Salado has long been known for its beautiful Salado Creek, unique shopping experience and outstanding art and artists. Come and explore a variety of art in the outdoor Sculpture Garden.
The garden is the vision of the Public Arts League of Salado and Keep Salado Beautiful. It is situated in a lovely natural landscape connected by gentle walkways and seating all through the area making fine art accessible to everyone and where one can view the creativity of a diverse group of artists - varying ages, life experiences, male and female - living and working locally and regionally.
Exhibits rotate, and showcase many of the celebrated Salado artists. The artists that will often have sculptures on display are Ronnie Wells of Salado and Bob Guelich of San Antonio, both who have found inspirations in the natural environment, especially wildlife. Well known Salado artists, Sandra and Lonnie Edwards; Sandra who is an inspired stone sculptor and Lonnie, an artist that works in bronze, copper, stainless steel and wrought iron. Also from Salado are Jill and Johnny Shipman, multi-talented artists who have designed and collaborated on the entrance piece to the Sculpture Garden with Melissa Paxton, a glass artist. Other Salado sculptors are Troy Kelley who is renowned as the artist of Sirena, the mermaid at Salado Creek and has the piece Handicapped Mask, and Aaron Gist who does cast stone and steel work. Other artists are Bob Rynearson of Temple who carves in marble and limestone; Dan Pogue of Marble Falls who sculpts in clay and casts his work in bronze and Richard Mocco (1942-2010) whose steel work was shown nationwide. Images of stone, bronze and steel fill the open space.
Some of the sculpture art is on loan for several months and will change from time to time. Most of the art is for sale. Some of the pieces are permanent.
The garden was designed with the help of Bell County Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists and has been certified a Texas Wildscape. Pocket gardens of drought-tolerant native plants are incorporated amongst the trees and the wandering dry creek that meanders through the meadow. The pocket gardens were established to provide seasonal color and to attract wildlife.
Salado can be proud of this venture to integrate art into the daily lives of local residents and visitors to the community. We invite you, your friends and family to nurture your spirit, your imagination, and enrich your life here in Salado. Located on the north side of Salado at 113 Salado Plaza Drive it is open every day and free to the public.