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The seeds for the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art were planted in 1935, when the Brownsville Art League began to meet and discuss fine art. In the 1960s, a member took the league to the next level by designing a small art studio where they could house and display their collections. In 2002, it grew again, this time into an official museum featuring a lineup of permanent and rotating fine art. Despite the expansions over time, the core mission has stayed the same: to share art with the community and enrich the cultural landscape of Brownsville. Here are some more facts about this community institution.

  • Size: 17,000 square feet of bright space that holds over 350 pieces of fine art

  • Eye Catcher: works by luminaries, such as Marc Chagall, N.C. Wyeth, and Alexander Calder

  • Permanent Mainstay: Pedro Meyer's Heresies, a collection of photographs and digital images, which are combined to create striking pieces that challenge the viewer's beliefs about what's real and not real

  • Events: every year, the museum hosts two juried art shows?one just for students?which showcase work by artists from all over the world

  • Past Exhibits: La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo's Intimate Universe, complemented by an exhibit of photographs of the artists by Nickolas Muray

  • Special Programs: the art-making classes for adults and kids, which garnered the museum a commendation from the Texas Art Education Association for outstanding service to the community

660 E Ringgold St
Brownsville,
TX
US

For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.

1200 W Polk Ave
Pharr,
TX
US

Established: 2001

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Pro Tip: Dress for painting and be ready to be creative.

Q&A with Raquel Hinojosa, Art Director

What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?

We offer quality art classes for children and adults and provide an array of original artwork created by local artists.

Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?

Students attending art classes are allowed to come in 15 minutes early. We also encourage them to make up absent days. If the gallery doesn't have the artwork you're looking for, we can connect you with the right artist.

What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?

Parents of young children are welcomed to stay for a while as their children ease into the comfort of the art lesson. Classes are small, which ensures that all students will receive plenty of individual attention.

1009 Laurel Avenue
Mc Allen,
TX
US