Although the West Austin Studio Tour ran for two May weekends, I was only able to attend the first weekend this year. WEST stops are generally between I-35 and Mopac, but extend from north near 183 to far south Austin. My visits were mostly at group shows in the north-central part of the city.
I began at the new(ish) Blue Genie Art Bazaar location near Highland Mall. About 40 artists working in all sorts of medias were exhibiting here.
I stopped at Jerry’s Artarama since it was nearby and I was searching for an odd-sized poster frame. A few artists were set up outside, but I don’t think this was an official WEST stop this year.
As usual, the ART Space gallery near Northcross Mall hosted a nice group of artists. They also had good snacks.
Sarah St. Laurent demonstrated encaustic techniques in her garage. She even treated me to a tour of her wonderful backyard garden.
I enjoyed a long, relaxed visit with Pat Fowler and her dogs. As a result, I hope to take one of her classes at the Laguna Gloria Art School.
The Neill-Cochran House Museum in UT’s West Campus area provided a lovely setting for several indoor and outdoor artist displays.
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