There are many independently-owned galleries in Austin, and in San
Antonio (1.5 hour drive away on major interstate freeway) - but I
don’t have a comprehensive list and not many concentrate exclusively
on fine craft. Try to find out about the Austin Fine Arts Festival, a
major annual outdoor show in May. I don’t remember the weekend, not
much help. FYI expect daytime outdoor temperatures as high as 95
degrees F at this time of year and humid, too - but average highs
more like 85 and could be lots lower if storms move through.
If you can venture as far as Houston, 150 miles from Austin on major
highways and interstates (2.5-3 hour drive here, between metropoli
are wide-open spaces…), a wonderful new gallery opened in september
’01: the Houston Center For Contemporary Craft. I live in Houston;
we have always suffered with very few contemporary/fine craft
galleries (last 15 years anyway) and this space opened with a
travelling show from the ACM in New York - they are serious!
Unfortunately that show closed 12/31, I don’t know what’s up next in
the exhibition space. They also have a retail gallery. A one-page
site is at www.crafthouston.org, but no info on upcoming events;
you’ll have to navigate their voice mail for that unless the site is
built-out further. Site doesn’t have postal zip code! (it’s 77002)
I’ve had some kaleidoscopes in their shop and selling well in $60 -
$200 price ranges. FYI their location is right in the “museum
district” here; within the same 2-mile radius you will find Museum
of Fine Art Houston, Contemporary Art Museum, Museum of Natural
History with planetarium and Cockrell Butterfly Center, Children’s
Museum of Houston, Holocaust Center, and Houston Zoo. There are many
commercial art galleries in town as well, and some of the ones with
art-other-than-paintings are right in the same area.
I hope that helps. I’m not a jeweler but I know several so contact
me if you want Houston-area friends or if you do head this way maybe
it will be at the right time for a Houston Metal Arts Guild meeting.