LA GRANGE, Texas, May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Art Connections Gallery of La Grange, the largest and most eclectic collection of fine arts and artisan-made goods in Texas, will launch an online store on June 15 with up to 500 works, beginning with fine artists. The service will continue to add from the store's 4,000 items.
"A lot of our customers that come through are not from central Texas," says owner Deborah Johnson, who started the business in Bastrop and moved to La Grange in 2017. "A lot of them aren't from Texas at all. They say, 'I love this place. I wish you were close to me.'
"This way we will be. You will be able to order from your sofa at 3 o'clock in the morning. These things are one-of-a kind and unique, and they can be shipped to you." The online store is www.shopartconnections.com.
Johnson, who has been uploading works for months, draws from works by more than 160 artists and artisans, from The Netherlands to Niger and across North America, including painting, sculpture, pottery, glass, jewelry, and gifts not available on Amazon or at the mall.
The 2,200-square-foot, three-gallery space, in an 1890s building on the historic town's square houses a wide range of goods, from $3 bars of soap to a $5,000 bronze sculpture. It includes a Texas-themed book nook, floor-to-ceiling walls of paintings, and displays of multiple-medium vignettes to inspire your own home or office enhancement.
Johnson discovered her own artistic gifts in her mid-30s and painted professionally for 25 years before she opened her own tiny gallery in Bastrop. She then added works by six other artists and moved to a larger space to create Art Connections Gallery. The enterprise received the Texas Downtown Association's Presidents Award for Best Downtown Business in 2016.
Art Connections Gallery hosts a monthly Second Saturday Soiree with featured artists, live music, food, and beverages. The gallery offers artist talks, book signings, jewelry trunk shows, and charity fundraisers. It is part of a thriving La Grange attraction ecosystem that includes Monument Hill and Kriesche Brewery State Historic Site, the Texas Quilt Museum, the Bugle Boy concert venue, Texas Czech Heritage Center, Jersey Barnyard, and local restaurants.
SOURCE Art Connections Gallery