EAST: 2016

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Over 500 artists opened their studios and homes to the public during Austin’s largest art event, the East Austin Studio Tour. This self-guided tour spanned two weekends in mid-November. I’ve read that a record-setting 38,000 people attended this year’s event.

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I took advantage of the fine autumn weather to tour EAST on the first weekend. Based on previous experience, I’ve learned to visit the huge Canopy complex first. With over 50 artists here, their parking lot fills up quickly and the buildings get crowded.

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My next stop was to visit the group show at Imagine Art on Real Street.

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Flatbed Press & Gallery on MLK Boulevard always features impressive artwork. I especially liked the CAMIBAart exhibition by Edward Lane McCartney.

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My last stop on Saturday was Tillery Street, an eclectric complex which includes bookbinding, metalworking, and stained glass businesses.

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On Sunday, I explored the studios on Bolm Road, including the custom Revival Cycles shop.

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It’s always fun to look around MakeATX, a design and fabrication workshop.

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Next door was one of my favorite stops on this year’s tour, Little Low Studio. I bought several of their clever and unique greeting cards.

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I decided to visit a few artist studios near Cesar Chavez. This first one belonged to Alberto Martinez.

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Several other artists joined Liliana Wilson in her home.

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The folks at smasHouse design were having a backyard party.

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Vanessa Filkins and Julie Alexander Gilbert displayed their art at this cottage on Garden Street.

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I had a nice visit with collage artist Melissa Stewart at Studio Blue on Cesar Chavez.

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I admired the handmade wooden boxes at Beachwalker Boxes, my last stop for this year’s EAST.

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