Saturday, November 13, 2010

East Austin Studio Tour 2010

Yep, it's that time of year again, our chance to wander through artists' homes and studios, gaze at their work, talk art over chips and hot cider (depending on the venue), and explore new blocks of East Austin. 150 studio stops, many more artists, many, many more pieces of art; all going on this and next weekend. Good stuff.

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Red Bluff is one of my favorite blocks of Austin, with semi-secret views of Town Lake. Our first three stops were on this street: a recording studio that used to be an artist's studio with amazing natural light; The Barn, with several artists, including this cut wood sculpture; Dragonfly House has an amazing water view from the back garden.

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ARTPOST is a collection of studios. My favorites were the big oxidized metal sculptures and a silver-leafed large metal tree sculpture (unfortunately I don't know the names of the artists). Also, we stopped in one of the studio spaces and I was happy to discover it belonged to Katy Horan, though she was not in at the time. I have one of her prints from Tiny Showcase and had no idea that she lived in Austin.

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Fisterra Studio and Caroline Wright are two house/studio combos that are really beautiful, fun places to visit. Both display the work of the owner and a couple other artists, and I've really been drawn to Wright's work since I saw it on the tour a couple of years ago. And I love her studio with that giant easel on casters. These photos don't do justice to the enviable decor of either place, so add them your list if you're in Austin.

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And on a non-art East side note, there's a new-to-me food trailer lot on E 6th a couple blocks from I-35 which has awesomely decorated/themed trailers and menus.

For more ideas, the Austinist recommendations. And the official E.A.S.T. site. More photos here.

5 comments:

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is awesome. I love rooming around to other peoples houses and studio and stuff. Thanks so much for sharing this. Will you be coming to NYC for the Conference? I am registering today. Have a wonderful Holiday with your family,
Hugs
V

Amy said...

Vanessa, I probably won't be coming to NYC this conference since I was just in LA this summer. But I do want to come to the city soon. Happy almost-holiday to you, too!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Looks so like it was wonderful. Such fabulousness!! I wish I could have been there. I love events like this. They are filled with such wonderful surprises and meeting other people. It's great. We have it here in NJ, but it's food art. People cook and then we get to snack from one house to the next. Great way to see peoples homes too! Hope that you had a wonderful time. Hey, are you coming to the conference this year??? I would love to meet up again if you are coming. I look forward mostly to seeing you and few others. Let me know.
Would love to hook up.
Hugs to you and hope that you had a wonderful Holiday.
V

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I totally and completely understand! You will be missed by me! Okay I will put the sad face away. I send you a great big ol' hug from NJ! Best to you Amy,
V

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I totally and completely understand! You will be missed by me! Okay I will put the sad face away. I send you a great big ol' hug from NJ! Best to you Amy,
V