Mark your calendars for November 16-17 and November 23-24 - it's East Austin Studio Tour time. In its 22nd year, this free, self-guided tour - a Big Medium program - invites visitors to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists' tools, techniques and inspirations and explore galleries.
Big Medium gallery opening. Credit Madeline Harvey.
Studios & Exhibitions
Here are just a few studios and exhibitions featured in previous tours – be sure to check back in closer to November to learn more about the hundreds of 2019 participants while you’re on your art-crawl.
One of the original hosts of EAST, Jennifer Chenoweth will be displaying her own work as well as the work of several other artists in her space, Fisterra Studio. Chenoweth specializes in drawing, metal and mixed media and will be hosting artists such as Dawn Okoro who specializes in painting and Jay Roff who works in photography, installation and performance.
Cement Loop, a creative studio with a focus on exploring and supporting the diversity in the Windsor Park community, will be hosting several creators with various artistic focuses. See the work of Whitney Turerzky, who’s mixed-media work reflects the importance of human connection and relationships, or the work of Ryan Sandison Montgomery whose oil painting, Buttermilk Pie, was recently prized the “People’s Choice Award” by the City of Austin and was purchased by the city to display in its permanent collection.
Due East group exhibition. Credit Andrew Reiner.
EAST 2019 kicks-off with this opening event (details to come). In past years, guests have enjoyed complimentary drinks from favorites such as Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Austin Beerworks, tunes from DJ collective Chulita Vinyl Club, games from Austin Art Services, and a silent auction all before experiencing the EAST Group Exhibition, featuring work from more than 400 of the artists on the EAST tour.
Part of the fun of EAST is exploring the neighborhood and local spots in-between the studios and galleries. More than twenty east Austin restaurants and bars serve as "Pit Stops" during tour hours, donating 10% of their sales (or a minimum of $300) during the tour weekends to EAST. These donations will directly support Austin’s artists and the contemporary arts community by providing vital funds that keep East programming free and accessible to the public.
With two weekends packed full of studio-hopping, EAST is sure to highlight some of the best work Austin artists have to offer, so don’t miss out on this awesome event!