Big Bend Arts Council


  PO Box 1764, Alpine, TX  79831


Night Skies

   The new year brings new hope in many ways this year, including a consciousness about our dark skies in the Big Bend. BBAC is proud to announce the theme for its first show of 2021: Night Skies, running currently through February 21st at Gallery on the Square in Alpine. 
   The exhibition features artwork in oil, acrylic, mixed media, collage, photography, ceramics, jewelry, watercolor, all stars in their own right,  Sizes range from 3”  earrings to  36’ X 48” oil paintings.  

Curators for the show are Kathleen Griffith and Ellen Weinacht. Ellen explained how the show came about:  
   "I am reminded of a park logo: half the park is after dark. North light is best for artists--what about the North Star?   This show challenges artists to use new eyes, look for new  shadows, how to make night-time colors come alive, more mystery and magic.  
   Last January, on behalf of Tierra Grande master naturalists, I asked if GOTS could sponsor a Dark/Night skies exhibition to help celebrate our wonderful dark skies and promote awareness of losing them. Since that time we have formed the West Texas Friends of the Night Sky organization. Their brochures featuring good lighting practices will be available for all visitors."

Click Here for an article about the importance of our dark skies, and how you can get involved.

Upcoming BBAC Show: New Year, New Work

The BBAC annual show, New Year, New Work, will be exhibited February 25th through March 12th at Gallery on the Square in Alpine. Artists interested in displaying new work created in the last year are welcome to submit work in any medium. Check out the prospectus below for guidelines for presentation and submission. A printable entry form is also provided at this link. The deadline for submissions is February 21st. 

   NOTE: Gallery on the Square is adhering to safety guidelines for keeping you and the gallery hosts safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, while providing you with the enrichment of local Big Bend culture. If you are uncomfortable coming into the gallery, but are interested in a piece in the window or posted on our Facebook page, our hosts will be glad to bring it outside the gallery for your perusal.  Thank you for your cooperation and support of local artists.

Sign Up for Bank & Hospital Shows

   Rotating exhibits at the West Texas National Bank and Big Bend Regional Medical Center are great opportunities for BBAC members to display your wall art to new sets of eyes in our community.

  Note: Bank/Hospital rotational exhibits are on hold beginning the week of Thanksgiving, 2020, after Richard Curtin's exhibit ends, as the indoor bank lobby is currently not open for business. However, members may still sign up for these exhibits at the gallery, or by contacting Shelly Rogers.

   Email Shelly at or text  432-294-1538.