Del Rio, TX Art Galleries
Painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers and photographers have several of their works on exhibit at studios and galleries throughout Del Rio, and some of the hotspots are as follows:
El Comite Cultural del Pueblo's Casa de la Cultura
Casa de la Cultura straddles the border of Del Rio and Acuna, with the two cities sharing a common Hispanic culture. The “House of Culture” on Cantu Street in Del Rio showcases numerous works of art, and more than 40,000 people participate annually in the Casa's programs. The educational programs for children and adults include ballet folklórico, ceramics, computers, drawing, literacy, painting, piñata-making and rondalla.
This is a gathering spot for visual arts and other forms of the arts, and is headquarters to the Del Rio Council for the Arts. The two-story, brick-red, 1922 building is commonly known as The Firehouse because it served as the city's first fire station as well as city hall, police department and jail. It has housed the Del Rio Council for the Arts since 1977 and has 15-20 art exhibitions each year.
First Friday Artwalk
An estimated 5,000 people participate each month in the First Friday ArtWalk, which winds through several galleries within the downtown Del Rio district. The event is sponsored by The HeART of Del Rio (an association of galleries) and is 7-9 p.m. each Friday. Many of the participating galleries have live bands and food.
Lee Bunch Studio Gallery
Artist and Del Rio resident Pam Bunch showcases her own work, along with that of others, at her interesting little shop called Lee Bunch Studio Gallery,. The gallery is on the second floor in one of Del Rio’s historic buildings – Del Rio Loan Co. on West Greenwood Street – and the exhibits include Southwestern works from a dozen local and regional artists.
The ancient expression of rock art dates back 4,000 years, and hundreds of rock art sites in the Del Rio area have attracted archeologists from around the world. The oldest rock art is called Pecos River style and is studied at Shumla School Inc., a nonprofit archeological research and education center in nearby Comstock. The Pecos River style art forms produced by native peoples contain images of human-like forms and animals, with some panels in Del Rio measuring 100 feet long and 20 feet tall.
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