Thinking about shopping for that perfect art piece, or pieces, for your primary nesting place or home away from home? You might consider that just down the road in Round Top, La Grange, Carmine and Fayetteville, TX, a diverse mix of important art galleries and cozy cafes are  nestled together for easy exploration. Shops are filled with traditional and avant-garde art, hand-thrown vases, sculptural pottery, stained glass, and heirloom quality jewelry.

And the highly respected artists and artisan gallery owners know a great deal about art.

Art galleries, nationally-recognized artists, noshing and Lone Star.

In this calm, inviting atmosphere, the artist and or/art gallery owner can get to know you and your vision. A few third and fourth generation artists and gallery owners (Texans!) guide everyone from young couples buying their first piece of art to customers with expansive collections.

Owners of the Gallery at Round Top and Comforts, both in Bybee Square in Round Top, have worked in museums in Europe and the U.S. and in galleries in Santa Fe and Miami and have taught artists all over the world. The owners of The Copper Shade Tree in Henkel Square host internationally-recognized shows and Gerald is known for his mastery of repousse’. Humble DonkeyOrchid Tree Park and D. Little Gallery are all worthy of serious exploration. It’s an easy stroll to all of these. Free Lone Star beer is handed out in one gallery. That’s how we roll.

Cross the street to nosh in the very new Manditos (owned by Houston’s Armando and Cinda Palacios) on FM 237 or at Espressions Coffee and Art, steps away on W. Wantke. Sip some java and keep shopping from your seat. And the fabulous Feed and Firewater is right there. This may sound a little odd, but those Brussels sprouts are outrageously good. We recommend going early! Prost is perfect for a glass of wine and a little charcuterie. Sit outside if you can.

The tiny town of Carmine is lucky enough to house The Glass Anvil, a custom stained glass and mosaic art studio. Diane’s beautiful work is currently featured at The Copper Shade Tree. Contact the artist here. And a wonderful fine art gallery in Carmine features the work of Romanian artist Victor Tapu whose work has been shown in 42 states. His cityscapes of Houston, Dallas, Austin and Galveston will amaze. Victor’s Fine Arts vast gallery will surprise you. Stop off at JW Steakhouse, three minutes away. Another surprise: great wine list.

For a list of art galleries and shops in Fayette County, go here.

Round Top Antiques Show, cowboys and gumbo.

All the shops and galleries will have their doors wide open for the upcoming shoppers extravaganza, the bi-annual Round top Antiques Show. Get the step-by-step scoop on all in one of our earlier blogs. Snag a copy of Show Daily and the Round Top Register to find out everythingabout the show. A few places kick it off on March 15th this year and it runs through April 7th.

The Best Little Cowboy Gathering is March 8th through 10th at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Don’t miss Stone Cellar’s Annual Gumbo Cook Off and Car Show March 10th. Call for more information.

Our sincere thanks goes to Victor Tapu, Diane Tovey, artist and owner of The Glass Anvil, Karen Vernon, co-owner of The Gallery at Round Top and Comforts and Kathleen Beebe Durst, artist and owner of Durstudio. This blog wouldn’t have been worth anything without them.

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Just down the highway from Houston, Austin and San Antonio is an arts-driven community comprised of internationally known artists and well-established local craftsmen. Next month, we’ll feature much more on the thriving arts scene in Fayetteville and La Grange.

You’re graciously invited to take it all in – the art, the creativity, the food, the fun and the country air. Welcome.

Elevate your escape. Come to Fayette County.

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