A new gallery specializing in Hill County and Western art and artifacts, both vintage and contemporary, has opened in Johnson City. Located at 305 E. Main Street (highway 290W), this new gallery is quickly gaining attention for an eclectic, amazing, and ever-changing collection of wonderful and interesting artworks and objects.
The art inventory consists mainly of paintings, prints, and sculpture, both contemporary and vintage. Contemporary Texas painters are well represented by C.S. Talley (Fredericksburg) Lona Flocke, Maxine Price, and Lilli Pell (Wimberley), Bassell Wolfe (El Paso) and William Montgomery (Elgin) to name a few. The gallery also presently has a large selection of vintage signed and numbered limited-edition prints by G. Harvey, Howard Terpning, Michael Atkinson, and Robert Summers.
They also specialize in Hill Country and Western “artifacts”. This collection, like the art works, is varied and always changing. As of this writing, artifacts ranged from a large selection of framed vintage “Country & Western” Gold Records, to a pair of ferocious looking javelina mounts, a couple of beautifully tooled old saddles and saddle bags, and collections of American Indian arrowheads. A circa 1950’s white ceramic TV lamp in the shape of a bucking bronco sits atop a small enamel topped farm-style kitchen table. A large contemporary fused glass chandelier with a Texas Star embedded in the glass, by Blanco artist Peter Mangan, would make a gorgeous center-of-attention for almost any Texas Hill Country home.
The owners of this fascinating addition to the Hill Country shopping experience also own another Johnson City Contemporary Fine Art Gallery now called TASTE Wine + Art. Susan Kirchman, retired art professor and her husband, multi talented Warren Vilmaire, have operated their Nugent Avenue location (on the Courthouse Square) since 2005. A large delightful gallery with a fabulous stable of Texas artists, this is a must see for any art lover, or for that matter, wine lover. Since the addition of Wine Tasting to this art venue, Warren has built the largest retail selection of wines in Blanco County. They offer wines from all over the world by the taste, glass, bottle, or case.
A serene sculpture garden with a screened in porch overlooks a creek lined with oak, pecan, and cypress trees. It is a great spot to sit under the ceiling fans and enjoy a glass of wine and some wonderful art and sculpture.
Each of these galleries, one on Nugent and one on Main, is a pleasant Johnson City surprise and worth the stop for anyone interested in art of either genre.