It’s a difficult time to be sure. But we want to tell you about this cool place to add to your list of places to visit. When things settle down, drive to 12919 Nutty Brown Road, Austin and you know you’ve arrived when you encounter a hammer-shaped mailbox. You read that right. Hammer as in hammer and nails. It’s the home of Tres Reynas, a 4.8-acre property that hosts three art studios, a barn with an equine trainer, and a craft lounge.
According to Community Impact Southwest Austin, someone jokingly calls the place the “U.N. of Dripping Springs” for its cultural diversity and talent. Here’s what you can find at Tres Reynas and one bonus stop.
Austin Craft Lounge
You might think this is a beer place, but it’s a different kind of craft lounge. After walking around Tres Reynas looking at art, you may be inspired to create your own. And that’s exactly what you can do at Austin Crafts Lounge. You can sign up for a group class, drop-in during studio hours to make a craft, or request a project made.
Two sisters from France started Authenticaa (2 A’s for the sisters Alexia and Ariane) to create French and European art using metal and reclaimed wood. They also buy local to help with their commitment to reduce their carbon footprint. The sisters get their inspiration from nature including flowers, animals, leaves, and organic shapes.
Laura Hermanson is an equine trainer who caught the eye of many at the U.S. Dressage Finals as she did a warm-up with a mule. She tells The Chronicle of a Horse that her horse Behold the Dessert can do everything: reining, showmanship, and jumping. Hermanson works at the barn at Tres Reynas where she offers lessons. The barn also includes chickens, rabbits, and ducks.
Elisa Kissinger, owner, and artist behind EKiss Art, creates sculptures and pottery that uses animals as the subject. You can explore some of her works on her Facebook page.
Bottles and Birds
With years of woodworking experience, Wylie Fraze makes art out of wood and glass bottles. He’s known for his wooden bird feeders in which he makes with a wine bottle to dispense food. You can learn to make your own as he teaches a master class at Austin Craft Lounge.
Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
Within one mile from Tres Reynas is Nutty Brown Amphitheatre (12225 Hwy. 290 West), a music venue where you can dance under the stars to your favorite performers. Open since the ’50s, the amphitheater has been a car dealership, barbershop, and western clothing store. Check the website for upcoming performers, which includes the likes of Joan Jett, Styx, and Parker McCollum.