There’s a new mural in town.Continue reading
Over two weekends in mid-November, the public was invited to visit art studios and galleries during the annual East Austin Studio Tour. EAST covers a huge geographic area east of I-35 and west of I-183. According to the organizer, non-profit Big Medium, over 60,000 people visited a record 807 artists this year.Continue reading
Warm temperatures and free street parking prompted Bill and me to visit Creek Show on Sunday evening. This 6th annual light-based display is sponsored by Waterloo Greenway, a non-profit working with the City of Austin to plan and build a park along Waller Creek on downtown’s east side. Creek Show runs 6:00-10:00 PM nightly through November 17. Admission is free.Continue reading
Austin is one of five cities participating in New Monuments for New Cities. This public art program is sponsored by the High Line Network, which started with The High Line in New York City (one of my favorite destinations there) and has now expanded to include projects in over 16 North American cities. Austin’s Waller Creek restoration is part of the High Line Network of urban parks.Continue reading
I’m sad to report that the HOPE Outdoor Gallery is closing today. This popular graffiti park was open for eight years on an abandoned condo site at Baylor and 11th Streets. Condos are finally being built there—not surprising since that view of the Austin skyline is spectacular. The gallery is being relocated to Carson Creek Ranch, about 10 miles from downtown near the Austin Bergstrom airport. Construction is already underway, and a summer 2019 opening is planned.
The East Austin Studio Tour (EAST), produced by non-profit Big Medium, was held during two weekends in November. This year’s tour included 272 artist studios, 65 galleries, 194 temporary exhibitions, 44 “happenings” and 10 libraries. All were east of the I-35 highway. I went “EASTing” during both weekends and even made two stops in-between:
Hurry, hurry…tonight is the last evening of the 2018 Creek Show! The show’s entrance is on 9th Street near Red River Street and the one-way walking path winds alongside Waller Creek, ending at Symphony Square just beyond 11th Street. Over 20,000 people are expected to visit this year’s event, which is sponsored by Waller Creek Conservancy.
Austin City Hall is now hosting The People’s Gallery for 2018. Pieces by local artists are featured throughout the building, even in the stairwells. Visitors can vote for their top three favorites through October 26. Next year the City will purchase the winning artwork—the People’s Choice—to add to their permanent collection. The exhibition can be viewed through January 1, 2019 during regular City Hall business hours.
This year I did both weekends of the West Austin Studio Tour. According to their website, WEST 2018 featured “198 Artist Studios, 155 Exhibitions, 20 Happenings, and 8 Libraries.” With a few exceptions, these locations were west of I-35, east of Mopac, south of 183, and north of William Cannon. That’s a huge swath of Austin—it’s impossible to see everything even over two weekends. So, my strategy for WEST (and EAST) has always been to pick a few places that look interesting and then visit some other nearby spots.