Visitors to Bryan/College Station usually come with very specific expectations in mind– namely that they’ll see an Aggie football game and take a trip to the Dixie Chicken. While those are still Bryan/College Station staples, and football plus fried chicken is still a beloved combination, the residents have expanded.
The people of Bryan/College Station are scarcely one-dimensional, and the town reflects its people; as the city grows, more and more art galleries have been emerging and revealing themselves. What’s more remarkable is the amount of artists there are to be found in the Bryan College/Station area. As art galleries keep surfacing, works from local artists have been appearing to fill the walls of the galleries.
Most recently, the relatively new Village Café and Art 979 have been proudly displaying art from a huge milieu of individuals– from Bryan, Texas to Buffalo, New York. The Village Café started out as a quaint coffee shop/art gallery, but since the café has had so much community support, it is growing gracefully.
The way The Village Café operates is on the first Friday of every month, a new artist’s works are placed all around the café and they stay there for the month. They’ve had works from well known Brazos Valley artists like Gretta Watkins , Lee McGraw, and Fidelis Photography; the next artist displayed could easily be you, were you so inclined.
Even before the Village Café, College Station had been displaying art from resident artists. Perhaps the most famous College Station artist is Benjamin Knox. His paintings are famous for depicting collegiate traditions and memories of Texas A&M. In fact, in 2001 he opened the Benjamin Knox Gallery, which is a replica of the original College Station train depot from 1900. At his gallery he houses his own art, as well as works from artists in the surrounding area.
These previously mentioned art galleries are certainly geared toward adults, but the Brazos Valley knows that art can be hugely beneficial for early childhood development. Art can be an amazing vessel for childhood creativity and The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley attempts to harbor that creative energy. It’s a really fun place to take the kids when you don’t want their intelligence wasted away on video games.
Most people, even long time residents, are surprised by what can be found in the Brazos Valley. Some people come for the sports, others for food, but everyone is pleasantly surprised by the proud displays of artistic personality. If you’re considering moving here, or just in the area, it’s worth visiting these exhibits just to witness what amazing work some of your neighbors are capable of.
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