Looking to see some great art this weekend and next? Here’s what you need to know about East Austin Studio Tour.
When: Noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 16-17 and Nov. 23-24
What: Wind your way through studios, galleries, businesses, temporary workshops and libraries featuring the work of 807 artists this year as part of the annual EAST, which showcases the creativity of vibrant East Austin. All EAST participants are east of Interstate 35, west and south of U.S. 183 and north of Riverside Drive.
Explore all of the participants and plan your route using the tour’s website, app, catalog or map. To find the app, search "East Austin Studio Tour" in the Apple Store and Google Play. Pick up a catalog during official tour hours both weekends at the Big Medium Gallery in the Canopy complex (916 Springdale Road), the tour’s nexus. You can download a map on the EAST website, or pick one up at any Austin Public Library branch.
Before EAST begins, Big Medium’s annual fundraiser for the art tour, Due EAST, doubles as a kickoff party and exhibit opening on Nov. 14.
Cost: Free (some events do require tickets; check website for details)
SOME EAST HIGHLIGHTS
Annie Ray: The award-winning photographer captures portraits that practically jump out of the frame. Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, Building 1, No. 123. annieraycreative.com. — Eric Webb
Carly Weaver: I have her magnets on my fridge and an ornament ready for my Christmas tree. Weaver captures the beauty and quirky personalities of grackles in works large and small, but Austin's loved and hated birds aren't her only subjects. 2606 E. Second St. carlyweaver.com. — Sharon Chapman
Digital Genesis: A colorful collaborative installation between Venezuelan optical color artist Ender Martos and feminist video mapping sculptor Casey Alfstad. 2803 E. Fifth St. endermartos.com. — E.W.
Eli Halpin: To step into Halpin's studio is to discover a color-drenched world of whimsy where animals are capable of just about anything. Springdale General, 1023 Springdale Road, 10A. elihalpin.com. — Kristin Finan
Eliana Bernard: Visit the studio and showroom of the ceramics artist who has been making elegant tableware, earrings and more since 2014. Springdale General, 1023 Springdale Road, 6F. elianabernard.com. — Chloe Gonzales
Emily Eisenhart: Among other things, the painter and calligrapher creates murals that brighten up spaces such as the East Riverside Starbucks and Madewell Commons. Springdale General, 1023 Springdale Road, 8F. emilyeisenhart.com. — C.G.
Tay Miles: You may have seen this illustrator’s adorable fruit and veggie art at JuiceLand locations around the city — now check out more of her playful, cartoon-inspired drawings. Dub Academy, 906 E. Fifth St., No. 109. heytaym.com. — C.G.
W'all Austin launch event at Mosaic Sound Collective: Home to a growing roster of music businesses, Mosaic Sound Collective unveils a new addition to its campus with events on both Saturdays of EAST. Mosaic worked with music philanthropy group Soundwaves Art Foundation on "W'all," which is both a physical wall of artistic objects and an art park that will feature special events and concerts. The launch events will include art showings by many local visual artists plus local music from bands including the Human Circuit (Nov. 16) and Buffalo Hunter (Nov. 23). 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. 6400 FM 969. wallaustin.com. — Peter Blackstock