Here in Temple, life is meant to be lived in vibrant colors, various hues, and through a creative environment that is continually developed as well as encouraged. Live Creative on this national day as you take part in all the art that makes Temple unique. With attraction within the city and some in surrounding cities, its easy to find a reason to live creatively in Temple.
The Downtown Temple scene is filled with vibrant creative art pieces. Each mural and train has its unique features, cultural inspirations, and color schemes. Currently, you can find five art trains spread out around the downtown district with additional trains continuously being added. These trains tell a story and showcase some of the wonderful attractions in Temple.
Sterle Fine Art Studio
The Sterle Fine Art Studio in the downtown district has oil painting, art classes, and photography. Susan Sterle is the owner and artist at this establishment and she specializes in painting and drawing instruction. If you want special paintings done of moments, pets, and more you can also commission the Sterle Fine Art Studio to paint you a masterpiece. The Sterle Art Studio also has Pop a Cork & Paint Night through partnering with Corky’s also located in the downtown district. Check out the Sterle Fine Art Studio Facebook page to find out more and learn about special painting events!
In addition to the trains downtown, visitors to the Temple area can find unique murals. Treno Pizzeria and Taproom has a beautiful mural along the side of its building. Treno and First Street Roasters are both honored in this art piece with its pizza and coffee art pieces. Another wonderful mural can be found in the alley of The Hub. This mural is filled with vibrant colors. With colorful flowers, a pink and purple rainbow, and a classic business name feature, this mural is a beautiful addition to downtown Temple. Located off Main Street and Ave. A, visitors can find a mural that depicts Temple’s beauty, history, and cultural ties.
Cultural Activities Center
Though, the upcoming exhibits are scheduled to start September 18th, you can prepare ahead of time to stop by the Cultural Activities Center for a beautiful, creativity-inspiring experience. September’s upcoming exhibits include Expressive Color: VIBRATO by Kay Griffith, A Life Assembled: Mixed Impressions by Wynona Alexander, Sherri Wilson, Nancy Isett, and Chad Hanes, and It’s About Time… featuring Jill Mooney’s clocks and more.
In the front lobby, there is the Empty Bowl Project designed to support local food pantries. This is a fun, hands on project for visitors to the Cultural Activities Center. Visitors can make bowls to be sold by the CAC with profits being donated to local food pantries. You can arrange to have a private bowl party with friends to make one and donate one. For third graders in the Bell County area, there is also a Hands On: Germany cultural program hosted by The Contemporaries in which the students will learn about the culture, history, art, and music of Germany. Checking out the fantastic art pieces created by local and national artists will inspire you to get out there and make your own art, whether it’s a kid’s craft or an extravagant painting.
Don’t forget about all those DIY hobbies you’ve always wanted to test out. Live Creative Day is the perfect opportunity for you to head to Temple’s craft stores, Hobby Lobby and Michaels, to pick up some craft supplies. With the holidays right around the corner, you can make all kinds of seasonal crafts for the occasion. Or pick up some generic craft supplies like paint and canvases and try your hand at creating a few paintings. Either way, you can explore your creativity with a good DIY or two on this national day!
Live Creative Day can be spent doing any craft, its all about the creativity and pursuing a life of art. From jewelry-making to resin crafts and oil paints to mural painting, Temple’s craft stores are waiting for you. Additionally, if you’re looking for local wildflowers to put in your resin-based craft projects, Temple’s beautiful landscapes have a wonderful selection of plant life to choose from.
Regional Creative Attractions
Salado Sculpture Garden
The Salado Sculpture Garden was brought together by the Public Arts League of Salado and Keep Salado Beautiful. The Salado Sculpture Garden was designed with the help of Texas Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists and features sculptures from a diverse group of artists. Stop by this garden to see some beautiful artworks in a wide array of materials and mixed-media. This beautiful sculpture garden will let you keep your focus on the beautiful artistic side of life. Perhaps it will even inspire you to make your own sculpture.
That Art Place & Board and Brush
At That Art Place, visitors can paint pottery, fused glass, and board art. Live creatively by taking up an art hobby. You can paint pottery that can either be fired or non-fired. Non-fired pottery can be taken home the same day, while fired pottery takes about two weeks to be ready for pick up. Waiting for your pottery to be ready will give you the perfect excuse to make another trip to Temple. That Art Place is always getting new products in and with the holidays coming up, you won’t want to miss out on a chance to paint a few of them!
Along with pottery, That Art Place also offers fused glass and board art. The fused glass projects at this art attraction are a lot of fun and an excellent craft to try for anyone who loves the look of stained glass artworks or enjoys working with intricate mosaics. Unleash your inner artist at this fun attraction in Belton that sparks creativity.
For more board art crafts, check out Board & Brush in Belton. This creative studio gives you the chance to paint your own signs and decor. They also have special workshop classes for projects like doormats, seasonal items, and planters. This create-your-own studio is full of fun ideas and possibilities. Visitors get to be a part of the process every step of the way. From installing hardware, waxing the wood to protect it from the elements, and use power tools and sanders to get the board polished and prepped for your design process. Or if you’re worried about not being the right painter for the job, stencils are available to help you create the perfect piece!
Painting With a Twist
The point of Live Creative Day is to get out there and explore the limits of your creativity. Create paintings, sculptures, trinkets, whatever project fuels your creativity. For fans of painting, visitors can schedule a private party at the Painting with a Twist located in Temple. With a private party, guests can paint anything and enjoy a fun experience with friends or in a group. There are also scheduled events with specific paintings listed on the Painting with a Twist website. Check back frequently for more designs and events!
This Salado art studio focuses on blown glass. Whether you want to stop by to watch or get in on the action, this art studio is an exciting experience you won’t want to miss. Salado Glassworks does special events throughout the year and has several that are coming up soon. For a chance to really pursue your creative side, stop by this studio. Salado Glassworks is doing a Blow Your Own Octoberfest Event happening on September 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, and October 1st and 2nd. This event is for ages 12 and up in which participants can make a mug, tumbler, or sipper for $80-85 pp depending on the choice of product.
Additionally, for a fun, fall-themed take on creative projects, on various dates in October and November, Salado Glassworks hosts Blow Your Own Pumpkin events. This themed event is $55 per person and gives you some lovely, seasonal décor for your home.
Live Life Creatively
By choosing to live creatively, life will be far more entertaining and full of life and color. Choose to live creative every day by visiting some of Temple and Bell County area art studios, galleries, and murals. There’s something about a city’s take on art that truly allows the city’s history, culture, and heart to shine through! Check out the sights and art that make Temple a unique destination on your next travel day.