Texan Deborah Johnson discovered her own artistic gifts in her mid-30s and painted professionally for 25 years before she opened her own tiny gallery in Bastrop, Tex. She then added works by six other artists and moved to a larger space to create Art Connections Gallery. The enterprise, which received the Texas Downtown Association’s Presidents Award for Best Downtown Business in 2016, attracted more artists and moved to larger spaces in Bastrop until it settled in La Grange in 2017.
Art Connections Gallery hosts a monthly Second Saturday Soiree with featured artists, live music, food, and beverages. The gallery offers artist talks, book signings, jewelry trunk shows, and charity fundraisers. It is part of a thriving La Grange attraction ecosystem that includes Monument Hill and Kriesche Brewery State Historic Site, the Texas Quilt Museum, the Bugle Boy concert venue, Texas Czech Heritage Center, and local restaurants.