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another view of the shop from the front, more of the right hand side of the gallery
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Great American West Gallery

332 South Main Street Grapevine, TX 76051
Open Wed.-Sat. 11am-7pm & Sun. 1pm-5pm
817-416-2600 30 minutes or less
January 2014 All year
$0-9 Grapevine Texas
Website Entertainment Arts
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The Great American West Gallery is a specialty art gallery in Grapevine that focuses on American Western Art. There are both pictures and sculptures on display here, with more pictures overall. The gallery is in a historic building that previously was home to a bank and newspaper business. The gallery space is fairly small but the art is high quality and representative of a diverse range of skills and styles.

The gallery building was constructed in 1897 and is a Texas historic landmark. It was initially a retail space before becoming a bank in the 1920s. In 1946 The Grapevine Sun Newspaper began operating here and continued through 2009, after which the space became the gallery. It has an attractive and old fashioned look with long, dark hardwood floors and traditional brick walls. Additionally, the bank vault has been retained and converted into an exhibit area. The gallery is an easy place to walk around and fits well with the Western art styles.

The gallery was open late on a Friday night following a ghost tour of Grapevine offered through the D’Vine Wine shop, but it usually closes at 7:00pm. The gallery attendant discussed a few of the pieces and their significance, but most of the art was experienced on one’s own. The art style is known as Western American Realism. Much of it was interesting and impressive, evidencing both the talent of the artists and the gallery’s eye for quality. There was an especially memorable sculpture of an Indian on a vision quest called Offering to the Sun by Paul Moore. Interpretive information was fairly limited but this is a gallery not a museum. If you are a fan of Western Art or just want to see what it’s about, the Great American West Gallery is a good place to drop by when in Grapevine. With 30 minutes, you can check out the pieces at a leisurely pace. Also, in the fall and the spring each year the various art galleries in Grapevine have a big open house event with free food and drinks and opportunities to meet artists.
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