November 12-13 & 19-20 from 11am-6pm
This weekend will see the kick-off of what we think is perhaps the city’s most hallmark event. Back for it’s 15th year, the East Austin Studio Tour (East) is literally a self-guided tour to the hundreds of galleries, warehouses, homes, and studios in east Austin where art is made and where inspiration originates.
To get to know East, is to get to know Austin, and to get to know the collaborative spirit that has made it such a magnetic and energizing place in recent years. And as the city has grown, so has the tour and the ancillary events that support it. That’s why the great organizers at Big Medium have done something new this year, by sectioning the tour into four zones – each with their own handy map.
As long-time East-goers we also wanted to chip in and provide our top picks and note a few can’t miss stops. The whole team at LRM has culled through the entire East catalog, earmarked our favorites, and organized a list of the best of what East has to offer.
Here’s how to East!
If you can only do one zone during East, this one is it. Within Zone 3’s borders is Canopy – a creative complex on Springdale road that has evolved to be a a home and community to many of Austin’s most influential artists. We recommend starting your tour at Canopy, as it is the most convenient way to see a large number of studios and feel the energy and excitement around the event.
X. East Group Exhibition – Canopy (photo by @leftrightmedia)
226. Felice House – Canopy (photo by @leftrightmedia)
222. Kiah Denson – Canopy (photo by @leftrightmedia)
241. Jenn Hassin – Canopy (photo by @leftrightmedia)
244. Sophie Roach – Canopy (photo by @leftrightmedia)
278. Gert Johan Manschot – Canopy (photo by @leftrightmedia)
X. East Group Exhibition – Find your favorite artists and plan your studio tour route
216. Melissa Borrell – Paper, plastic, string, glitter
222. Kiah Denson – Acrylic, pen, ink, paper, canvas
223. Graham Franciose – Watercolor, ink, and gouache on coffee stained paper
224. Hallie Rose Taylor – Watercolor, pen, paper
226. Felice House – Oil on canvas paper, charcoal drawing
241. Jenn Hassin – Rolled paper, drawings, paintings
244. Sophie Roach – Pen and ink
252. Elizabeth Chiles – Photography, collage, textiles, books
270. Revi Meicler – Mixed media
272. Dinosauria – Art.Science.Gallery – Multiple mediums
274. Keith Kreeger – Porcelain
275. Dennis Burnett, Sarah Frankie Linder & Annie Ray – Photography, video
278. Gert Johan Manschot – Zen on Paper and Canvas
280. Steven Walker – Rock Photography Modern Rocks Gallery
281. William and Jessica Knopp – Son of a Sailor – Leather, brass, bronze, wood, gemstones
138. Pollen Architecture – Open studio
142. take heart – Lucas Wade – Black ink on paper
152. Jerry Solomon – Ceramics and pottery
174-193. Tillery Studios – Various artists
Zone 2 is another great area that is home to a few larger studios and warehouses that house multiple artists and installations. We recommend starting at Pump Project – a 1,000 square-foot gallery space that has been an East mainstay for years. Get armed with a Best Wurst and a beer at the door, then explore the large gallery floor.
303. Rachel Wolfson Smith – Pump Project (photo by @leftrightmedia)
295. Seth Orion Schwaiger – Pump Project (photo by @leftrightmedia)
295. Seth Orion Schwaiger – Marble, alabaster, wood, graphite, synthetics
302. Caitlin G. Mccollum – Various mediums
303. Rachel Wolfson Smith – Graphite, gold leaf
318. Calder Kamin – Sculpture, recycled materials, digital art
320. Alexis Kraus – Bristol board, paper, wood, laser-cutter
334. Awst Press – Printed matter
340. Jana Swec – Acrylic and ink
345. Elise Powell – Illustrations in traditional and digital media
315. Caitlin McClain – Stationary
48. Whitney Turetzky – Found photos, acrylic paint, embroidery thread, collage
50. Charles Henry – Silver gelatin prints
55. Jonathan Beall – Hammered copper, stainless steel, carbon steel, hot tin
59. Matthew Helveston – Wood and metal
83. Cindy Stinson – Cut paper
124. Andrew Reiner – Large scale photography
Zone 4 is for the explorers. In this corridor of east Austin, you can literally find a good parking spot then take to walking and exploring the various home studios in the area. Along that walk you’ll notice a varied landscape of architecture and a blend of old and new Austin. If you’re hungry stop by some of the great east Austin taco joints like our favorite Taco Guerrero.
360. SHDW Studios – Photography
367. Michael Yates – Splinter Group – Furniture objects
382. Aaron Michalovic – Wood, paint, glue
397. Pei Sim – The Paper + Craft Pantry – Hands-on workshops
398-404. Revelry Studio – Various artists
430. Bob Trevorrow – Ceramics
431. The Room Gallery – Photography
446. Emma Gundlach – Cartography
447. East Side Collective – Various
490. Jennifer Chenoweth – Fisterra Studio – Various artists
501. April Sullivan – Yarn
Zone 1 doesn’t have the density of the other areas, but there are still plenty of great stops. Definitely make a visit at some of these stops on your way into our out of the tour.
15. Laura Barth Turner – Photography
17. Lauren McPhail – Oil on linen, collage, ink on paper
Event Top Picks
There are a few stand out events every year, and we encourage you to make one of these part of your East itinerary.
Afterhours poster show 2016 opening
November 11 – 6:30-10pm
1312 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Part poster show, part nonprofit fundraiser for Austin Pets Alive, Afterhours promises a great opening night of East with some stunning posters, beverages an illustration competition.
ADW 2016 Closing Party: Keynote + Designers on the Verge
November 11, 6-9pm
916 Springdale Rd.
Austin Design Week finishes up an incredible week tonight with a keynote from notable designer James Victore. Stick around for music and drinks and to explore the Canopy complex. With hundreds of East stops within its walls, Canopy is our absolute favorite place to kick off our East weekend.
East Community Breakfast
November 12 – 9:30-11am
Canopy, 916 Springdale Rd
Start your weekend off at the East Group Exhibition for breakfast tacos, drinks and a preview of nearly 300 East artists’ work. The East Group Exhibition is a series of shipping containers filled with one piece from many of the artists on the tour. This is the perfect place to narrow in on the artists you’d like to go visit at their studios.
Opening Party at White Light Studio
November 12, 6pm-12am
White Light Studio
900 Vargas Rd.
The all women art studio is hosting 15+ female artists for East with music by DJ Martha Queen, tarot readings, and free drinks! Should be a party!
Second Saturday hosted by ABP + Punctum Project
Austin Bouldering Project
November 12, 8pm
979 Springdale Rd, #150
If you haven’t been able to check out Austin Bouldering Project yet, now is the time! Punctum Records is bringing live music to ABP to celebrate and support the local talent that are their neighbors.