Sunday, November 15, 2009

E.A.S.T -- Day Two

Day two of the East Austin Studio Tour was also fun, but with a decidedly different flavor. Both days started out very quietly. Yesterday's tour goers came in chatty and energetic groups of 3, 4 or 5 people. Today was filled with lone art lovers, couples and the occasional mother/daughter combo. The vibe was definitely more downbeat and mellow. I'm kinda curious if each day next weekend will have it's own kind of mood as well.

I chatted with almost everyone that came in today and heard a lot of the same lament--the east side is big! The territory covered by the tour has grown a bit each year and this year people seem to be feeling the expansion. Even given the 2 weekend format this year, people seemed to feel they weren't going to get to see everything they were hoping to. If the tour remains in the two weekend format next year, it might make sense to have only the north half of the studios open one weekend and the south half the next. Not only would it decrease transportation times, it would solve my problem of never having a chance to see any of the other studios on the tour.

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