

Wagner Sousa Modern Art represents a number of established and emerging artists working in the fields of drawing, painting, and sculpture. The gallery also shows work by several craftsmen working in modern furniture design and fabrication.

The gallery fills the ground floor of the historic 1878 M.W. Shaw building, a large warehouse space in a rapidly-developing section of downtown Galveston. Show openings take place about every six weeks during ArtWalk, sponsored by the Galveston Arts Center.

Wagner Sousa is located literally steps from Postoffice Street and the Historic Downtown Strand District.

Hours of Operation
Wednesday thru Friday: 10am – 4pm
And by Appointment

Water’s Edge Studio & Gallery

1302 21st St.
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409)762-1925

The Water’s Edge Studio & Gallery is owned by Galveston artists Gayle and Rex Reynolds.

The gallery specializes in watercolors and oils, with a special emphasis on tropical palm trees, historic homes and buildings, and other Galveston scenery.

Rex also builds exquisite wooden dories, which are small, shallow-draft boats in a variety of styles and colors.

Water’s Edge also proudly displays works by other artists and artisans, including pottery by Barbara O. Anderson, Madeleine Baker, Charles Caillouet, and John Whitman; blown glass by Patricia Gruy; and sculpture by Pat Moberley Moore.

Hours of Operation
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 5pm

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