Whistle Pik Galleries opened its doors in October of 1995 to coincide with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Fredericksburg, Texas. Gallery owners, Tim and Pamela Taylor chose to open a gallery in Fredericksburg because that is where they wanted to live and raise their two daughters Jessica and Lindsey. They believed that there was a market for a quality art gallery in Central Texas at that time and Fredericksburg definitely provided the right environment for such a gallery. The original concept of trying to display fine representational art as it would look in a home rather than how it looks in a gallery is still in existence today.
The Gallery opened with just a 12 artists in 1995, but those few provided significant seeds for future growth of the gallery. The original list of artists included: C. James Frazier, John Austin Hanna, G. Harvey, James Kramer, David A. Leffel, Eric Michaels, Robert Moore, Paul Strisik, Robert Summers, Roger Williams, Wayne Wolfe, and Gene Zesch. Over the next 13 years, the Gallery has sold almost 4,000 pieces of original art from 145 artists (both living and deceased). Over 3500 collectors from all 50 states, and 12 foreign countries representing 5 continents have purchased original works from our resident and guest artists.
Today, the gallery tries to keep the works of around 30 painters and 6 or 8 sculptors in their gallery at all times as resident artistsť. Often times, the gallery has another handful of guest artistsť whose work is displayed on a limited-time basis. During the Invitational Annual Christmas Miniature Show which has been held in late November and December since 1996, there may be only 35 resident artists and almost 60 guest artists. This has provided a benefit to artists who have not been exposed to Texas markets to see how regional collectors respond to their work.