The Art of Love

A Guide to Area Galleries and Museums For a Romantic Time Together

Article by Brian McVey

Photography by Jessi Edison, Daniel Gertson & Dayna DeHoyos

Originally published in Boerne Lifestyle

Art is a beautiful way to express love, so why not plan a date to celebrate it? We’ve curated a list of local places where you and your favorite person can enjoy time together appreciating some of the best art around.

Carriage House Gallery 
There is nothing small about the growing and thriving community of artists and galleries in Boerne. The Carriage House Gallery is a beautifully charming stone cottage in downtown, owned and operated by a dozen artists/partners where you will always find a friendly artist to welcome you in.

This partnership of artists works in all mediums and styles — from watercolor to oils, acrylic to gourd art, and everything in between. Their reputation for high-quality pieces combined with a friendly welcome has earned them the title of “Best Art Gallery” for three years running. Whether you are in the market for fine original artwork and limited edition prints or just browsing, you’re guaranteed to see something that sparks conversation and captures your imagination.
110 Rosewood Ave. #2314

MixHaus Gallery
This thoughtful space (formerly Studio Comfort Texas) exhibits a working studio and engaging art-centered experiences. In the exhibition programming, their emphasis is on curating contemporary artwork that’s exceptional in its approach and is made primarily by Texas artists. 

This intimate and unique gallery was curated and was co-founded in 2019 by two encaustic artists, Cara Hines and Jeannette MacDougall. Both had a shared vision for working artists to build a teaching studio and art gallery amid the charming, historic community of Comfort.

Since 2022, Hines has continued to evolve and grow what began as a simple conversation during a creative weekend of melted wax. Her community of creators cultivates skills, interest, and awareness of art in its various forms through thought-provoking workshops, talks, and engaging events. The collection is curated and augmented by artists and visiting instructors, so this combined approach exposes guests and collectors alike to art and artmaking by integrating participation and observation of the process.
716 High St., Comfort

The McNay Art Museum
The McNay has been a staple of the San Antonio art scene since 1954 when it opened as the first modern art museum in Texas. The museum was created by Marion Koogler McNay, turning her Spanish-style mansion into a home for her collection and special exhibits. Even the beautiful grounds — landscaped with fountains, broad lawns, a Japanese-inspired garden, and a fish pond — feature pieces that are sure to impress.

McNay was an American painter and art teacher who inherited a substantial oil fortune and built the home in 1927. Upon her death, the house was bequeathed to the City of San Antonio to house the museum and serve as an oasis in the heart of San Antonio.

Over the decades, the museum has been expanded to include galleries of medieval and Renaissance artwork and a larger collection of 20th-century European and American modernist works. From painting and sculpture to works on paper and more, the McNay offers a unique art experience filled with moments of surprise, inspiration, and beauty throughout the campus.
6000 N New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio

The Briscoe Western Art Museum
If you and your loved one are inspired by the American West, the Briscoe Western Art Museum is your romantic destination of choice. Nestled on the banks of the historic San Antonio River Walk, this museum brings to life the vibrant culture and heritage of the Western United States. The Briscoe offers a permanent collection of Western art and artifacts, providing visitors the opportunity to experience pieces depicting the cowboy, Native American, vaquero, and other diverse cultures that forged the American West.

The museum’s main building served as the city’s original public library, and a branch of the San Antonio Public Library can still be found on the first floor, honoring the building’s origins. After an extensive renovation, the Briscoe opened in 2013. 

With a mission to preserve the art, history, and culture of the American West, the Briscoe Western Art Museum inspires and educates the public with engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. The world around us and our interpretation of Western art may change over time, but the stories remain the same. @briscoemuseum
210 W Market St., San Antonio

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