Web Extra: Galveston's Growing Art Scene
In the June issue of Texas Highways, writer Ramona Flume explores Galveston Island, revisiting some of the island’s historic spots while discovering new sites and attractions that keep the city fresh. While Ramona touches briefly on the island’s growing art scene, space constraints prevented her from delving too deeply into the subject, so we gathered more details.
According to Leah Cast, the Galveston Island Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s publicity manager, the Texas Commission on the Arts recognized downtown Galveston’s status as a growing arts city by recently naming the island one of Texas’ official cultural arts districts. These days, says Leah, there are more than 25 galleries in the downtown area, where artists work in media as varied as sculpture, photography, jewelry, painting, and textile.
“The Galveston Arts Center is a great organization that promotes the art scene downtown,” says Leah. “One thing they started is the Galveston ArtWalk, which takes place on Saturday night every six weeks from March through October. All of the downtown galleries take part, as does The Grand 1894 Opera House. From 6-9 in the evening, the galleries and the opera house offer tours, plus wine and nibbles, so it’s a fun opportunity to stroll the streets, relax, and enjoy the work of local artists.
“And on the performance side of things, The Grand 1894 Opera House now does a summer season, so we now have year-round live shows, theater, musical comedies, and national traveling acts.”
For more on the art scene in Galveston, see www.galveston.com.
From the May 2013 issue.