Coupland has attracted a variety of artists because it has a slower pace of life but is not too far from Austin and other major metropolitan hubs.
The mission of the Huntington Sculpture Foundation, located in the small rural town of Coupland, is to serve the greater community of central Texas by providing access to Jim Huntington’s sculptures. There are large scale works in the sculpture garden, in granite and granite combined with stainless or cast bronze or copper, to small, intimate scale sculptures in the studio building. The public is encouraged to stroll the grounds, enter and experience the interior spaces of some of the larger scale pieces, spaces which are, by intention, as much a part of the sculptures as the materials themselves. The Foundation offers a unique educational and aesthetically uplifting opportunity for the public to see the vision, work and working of an artist in his mature years.
See more at this link: http://www.huntingtonsculpture.org
Wells Mason is an American designer and sculptor based in Coupland, Texas. He prefers working with metal and wood, and his work is generally associated with the Postminimalist art movement. His sculptures reference the clean lines and simple forms of Minimalism, but with an intellectual component that explores a particular idea or comments on a specific moment in time. His furniture designs have won national awards, his sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the country, and his work has been featured in numerous magazines.
See more at this link: http://www.wellsmason.com
Letitia Eldredge lives in Coupland and is the founder and Executive Director of Arts Convergence. There was a great article about her in the Elgin Courier in July 2017: Coupland-based artist has a ‘vision’
This is from the Arts Convergence Facebook page:
It is our vision to contribute to the expansion of opportunity for artists and creative individuals to express their ideas with autonomy, respect and liberty of self-expression. To support colaborations where the potential for partnership exists, therewith to forward significant and/or new inventions of thought, material, media and presentations content. Arts Convergence intent is to serve community through arts production, education and promotions, to benefit cross cultural exchange of ideas affecting the common good and enlighten goals through aesthetics input and crossover education developments.
Coupland artist Connie Heineke hails from Coupland but currently lives between Coupland and Taylor. She is the manager of the gallery of the Taylor Artist Guild (TAG). The 120ART Gallery, is located at 120 W. Second Street in Taylor. Even though she is the manager, her works have to go through the jury process like all the other artists. The gallery holds a new juried show every month. Connie grew up on a farm in the Coupland area. She is the artist who provided the beautiful drawings for the Civic Organization tote bags, which are currently sold out. One side has St. Peter’s Church of Coupland, entitled “Coupland’s Little White Church on the Hill,” and one has her family home, which she calls a typical Coupland farm house, entitled “A Peaceful Simple Way of Life.” The painting on the left is called “Sea of Tranquility in the Window” and is on display at the gallery.
Peter Julian is the latest artist to call Coupland home, thus completing Coupland’s “ArtBloc.” Coupland has its own little art district, with sculptor Jim Huntington and his Sculpture Garden on the eastern half of the block, painter and ceramist Letitia Eldredge on the northwest corner, and now Peter Julian on the southwest corner. Letitia was instrumental in getting Peter to relo-cate to Coupland in the fall of 2014. She is a friend of a friend, and she told Peter about Coupland and that the house south of hers was available. She says, “Peter ex-plores his ideas in various creative media: painting, ceramics, and wood sculpture. He consolidates an international career and archives from his former studios in Burgundy, France, and New York City.” You can get the whole story, in two parts, from supplements that appeared in the Coupland Herald in February and May of 2017. Click on the links to see Part One & Part Two.