The Llano Fine Art Guild was established in 1963 by local painters who needed a place to create and display their work. The Llano Fine Art Gallery was purchased by guild members for this purpose. The building is over 100 years old and is on the Historic Walking Tour sponsored by Llano Main Street.
The Guild consists of 40+ members and is growing every month. There are exhibitions, demos, workshops and art parties throughout the year and a summer art camp for children. Artists from the Guild are teaming with local schools to give hands-on demos in the classroom.
The Llano County Library was built in 1921 by the Woman's Culture Club. The library moved to a larger historic Building in the Cultural District in 1991. It now sponsors many workshops and informative seminars in addition to book signings and summer camps for kids.
Llano Library hosts four book clubs and puts out a monthly newsletter. They have a new Sustainable Living section and seed library and have digitized the Llano News dating back to the 1920s.
Students can earn a GED or learn about Basic Computer Skills, programming and a tool, machine and appliance lending library with hands-on instruction. In addition to an extensive collection of books, audio and visual media, the library offers unlimited use of computers and access to printer and copier services.
The Llano County Historical Museum building was originally Bruhl's Drugstore, founded in 1900 by Louis H. Bruhl. It was given to the Historical Society in 1965 by the A.H. Bruhl family with funds to perpetuate a county museum. During renovations the facade was altered but the interior remains intact. An annex to the building was originally an early day grocery store.
Today, the museum houses many Llano County artifacts, photographs and documents. Docents help people discover their Llano roots through an extensive document and album/book collection.
For 5 years, the museum has hosted an annual international juried art show, "Western Trappings on the Llano" in October, which showcases western artists in all media. The museum also serves as a venue for the Llano Fiddle Fest in April, Founder's Day in June and other events.
Local music teacher Jennie Clopton organized the Woman's Literary Society with 16 charter members in 1901. The club established a public library, first called Clopton Library. Other projects of the renamed Woman's Culture Club included landscaping in public areas and scholarships.
Club members coordinated a Works Progress Administration projects to build a public library in 1938-39. Meetings were held at the library until 1953 when George Watkins bequeathed his home to the club in 1997.
Built in 1927, the LanTex Theater was the hangout for many generations of children to watch cheap westerns and comedies. Now it has been completely renovated and hosts first-run movies using a modern digital projector.
The city of Llano owns the theater and Llano Main Street and other local nonprofit groups run the concessions. In addition to movies there are occasional Llano Community Theater plays, Wildflower Dance Studio ballets and Hill Country Chamber Orchestra productions.
The Theater hosts a monthly Llano County Opry with renowned country musicians and occasional music groups and bands. It is the primary venue for the annual Llano Fiddle Fest which has been in existence for nine years. It has been the site of many film debuts and recently hosted the Llano Earth Art Fest Film Festival, showcasing the works of the many talented rockstackers and land artists appearing tat the 2019 LEAF festival.
The theater is in use every weekend of the year and may be rented for private parties and occasions.
Llano Film Society
The Society has been in existence for about 5 years and offers frequent 'indy' movies and occasional special movie debuts by local movie producers. Movies are chosen by local society members and are often shown at the LanTex Theater, however in good weather most of the movies are shown outside at members' homes or ranches. The movie scene in Llano is vibrant, with producers such as Tracee Beebee winning awards at Austin's SXSW, ACL and international festivals.
A 501(c)3, Fuel has been around for 8 years and offers coffee, conversation and inspiration for a variety of artists and musicians in Llano. Housed in an historic downtown building, the old stones transported by ox carts accentuate the homey feel of the structure.
Fuel sponsors the weekly Knitters' Circle, a group of yarn crafters. Local writers often write or collaborate and submit their work online or use the coffeehouse as a creative retreat. Many local artists exhibit their work there.
Fuel hosts many weekly music events, including lunch and afternoon performances by bands, soloists and duets and jam sessions. They book regular evening performances by local performing arts groups and bands. It is a hub of creative activity in Llano and serves as a meeting place and think tank.
The historic Badu 1891 restaurant was recently extensively renovated to provide a first-class restaurant and full bar, cigar bar and music venue. The gallery of art in the old Badu residence is astounding. In 1891, Professor Badu built the residence close to the Llano River. He, and later his daughter, were interested in the geology of Llano, which is said to contain every known mineral on earth. Today, the counter-top still present int the bar of the restaurant is composed of the world's largest piece of polished Llanite, a granite stone with blue inclusions found only in Llano and extremely geologically old.
The Badu residence has served as numerous restaurants, banks and other businesses throughout its history. However, the integrity of the building has been maintained and, with a 2 million dollar cash infusion, thrives today. The restaurant features a beautiful outdoor garden with built-in stage for guests to listen to Texas music under stately oak trees.
Badu 1891 features musical and art events, such as a special evening showcasing local watercolorist Daniel Adams and singer/songwriter Alex Harvey, who wrote 14 songs and produced a CD based on Adams' beautiful paintings.
This historic building lived life as a number of mercantile stores before it became a bar and music venue. Local bands play weekly and the grille serves great food into the evening.
This music store sells musical instruments and offers music lessons. It serves as on of the venues for the April Fiddle Fest and has hosted music jams. The owner, Gary Cox has a band and performs at this and other locales throughout the Texas Hill Country.
The 20th Anniversary of this monthly musical event occurred in May 2019 and featured Buck Trent, Scott Haggard and Norma Jean. A stunning lineup of country stars has graced the stage of the Llano Opry over the years, including Gene Watson, John Conlee, Kitty Wells, Sammi Smith, Sylvia, and Ronnie McDowell. During these performances, Llano Main Street volunteers run the concession stand to help fund that program.
Occasional Musical Acts
Gary P. Nunn played for the 90th Anniversary of the Llano Theater in 2018. Other talent, such as "Already Gone", the Eagles tribute band and "The Fab Five", a Beatles impersonation band, play occasionally.
The Fiddle Fest has been hosted in Llano since 1976. Now the Llantex Theater is the main venue for the fest which is held in April. Contestants win cash prizes and the proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations.
In existence for 4 years, the studio currently has about 40 dance proteges. The dance troupe puts on approximately 7 performances throughout the community each year. Two mainstays include the Nutcracker at Christmas and a spring ballet. One of the graduates of this studio has recently been accepted to the Dallas Conservatory in ballet. This year, several student ballerinas have been accepted to compete in Austin. This studio is becoming a contributor to the state ballet scene.
Llano has a long history of community theater, but was recently reorganized in 2016. In the 1980s, The Llano River Walk Theater Group produced plays, followed by the Performing Arts Group in the 1990s. Today the Llano Community Theatre puts on plays quarterly at various venues. A recent play entitled "As Long As We Both Shall Live" offered 5 performances and was very well-attended. In the summer, a children's play is produced, such as the 2108 play, "Monster Hunters".
In Llano for 15 years, this for profit fabric and quilt store offers works made by local artists, including quilts, pillows, aprons and other finished products. It sells fabric for local quilters and seamstresses.
A premier fabric shop for local quiltmakers, this studio offers classes, sewing machines and supplies for fabric artists. Both Buckaroo Blankets and the Country Quilt Shop are primary sponsors for the bi-annual Quilt Show held at the Kuykendall Community Center in Llano (see Ongoing Events). Quilting is a heritage art in rural communities and continues to evolve in unique ways in Llano.
For four years The Glass Menagerie has been in Llano, for two years occupying what may be the oldest standing structure in Llano. Built in 1875, it was the first Llano jail that briefly housed outlaw Johnny Ringo. Today, the gallery represents 10 different local glass artists and also carries exquisite engraved knives and silver jewelry made in Llano.
Glass art in this shop includes fused glass, glass enamels, glass beads, stained glass mosaics, painted glass and other glass creations. Commissioned custom glass art from the Czech Republic is added on a regular basis.
This shop offers art supplies, classes and workshops. The gallery represents 12 local artists, including noted painter Ira Kennedy and Kathy Kennedy quilts. Approximately 4-5 classes per week are offered for adults and/or children. Home-schooled children take many of the art classes and a children's Art Camp is offered in the summer.
Western artist Jack Moss owns and operates this gallery on the Courthouse Square. Originally a post office, the 1880's building now serves as a studio and gallery for cowboy art by Jack Moss. He participates in western art shows throughout the country and offers occasional instruction to local galleries. Jack has documented many notable 19th Century events in Llano County in his artworks, including Indian Wars, Llano city scenes and Hoodoo Ranch Wars.
Llano Depot Garden
In 2015 the Llano Master Gardeners and local Llano Artists collaborated to build a sculpture garden at the Llano Visitor Center, historic Train Railyard and Chamber of Commerce. The garden was designed and planted by the Master Gardeners and is maintained by them. Within the garden are installations by local sculptors and artists. They include sculptures made from wood, enamel, pottery, glass and metal and represent the broad range of artists living in Llano. The garden provides a restful, beautiful, meditative spot to relax in the heart of the Cultural District.
As part of a proud trend among cities, Robin Cheisa starte the Llano Trail of the Deer to promote Llano as the deer hunting capital of Texas. Like the cows of Austin, the dolphons of Port Isabel and the sheep of Abilene, these iconic deer are a novel landmark illustrating Llano's ranching and hunting heritage. 15 deer have been painted by local artistss and mark fome of our major businesses and cultural landmarks.
This space, created in an alley behind Charlie's Store in Llano, who visualized and maintains it, has become a visitor attraction, music venue and gathering spot for local artists, rock stackers and musicians. Murals in this venue are inspired by the Grateful Dead and include additions by local artists.
With so many historic buildings on both sides of the Llano River, Main Street has long sponsored a Llano Walking Tour. It was recently reinstated after a short hiatus and includes 56 historic buildings, all within the Cultural District. A brochure with map available at the Visitors Center or this printable brochure .pdf file describes all of the stops on the tour.
Built in 1893, this structure replaced courthouses that were burned down during the Hoodoo wars. These wars occurred after free-range ranchers came back from serving in the Confederate Army and discovered that their cattle had been branded by other ranchers. The Courthouse hold occasional tours and was restored through a generous Texas Historical Commission Grant.
Llano County court proceedings are still held in this beautiful courthouse. It has been the setting for the recent television series "Freedom on Trial". The courthouse also offers tours on festival days.
At the end of the historic railroad line from Austin to Llano, this tiny building was converted from an old railroad 'line shack', a place where rail workers and anyone who needed a break could temporarily shelter.
This 225 sq. ft. building is available for artists to spend a few days alone to create in a stress-free environment.
This beautiful, granite-lined park on the south side of the Llano River, just below the historic Ink's Bridge spanninthe Llano River, is a gem in the crown of Llano. The Oatman granite outcrop in this park brings geology buffs and university field trips to study the rocks. The park offers wonderful acces to the Llano River for fishermen, gold panners and rock enthusiasts. This park has served as a venue for gold panning festivals and Chuck Wagon Cookoff Festivals. Importantly, Grenwelge Park has been the site of the Llano Earth Art Festival and World Championship Rockstacking Competition for 5 years.
On the north side of the Llano Inks' Bridge is parkland donated by Professor Badu in the early 1900s for the enjoyment of Llano's citizens. The park now sports a splash pad for children, stepped entrance into the river, river walkway and disc Frisbee golf course.
Through the years, this park has been the site of numerous festivals and now hosts the annual lighted river walk known as "Starry Starry Nights" at Christmas, The Pumpkin Float at Halloween, July 4th Rockin' River Fest with fireworks and the Chuck Wagon Cookoff/Heritage Day Festival in October.
Pocket Park on Berry Street
This park sits between two businesses on the Courthouse Square and is maintained by Llano Master Gardeners. It offers a quiet place to meditate and often features stacked rocks.
Firehall Field Park
A children's playscape and picnic area exist in this small city park next to the Llano Fire Stations and City Hall.