Monday, November 9, 2009

no. 137 -- East Austin Studio Tour

The East Austin Studio Tour has been expanded this year to encompass two weekends with the week in between filled with events and happenings. Originally E.A.S.T. was developed to open a handful of east side artists' studios to the public for one Fall weekend. That concept has grown to the point where this year they've expanded to a 9 day format with programs, happenings and exhibition spaces on top of the over 150 artist studios. Close to 300 artists will somehow be involved in the event. Even if you only have a passing interest in art, there is likely to be something intriguing on the schedule. A few that caught my eye:

Architects As Artisans, 11/20 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The History And Future Of Evolutionary Design, 11/19 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
An East Side Success Story of Mr. Natural, 11/20 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
LIVESTRONG Headquarters: A Sustainable Remodel, 11/17 6:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
Learn to Blow Glass, learn to make a glass flower - $25 per person
As always, the folks at Big Medium have outdone themselves with the tour guidebook and map. It's a work of art in it's own right. Each studio is given a big yard sign with a number that corresponds to the map. This year's adaptive reuse tour number is 137. When I put out the big yellow sign yesterday, my four year old asked if we were selling the house! We're not selling. (Though offers will be considered!) I'll be set up in the living area along with Kathleen McTee and Holli Brown. Our space will feature jewelry, textile and mosaic work. Within easy walking distance from my house are over a dozen other studios with work ranging from paintings to custom handbags to batiked eggshells. How's that for some artistic diversity?
Holli Brown Mosaics
We are planning to have some hands-on projects for tour goers as well as a few scheduled demos. If you're curious about screen printing, surface design or mosaic work, be sure to check back later in the week for the daily schedule of events.
Kathleen McTee Textiles

East Austin Studio Tour:
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd
10 am - 5 pm each day

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