Activities for Art Lovers
Greenville has an ever-growing arts community and we are so fortunate that so many artists call our area home. Here are several things that arts lovers should be sure to see when planning a visit to Greenville.
PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS - Greenville is home to several significant Public Art Installations across the Downtown Area. Below is a listing of each installation and the artist. For more information about each piece, please check out the Downtown Art Walk Tour.
- High Cotton, by Pamela Edwards, located on Washington Street near Stonewall Street
- Today is the Day, by Brandon Adams, located on Oak Street at Washington Street
- Spectrum, by Cathy Smithey, located on Washington Street at Johnson Street
- Find Your Match, by Bob Bird, located on King Street just North of Lee Street (around the corner from Be Seen)
- Horns and All, by Pamela Edwards, located in the rear parking lot of Uptown Forum off St. John Street between Lee and Jordan.
- Be Seen, by Brian Weaver, located at 2900 Lee Street
- A Legacy of Performance, by Pat Rawlings, located on Washington Street, directly across the street from the Greenville Municipal Building
- Life and Nature, but Joseph McCowan, located on the corner of Washington and Stuart Streets
- Celebration of Music, by Brandon Adams, Sergo, and Tex, located Wesley Street at Lee Street
- Hope, by Brandon Adams and Tex, located on Stonewall Street near Lee Street
ART GALLERIES - Greenville's galleries and gallery space is growing. Here are our current art gallery spaces you can check out while in town.
Forbidden Gallery - Owner Erica Painter promises a unique experience for all who enter this tiny narrow gallery nestled between storefronts at 2717 Lee Street #B. Don't let the size fool you - this gallery is packed with unique pieces. Erica represents 13 different artists that include paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and iapidary arts. This contemporary gallery is curated for art lovers 21 and up. One of her galleries most unique features is the Bad Movie Rental Club – just browsing through the titles is an experience. For more information visit their facebook page Forbidden Gallery
At The Top Gallery - A visit to Uptown Forum (2610 Lee Street) is not complete without heading to the second floor and visiting At The Top Gallery. This quaint space displays the works of three local artists – Tracy Chesney Hughes (photography), Marcie Penland (painter), and Allen Weekley (photography). Each has a story to tell through their art and chances are one of them will be there to share their stories with you when you visit. You can always find beautiful photography of Greenville and the surrounding area. For more information, visit them on Facebook at At The Top Gallery
Gallery Wall in Texan Coffee Shop - Arts lover’s should not miss the Texan Coffee Shop (2712 Lee Street), which is home to rotating art exhibits. Every few months, owner Barbara Horan works with local artists and galleries to curate collections that are exciting and fun. And best of all, all of the art is for sale. While you are there, enjoy part of Barbara’s eclectic collection as well, displayed throughout the coffee shop! And don't forget to grab a great cup of coffee and freshly baked treat while you are there!
PERFORMANCE ARTS - Greenville features several different venues where you can enjoy performance arts. They feature everything from local artists, to the latest from Austin, to A-List performers, plays, and musicals. Here are the places in Greenville where you can catch performance art during your visit.
Texan Theater - This historic theater (2712 Lee Street) has been lovingly brought back to life as an intimate multi-purpose venue that hosts concerts, plays, movies, and special events. With just 118 seats and a VIP area that holds app. 30 people, The Texan has hosted the likes of Asleep at the Wheel, Shirley Jones, Crystal Gayle, and Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters. Most shows include a 4-course meal, drinks, gratuities, and parking. The Texan also hosts several FREE events each week. For more information, visit Texan Theater.
Greenville Municipal Auditorium - The Greenville Municipal Auditorium (2821 Washington) is a 1,400 seat performance venue that was built as a PWA project of the Roosevelt Administration. Throughout its history, artists such as Elvis, Van Cliburn, Loretta Lynn, The Dallas Symphony, MercyMe, The Vocal Majority, and The Time Jumpers have graced its stage. Today, the GMA (as it is often called) works with local presenting partners to provide a variety of entertainment at an affordable price to the North East Texas Region including concerts, recitals, musicals, and plays. For more information, visit their website Greenville Municipal Auditorium.
Empty Glass Steakhouse and Saloon - Greenville’s newest music venue is located in Downtown (2808 Lee) and also boasts homegrown meats. Open Thursday - Saturday for lunch and dinner, the evenings here are always filled with great music. You’ll hear everything from solo acoustic sets to some of the best local bands around. So if being in Greenville over a weekend is in your plans, make the Empty Glass a "must stop" on your trip! Visit them on Facebook at Empty Glass Steakhouse and Saloon
Landon Winery - Our local award-winning winery (2508 Lee Street) not only has a wonderful selection of wines and craft beers, the venue also features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. Pulling from the vast pool of talent in the area, there is always some great music on weekends to accompany a great glass of wine. To see who may be performing when you are in Greenville, visit them on Facebook at Landon Winery
ARTS EVENTS - No matter when you visit, there is almost always some sort of arts event happening in Greenville. Here are two of our favorite on-going events and we welcome you to join us for both!
Hump Day Happy Hour - If you happen to be in Greenville on a Wednesday, be sure to plan on attending the weekly Hump Day Happy Hour at The Texan Theater (2712 Lee Street). Each Wednesday art lovers meet at The Texan Theater at 5:00 pm where they have a fun and informal gathering of local artists and art lovers. Patrons are treated to musical performances, visual arts, and not only get to meet our local artists, but discover how they create their works. It’s always a great time and food and beverages can be ordered from the Texan Coffee Shop and will be delivered to you table. This is a BYOB event for adult beverages. To learn more, visit the Texan on Facebook at Hump Day Happy Hour .
Greenville Art Market - Also at The Texan Theater, the third Saturday of every month finds several local artists set up on the Texan Lobby for a sale of their beautiful and varied pieces. Here, you will find a wide variety of items, from paintings to jewelry, hand-made crosses, custom designed shirts, and much more. To keep up with this exciting group, visit them on Facebook at Greenville Art League.