Mission & Vision
The mission of the Lost Pines Art League is to foster the creation and appreciation of fine arts through rich and diverse programs. The vision of the Lost Pines Art League is to enhance lives through the creative power of art and to establish the Lost Pines Art Center as a major art destination.
In 1998, a group of seven artists founded the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild to provide mutual aid and promotion of local artists in the Bastrop area and to encourage cultural interest in and appreciation of fine art. The Guild acquired 501(c)(3) status in 2006 and took up residence in a 1,600 square foot rented gallery/teaching space on Main Street in downtown Bastrop.
The demand for gallery space, programs, events, cultural activities, and artist services grew, and in response to that growth, the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild, working closely with the City of Bastrop and the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, began to pursue the development of a comprehensive arts center. In 2010, the Guild found the perfect property on Chestnut Street in downtown Bastrop—the 100 year old Powell Cotton Seed Mill and silos that had fallen into disrepair. Construction on the art center began in January 2016 and was completed in time for a Grand Opening in December 2016.
Around the same time the Lost Pines Art Center was completed, the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild also made the decision to change its name to the Lost Pines Art League. Currently, the Lost Pines Art League consists of over 150 members who volunteer over 5,000 hours per year.
The Lost Pines Art Center is a comprehensive regional arts center with a gallery, classrooms, artist studios, and leasable office space. The Art Center includes a 12,000 square foot main building, four silos that were recently renovated and will be converted into working studios, and a meandering sculpture garden that serves as an outdoor gallery with a replica of part of the lower Colorado River, contemplative spaces, event space, and an amphitheater.
Board of Directors
As an arts organization, we want to ensure that our leadership is made up of predominantly artists. To maintain our insight into the business side of art, our Bylaws require five of our Board Members to have a business background.
Mark Rose, Business – President
Debbie Bredemus, Artist – Vice President
Gaila Hitt, Artist – Treasurer
Barbara Bogart, Business – Secretary
Joe Beal, Business
Kay Kemp, Artist
David Weaver, Artist
John Burns, Business
Matt Hart, Business
Jamie Howard, Artist
Louise Placek, Artist
Olga Maystruk, Artist
Admission to the Lost Pines Art Center is FREE for all ages!!! As a non profit organization, donations are always welcome.
1204 Chestnut Street
Bastrop, TX 78602
Directions from Austin:
Take Hwy 71 East toward Bastrop/Houston
Exit Loop 150 E/Childers Street
Turn left onto Loop 150 E/Chestnut Street
1204 Chestnut Street is on the left side of the street, at the corner of Chestnut and Haysel
Directions from Houston:
Take Hwy 71 West toward Bastrop/Austin
Exit Hwy 95 toward Elgin
Turn right onto Hwy 95 toward Elgin
Turn left onto Loop 150/Chestnut Street
1204 Chestnut Street is on the right side of the street, at the corner of Chestnut and Haysel
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Exhibit – “Myths & Fables” by Ellen Tanner, 1/7/19
Exhibit – “Come Together” by Peggy Weiss and Robert Weiss, 2/6/19
Exhibit – “Telling Their Stories” by Karen & Steve Jackson, 3/12/19
Exhibit – “Towns & Cities” by Chris Chappell, 5/1/19
Exhibit – “For the Love of Glass,” 5/3/19
The Lost Pines Art Center in the news:
2018 Austin Green Awards Recognizes Eight Aspirational Projects
Lost Pines Art Center Dazzles
Long-awaited Lost Pines Art Center Opens Doors in Bastrop
New Lost Pines Art Center Has ‘Green’ In Mind Partnering With Barley & Pfeiffer Architects
Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture design for The Lost Pines Art Center nominated for 2019 Austin Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards!
1204 Chestnut Street
Bastrop, TX 78602