For the next two weekends you should check out the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) and support Austin’s many local artists. All over East Austin galleries and art spaces open their doors to the public. Many of the artists are on hand to sell their work and answer questions; you can often witness new pieces being created on the spot.
You can find a catalogue at any library or get details from the website. I recommend starting at a large space like Canopy and then planning smaller stops from there. The great thing about a self-guided tour is that if you overhear someone talk about an interesting exhibit, you can head over. Go with a loose plan and the willingness to break it at a moment’s notice.
A few tips:
– Dress warm. You want to be able to enjoy the outdoor art. Also, many of the places are not heated so it feels like you’re outside all day.
– Take your camera. Or make sure your phone is charged. Because you’re going to want to capture some of the amazing things you’ll see.
– Bring money. Even the cash poor can find something fantastic to bring home. There’s art for every budget. Mr. Betty and I picked up some great pieces last year, including this fun Amanda Bynes print for about ten bucks. My love for this print grows as Amanda Bynes tragic story plays out. It’s gone from whimsical to dark.
What I love most about this event is getting to meet the artists. I so admire these talented people who make a go at doing what they love and work so hard at it. It’s not always an easy life, but I find myself jealous of the dedication and guts I see all over these galleries.
And how about the guts of the woman who posed for this piece? It was a video projected into an empty bathtub and she moved around. It was compelling, absurd, and ghostlike.
So fill up your car with friends and make a fun day of it. I’ll see you on the tour! Do you have any favorite spots? Leave a comment and let me know. Happy EAST, everyone!