One of my favorite Austin art events is East Austin Studio Tour, which takes place every fall. Presented by Big Medium, an Austin-based nonprofit, EAST is a free, self-guided tour through more than 400 of Austin's artist studios, work spaces and galleries in more than 150 East Austin locations.
This year, the 13th Annual East Austin Studio Tour takes place on November 15-16 and 22-23, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekend. EAST provides the public with an opportunity to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who leave a lasting imprint on Austin's vibrant, dynamic culture. Tour-goers are invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, explore unique spaces and support local businesses as well as learn about artists' tools, techniques and inspirations.
"The vision behind the East Austin Studio Tour began 12 years ago with a few artists wanting to celebrate the creative vitality of Austin's east side," said Shea Little, Executive Director of Big Medium. "The growth we have experienced over the years with the event has been exponential, and the enthusiasm of the Austin community for what is happening on the east side is inspiring."
Here are a few places that have become favorites of mine over the years:
Group shows/multiple artists: Big Medium Canopy Night, featuring work of Barna Kantor. Flatbed Press stop 47, Pump Project stops 173-186, grayDuck Gallery stop 325, Art Post (don't miss Jodi Rae - stop 197 and Court Lurie - stop 205), Rama Tiru and Jamie Rix at Tiny Taiga stops 310 &311.
Individual artists: Jules Buck Jones - stop 211, Katelena Hernandez Cowles - stop 281, Shawn Camp - stop 376, Joseph Phillips Wendy Crone stop 137, James Tisdale stop 100, Andrew Long - stop 127, Bart Kibbe - stop 299.
One of the best ways to enjoy the tour is on bike. Austin B-cycle will be offering branded bikes and will also host a B-social ride for up to 40 riders to selected art galleries mid-week between the two EAST weekends.
EAST is divided into four participant categories: Artists & Studios, Exhibitions, Happenings and Select Events. Artists & Studios and Exhibitions are free to the public and open on the weekends of EAST. Check out their online catalog and map.