From left to right, Carrie Tiemann, April Valdez, Destinee Ramirez, Patty Prater and Heather Leiterman form the core staff of the Tiemann Art Gallery. (Brian Rash / Community Impact Journal)
Carrie Tiemann first opened the Tiemann Art Gallery in June 2020, a period she admits was no accident.
âI had to move in and it was the first day of quarantine in Travis County,â Tiemann said. âSo we had to postpone the move. As a small business opening upâ¦ COVID-19 has made it very difficult. “
Essentially, the pandemic has played a major role in the gallery’s operations since it opened, Tiemann said, but added that starting in April, she and her team produced an ambitious program of events.
Live music, lectures, dates, exhibitions, classes, and dramatic readings are a small part of what the gallery offers each month, but that’s just one facet of what the gallery does. business delivers to the community, Tiemann said.
Beyond the live events, the gallery showcases a wide range of diverse art genres at all times, primarily from Texan artists, but sometimes the work comes from beyond state lines.
The gallery is located in Round Rock in a mall on Mays Street, and Tiemann acknowledges that given the newness of the business, it’s not yet a cultural staple in the city.
But, she sees the potential.
âThis art gallery is to this fine and visual arts community what Dell Daimond is to this sports community,â she said. “[Itâs] what Kalajari is to this community for family entertainment. That’s how much of an asset it could be for this area.
Tiemann cites a recent Saturday night art exhibit as proof of the fine art imprint his gallery already offers residents of Round Rock and beyond.
The work of artist Monica Puryear was on display, complemented by live music performed on a stunning Steinway grand piano.
âIt was good and everything was free,â she said. “I do everything but give people a $ 100 bill to come here.”
The third facet of the Tiemann Art Gallery is personalized framing, a niche that can almost be described as its own cottage industry within the gallery.
Services offered as part of the gallery framing component include canvas stretching, float mounting, shadow boxes, museum glass, and lace mounted needlework.
Originally from Dallas, Tiemann moved to Austin in 1971 and received his law degree from the University of Texas.
During a 35-year career in the practice of law, Tiemann said that she and her husband also lived in Santa Fe in the 1980s, which helped fuel her love of the art.
âWhat we’re trying to doâ¦ is we’re trying to find the best of Texan artists and show them off,â Tiemann said.
Tiemann Art Gallery
1706 N. Mays Street, Round Rock
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am-5pm