October 2017

BPCF is sad to announce that  Gallery by the Gulf is closing.   Hurricane Harvey damaged the entire area surrounding Bolivar and took away our Labor Day.  As a result, visitors to the Gallery are less and sales have been slow.

We have had two great years and thank the community for their support. We would not have been successful without the wonderfully talented artist who were a part of the Gallery.  We would like to thank the permanent artists that worked and supported the Gallery.  Thank you also to the many consignment and Featured Artists who came through the Gallery.

The Jane Long Festival is no more.  Jane Long survived in the past and still represents the hope for the future.  There are myriad activities that will continue to grow.  Ralph Stenzel has worked tireless to repair the fort’s bunkers which will be available for tours soon.  The re-enactors will also be back to the fort to create excitement.


August and September 2017

Carol Outlaw-Wagner will be the featured artist at the Gallery during August and September.  There will be a reception for her on Saturday, August 19 from 11am to 3pm at the Gallery.  Her wonderful oil paintings have been in many galleries in the Galveston area. You will definitely enjoy her imagination and accomplished abilities.

June and July 2017

Ron Venable will be the artist of the month at the Gallery.  There will be a reception on Saturday June 10th at the Gallery from 10am to 4pm.  Ron’s work is created on historic salvaged items from Galveston County.

April and May 2017

Bonnie Blue will be the artist of the month at the Gallery.  She is a folk artist, art-car artist, portrait artist, caricaturist.  You will have so much fun viewing her works.  Please come welcome her at a reception on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm at the Gallery.

February and March 2017

The artist of the month for February and March, 2017 is Barney Stinnett.  He is an artist with a diverse range.  A reception will be held for him on February 11, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at the Gallery.  Please come meet him and see fabulous new art.

Did you ever think Port-A-Potties were ugly.  Well now is your chance to make them pretty.  BPCF and Keep Bolivar Beautiful are teaming up on a community-wide project to beautify the Port-a-potties on our beaches.  Each potty is housed in a three-sided building.  The goal is to paint each building by spring 2017 and turn them into attractive works of art that showcase the talent of our wonderful art community.  For more information contact Charlotte Stirling at 409-673-0536.

December, 2016

The artist of the month for December is Ronnie Milkovisch.  He has many colored glass designs and mobiles made from various materials.  A reception for Ronnie will be Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Gallery from 10am to 4pm.

November, 2016

Help us celebrate our one year anniversary all month long! We kick off the celebration with a reception for our Featured Artist, Elizabeth Barrow, November 5th from 10 to 4. We wrap up the month with our Christmastide Market on  Saturday, November 26th, Shop Local Day! Local artist and vendors will offer great selections for unique Christmas gifts. Refreshments will be served all month long. Stop by to see our new artists that have joined the Gallery, new art from our permanent artists, and our Featured Artist, Elizabeth Barrow.


Oct 14 & 15, 2016

The 2016 Seventh Annual Jane Long Festival — reflecting the success of this celebration of the Mother of Texas — is expanding to a two-day October event with even more Fort Travis installations now open for tours to complement re-enactments by the Texas Army and Sons of the Republic and other groups. Fireworks display on Friday night. This is a  free festival at Fort Travis on Bolivar Peninsula, Texas.


October, 2016

Gallery by the Gulf invites all Beachcombers!!!

Make art with your beach treasurers and trash.  Starting September 15th, Gallery by the Gulf will be accepting beachcombing art to be displayed as our Featured Art through the month of October.  See Gallery section for more info.

August 6th, 2016

Mark Nesmith will be the artist of the month for August.  A reception will be held on Saturday, August 6th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Gallery, 1980 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach, Tx.  Mark’s paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the Museum of East Texas, the Artist Museum, and the Dishman Museum, and he has shown work in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the southern United States.

July 9th, 2016

Donna Heinrich will be the artist of the month for July.  A reception will be held on Saturday, July 9th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Gallery, 1980 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach, Tx.  Donna is a local artist known by many on the peninsula for her paintings in oils, watercolor and acrylic.  She has shown at the Galveston Art Gallery and Texas City Art Show and won awards.  Come see her works, you will enjoy them and her.

June 11th, 2016

Tama “Sissy” Rawson will be the artist of the month for June.  A reception will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Gallery, 1980 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach.  Sissy has been painting all her life in different mediums, but prefers oils.  Come see her latest works and see why she has been the featured artist in several Galleries.


December 5, 2015 BPCF Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

Gallery by the Gulf, 1980 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach, Tx.  9:30am

Please join us to recap 2015, elect our new slate of officers and plan for 2016.

The artist of the month for December and January is Sheryl Lambert.  Come see her works of glass fusion.

November 28, 2015

Christmas-tide Market at the Gallery !  Saturday Nov. 28th – SHOP LOCAL DAY

Open 10am – 4 pm. Local artists and craft booths.  Anyone interested in a booth should call Charlotte Stirling 409-673-0536.

November 7,2015

Bolivar Peninsula Cultural Foundation celebrated the Grand Opening of Gallery by the Gulf Saturday, November 7, 2015 with a Bolivar Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting.   In attendance were Chamber Ambassadors, BPCF Board members and Gallery artists.  A special thanks to Glenda Mastin, one of our directors, for her outstanding vision and hard work to make this happen. And to all our directors, thank you for your support. Anne Willis, Margo Johnson, Eve Bradford, Ange Scheibel, Sherry Morgan, Marsha Fredenberg.



An art gallery would not be complete without the… artists!! Applause to Patricia Hagstrom, our featured artist for November, Margaret Lindow, Cheri Duggan, B. Bailey, Angela Travis, Glenda Mastin, Sharon Rigsby, Charlotte Stirling, Ron Venable, Scott Hanson, Zeb Hickman and new to the Gallery this month, Alice Hurlbert and Dana Beach Gyspy.

Stop by to see our outstanding collection of local art. Hours are Thurs-Fri, 10 am to 4 pm.

Gallery by the Gulf

1980 Hwy 87, Suite A, upstairs – Crystal Beach, Tx.

Gallery Hours – Thur, Fri & Sat 10 – 4.

For more information contact Charlotte Stirling 409-673-0536.


OCTOBER 10, 2015

JANE LONG FESTIVAL – SATURDAY –   10AM TO 4PM at Fort Travis.     Map

Historical Bunker Tours will be available as well as a face painter, Bean Bag Tournament, Play by the Way Off Broadway players, It’s all about Jane, the silent auction and many vendors with crafts and food. One of the silent auction items is a quilt made and donated by Karen Anderson.



Please click page 1 and then page 2 to learn about Jane Long. Written by Brenda Smith.

April 21st, 2015


Winnie Burkett, Biologist and Houston Audubon Society stalwart.

April 21st, Tuesday, 3PM at the High Island Rookery in High Island.

Join the BPCF to discover the wonder of our peninsula’s bird habitat, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world.  Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased at Swede’s Real Estate, the Chamber of Commerce, or at the site the day of the event.


**May 16th, Saturday 11:00 am – 4pm  Arts and Crafts Show

Steve’s Landing Restaurant

1290 Bay Vue Dr,. Crystal Beach, Tx.



International Oleander Society is very happy and excited to propagate a new Oleander to be named for Jane Long.


December 18, 2012: The new signs designating Hwy 87 as JANE LONG MEMORIAL HIGHWAY were dedicated and unvailed at 1:30PM. There is one sign by the Memorial and another sign close to Hwy 124 and Hwy 87.


Dedication of the Jane Long Memorial, a brand new Gateway project, was held on October 13, 2012 the opening day of the Jane Long Festival at 10AM. The memorial will consist of a monument, historical markers and three flagpoles flying the U.S. Flag, Texas Flag and the wonderful Jane Long Flag. The pavilion-like area at the entrance to Fort Travis, right off Hwy. 87 will include benches and pavers. The Galveston County Road & Bridge Dept. is working on the Memorial at this time.


Read about Samson Energy’s generous donation to the Jane Long Memorial at

The Galveston Commissioners Court has designated Hwy 87 as “Jane Long Highway“.  Several Jane Long Society members were in attendance.


After discovering that there was no recognition of Jane Long at the Capital of Texas in Austin, Texas, members of the Jane Long Society commissioned an artist to copy the only known portrait of Jane Long at the Fort Bend County museum. In April of 2011, the portrait was hung in the Library at the Capital in Austin, Texas. The plaque reads “Jane Long Mother of Texas  Donated by the Bolivar Peninsula Cultural Foundation and the Jane Long Society”. Article about portrait.  Article about trip.  Please visit the library the next time you are in Austin.