The lower Rio Grande Valley is a regional arts destination.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley area has many active local arts groups in the visual, literary and performing arts, and the El Paseo Arts Foundation serves as an umbrella organization for these various groups, providing assistance with grant funding initiatives, financial support for special cooperative projects, and networking efforts with state and national organizations. The Foundation is also a strong and nationally recognized advocate for arts funding and support. For upcoming events, click here.


2018 Fam Fest. The Island’s premier film, art and music festival.

South Padre Island is excited to bring a premier film, art and music festival to Texas’ best beach! You are invited to participate in this year’s event, where film, music, food and family fun complement fine original art. This three-day event will feature outstanding artists, art demonstrations, children’s art activities, live music, film, and local food and beverages.FAM Fest | November 16 – 18, 2018 | South Padre IslandFilm

FAM FEST will become the location for the Cine Sol Festival featuring filmmaking workshops and industry panels. Festival attendees can expect to view films and documentaries from around the world with a unique perspective from award-winning filmmakers.

Those seeking the perfect tropical location for your next production can find more information from the South Padre Island Film Commission.Featured Artists

FAM FEST will showcase state and national painters, sculptors, jewelry makers and multimedia artist booths with art for sale.Music

Enjoy music from an eclectic array of local and Texas bands including local Island favorites located in the Entertainment District.Food & Drink

South Padre Island restaurants and food trucks will provide food and beverages for the event.Artist In Residence

Meet and experience artistic works to be exhibited at FAM FEST through our featured Artist In Residence, who will share their knowledge and creative passion with an array of events leading into the Festival weekend.Interactive Art Zone

An artistic and hands-on playscape for all ages with various children’s activities designed to inspire creative play.CALL TO ARTISTS

FAM FEST is seeking artists from all backgrounds to participate in this inaugural event. For more information or to submit an artist application, please contact Marisa Amaya at or call (956) 761-3834. The application deadline is July 31st, 2018.

Call for Artists Application
Artist In Residence Application

El Paseo Arts Foundation

An Art Lover’s Guide to South Padre Island

An artist’s muse, the South Texas art community is vibrant and growing. And it’s no wonder why – our landscape beckons artists to capture the beauty of the tropical waters and abundant wildlife. Standing ovations, high-energy festivals, artisan crafts and inspirational art galleries contribute to South Padre Island’s multi-sensory cultural aura. Take a class, nab a one-of-a-kind souvenir, and immerse yourself in the arts on Texas’ best beach.

Art Space
Take a lesson with a master artist! This co-op venue offers classes in everything from acrylic techniques for painting Texas lifestyle scenes to acrylic pour and sea turtle painting parties.
Hunter Gallery
A contemporary gallery featuring local artists and photographers. Bring your own photographs and have them turned into a canvas or matte print.
El Paseo Arts
Bringing art to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, explore a full season of plays, musicals, visual and literary artists.
Kingfisher Gallery & Taxidermy
Specializes in marine art, especially fish native to the waters of the Gulf. Explore unique gifts of fine art, furniture, home decors and handmade pieces from Mexico.
Seaside Art Studio
Shop, paint and attend classes! A spacious art studio for artists to paint on large canvases.
The ArtFix
A multi-purpose studio and boutique that fosters creativity and imagination, open to anyone looking to “get their art crave fixed.” The studio offers local art, art workshops, art camps for kids, painting parties, and more!
LifeLocal Gallery

Around the Island Port Isabel

Laguna Madre Art Gallery
An original fine art co-op gallery featuring over 20 artists in the Laguna Madre area. The gallery hosts artist workshops in all areas of the visual arts.
Port Isabel Historical Museum
This museum chronicles the history of the city and South Padre Island. It’s a considerably robust history, spanning the centuries between the area’s original inhabitants, the Coahuiltecan Indians, and the modern-day shrimp and sports fishing industry.

Port Isabel Lighthouse
Constructed in 1852, the Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago Pass and the barrier islands, and remains the only lighthouse on the Texas Gulf Coast open to the public.
Art Sea Gallery and Goods
Creators of the Embrace Your Beach Life line of shirts, hats, pins and more. Visit them for unique jewelry, pottery, paintings, art, prints, coastal decor and beautiful home goods.

Indigo Art and Apparel
Indigo is an art inspired store with a touch of bohemian beach style clothing and accessories. Featuring one of a kind handmade accessories from all over the world to handmade felt and silk scarves from Nepal, I promise you havent seen anything like this yet.
Laguna Madre Art League
We are a small dedicated group of artists and fine art supporters located in the gulf coast region of South Texas. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As such, we dedicate our funding to promoting art appreciation and artistic displays, enhancing artists skill sets, and supporting our young artists as they develop the necessary skills to become the next generation of fine art producers.

Tesori offers fine Jewelry and Gifts in the Lighthouse Square district of Port Isabel, Texas. Come in to Tesori Boutique for unique jewelry and accessories and a pleasant shopping experience.
Rio Bravo Gallery
Rio Bravo Gallery in Port Isabel is a fun museum that features the finest art pieces in town, making it a hit for visitors of all ages.

South Padre Island is full of art and culture.

South Padre Island is a community engaged in an active and innovative arts environment! From sandcastle lessons, art camps and private or group lessons, click here. for upcoming classes and activities.