Mark your calendars for November 11-12 and November 18-10 - it's East Austin Studio Tour time. In its 16th 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.

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Big Medium gallery opening. Credit Madeline Harvey.

Studios & Exhibitions
Here are just a few studios and exhibitions featured in this year’s tour – be sure to check out the hundreds of other participants while you’re on your art-crawl. 

East Space
In the heart of East Austin, East Space welcomes eight artists to its studio for EAST 2017. See Joy Noguess' display of quirky ceramics, Janna Sammon’s colorful, abstract paintings and Rachel Hinojosa’s modern jewelry that borrows inspiration from pieces from ancient Rome and Greece.

Fisterra Studio
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
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. 

Visit examines artwork at Due East Group Exhibition for East Austin Studio Tour
Due East group exhibition. Credit Andrew Reiner.

EAST 2017 kicks-off with this opening event on November 9. Enjoy 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.

Native Wildflower Dinner
A new addition to Due EAST in 2017, the Native Wildflower Dinner is a 4-course meal crafted by local artist and chef, Sonya Cote. A seat at the table will include cocktails and wine pairings as well an EAST takeaway bag and a sneak peak of the EAST Group Exhibition.

Pit Stops
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 will serve as "Pit Stops" during tour hours, donating up to 10% of their sales 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!

Contributed by Nicole Zielinski, Visit Austin Marketing Communications Intern