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Oct 25

How “Art in the Heart” Marked the Beginning of the Buda Art Movement

Posted to Adventure Friday by Gabriela Moore

Three graffiti artists at Tavern on Main

Now, the title may say “beginning,” but the real truth behind that statement is that art was always here, just hiding in the rich history of Buda’s culture—a story that economic changes influence in the creative world. If you talk to anyone who grew up in Buda in the 80’s, Downtown Buda was a haven for anyone with a creative bone and was once lined with art studios and craft makers alike.

Steve Harris, a second generation artist to call Buda home,  was born in the 70’s to a professional potter who owned a studio along-side the many artists in downtown at that time. He thinks back on life in the “good old days” as a child running around downtown, generally creating mischief, but always admiring the people behind the art.

“I remember the unique sense of unity between the artists and craftsmen,” Steve says. “Every time one would take a break from their work they would walk down Main Street and stop in to visit the neighboring studios to share ideas, discuss upcoming art shows and swap bad jokes.”

It’s this exact history that the #budaartmovement we saw at Art in the Heart tips its hat to. The explosion in population across the Austin area in the 90’s brought in more shops and dining into downtown spurring an inevitable rise in property taxes and slowly pushing the artist to seek lower rent. But with the Buda Main Street Program starting the initiative to create an arts district in downtown, and the city-wide support of the Inspired Minds Art Center opening in downtown, we are seeing a resurgence of this history come to life.

“Buda is once again becoming a prosperous location for both the established and emerging artist. This is showcased by the local businesses offering there space to display artwork, companies such as Two Wheel Brewing sponsoring art events and the highly reputable Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery calling Downtown Buda home,” Steve said. “The efforts put forth by Sinead and Susan of Inspired Minds Art Center has created an opportunity for local artists to network and support each other much like the early days that I remember.”

Today we look to a future that not only showcases the arts, but gives it a place to grow and call home. With its resurgence, arts and culture has become its own economic influence that brings tourism and invites visitors to not only explore but also contribute to our community. And I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty thrilled to know that no matter what changes a community faces—arts and culture have the power to push through and bring people together as it has for millennia.

As Marcela Kourkova from Fine Art Buda says, “[Art] connects community and teaches us to imagine and dream.” The #budaartmovement may be just beginning in 2019, but it has a strong history and a lot of soul deep in its bones. Take a look. 

Jan 22

Q & A with Inspired Minds Art Center

Posted to Buda Lifestyle by Gabriela Moore

Susan Guerra and Sinead Whiteside, founders of Inspired Minds, sitting on couch inside the center
Inspired Minds Art Center
 was founded by Sinéad Whiteside (right) and Susan Guerra (left) in 2019. Located inside the old city hall, the center serves as the art hub for the City of Buda by offering art classes in all mediums, an art gallery, and community theater. 

Q: How did you get into art?

Sinead: I’ve always loved art; always been that kid doodling in class. In high school I was the art kid who lived in the art room. I would find ways to get out of calculus so that I could go work on something in the art room and somehow they always let me. I would show up 30 minutes late to class and I’d say, “oh I was working on a sculpture” and they’d be fine with it. 
Susan: Um. Didn’t? I don’t have a background in art, but I’ve always enjoyed things in fiber arts like knitting and crocheting. I lean towards things that are pretty but useful. Sinead would say I am an old lady trapped in a young lady’s body.  

Q: When did the idea for Inspired Minds Art Center begin?

Susan: Sinead and I met at The YMCA’s  homeschool PE class in 2013. It’s hard to get extracurriculars in the homeschooling community  like art and music; they are expensive and you have to really track them down. We put out a survey to the homeschool community asking what extracurricular subjects they would be interested in and the number one response by 90% was art. Everybody wanted art instruction.

Q: Once you had this grand idea of an art space, when did you decide to make it become a reality?

Sinead: Down the street from me is a friend of mine who is a fantastic artist. She had a day job but all she wanted to do was make and sell art full-time but she just couldn’t make a living doing that. A few doors down from her is a guy who was building sculptures in his garage. He had a day job but this was his way of relieving stress. We got to talking and he was saying how he really just wanted a community of artists. I said you know, a few doors down from you is an amazing painter. They lived next to each other for 15 years and never met! I couldn’t stop thinking that something has to happen because how many more artists live here and don’t even know each other but are really looking for that kind of community. So the idea was that artists could make a living by teaching classes and showing their work in a gallery and the community would benefit from it because they have these amazing art classes, a gallery of local art work, and cultural things in the community. I finally called Susan and told her, “I’m going to do this, will you please partner with me?’’ She said, “I don’t know anything about art”, but I told her “I don’t need anybody who knows about art, I need someone who knows about business.” She called me back a few days later and was like, “alright, I’m in!”

Q: So, how is IMAC uniquely Buda?
Sinead: I’ve heard so many stories of how Buda was an artsy hippie town back in the 70s, so there is already an art current here and it’s so ripe for a regeneration as a cultural hub. Buda still has a small town feel that really focuses on local, and so do we. I see Buda in every aspect of this place.
Susan: Yeah, even down to the glazing on the doors that still say
City of Buda — that’s on purpose. We like that this building has history, plus it’s symbolic to us for the support the City of Buda has for this project. When we did the proposal [for the use of the old city hall building], Sinead did a search-and-find in the City of Buda’s master plan documents for the word “art” and it was all throughout it. It’s like it was written for what we were wanting to create. 

Read this story and many others in the first ever edition of the Buda Travel Lifestyle Magazine! Click below to read the digital copy or request a copy of your own by emailing us at Print copies will be available in early February and are available while supplies lasts!

Buda Travel and Lifestyle Magazine cover
May 16

BBQ Mash Ups: Food Truck Edition

Posted to Happy Trails by Gabriela Moore

If there is something that food trucks do well, it’s the modern spin on classic cuisine. Enter: barbeque mash ups--taking two of your favorite things and putting them together for something undeniably delicious.  This National BBQ Day, come with us as we spot the food trucks around town that prove bbq doesn’t have to stand alone.

Brisket Baked Potato from Louie's

1. We all love a baked potato, but mash it with brisket from Louie’s Craft BBQ in Downtown Buda and you have yourself a Loaded Brisket Baked Potato that comfort food in Texas is made of. This buttery, cheesy, burnt-endy chunk of pure comfort is our go to meal when we just want all the things that make us feel at home. Pair it with the spicy green salsa, wash it down with a Big Red and you’ll never look back. 

BBQ Wings from Bat Wings

2. Move over brisket, cauliflower has something to say and you need to hear it. Say hello to this bite-sized delight that is the Big Daddy Cauliflower Wings with their signature spicy barbeque sauce from Bat Wings Co. in Jordan and Cambria’s Rail Switch. Delicious to even meat eaters, this vegetarian take on chicken wings is perfectly crisp and full of flavor. Add a dunk of their homemade sweet and spicy barbeque sauce for that mash up of wings meets barbeque we are living for. 

Brisket Queso from Shugabees 3. Top three foods in Texas: and go! If you just enthusiastically yelled at your screen chili peppers, queso and brisket then we are on the same page. I’d like to introduce you to an off menu concoction from Shugabees Texas BBQ that includes all three. Start by ordering their hatch green chili queso and scoop in some of their chopped brisket for a *chefs kiss of an experience. The slight spice from the chilis mixed with the sweet bbq sauce from the chopped brisket will find you at the end of the queso bowl asking for more.  

Whichever mash up you choose to enjoy this National BBQ Day, we promise you this: you will not be disappointed. No one is judging you if you try all three. Besides, every day is National BBQ Day with Visit Buda, Tx. Share your experience on social using the tag #budafuleats.