Don’t Miss Paint the Town in Marble Falls This Month

Artists from across the United States will gather in the Hill Country this month for Paint the Town, an outdoor competition, art exhibit and sale presented by Highland Lakes Creative Arts from April 24-30.

Now in its 15th year, Paint the Town is more robust than ever and offers multiple events showcasing the talent of painters and sculptors as well as opportunities for the whole family to get involved in artistic pursuits.

As well as focusing on painters, this is the second year the festival has also celebrated the Sculpture on Main initiative as well as Streetfest, which adds the sale of tabletop pieces to the festival’s outdoor painters’ gallery.

The week-long event was originally a collaboration between Marble Falls business owner Russell Buster and artist Janey Rives. Rives came up with the idea of ​​making the festival an “outdoor” competition, which remains a central part of the festival today. En plein air is a French term referring to the practice of outdoor painting.

With so many events happening during the festival, it can be hard to know where to start. Here we highlight a few to consider. For more details, find the full program of events here. Most Paint the Town events take place at or around the Lakeside Pavilion, 305 Buena Vista, Marble Falls.

The artists paint

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, watch artists compete and create live art at That Joint in Spicewood. WC Clark will provide musical entertainment.

VIP reception

This ticketed event takes place from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28 and includes food, beer and wine, live music and a live auction at the Lakeside Pavilion on the banks of the Colorado River. at Marble Falls. Tickets are $65 per person.

Draw quickly

Watch artists in action as they take on the challenge of completing an outdoor painting in 80 minutes or less. This event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. Find more information about Quick Draw here.

family art day

Family Art Day is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. This free event includes hands-on art activities for all ages, from finger and bubble painting to watercolor and acrylic painting to painting lessons. After getting creative with the kids, pay a visit to the on-site pizza vendor.


Bring the art home

Paint the Town has something for every art lover’s budget. Prizes typically range from $20 for prints of past Paint the Town winners to $4,500 for original paintings and everything in between.

Art can be purchased through an online gallery and picked up at a designated festival location. Buyers who buy during the festival can also pay to have their purchases shipped. Contest artists and sculptors will have additional works for sale during the art exhibition. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 28 to 30.

Explore the Highland Lakes Beyond the Arts

Art lovers looking for a longer stay will have no shortage of things to do in the area. From galleries, shops and great food on the main street of Marble Falls to vineyards in every direction in the Hill Country, there’s something for everyone in the Highland Lakes.


This article was produced by Austin Monthly’s content studio as part of a paid partnership with Highland Lakes Creative Arts.

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