Following the approval of our April issue in mid-March, I was ready to move
forward—per usual. Content for May issue done, check. June issue—you’re on deck.
Let’s get this started.
But my once-predictable, formulaic plans—like all of yours—slowly started to
change as we moved into late March. As the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up,
Galveston Monthly’s food-related features were postponed, interviews had to be
rescheduled and almost every single Island event was cancelled or postponed.
Once the dust settled from those disappointments, it was time to refocus and move
forward with a new plan.
You may have noticed that we have gotten a little thinner this issue. Not me
personally but the magazine is much thinner now - specifically 18 pages thinner
than normal. Our plan is to slowly add the pages back over the next couple of issues
as we all get back into a “new normal” as it’s being called now.
Despite the difficulties, Galveston Monthly’s mission has not changed. Always
aiming to entertain and spark conversations, we will continue to deliver quality and
insightful features to our readers. This magazine is full of what we do best—positive,
uplifting stories about Galveston Island.
Our cover this month is a painting titled “Island Time” by Robert Peterson. It’s a
painting of our Galveston beach that is inviting to say the least. Robert, who is the
owner of Vacation on Canvas gallery, has a masterful ability to capture the island
environment with brilliant, vivid colors and precise detail.
Along with his original paintings, Robert offers reproductions of his artwork in
canvas giclées, cards, paper prints, and one-of-a-kind ceramic tiles. His gallery is
located downtown at the corner of Postoffice and 22nd Street. The gallery is now
open. Call 409.974.4066 for more details.
We are with you and for you. Thank you for your support and understanding as,
working together, we all do our best to get our island community through these
Stay Safe and Close!
Right now, the breadth and scope of the challenges facing public health, let alone
social and economic wellbeing, seem overwhelming. The coronavirus outbreak is
the most serious crisis the world has faced in generations.
Life is now different. You know the devastation the spread of coronavirus has
caused, not just to most businesses in general, but to all of our daily lives. First and
foremost, I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe in these uncertain
times. Please be sure to heed the recommendations of staying socially distant and
to check in with your neighbors who are the most vulnerable to this pandemic.
It’s no secret that the coronavirus is negatively impacting businesses, ours included.
So along with our usual content we have assembled a handy guide for navigating
both the physical and online resources available locally to help you through these
uncertain times. Be sure to visit our website and follow our Facebook page to find
the latest in businesses opening and services available on the Island.
With the help of so many Islanders, our community has banded together to meet
this crisis. It’s inspiring to see businesses and everyday people pitching in and
It’s also a time to support Galveston businesses and restaurants. Shop local has
never meant more to our community.
The April cover is a new oil on canvas painting titled “Wind Riders” by artist and
gallery owner René Wiley. She is the owner of René Wiley Gallery in downtown
Galveston on Postoffice Street.
René has new oil paintings of floral arrangements as well as her new collection of
“Iconic Galveston” cityscapes. Rachel Wiley-Janota has coastal inspired landscapes
in mixed media, oils and gold leaf and Samantha Wiley has an impressive collection
of oil portraits and is taking commission requests.
The gallery also has fabric mosaics by Brenda Bunten-Schloesser, reclaimed tree
sculptures from James D. Phillips, wooden bowls by Dale Hooks, and glass sculptures
by Bill Meek. They offer both originals and fine art prints, as well as discounts for
previous collectors and interior designers.
Because of the current stay at home orders, René is encouraging those who
want to view works from the gallery to go online to www.rachelwiley.com. The
gallery is having a 20% off everything sale and free shipping. For more details call
Stay safe, and stay positive.
The Galveston Monthly staff is proud to be celebrating the magazine’s 11th year
of delivering quality and insightful features about Galveston Island to our readers.
Always aiming to entertain and spark conversations, we cannot express how
appreciative we are for all of those who have contributed to making the magazine
what it is today.
Our cover this month is a painting by David Foreman titled “’Current’ Dreams” that
is part of a new exhibit of his work called Dimensional Values on display from March
7 thru April 11 at Third Coast Gallery, 2413 Mechanic. A self-taught artist, David is a
newcomer to the Galveston arts scene and this is his first opportunity to showcase
his works in Galveston.
David says the motivation behind creating this painting stems from him being a
Pisces and his life-long attraction to aquatic life. While he loves animals in general,
he has always been drawn to turtles, fish, and reptiles. Because this will be his first
exhibition of his work on the Island, he felt a painting of sea turtles was appropriate
to the setting. We couldn’t agree more.
Like layers of an onion being peeled back one by one, there is always more to be
revealed about those who make Galveston their home. This month we highlight
Joseph Grasso and his family who built one of the largest shrimp export businesses
in the country during the 1930s to 1970s from their headquarters here in Galveston.
In this issue we continue our series that focuses on island mansions and grand
homes that have been demolished with a feature on one that may have had the
most varied history on the island, evolving from the small cottage of a slave trader
to the beautiful home of wealthy philanthropists, and eventually a gift to the
We also feature Part IV of our multi-part series on the history of the Galveston Fire
Department. The Galveston Fire Department suffered the Great Storm of 1900 that
struck on September 8, 1900, in much the same manner as the rest of the island
city’s residents. After the waters receded and the winds calmed, the department did
what it had to do: it mourned its losses and looked to the future.
Of course, all of this Galveston history is merely an addition to our established
seasonal features that cover the latest in wine, food, gardening, and the Galveston
arts scene, as well as event calendars, local business happenings, and spotlights on
what is going on around the Island.
Enjoy the Island and the spring weather!