Despite the chilly weather and a drizzle, plenty turned out for the first weekend of the East Austin Studio Tour.
Here are a few highlights; see our preview published last week at austin360.com (higher temps are forecast for weekend two):
Nancy Mims, “Leavings,” 638 Tillery St., www.nancymims.com. Mims’ installation of large-scale photographs printed on linen are scattered around the lush, meditative, manicured green spaces at the Utility Research Garden. Visitors can wander the grounds.
Puro Chingón Collective, 4609 Lyons St., www.purochingoncollective.com. A collective of three Latino artists — Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi, James Huizar, Claudia Zapata —Puro Chingón creates prints, zines, apparel and other art. Along with grafitti artist Fe De Rico, Puro Chingón has transformed a house into a gallery for this year’s tour.
Court Lurie, Art Post, 4704 E. Cesar Chavez St., www.courtlurie.com. Her studio brimming with paintings for the tour, Court Lurie displayed one large work-in-progress outside.
Calder Kamin at Fisterra Studio, 1200 E. Second St. calderkamin.wordpress.com. For the East Austin Studio Tour, houses become temporary galleries. Jennifer Chenoweth opens the doors to her bungalow and backyard studio — aka Fisterra Studio — to half a dozen other artists who are presenting film/video, installation pieces, paintings, drawings and sculpture. Kamin also transforms a bedroom to display her art, which includes a fox sculpture made of hundreds of re-purposed plastic bags.
Hollis Hammonds, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, Ste. 220. www.hollishammonds.com. The tour offers the chance to see artists’ works-in-progress. A large-scale drawing by Hollis Hammonds is underway in her studio.
E4 Gallery, 3401 E. Fourth St. Part of longtime East Austin arts business Armadillo Clay, E4 Gallery features the work of a dozen artists including “Eyebeam” cartoon creator Sam Hurt, who also makes whimsical cast concrete pedestals.