Downtowner Gallery

Dating back to the beginnings of art, people have used natural materials for their creative purposes. As some examples: using minerals and plant pigments to create paints and dyes; creating paper from wood pulp; transforming bone, stone, seashell, and plant fibers into still other materials for art, and beyond; and using metals, clay, and other elements sourced from the earth. In many ways, natural art is the original “creative reuse” art, taking found items and debris and utilizing it to convey thoughts and share creative expression.

With an array of textures that comprise over four dozen 2D and 3D artworks, selections in the “Natural Art” exhibit in the Downtowner Gallery include something – whether directly or transformed – that was once alive or that comes from the earth. There are also works of art that represent the natural world but were created using manmade art supplies. Still other pieces used natural elements during the creative process (including stone lithography).

Included in this exhibit are: a snare drum fashioned from reclaimed mango wood from a forest in Indonesia by artist Bahtiar Zulham; branches, leaves, plastic and other materials, in the hands of artist Helen Mary Vanston Marek that form a remembrance of the damaging 2023 Texas ice storm; Maria Magaldi’s sculpture fashioned from clay and seeds, which is made from and also about nature.

“Natural Art” is on view in the Downtowner Gallery in Round Rock, TX, May 9-July 5, 2024. All art unless otherwise noted is available for purchase.

Downtowner Gallery Events

Celebrate with us at these free events:

  • Feb 16, 2024, 6pm-8pm: Reception for “I Am an Artist” exhibit
  • March 23, 2024, 10am-3pm: Special Saturdays in the Downtowner Gallery
  • April 12, 2024, 6pm-8pm: Reception for “Golden Ticket” exhibit
  • April 27, 2024, 10am-3pm: Special Saturdays in the Downtowner Gallery
  • May 18, 2024, 10am-3pm: Special Saturdays in the Downtowner Gallery
  • June 7, 2024, 6pm-8pm: Reception for “Natural Art” exhibit 
  • June 29, 2024, 10am-3pm: Special Saturdays in the Downtowner Gallery
  • August 16, 2024, 6pm-8pm: Reception for “Common Ground” exhibit

 

Exhibits in the Downtowner Gallery

January 11-March 1, 2024

I AM AN ARTIST: Spotlight on New and Emerging Artists

An exhibit celebrating new and emerging local and area artists, including many artists exhibiting for the very first time in an art gallery setting.

Plus: Black History Month Artist Feature with “Chesiel John: Assemblage Artist”

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March 7-May 3, 2024

Golden Ticket: Travel to Real and Imaginary Places

Let’s travel to real and imaginary locales through art! How’d we get there and what was the journey like? We’re headed to made-up places from the mind’s eye.

 

Plus: Artist Spotlight with Fused Glass Art by Jacqueline Myers

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May 9, 2024-July 5, 2024

Natural Art

This exhibit explores the myriad ways art can be made from natural elements, like wood, clay, minerals, plant fibers, dried botanicals, stone, and the unexpected.

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 July 11, 2024- September 6, 2024

Common Ground: Collaboration

Artists share the unique results of their tête-à-tête collaborations with writers, family members, musicians, neighbors, and complete strangers too!

How do you show your art in the Downtowner Gallery? Answer a Call for Art! 

Exhibit opportunities in the Downtowner Gallery are managed through our partners, the visual arts nonprofit Round Rock Arts, through an online Call for Art process: www.roundrockarts.org/call-for-art

Answer a Call for Art by applying online:

www.roundrockarts.org/call-for-art

Gallery Gift Shop

In addition to shopping for art from our exhibits, we also have a gift shop! This features prints, books, stickers, artist trading cards, puzzles, postcards/notecards and other items featuring original artwork by local and area artists. New items added, including Round Rock-themed gifts, jewelry, and more! 

Your purchases help support artist-owned businesses and the visual arts nonprofit Round Rock Arts

Exhibit Opportunities for Local/Area Artists

The Downtowner Gallery is the collaboration by the City of Round Rock Arts and Culture with the visual arts nonprofit organization Round Rock Arts. The Call for Art process of Downtowner Gallery exhibit opportunities for local and area artists takes places through an online process on the Round Rock Arts website (www.roundrockarts.org/call-for-art). 

Looking Back

Since our opening in August 2019, we have had the pleasure of meeting visitors for near and far, exhibiting art by a diverse range of talented artists, providing art experiences, and having lots of fun too! 

About Us

The Downtowner Gallery presents artwork created by local/area artists. All art, unless otherwise noted, is available for purchase from exhibits by visiting the gallery and speaking with our docent. More art is available in the  gallery gift shop. The gallery also serves as a pickup/drop off point for the local mental health awareness nonprofit, Pick With Austin

Visit Us

Our Downtowner Gallery is located at 231 East Main Street in Downtown Round Rock. Free parking is available throughout downtown, including CIty Hall and Library parking garages and street parking too. The gallery — and gift shop — is open Tuesday-Friday: 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Please note: We will be closed on June 19th, 2024 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. 

Your purchases in the Downtowner Gallery support artist-owned businesses.
We thank you for your supporting the arts in our community!

Downtowner Gallery

231 East Main Street, Suite 160

Round Rock, TX 78664

www.downtownergallery.com

GALLERY CONTACT:
Christina Rudofsky
Arts and Culture Associate
crudofsky@roundrocktexas.gov
512-801-0698 Cell
512-218-3298 Downtowner Gallery

City of Round Rock Arts and Culture
Scot Wilkinson, Director of Arts and Culture
swilkinson@roundrocktexas.gov
512-671-2705
737-775-5669

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