Austinites find affordable local art at New Braunfels Art League

Austinites find affordable local art at New Braunfels Art League

Austinites looking for the perfect piece of art at an affordable price that also supports local artists can stop by New Braunfels Art League to fulfill this search.

Started in 1965, the nonprofit organization aims to promote visual arts while also providing a community space for artists to sell and show their work. The gallery showcases a multitude of mediums, including paintings, photography, jewelry, sculptures, pottery, glass, textiles and 3D art.

“It was developed by some local artists as a place to show and sell their artwork, and to enrich the art culture here. It is an art gallery with 100-plus local artists,” third Vice President Gretchen Goode said. “It’s all original art of varying sizes and shapes at very affordable prices.”

There are two different memberships available: general membership and displaying membership. A general membership is $40 annually, while a displaying membership comes in at $80 a year and allows members to display their artwork in the main gallery if they have gone through the jury process.

Along with displaying and selling local artwork, New Braunfels Art League offers classes at varying price points for people to learn different art forms.

Classes include:

  • Acrylic painting
  • Oil painting
  • Drawing-based media
  • Water-based media
  • Photography
  • 3D media
  • Summer art classes for kids ages 6-12

To coincide with classes, the New Braunfels Art League puts on more in-depth workshops taught by visiting artists that delve deep into different art forms. Some workshops do fill up beforehand, but there are waitlists interested customers can sign up for. Prices differ depending on if someone is a member of the league.

Workshops include:

How to Loosen Up Your Pastels

  • Taught by Marla Baggetta
  • Sept. 6-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • $575-$615

California Vibe ​Watermedia Portraiture

  • Taught by David Lobenberg
  • Oct. 25-27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • $450-$490

​Intuitive Acrylic Painting and Collage

  • Taught by Joan Fullerton
  • ​Feb. 27-March 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • $550-$590

Fabulous Florals

  • Taught by Elizabeth St. Hilaire
  • Nov. 7-9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • $575-$615

“It’s a great resource for getting your own creativity developed but also to just appreciate other people’s creativity and buy something great to hang over your couch,” Goode said.

To help display all the wonderful art that passes through the doors, New Braunfels Art League periodically puts on special shows that revolve around a certain theme.

Special shows:

  • “Texas”: June 11-July 20
  • “Piece by Piece”: July 23-Sept. 1
  • “Impending Growth”: Sept. 4-Oct. 12
  • “The Art of Photography”: Sept. 4-Oct. 12
  • “Two Rivers Plein Air”: Oct. 15-19
  • 59th annual ARToberfest: Oct. 23-Nov. 16
  • “Come and Gift It”: Nov. 19-Jan. 4

“It’s a great place to just come in and if you’re looking for something for a gift or something for your space, we’re a good place to start,” Goode said.

Interested in attending a class or signing up for a membership? Stop by the gallery at ​239 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, or visit the website.

The above story was produced by Community Impact’s Senior Multi Platform Journalist Sierra Rozen with information solely provided by the local business as part of its “sponsored content” purchase through our advertising team.