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Bastrop Wildfire Phoenix: New Arts Complex in the Works


Artist’s rendering of the future Lost Pines Art Center

The wildfires that burned in and around Bastrop in 2011 destroyed thousands of acres, homes, and businesses. Litigation around this disaster and funds gathered since then are resulting in a planned Lost Pines Art Center and Commemorative Sculpture Garden.

The Bastrop Fine Arts Guild announced that it has secured more than $3 million in donations and pledges, along with funds obtained through the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s obtained settlements, which guarantees the project will move forward, with a total goal of $3.6 million to complete the project in 2016.

The complex will comprise of  a “new 12,000-square-foot art center will house state-of-the-art exhibit space, classrooms, a coffee and wine bistro and retail space for art-related businesses,” as well as four renovated 100-year old silos, three of which  “will be used as studios – one each for pottery and glass, and one for metal, wood and stone carving. The fourth silo will be converted to an apartment for an artist in residence, who will exhibit his or her art and teach classes and workshops for local artists.” The site, near downtown Bastrop, will also feature a commemorative sculpture garden.

For more info on this project, go here.


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