Thanks for joining us for this discussion about art in El Paso. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be discussed in detail right here.
This intro will be short and sweet because we know your time is valuable. We will get the ball rolling by discussing the best El Paso Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections in the city.
You may want to know about the best art stores in your area where you can find all the supplies and materials you desire so they will be listed. We also don’t want to forget about the best shows and events the region has to offer.
If you get a sunny day enjoy it by going on an art walking tour or by seeing some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the nicer art schools in El Paso can be a great way to improve your skills quickly.
Renting out a local art studio when you are ready to get the ball rolling on your next project could improve your odds of success. Appraisers, dealers, and framing shops will also be covered.
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Best Art Galleries & Museums In El Paso
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in El Paso you can head to:
- International Museum of Art at 1211 Montana Ave
- El Paso Museum of Art at 1 Arts Festival Plaza
- Agave Rosa Gallery at 905 Noble St
- Hal Marcus Gallery at 1308 N Oregon St
- Franklin G Smith Gallery at 800 S San Marcial St
- Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at 500 W University Ave
- Encaustic International Art Studio & Gallery at 7100 Westwind Dr
- Crossland Gallery at 500 W Paisano Dr
- Art Nova Gallery at 750 Sunland Pk Dr
There are over 7,000 works on display at the El Paso Museum of Art. It is a major cultural and educational resource that brings in almost a hundred thousand visitors every year. They have a variety of art classes in your area for kids ages 6-13, teens, and adults.
They also host spring break and summer art camps, and they have available scholarships for all their classes and camps. You can get free admission when checking out the 2,000 unique pieces of art at Hal Marcus Gallery.
In addition to display great works they can also help with art value assessment, fundraising consulting, and consignments. Since The Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is associated with UTEP you get a lot of artists from around the country coming in to give lectures and conduct workshops.
The Rubin Center also has many educational programs, summer camps, and host their Student Juried Art Exhibition every August. Encaustic International Art Studio & Gallery specializes in encaustic pieces but also has some sculptures on display.
They also provide workshops and classes when the demand is high. You will find many unique paintings, sculptures, and other forms of accent décor at Art Nova Gallery. Maximos teaches their popular instructional classes that focuses on a new medium each week plus they have open studio classes every Saturday and Wednesday.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best stores to buy art supplies and materials in your area are:
- Art Center & Signs at 3101 E Yandell Dr
- Michaels at 811 Sunland Park Dr
- Hobby Lobby at 9521 Viscount Blvd
- Joann at 10501 Gateway Blvd
For over 60 years Art Center & Signs has been selling professional art supplies near you. They also can do painting restoration, sign printing, custom picture framing and more.
Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Joann all have a wide variety of art supplies and provide custom framing services.
Shows & Events
You will definitely want to check out these local art shows and events:
The Downtown Arts District is where you will find the Downtown KidsPalooza every March. This family event will have games, concerts for children, painting, craft workshops in addition to providing free transportation to neat educational stops around the downtown area.
Every November you may also want to head back to the Downtown Arts District for the Dia de los Muertos Celebration. The event usually gets over 10,000 people to check out the stage performances, shop at the themed Downtown Art and Farmers Market, and of course to see the Desfile de Alebrijes Parade.
Can you guess where Chalk The Block is held? Yup, you got it, the Downtown Arts District. This free three-day public arts festival brings in tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Expect to find live music, food vendors, a sidewalk chalk art competition, live dance and theater performances, and obviously a lot of cool artwork for sale and on display.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are trying to find a new piece for your collection or to figure out the true value of something visit one of these local art dealers and appraisers:
To find a large collection of fine Mexican handmade artwork head to the Flor De Barro Gallery. The gallery displays award-winning and museum-quality pieces from all around Mexico.
If you buy anything they can handle the delivery and there is a 30 day money back guarantee. Encaustic International Art Studio & Gallery, The Crossland Gallery, and Art Nova Gallery from our initial best galleries list also sell art.
You can see some great art while walking around on a sunny day at:
- Last Thursdays El Paso at 601 N Oregon St
- The Street Art of El Paso around the city
- Public Art Tour at Downtown Arts District
Towards the end of each month Last Thursday El Paso puts a focus on downtown arts, culture, entertainment and businesses. Just head downtown for the galleries, art market, and more fun.
There are over 100 unique murals around the street art of El Paso. Some of the best neighborhoods to visit to see the most would be Lincoln Park and El Segundo Barrio districts.
Of course there is also more in the Downtown Arts District, which is home to the Public Art Tour.
Sculptures & Statues
Taking selfies with these sculptures and statues could also be enjoyable:
- Surreal Art Sculpture Garden at 2830 Aurora Ave
- Don Juan de Oñate Statue at 6701 Convair Rd
Ho Baron created the Surreal Art Sculpture Garden at his residence at Piedras. The 12 public art works on site are free and open to the public and during the day you can walk around the garden.
Did you know that the Don Juan de Oñate Statue is the largest equestrian bronze statue in the world? John Houser created it and it was dedicated at the airport back in 2007.
El Paso Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best art schools in El Paso would be:
- Crearte Art Academy and Studio at 7815 Helen of Troy Dr
- College Of Liberal Arts at 500 W University Ave
- Ambitious Hands By Arlene & Erika at Willowmist Ave
There are pottery, painting, and drawing classes in your area at Crearte Art Academy and Studio. In addition they put on summer camps, give private lessons, and hosts parties and corporate events for pottery painting.
Children and adults will both get something out of the great local art lessons at Helping Hands which are led by instructors Arlene and Erika. The El Paso Museum of Art and Art Nova Gallery from our main list also offer classes.
Studios For Rent Near You
When your next project is ready to get going you can try renting studio space at:
El Paso Museum of Art from our main list also has studio space for rent.
When you need art framing services in El Paso try out:
- Art Masters of El Paso at 6501 N Mesa St
- V & T Designs at 10420 Montwood Dr
- Lonnie’s Art & Frame at 2035 Trawood Dr
- Wholesale Frame Service USA at 3470 Lee Blvd
- The Art and Framing Gallery at 6519 N Mesa St
- Aaron Brothers at 1313 George Dieter Dr C
For custom framing or art rental and leasing programs you can head to Art Masters of El Paso. They also offer services like vintage photo and art restoration, picture frame repair and restoration, artwork design and consultations.
Not only can you get custom framing at V & T Designs but they also make custom apparel and embroidery. Military art and design is one of their specialties.
Custom picture framing, matting, conservation framing, dry mounting, art gallery, and photo retouch can all be done at Lonnie’s Art & Frame. Aaron Brothers is part of Michaels and can handle same-day custom framing, unframed specialty prints, value canvas, and engraved plates.
Art Center & Signs, Hobby Lobby, and Joann can also do custom framing. We have also written about:
Have Fun Enjoying The El Paso Art Scene
At the moment that is all we have to share about the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers that you may want to check out.
If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best El Paso Art Galleries, Museums, Supply Stores or doing whatever it else you plan to do with the info.