Art Connections Gallery is not your usual “stuffy” art gallery. When you walk into this historical building in downtown Bastrop, Texas, you will be walking into an art space hung in the floor to ceiling “salon” style surrounding you with fine art, home décor, gift items and jewelry. The gallery features art made by over 90 artists including paintings by owner Deborah Johnson. Along with paintings and drawings, works in the gallery include photography, jewelry, mosaics, ceramics, wood carving, fiber art, paper art, glass, kaleidoscopes, and sculpture in bronze, stone, metal and mixed media. Included also are books written by local artists and musical CD’s by local singer/songwriters. The art styles range from classic still life to “steam punk” bird sculptures and there is something for every budget. Art Connections Gallery seeks to satisfy the serious art collector as well as that first-time art buyer.
Art Connections Gallery takes part in activities featured by downtown business organizations such as the Main Street Program and the Bastrop Downtown Business Alliance. These include First Friday Art Walk on the first Friday of every month from 5-9 pm, and other all other Friday nights from 6-9 pm, we offer 'Fun Fridays', with creative cocktails, door prizes, and activities to get gift certificates. For seasonal shopping experiences, there is 'Shop, Rock and Stroll' and Lost Pines Christmas Weekend during the December holidays. The gallery presents Gallery Talks at least every other month, where one of our talented artists will share with guests an in-depth look into some aspect of art or history related to their particular work . Also, many of our events include live music by local singer/songwriters as well as wine and refreshments.
A visit to Art Connections Gallery can be a part of a special getaway weekend in Bastrop. Located on the historic El Camino Real or King’s Highway where it crossed the Colorado River, Bastrop is 'the most historic small town in Texas' and a designated Main Street historic trust city. In fact, the gallery is located in an 1890’s era structure that housed many downtown businesses through the decades including the post office and library. While shopping for art and antiques, you can stay in one of the beautiful bed and breakfasts housed in a historic home or have a resort experience at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort. You can dine in a casual, fun restaurant or have a more upscale dining experience in one of several fine dining establishments. You can kayak along the Colorado River, hike McKinney Falls Roughs or enjoy a bit of nightlife in nearby Austin.