Lewisville, Texas, has a vibrant art and cultural scene. Whether you enjoy exploring an art gallery or museum, watching a live performance at the theater, or listening to music, the local art scene has something for everyone. From large event venues to small, intimate galleries, check out the best places to explore the arts in Lewisville.
The MCL Grand
The Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater sits at the heart of the Lewisville art scene. The theater hosts live events all year and has over 300 running feet of exhibit walls that sit within a 2,000 square-foot room that’s perfect for art shows. Every year, the MCL produces several performances, including the Texas Tunes and the Black Box Songwriter series. The Texas Tunes are all musicians based in Texas who perform music about Texas. The Black Box Songwriter Series features songwriters who want to share their work and talent through song.
The Cross Timbers Artists Guild
The Cross Timbers Artists Guild is a group of visual artists who live and work in and around the Lewisville area. The group joined together to create the Cross Timbers Artists Studio Tour, which offers a look into the process of creating art and the results. Throughout the tour, the artists open their studios to the public and display their work. Many will also provide demonstrations along with some hands-on activities. The 2021 tour includes artists from a wide variety of genres.
To find out what artists are part of the tour, you can check out the Cross Timbers Artists Guild website, where they have a directory. It also includes a map to use as a visual reference to make finding the studios easy. Each artist’s name has a link to their artist page, with some information about who they are and what they do. Choose the artists you want to visit and create a custom tour based on your interests.
Giddens Gallery of Fine Art
Giddens Gallery of Fine Art sits in Grapevine, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth. It’s the premier art gallery in Grapevine and offers only original wall art and original three-dimensional works of art. The gallery features over 20 artists, including some internationally known artists and other local up-and-coming artists. The majority of the pieces are two-dimensional, but you can also see glass, metal, clay, and stoneware works. The gallery also has some wood pieces and a small collection of custom-made furniture.
Gallery owner Cherie Giddens is an artist specializing in watercolors. You’ll find her paintings in the gallery along with all the others. Make sure you set aside some time to explore this gallery because there is a lot to see. You can find everything from abstracts to contemporary, animals in the wild, landscapes, floral, and portraits.
La Montage Fine Art
La Montage Fine Art offers a wide selection of hand-painted oils and custom art pieces. The gallery strives to provide unique and interesting artwork in every genre. The selection ranges from modern to traditional, abstract, and more. La Montage also has a custom framing department and offers a large selection of prints, wood pieces, original art, and mixed media for sale.
This gallery will also provide custom-made pieces designed to your specifications whether it’s for your home or a business. If you are looking to decorate a specific room or an entire home, the gallery will work as a liaison between the designer and the artist and provide in-gallery and on-site consultations.
Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of art is one of the largest art museums in the country. It sets itself apart from other museums with its commitment to research, public engagement, and innovation. The heart of the museum includes over 24,000 works of art covering over 5,000 years and representing cultures from all around the world. The museum hosts lectures and concerts and offers a diverse range of presentations, from drama to dance.
Some of the current art exhibits include Dali’s Divine Comedy with work from artist Salvador Dali. This exhibition showcases some of his most ambitious series, featuring colored wood engravings of the Divine Comedy, an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri. For a Dreamer of Houses is another exhibit worth visiting, and you can also see Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris. The Moth to Cloth Exhibit is also a must-see. It features installations of cloths drawn from the DMA’s collection of silk and silk textiles from Ghana, Nigeria, and Madagascar.
Lewisville Public Art Program
The city of Lewisville started the Public Art Program in 2017. It features a diverse collection with pieces in a variety of mediums that you can find inside select galleries and businesses and outside around town. The outdoor art includes several local benches such as the Wichita Railroad Bench by artist James Wyatt Hendricks, which depicts an 1880 train with a bike rack. It also includes the Wayne Ferguson Bronze on West Church Street, the High Rake, Cotton, Rail, and Corn and Silo benches along Main Street, and Firefighter, which is part of the sculpture series.
The public art program also includes several murals throughout the city. You’ll find Gentle Waves on Railroad Street at the Skate Park at Lewisville Railroad Park and Texas Petals Twist by Gloria Montellano on the North wall of Tavern on the Plaza. Another mural worth checking out is Giant Appetite on the west wall of the Prairie House Restaurant.
Some of the indoor public art pieces include Valor and Sacrifice by artist Jen Rose, and Lewisville Boot, an almost six-foot carving of a boot made from a pecan tree. You’ll find Valor and Sacrifice at the North and South entrances of the Lewisville Municipal Annex.
At Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, these are some of our favorite places to see and experience art and culture in and around Lewisville. Where do you like to go when you want to see something new? Let us know, and we can add it to the list.
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