The Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island – April 10 to May 20

Presenting a month-long traveling exhibition by the Bullock Texas State History Museum presented in partnership with Humanities Texas. While Ellis Island’s location in New York made it a natural port for Europeans, Galveston attracted a diverse group of people from Europe, Mexico, South and Central America and even Asia. The exhibition highlights enduring themes in the history of immigration including the dangers of the journey, making a life in a new land, navigating bureaucracy and confronting discrimination. On display at the Vereins Kirche, 100 block of West Main on Marktplatz, and sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society.

Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am to 4:30 pm. Free admission, but donations gratefully accepted. Call (830) 990-8441 for more information.

Fredericksburg Chorale’s “Dialogues & Dances” – April 11

The Fredericksburg Chorale will perform new vocal and instrumental music, poetry and showcase art by Chorale and community members during this special event, Dialogues & Dances – to be held this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Outdoors in the courtyard at the Hill Country University Center weather permitting or inside in case of inclement weather.

Lawn chairs and blankets are suggested.

Bottled water will be provided. Admission is by donation. For details, call 830-997-6869.

First Friday Art Walk – April 3

First Friday Art Walk in Fredericksburg, TexasOn the first Friday of every month, 9 art galleries keep their doors open late to show off  the finest in regional, national & international art being displayed in a beautiful Texas Hill Country setting.  Along with the art, each gallery serves local wines from Becker Vineyards, Torre di Pietra and others, and some offer live entertainment.  For schedule of events, visit the First Friday Art Walk website.

Hsin-Yao Tseng Art Show at InSight Gallery – March 30 to April 10

Winner of countless artistic awards of excellence, Mr. Tseng is garnering the attention of the art world and making a sensational name for himself at the young age of 29. His exquisite compositions and fresh approach to urban cityscapes signal a contemporary edge while honoring traditional Western technique. Mr. Tseng will travel from San Francisco to Fredericksburg for the opening reception on April 3 from 6 to 8 pm during First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg.

InSight Gallery is at 214 W. Main. Call (830) 997-9921 for more information.

“Mommy & Me, Hoppy Easter” Painting Class at The Yellow Door Studio – March 27

Have a creative night out with your little one and join us for a parent/child painting class! “Mommy (or Daddy) & Me” classes are for parent and child to attend together. Children 5 and over are welcome. Parents are welcome too, and do not have to paint but must attend and help.

6 to 8 pm. First painter is $45; each additional painter in the same family is $20.

The Yellow Door Studio, 810 N. Llano, is Fredericksburg’s first community arts education center, offering a variety of artistic training for all levels and abilities. Come have fun with us!

6 to 8 pm. $45 per painter. (830) 456-0422

“Golden Initials” Painting Class at The Yellow Door Studio – February 28

Are you looking for an easy way to explore your creative side and have a fun night out ? Grab your significant other and a bottle of wine and come paint with us at The Yellow Door Studio, 810 N. Llano.! All supplies are provided, as are experienced local artists and teachers, Jill Holland and Shannon Birchum, who lead you step-by-step through the process of recreating the featured artwork. The Yellow Door Studio is Fredericksburg’s first community arts education center, offering a variety of artistic training for all levels and abilities. Come have fun with us!

6 to 8 pm. $45 per painter. (830) 456-0422.

Cheri Christensen Art Show at InSight Gallery – February 16 to March 09

Start off the New Year celebrating a delightful show by Cheri Christensen at InSight Gallery, 214 W. Main.  Known for her Russian impressionistic style and colorful renderings of barnyard animals, her paintings always bring a smile to the viewer.  Please join us for a memorable evening with the artist on March 6 from 6 to 8 pm during First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg. (830) 997-9921.

Eat. Drink. Be Inspired. Hill Country Film Society Fundraiser – January 30

Third annual event that will feature the documentary short film The One Who Builds and presentation/Q&A with co-director, Hillary Pierce. The One Who Builds tells the story of the life and works of Dr. Omer Omer, once a Sudanese refugee, now an American citizen who is paying it forward as the director of a refugee resettlement organization in Greensboro, North Carolina. To be held at Hoffman Haus, 608 E. Creek, and offering Pedernales Brewing Company beer, wine and sensational bites from Otto’s. Proceeds benefit the Hill Country Film Society, sponsor of the annual Hill Country Film Festival. Call (830) 997-6739 for more information.

6:30 pm. $125 per couple; $75 per individual.

Jewelry Trunk Show at The Secret Garden – January 29-30

Main Street retailer, The Secret Garden, 102 E. Main, will be hosting a jewelry trunk show by Western Vintage Revival.   Hours on Thursday will be 10 am to 5:30 pm.  Hours on Friday will be 10 am to 8 pm.  There will be an evening cocktail reception for the artist and all are welcome.  Hours on Saturday will be 10 am to 6 pm.  At 6 pm, the store will close for a private party where the public is invited for a complimentary dinner with the jewelers and to design and make your own piece of jewelry.  Please bring your own broken china to design your own custom jewelry! Reservations are required for the dinner as seating is limited.  Please call (830) 997-5507 to make your reservation.