Colorful, vibrant, historical, poetic and meaningful; all words to describe the diverse art scene in Bryan, Texas that has thrived in our community for decades. From 30-foot murals to statues honoring our rich history, and local art displayed in almost every business you walk in to, there is no question that Bryan embraces the art and artists that call this place home. There are so many opportunities to enjoy just about every art form in Bryan. We’ve listed just a few of them below.
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Starting on the southern end with the West 31st Street Murals (pictured above) and all the way up to Blackwater Draw Brewing Co.‘s “I Love Beer So Much” wall, you can find more than a dozen murals on historic buildings throughout Downtown Bryan. All created by local artists, they are colorful, creative and down right fun. I mean who doesn’t love tacos and compliments? Check out the full list here, and plan to grab your besties for an Insta-worthy photo-op.
At least three sculptures and statues have called the sidewalks of Downtown Bryan their home for many years. With a nod to the history of the Carnegie Library, Andrew Carnegie can be seen reading to children on a bench on Main Street. On occasion you can catch him dressed up for the holidays or posing with new friends. Just across the street you’ll find a statue honoring the legacy of our local baseball team, the Brazos Valley Bombers. At the north end of Main Street, you’ll find the Arc De Luna anchoring the roundabout at 23rd Street.
210 West 26th Street
For over a decade, The Village has showcased a multitude of local and regional art on the walls of the beloved cafe. These rotating art exhibits are one of the many reasons locals rave about the welcoming atmosphere of The Village. Grab lunch & a latte while visiting The Village and channel your inner artist.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Daily | 7:30AM – 5:00PM
108 North Bryan Avenue
Since opening its doors in 2001, The Frame Gallery has created a haven of local art. Many Brazos Valley artists have hung their creations inside The Frame Gallery at some point in their careers and owner, Missy Baron, does everything she can to help keep the arts alive in the community. You can purchase a piece of art and get a custom frame all in the same place!
HOURS OF OPERATION
Tuesday – Thursday | 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday – Saturday | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday – Monday | Closed
930 North Rosemary Drive
DEGALLERY showcases rotating exhibits of art from around the world including landscape pieces, handmade jewelry, pottery and more. They also offer art classes for you to create your own masterpiece, no worries, they help you every step of the way. Whether you’ve never picked up a paint brush, or have a fully stocked art studio of your own, their classes offer an incredible experience for artists of every background and every age!
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday | 2:00PM – 8:00PM
Tuesday – Friday | 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturday | 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday | Closed
Being an officially recognized Texas Cultural District, Downtown Bryan is a hub for local art and artists. First Friday is one of those places that you can see an array of local art every month. Live!art features an artisan area with over a dozen live art demonstrations. There are also rotating art shows and live music in various restaurants and shops, and live music along the sidewalks and at the Palace Theater during First Fridays.
800 South Bryan Avenue
Purple Turtle Art Studio aims to equip kids with the tools of creativity so they can express themselves visually with confidence. They offer classes and camps, and they’re the perfect spot to host an “art party!” Their students’ works can often be found at restaurants and galleries throughout Historic Downtown Bryan. Learn more about their offerings here: https://purpleturtleartstudio.com/calendar/
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Abigail is the PR & Communications Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from Houston, Abigail has called the Brazos Valley home since 2008. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University’s Mays Business school with a marketing degree and after graduating college in 2012, made Bryan her home. When she isn’t being interviewed by the media or sharing a behind the scenes story of a local business, she spends time on her ranch with her husband, daughter and their array of farm animals.