Mr. Garrett Wilkinson (1915-1999) is most fondly remembered by Bertram for his whimsical metal folk art. His sculptures numbered well over a hundred and are found around Texas, in many other States, and as far away as England. Fortunately, many are still in the area. In the city, look for many of his masterpieces at the intersection of Vaughan and East Streets and further to the east on Vaughan.
Artist Garrett Wilkinson with some of his unique metal sculptures
Lizzie, Wilkinson’s giant dinosaur sculpture, is popular in parades. You’ll see it somewhere around Bertram during the winter decorated with Christmas lights.
Wilkinson created many bird and plant sculptures. The above sculptures, and more, may be seen near the intersection of East and Mesquite Streets. There are more on the east end of Vaughan Street.
Guy Jeffery Goble has both Bertram and art in his genes. He was born to Billie Joe and Carole Ann (Normann) Goble; Terrell Hutto, a founder of Farmers State Bank was Guy’s great, great grandfather. Guy’s grandparents were noted artists Charles Berkeley and and F.V.”Fran” Normann… They are best known for their painting The Reading of the Texas Declaration of Independence which hangs at the Star of the Republic Museum at Washington on the Brazos. Many of their paintings are in museums and private collections across the country. Guy is a graduate of the University of Texas with a fine arts degree, but began winning honors for his art in high school. He works in all media, and his watercolor paintings of historic buildings are favorites with patrons. Guy is presently working on the third mural in his home town of Bertram. The first was on the wall of the old Potts and Ater building where he had the help of his artistic family, including his famous grandmother. Sadly, that building burned and had to be razed. In addition to murals, Goble’s talent has led him to design various T-shirts and commemorative buttons for events such as the Oatmeal Festivals and Bertram’s 125th Birthday celebration in 2007.
Goble’s American Flag mural graces the north side of Bertram’s American Legion Building. You can see this mural from Hwy 29 on the west side of Bertram.
Goble is presently working on the Woodman of the World mural which features Bertram historic sites and symbols. This mural is on the north side of the Woodman of the World building at Hwy 29 and Lampasas.
Texas Mesquite Company is owned and operated by Craig Lagerstrom. Craig has been building custom furniture for fourteen years and at his new location since 1999. Every piece of furniture is made with the highest quality materials available, and an eye for detail sets their furniture apart. In today’s throw away world it’s nice to know you can still find true craftsmanship. A member of The Texas Mesquite Association, Craig is a renowned craftsman. Texas Mesquite Company’s furniture has been featured in major magazines, including Cowboys & Indians, Texas Highways, and Veranda. Each piece of mesquite is hand picked at the sawmill and old world craftsmanship is used from start to finish on every piece of unique furniture Craig sells, and he can build custom pieces to your specifications. Visit Craig at www.texmes.com
Artist Craig Lagerstrom creates unique and quality furniture in his workshop in downtown Bertram.
Diversified Machining, Inc. is a precision machine shop just east of Bertram on Hwy 29. They do prototype production, weld and fab, and they also create custom metal art, including awesome custom gates and entrances. Stop by their shop at 3703 E Hwy 29 east of Bertram to see examples of their metal art, or call at 512.355.3270.
Diversified Machining has talented artists with tools such as welders and plasma cams that can create any type of metal artwork, from large to small.
Diversified Machining created the elegant entrance gate at Bertram’s Little League Ball Field, which is dedicated to the famed “Chief” Wilson.
Sculptor and ceramic artist Chris Allman now calls Bertram “home” and operates a ceramic shop in downtown Bertram called Ceramic Dino’s. Chris delights in making “one of a kind” art, and she is also does commission work. Ceramic Dino’s is located at 247 E Vaughan in Bertram. The store carries ceramic bisque, clay, glazes, supplies, and also sells kilns. Services offered include firing and classes.