Travis Keese is a nationally known artist whose work hangs in the Library of Congress, the Houston Museum of Natural History, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Burke Baker Planetarium. His work is in galleries in Salado, Midland, Fredricksburg, and many other galleries, and private collections in Colorado, Texas, and Mexico. Travis is in our Collection Room. Come in and enjoy his pieces.
Small-Town Business Spotlight: Beautiful Artwork Buoys the Spirit at Art on 12 in Wimberley
Co-owner Jan Fitzhugh keeps the lights on with limited gallery hours, safety protocols, and online sales.
Written by:Dale Weisman
Published: July 21, 2020 at 9:27 am
With some art museums and galleries shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery Art on 12 is keeping art alive and essential in its hometown of Wimberley. Located on scenic Ranch Road 12 near the banks of the Blanco River and Cypress Creek, Art on 12 showcases paintings, watercolors, pastels, photography, sculpture, pottery, and jewelry by 50 local, regional, and national artists. Open since 2014, Art on 12 has become a destination gallery for art lovers who flock to this Hill Country artist community.
We visited with Jan Fitzhugh—a jewelry designer, metal artist, and managing partner and co-owner of Art on 12—to find out how she keeps the lights on and doors open for visitors during these unusually difficult times…
Gordon Fowler is a former high school quarterback and a lapsed rock-and-roll musician. As a Marine combat correspondent in Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. (The character named “Cowboy” in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War movie, “Full Metal Jacket,” is based on Fowler.) He built his father’s small business-Wick Fowler’s Two-Alarm chili-into a multi-million-dollar national company. He opened La Zona Rosa, the popular Austin restaurant and nightclub made semi-famous in 1995 by the #1 country hit song ‘Amy’s Back in Austin”. He’s married to the popular rhythm-and-blues musician and recording artist Marcia Ball. And though it all, for more than three decades, Gordon Fowler has been a painter.
Galleries and Museums Exhibited Santa Fe/ Kennebunkport/throughout Texas Awards: West Texas Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Waterloo Watercolor Group
Commissions: Dillard’s Department Stores and the Austin Museum of Art Commemorative watercolor to mark the Austin Museum of Art fundraiser/mall opening.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Art “Stonehouse Farm” oil painting for a museum fundraiser John Sharp “Placedo Hall, circa 1958”
Today, Gordon Fowler teaches painting at the Austin Museum of Art and paints in the Southwestern U.S., in Mexico and in Europe.
Artist Comments: Sometimes I feel I should price my work by the mile because in making it I’ve driven literally thousands of miles crisscrossing Texas, looking for the perfect set-up, passing dozens of good spots along the way. You don’t have to look hard to find places of great beauty here in Texas, and I get to go looking more than anyone deserves. The resulting paintings are sort of a back roads travelogue on canvas.
Our first even in Inter.Sections: Word, Art, & Song, was a delightful and funny event with poetry by Nathan Brown, Music by Dirje Childs, Art by 50+ Artists.
Nathan told stories and read poems that explored the world of teenage daughters, Oh My!, and the perspectives from the different stages of life. He sang with his guitar and Dirje Child played both solo and accompaniment on her cello. Parts were laugh-out-loud and others were songs of serious prayers.
“We at Art on 12, for the fourth year in a row, offer our sincere thanks to all that have voted for us and supported our fine art business.” We have become an art destination in Wimberley, and we couldn’t have done it without you.”