Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring a variety of art exhibits around town and then bring the evening to a close while dining outdoors at a local taqueria. This trip is best for Tuesday – Friday (not Saturday, Sunday, or Monday).
Approximate cost: $25 (supper for 2) or free (if you don’t include supper at the end of the day)
Stop 1: At home or your motel
Sleep late, enjoy your coffee or tea, and then have a light lunch at home.
Stop 2: (12:30 – 2:00ish) Visit Glass Castles (downtown)
Around noon or so, head downtown to visit Glass Castles (located at 323 East Main, downtown). This unique store offers all types of stained glass for sale, as well as wind chimes in all sizes (including huge!), unique silver jewelry handmade by local artist Anne Tindall, gorgeous notecards and demonstrations and classes in stained glass techniques. Even if you are not ready to purchase today, they welcome window-shopping guests, too, and the owners (David and Teresa Darby) are delightful and nearly always in the store and ready to chat with a visitor.
Extra stop – The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is downtown, also, right in the middle of the square, so you might want to stop by to pick up a map or flier about other options in the area. They also have great historical displays on a variety of changing topics.
Stop 3: (2:00 – 3:00 ish) The Cole Art Center Gallery @ The Old Opera House
You’ll be able to walk from Glass Castles down to the Cole Art Center (329 East Main Street). This exhibit changes frequently, so check the website for current information or call 936-468-1131. Open Tues-Sun, 12:30- 5:00 p.m. Previous exhibits have included aboriginal artwork from Australia, original paintings by Leo and Diane Dillon, artistic interpretations of forest pathogens, and juried artworks from around the nation. There are exhibit areas both upstairs and downstairs (with elevators). Admission is free, with donations accepted.
Driving time (3:00 – 3:30) Return to your vehicle and proceed to Stephen F. Austin State University, off of North Street. Be sure to turn in on Vista Drive and stop by the information booth so you can get a pink Visitor’s Pass for your vehicle. You can also confirm directions to the gallery with the attendant.
Stop 4: (3:30 – 4:30 ish) Griffith Gallery
Continue on to the Griffith Gallery, located in Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. This exhibit area is 22′ x 54′ with a 10 foot ceiling. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and the gallery is also open on nights of performances in Turner Auditorium. Previous exhibits have included sculpture, typography, poetry, and wood etchings. See more about past exhibits. To check in advance about the current exhibit, please call 936-468-5821.
Stop 5: Supper at El Chico Picoso (or at Tabu)
Driving Time: (4:30 – 5:00 ish) From SFA Campus, turn left onto North Street, and continue until past the downtown area. You’ll see Fredonia Hill Baptist Church on your left, and across from that is Cafe El Chico Picoso, usually called “The Taco Stand” on the right (1722 South Street). This is a well-established 24 hour restaurant with home-cooked Mexican style food choices. There are a few tables in a covered porch area, and more tables in an outdoor area further back. Be prepared to pay with cash only – checks and credit cards are not accepted. (This restaurant is most suitable for pleasantly warm evenings.)
(5:00 – 6:00ish) – Enjoy your meal and conversation and then return home for the rest of your evening.
Alternate dining option (indoors) – Java Jack’s Coffee House, with a full line of coffees and teas, and light supper such as sandwiches and muffins or cookies for dessert.
Stop 6: Return home and relax!
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