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“Interesting & whimsical”

Chicken Farm Art Center
Ranked #5 of 25 things to do in San Angelo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A cornerstone of the art community in San Angelo, The Chicken Farm Art Center was founded in 1971 to promote the arts, artists, and art education in West Texas. We have 15+ resident artist studios, a restaurant, B&B, and host art and music events throughout the year.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Tucson, Arizona
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74 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Interesting & whimsical”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Although the day we visited ( a Thursday) many of the shops were closed, we met the gentleman who started the complex & he shared a little about how it got started. It seemed to me a great deal of the shops were related to pottery. There were several shops I was intrigued to have explored, so it might pay to see if the majority of the shops are open. I particularly liked the Horse Feathers shop & the one with Rustic wood designs who had a great collection of wooden crosses of varying sizes with turquoise inlays. Had there been more shops open & artists to speak to I would likely have given it a higher rating, but we drove quite a distance to only speak to or see 3 people.

Visited April 2013
Thank DnL_Adventures
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San Angelo
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fun Afternoon”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Had a fun afternoon touring the shops at the Chicken Farm. Roger Allen art work is amazing. I especailly enjoyed the pottery and touring the other shops. There is also a great little restaurant there as well. Plenty of Parking all around the buildings. If you hungry for Mexican Food try Franco just about a stone throw from the chicken farm. Small hole in the wall place but the food is amazing

Visited March 2013
1 Thank breegg
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“If you love ceramic Art...”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

This place is wonderful! We thought we were lost at first, because it's in a seedy part of town, but of course it would have to be, because it really was a chicken farm in its previous life! It reminded me of the cool places in the Moneterey Bay area in California. The owner was there and when I asked about a very interesting rock ~ that looked like an ancient goddess artifact~ that was being used a paperweight, he came out and began a 30+ minute fascinating conversation with us. I really want to go back when the weather cools. They have live music in the evenings and people come from all over the world to participate in creating the art and/or to just mingle with some very cool people. The whole place is interesting, the people were all very friendly and knowledgeable, and the little houses, shops and buildings are unique. I'll visit again as soon as I can. There is a restaurant but it's by reservation only and the owners were out of town...so we missed a 5 course gourmet meal! Next time...

Visited July 2012
2 Thank Meligirl
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“What a wonderful place," it's been "Serving the Art Spirit since 1971"”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

Wow what a surprise, this ain't no chicken farm, it's a true art community. The main gallery, the StarKeeper Gallery is just bursting with color. Roger Allen, the potter is a colorful man with a sincere dedication to the arts. His Chicken Farm Art Center is alive with all kinds of art, from pottery to exquisite painting, to intricate woodworking, to emerging artists. If you love art, it's well worth your time to visit. Be sure to see both front and back galleries. Don't let the rustic look fool you, this is a class act.

The Inn of the Art Center is a quaint Inn surrounded by art. It's limited in rooms so booking a room can challenging, but well worth it.

Visited May 2012
2 Thank Travelingvince
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Blanco, Texas
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55 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Cool place”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

The Chicken Farm Art Center is a must-see place in San Angelo. We stayed the night in one of the three guest rooms, too. We didn't eat at the Salt at the Silo restaurant because we had other plans that night. NICE artists and just a lot of fun.

Visited October 2011
1 Thank sherylsr
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