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Study Butte – Terlingua – Lajitas

Markus Manstroma, Starlight 2

With Lajitas and Study Butte as neighbors, there’s more to this area than Terlingua.  Of course, Terlingua Ghostown is a staple of Big Bend culture, featuring live music most on the porch of the Trading Post, and Earth and Fire Gallery, an artist cooperative representing locals who also work there.  There are a handful of galleries tucked into this former mining district to view Big Bend inspired art, with shows throughout the year.  Chisos Galeria, a recent addition in Study Butte, showcases local talent from photography and jewelry to leather work and paintings.  Found desert objects, rusted from exposure, make frequent cameos in Terlingua art.  Photography, especially night sky shots, reigns supreme when it comes to how this area’s talent interprets the mystery of Big Bend.  A growing community located in the desolate flats of Terlingua Ranch off S Hwy 118 has made the Little Burro Store its focal point, with monthly Full Moon potlucks, weekly live music, and other events throughout the year.  Live music can be heard most nights anywhere locals congregate, since artists and musicians comprise a large proportion of residents.  Expressive memorials at the Terlingua and Lajitas cemeteries comprise living works of art, in homage to those who are dearly departed.  The holiday of Dia de Los Muertos invites a grand display of art and theatre at Terlingua Cemetery, as people join the twenty year tradition of lighting candles at the altars in, with art shows, music and general merrymaking amongst the mourning for those who were lost the preceding year.  


23240 FM 170 (across the creek from La Kiva) / 432.371.2694 /
Featuring the arts of Antonio N. and Debra F. Guerrero, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and much more.
#5 Lajitas Boardwalk, Lajitas / 432.424.3250 /
Jewelry & folk art featuring local artists, large “Day of the Dead” selection, eclectic wonders.
Ghost Town Road, Terlingua / 432.371.2637
Earth and Fire Gallery in the Ghost Town of Terlingua, Texas is a magical space. Nestled into a stacked rock structure located between the Starlight Theater and Y Poco Mas Cafe, this unique gallery is home to local Big Bend artists, and features mixed media, pointillism, photography, metal work, jewelry, pottery and more. Constantly changing, repeat visits are a must!
Study Butte / 53670 Hwy. 118 South / 432.371.2292
Featuring original works by Big Bend artists. Original quilts by Marguerite Chanslor, Sarah Castle, Elsie Turbeville, Margaret Bley and many others. Original oil and watercolor paintings, jewelry, notecards, baby quilts and other items.  Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Sundays and Wednesdays.
53539 State Highway 118, At the crest of Bee Mountain, 1 mile north of the Junction of 118 & 170, Terlingua, / 432.294.2206 /
Paintings of local scenes, Bonnie Wunderlich’s contemporary and vibrant paintings are exhibited at the Terlingua Gallery (gallery built with adobe walls and floor).
999A Ghostown Rd / 405.795.3905 /
Paintings in acrylic by local artist Dani Bottenfield
53704 HWY 118 South, Terlingua / 432.371.2100 /
Art gallery featuring original works by more than a dozen local artists – oil, acrylic & watercolor paintings, jewelry, photography, stained glass mosaics, leather and fabric items, notecards, soaps, and more. Galeria Chisos also offers an eclectic mix of crystals, gems, minerals, rocks & fossils from around the world. On site you will find a free museum room featuring the agates, rocks and minerals from the Big Bend region.
Dina Gregrory, Terlingua Dry
Dina Gregory, Sacred Ground