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Posted on October 25, 2019 at 2:13 PM by Gabriela Moore
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.
Posted on October 11, 2019 at 4:50 PM by Gabriela Moore
The house with both southern charm and serene atmosphere can accommodate as many as twenty-three overnight guests. The indoor-outdoor living space creates the best of both worlds with private and communal spaces. The Lodge creates an air of closeness that makes you feel welcomed right away. It isn’t a rare sight to see everyone gathered on the front porch, talking into the wee hours of the night. But for those quiet mornings, there are many comfortable nooks outside to sit and have your morning coffee or read that book you've been meaning to read.
If this sounds like the perfect weekend getaway for you, make sure to call and book lodging two weeks in advance to avoid conflicts with other booked events.
Ruby Ranch Lodge
292 Bartlett Dr.
Buda, TX 78610
Posted on August 16, 2019 at 4:24 PM by Gabriela Moore
If you are ready to spend your day with your nose buried in your favorite Harry Potter book or getting lost in a galaxy far, far away, each home is stocked with all the books and films for the specific theme. When you finish binge watching your favorite movie series, you can bring your chair or car right next door and see what the drive-in is showing. And what’s watching a movie without snacks? Thankfully you don't have to travel far. Mama Merlot’s has all your beer and wine needs and Doc’s Diner has classic movie snacks plus tasty treats like the shredded brisket nachos, pulled pork grilled cheese and even vegan chicken wings!
If spending the weekend watching your favorite films sounds like the perfect getaway for you, check out Doc's Drive-In’s website to book your dream tiny home.
Doc’s Drive-In Theatre
1540 Satterwhite Rd
Buda, Texas 78610