There's always something fun happening in Alpine. With a population of almost 6,000, Alpine is the largest town in the Big Bend Region of Texas. It's the seat of Brewster County and home to Sul Ross State University and the Museum of the Big Bend. From May through July, visitors can cheer for the Alpine Cowboys professional baseball team at historic Kokernot Field, which Texas Monthly magazine dubbed "The Yankee Stadium of Texas." The almost-perfect weather offers plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the views from Alpine Country Club and its charming nine-hole golf course.
There are over 15 art galleries, but you don't have to visit a gallery to view art in Alpine. From banks to restaurants to motels, local businesses proudly display the work of local artists. Two member-run artists’ cooperatives, CatchLight Art Gallery and Gallery on the Square, sit side-by-side on Holland Avenue showcasing the wide variety of regional talent.
Annual events include the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering (February), Trappings of Texas (April), Clayworks Ceramics Show (May), Viva Big Bend Music Festival (July), Big Bend Ranch Rodeo (August) and Artwalk (November).
Alpine is a unique blending of cultures, talents and energies that create a place where everyone feels at home. Relax. Recharge. Enjoy.
For information about events, restaurants and lodging, go to http://visitalpinetx.com/
Big Bend Arts Council
The Arts Council supports and promotes the arts in the Big Bend region through events, activities and exhibits. Events and exhibits are held at various and changing venues throughout the region and are supported by local artists and volunteers. Check the website for the locations of upcoming events and for membership information.
1 / Deborah Allison Studio
702 E. Holland Ave. / 432.294.3706 / DeborahAllisonStudio.com
Working studio and gallery. Contemporary Realism, portrait, landscapes, and still-life oil paintings.
2 / Bell Gallery/Gallery A
410 N. 5th. St. / corner of 5th & Lockhart / 432.837.5999
Featuring work from handmade paper bowls to drawings, paintings and mixed media pieces. The gallery also features solo exhibitions by local and regional artists such as Charles Bell, Ling Dong, Carlos Campana and Karl Glocke. Regular hours are 10 to 6 Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment. Art classes for all ages. Sign painting available.
3 / CatchLight Art Gallery
117 W. Holland Ave. / 432.837.9422 / catchlightartgallery.com
The mission of CatchLight Art Gallery is to encourage creativity by providing a venue for local area artists to display and sell their work and to promote Alpine as an art destination. Opened in 2007, the gallery currently shows the work of over a dozen local artists. The media include watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting, jewelry, stained glass, ceramics, photography, fiber arts and mixed media.
4 / Cheshire Cat – Antiques, Art & Appraisals
301 E. Avenue E. / 432.837.9466 / Cheshire Cat on Facebook
Art from yesterday and today. Western artifacts, jewelry and collectibles.
5 / COWBOYS N CADILLACS FINE ART
600 W Avenue E, Suite 101 / 432.837.9590
An eclectic selection of works available for purchase from the private collection of Pam and Kenneth Clouse. Profits donated to Veterans Charities. Features nationally and internationally known artists, including Peter Max, James Coleman, Scott Jacobs, Thomas Kinkade, Tim Yanke, Peter Nixon, Fanch Ledan and Duaiv, as well as wildlife artist Val Warner and local cowboy artist Wayne Baize. Open by appointment.
"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home" - Twyla Tharp
6 / Curry Studio & Gallery
104 West Murphy / 432.386.2348 /
Studio and gallery displaying the work of internationally-known artist-illustrator-sculptor Tom Curry. Open by appointment.
7 / El Patio
102 W Murphy St. / 619.674.6650
Authentic Mexican food and original art, featuring a sculpture by Tom Curry on the patio and the work of local artists inside.
8 / Francois Fine Arts Gallery
Sul Ross State University Campus,
Fine Arts Building / 432.837.8218
Rotating student BFA and MA exhibitions, National Ceramics invitational and invited artists.
9 / Galeria Sibley
103 West Holland Ave. / email@example.com
Open by appt. and available for special events.
10 / Gallery on the Square
115 W. Holland / 432.837.9422 / bbacgallery.com
Gallery on the Square represents a collection of fine art by local and regional Big Bend artists.
11 / Get Real Art Factory
432.837.1740 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Working studio and gallery, by appointment. All works by Paul Sundown, Santa Fe, NM born artist. Types of work include: abstract, figurative, tonal paintings; also works in wood, folk art, bright colors, Southwest flavor. Formerly carved furniture at Southwest Spanish Craftsmen.
12 / Judy's Bread and Breakfast Cafe & Gallery
113 W. Holland Ave. / 432.837.9424
Judy Anderson, owner. The Bread and Breakfast has been a favorite gathering place for local residents and visitors to socialize and enjoy fresh baked goods, breakfast or lunch. The gallery features local and regional artists. Showings change monthly and include special events presentations. 7am-2pm Mon-Sat, 8am-12pm Sun. Closed Tuesday.
13 / King Jewelers
607 East Avenue E / 432.837.7205
Alan has been in business since 1979 and is selling fine jewelry in the heart of the Big Bend. Gold, silver, pearls, diamonds, and semi-precious stones are our specialty. We provide custom designs for pieces unique to your taste.
14 / Kiowa Gallery "Art of the Big Bend"
105 E. Holland / 432.837.3067 / kiowagallery.com
Art gallery and custom frame shop, selling art and building frames for the Big Bend region for over 20 years. A premier art stop, with unique desert-inspired original art of all mediums. Don't miss the Stylle Read Mural, "Big Brewster," and the new "Mexican Calendar Art."
15 / La Azteca
109 W. Holland Ave. / 432.837.1882
This elegant shop resembles those found in San Miguel de Allende, Sante Fe, and other colonial cities. La Azteca offers originals in contemporary and vintage sterling silver jewelry, antique silver objects, other small antiques, fine arts and crafts. Artists David Busey and Susana Sandoval-Busey design and create custom gold and silver jewelry.
16 / Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University
Miriam and Emmett McCoy Building; SRSU / 432.837.8730 / www.sulross.edu/~museum/
In the original historic native rock museum are featured newly installed cultural, geologic and historic exhibits unique to the Big Bend region. A signature annual event is the Trappings of Texas exhibit featuring cowboy art, gear and artifacts. The museum is a treasure of the region, a key stop on any tour and an excellent way to start a visit to the region.
17 / Ocotillo Enterprises - Books, Beads and Rocks (since 1986)
205 North 5th Street / 432.837.5353 / Open 12-6 Tue - Sat
A delicious selection of fine art and craft books, tools, supplies and ornamental elements is offered to the creative artist and artisan, including beads of all kinds, jewelry wire, cabochons, mineral specimens, and sculpting stone. Regional paintings and other artworks and personal adornments by owner and teacher, Judith Brueske, are displayed throughout the store (with additional representation at Galley On The Square). Instruction in wire wrapping and bead embroidery is available by arrangement.
18 / Reata Restaurant
203 North 5th St. / 432.837.9232 / www.reata.net
Reata features paintings and murals by Stylle Read on the north and south side of the restaurant. Western artifacts and private collection for viewing pleasure. Additional art shown by local artists.
19 / Saddle Club
211 E. Holland Ave. / 432.837.9770 / email@example.com
Next door to the historic Granada Theater, The Saddle Club is Alpine's newest full service saloon offering a changing tapas menu and affording "Good Times for Grownups!" Featured art is by notable west Texas artists and artisans.
20 / Smith & Wife, and Last Frontier Museum
2310 W. Hwy 90 / 432.837.2451
Gems and handmade jewelry are the focus of Smith & Wife. Many Native American artists are represented, along with silversmiths from around the world. The Last Frontier Museum features rocks and gems of the Big Bend Region, including the amazing agates for which the area is known. You can even schedule a private field trip to find your own treasures! Open 9am to 9pm every day.
21 / The Open Range Fine Western, Southwestern & Wildlife Art
2707 E Hwy 90 / 432.386.8748 / firstname.lastname@example.org; www.theopenrangefineart.com
The far west in the faces and wildlife of Big Bend country. Graphite, colored pencil, charcoal; Prints, original art.
22 / THE RUSTY RABBIT
201 E Holland Ave. / 432-538-7075
Showcasing art by Kathy Haynes, Lindy Cook Severns, Chase Almond, and Ginger Lemons and photography by Carol Townsend, Bob Freeman, Jill Miller, Tim McKenna, Cathy McNair and Monika Rodgers.
23 / THE STABLE PERFORMANCE CARS
522 W Holland Ave.
Gallery of Automotive Art within The Stable Showroom. Private collection is open to the public for viewing. Frames and unframed prints for sale of Wildlife, Performance Cars and David Kimble illustrations.
24 / TRADITIONS GALLERY
106 North 5th Street / 432-294-1538 / email@example.com
Featuring oil painting, pottery, photography, jewelry and metal plant sculptures. The gallery exhibits the work of local artists.
25 / Whitlock Studio of Fine Art
110-B North 6th St. / 432.837.0128 / nancywhitlock.com
Located in a uniquely renovated, historic 1927 building, downtown Alpine. Featuring vibrant paintings in oil and pastel, ink drawings and videos inspired by the Chihuahuan Desert.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” - Pablo Picasso