Artists, Galleries & Museums

“The Life & Times of Charles Goodnight” at Bryan Museum

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This Month at The Bryan Museum:

The Bryan Museum is located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home at 1315 21st St. Set in an exquisite Renaissance Revival-style building surrounded by beautiful landscaping in a historic neighborhood, The Bryan Museum is an oasis in the heart of Galveston.

Regular tours are a great introduction to the Museum. You will be guided through all of the permanent galleries where you will learn about the history of the West, the collection, and the historic building. Tours are given (no reservations needed) at 11:30am and 2:30pm. Tours are included in the price of the museum admission at no additional cost.

Tickets are $14 for adults; seniors, students, and military are $10; children 6-12 are $4; and children under 6 are free. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and closed Monday-Tuesday. For more info call (409)632-7685 or go to thebryanmuseum.org.

June 7th (5-7pm) – After Hours in the Museum – Get the inside scoop on the staff’s favorite collection pieces, enjoy beverages such as wine and beer (available for purchase in La Sirena), and get free admission to select galleries. This is held the first Thursday every month.

June 14th, 21st, 28th (3-6pm) – Wine at The Bryan – In conjunction with Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, visit the Bryan Museum for a relaxing time with friends, family, and Museum staff. Wine, beer, and complimentary bar snacks will be served inside the Museum Shop. Please enter from the Guest Parking lot behind the Museum. This is held the second, third, and fourth Thursday of each month.

Every Thursday (3-6pm) and Sunday (9am-1pm) – Galveston’s Own Farmers Market – Founded in 2012, Galveston’s Own Farmers Market is a weekly outdoor market hosted at the Museum that provides a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods including farms, ranches, bakeries, cheese-makers, and specialty-foods producers.

Historical Fiction Camp

Students will experience hands-on exercises that are inspired by the Wild West and Texas History. Campers will receive creative writing instruction from children’s author Melissa Williams, combined with exciting activities from the museum’s history experts. Campers will even have a chance to enter their story for publication in the “I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids” Writing Contest presented by iWRITE! Camp will be held July 9th-13th and July 23rd-27th, 9am-3pm. It is open to incoming 4th-6th graders. Cost is $350.

“Spring Comes to the Bayou” on Exhibit until June 10th

Visit the Museum to experience the work of Grace Spaulding John (1870-1972), a trailblazing artist, poet, and Houstonian who perfectly captures the delicate greens and misty weather of the season. “Spring Comes to the Bayou” is on display in this special exhibit “Eyes of Texas: A Century of Artistic Visions” is on view through June 10th. This view looks South from below the Buffalo Bayou Bridge at Allen’s Landing toward an old Houston Water Works tank and stacks.

“The Life and Times of Charles Goodnight” on Exhibit June 30th-October 22nd

Innovator, entrepreneur, conservationist Charles Goodnight left his mark on the West. With his partner, Oliver Loving, he pioneered the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail. He invented one of the earliest food-trucks, the chuckwagon, and the survival of the American Bison also owes much to his and Molly Goodnight’s conservation efforts in the Texas Panhandle. “The Life and Times of Charles Goodnight” looks at the story of Goodnight’s life through the lens of contemporary Western and Wildlife artist Lee Cable. Cable’Fs series of 13 paintings is a conscious balancing act between solid historical research and artistic license. As Cable says, “In the case of Goodnight much is written, not much is illustrated.” This body of work aims to change that. The paintings are complemented by a display of authentic Charles Goodnight artifacts from institutions across the state.

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