We had been looking forward to visiting Fredericksburg, having read about this German settlement when planning our trip. After passing through the wine region, we were surprised, when we arrived, to find it was a lot bigger than we expected. The main road was packed with impressive buildings, hosting a range of shops including art galleries and breweries. The evenings had a lively feel even though it wasn't the high season and you were even encouraged to walk down the street with your glass of wine!
After having explored on the first day, we decided to visit the art galleries on the second day. It was good to see that the craft shops were quite unique; unlike in a lot of countries where they all seem to go to the same supplier.
Having arrived at the far end of the street, we found a full row of galleries, each having a distinct range of artwork and theme. The first ones featured work by Texan artists and another contemporary art. In one we met a lovely lady who told us all about her art. There was a range of artwork displayed as well as a fascinating garden of sculptures. In the Koch gallery, there was a selection of more than a thousand Native American paintings etc. The owner gave us a fascinating insight into the work and in particular the early paintings on display.
Fourth was the Good Art Company, featuring work by local artists as well as those from abroad. Last in this row was the Insight Gallery featuring work by nationally recognised and award winning artists.
Walking back towards the hotel, the last gallery we visited was housed in the Fredericksburg Art Guild, run by a group of local artists. They were lucky enough to have their own building in which to showcase their work and each month one member had a display on one of the walls. The group were actively involved with the community and the whole gallery was run professionally with artist details and cards for visitors.
It was fascinating to see how each of the art galleries focussed on different aspects of art and had a different feel to them. They certainly catered for a wide range of tastes but still reflected the area.
The Art Guild could certainly hold their heads up high as much of their work would not look out of place in any of these galleries and they should be proud of what they have achieved.
I am always interested in visiting other art groups and comparing their styles and subject matters to my art group.
Another town visited and a really enjoyable experience; some of the stores even gave out a free can of beer just for going in! What more could you ask for?