Wood artisans back for Mesquite Art Show


The 2019 Texas Mesquite Arts Festival returns to Fredericksburg Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13.

Mesquite wood artisans from across the country will gather on Marktplatz to showcase their handcrafted mesquite products.

The Texas Mesquite Arts Festival is free and open to the public.

Hours are Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items range from large furniture items such as beds, dressers and chairs made entirely from mesquite, to craft and gift items such as turned lamps, scroll work, pen and pencil sets, Christmas tree ornaments and sculpted vases.

 “Besides seeing the absolute best selection of mesquite, visitors will enjoy the largest mesquite show in the world,” show organizer Al Carr said.

The festival, like mesquite wood itself, has come a long way since the first event in 1992.

Fourteen mesquite woodworkers gathered then for a seminar.

According to Carr, they weren’t the only ones showing interest in mesquite.

“So many local people dropped in to see what we were doing and to try to buy our work, we realized Fredericksburg was the best place on earth to have a Texas Mesquite Arts Festival,” Carr said.

Organizers expect thousands of visitors over the weekend.

Once viewed as a nuisance, mesquite has become the darling of architects and retailers. Mesquite’s growing appeal comes in part from the high profile offered by this festival, according to Carr.

Additional articles praising mesquite’s quality and value have appeared in such magazines as AAA’s Texas Journey, Texas Highways, Veranda and Fine Woodworking.

Several artists that regularly exhibit at the show were featured in the September/October 2010 issue of Texas Journey.

“Architects now vie to install mesquite accents in upscale homes,” Carr said.

Mantles, doors, flooring, art items, dining sets, tables, and other furniture are increasingly requested in mesquite.

Prices for raw wood as well as finished pieces have soared.

Items are available for purchase, with food and drink sold on the grounds.

More information on the Texas Mesquite Art Festival is available at www.texasmesquiteartfestivals.com, or by calling the Fest Office at 830-997-8515.