an Arts & Crafts studio located in downtown Alvin
Gander Studio is owned and operated by Mary & Randy Smith. Mary began the business by offering art workshops on a part time basis until moving into their present location in downtown Alvin in 2016. Randy joined her fulltime in the daily running of the business in 2020. The couple met at Foley's, a now defunct department store chain headquartered in Houston. They both began in the management training program with Mary taking the buyer route and Randy in management, eventually finding his calling as a human resources manager. They have one daughter, Avery, who is a high school student on the Jacketeers dance team, and works at Gander Studio every opportunity she gets. They are active members of Grace Episcopal Church, which is just around the corner from the studio. The studio is typically closed on Thursdays so they can support the weekly food pantry distribution at their church. As a family, they enjoy traveling, great restaurants, gardening, reading, music, Astros baseball, and UH basketball.
Why "Gander" Studio?
Most kids who frequent Gander Studio have heard the story. Alvin Morgan was the founder of Alvin. He was an eccentric gentleman who was known for walking his dog and pet goose around town. There is a statue of him and his pets in the Alvin Library. We are located in the downtown Alvin area, so Gander is a nod to Alvin Morgan. Since our taste in art runs toward funky and eccentric, we feel like the name fits.
Arts and Crafts for all ages
Gander Studio has grown and expanded to offer arts and crafts for all ages. Our popular Toddler Art Playgroup meets bi-weekly, offering a wonderful art process experience. For school age kids, there are weekly art clubs, art workshops, birthday parties, and art day camps when school is out.
Adult Workshops are how we started and we remain the most fun and creative place for your next girtls night out, team-building event, date night, and any-time-you-need a creative fix art studio. Join us for one of our Open Workshop or schedule a time to come with 1-20 friends and find out what all the buzz is about!