The east side is gearing up to strut its creative side at the 14th annual East Austin Studio Tour (EAST), taking place November 14, 15, 21, and 22. More than 160 locations east of I-35 will open their doors for free, showcasing the work of over 500 local artists.
EAST started in 2002 with 28 studios in its inaugural installment. Fast-forward 13 years, and EAST is now Austin’s most-attended art event. And the tour continues to grow. This year, it expanded to include the Montopolis neighborhood for the first time.
With so much to see and do, CultureMap gives you an inside look at this year’s can’t-miss artists, studios, and events.
Chelsea Brouillette at Flatbed Press Art Studio
2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Be sure to check out this Austin artist’s stunning watercolors, which feature kaleidoscopic splashes of color, contrast, and consciousness.
1305 Glencrest Dr.
One man’s trash is another man’s art. Austin-based artist Scott Rolfe transforms discarded material into sculptures and assemblages. His work runs the gamut from “eccentric animals,” such as tin can elephants, to a varied assortment of other concoctions.
SprATX Art Collective
2412 E. Cesar Chavez St.
A collective of over 20 street artists and muralists, SprATX seeks to spread good vibes and awareness of the positive impact street art can have. Their works appear around town and include graffiti, murals, and a vast array of other art.
Galleries and exhibitions
2830 Real St.
Art, love, and free coffee come together at Imagine Art, which features the works of over 65 artists. From ceramics and fused glass to prints and the chance to create your own “Artist Trading Cards,” make sure to stop by this exhibition. Imagine Art is a nonprofit, Christian ministry that has been serving the Austin community through art for 18 years.
702-B Shady Ln.
This group of artists has transformed an auto shop into a one-of-a-kind art exhibition. From the waiting room to the employee lounge, this exhibition will change the way you view art and the settings that inhabit our everyday life.
Gallery Shoal Creek
2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
This exhibition, called “Speaking Silence,” features work by members of the Texas Sculpture Group, an organization that provides resources and serves sculptors across the Lone Star State. It is also the Texas affiliate of the International Sculpture Center. "Speaking Silence" will spotlight a wide range of sculptures from 18 Texas sculptors and will showcase how these artists “use the language of silence to convey ideas.”
Events and parties
EAST Preview Bus Tour
916 Springdale Rd.
New this year, the EAST Preview Bus Tour offers you a sneak peek at four artist’s studios. The bus route starts at 916 Springdale Rd. and makes stops at the studios of Sunyong Chung, Andrew Long, Jonathan Beall, and Aaron Michalovic. Hitch a ride, meet the artists, and scope out their art before it's up for grabs this weekend. Food and drinks will be available at each stop. Tickets are $200.
Friday, November 13 at 7 pm
1500 E. Fourth St.
Get a head start on the tour at the EAST Community Breakfast. Besides a preview of the art featured on the tour, food and drinks will be provided by El Chilito, White Mountain Foods, Chameleon Cold Brew, Wunderpilz Kombucha, and Tito's Handmade Vodka.
Saturday, November 14 at 9:30 am
Las Piñatas/Piñata Fest 2015 at Festival Beach
2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.
If you thought Piñata Party Palace’s Donald Trump piñata was a blast, Piñata Fest 2015 is sure to satiate your appetite for destruction. Among the attractions are herds of grazing piñata burros and a plethora of piñatas hanging from trees that Austinites can take a swing at. Piñata Fest is in honor of Jumpolin, an East Austin piñata and party store whose controversial demolition in February sparked outrage.
Saturday, November 14 at 12 pm
Google presents Paint the Town
310 Comal St.
Don’t miss the chance to check out Google’s new self-driving cars. Last month, the California-based tech giant invited Austinites to submit artwork to appear on the cars and transform them into “moving pieces of art.” Stop by to see which submissions Google chose to grace the vehicles that will be tested in Austin early next year.
Saturday, November 21 at 6 pm
EAST runs November 14-15 and November 21-22 from 11 am to 6 pm. Admission to studios and galleries is free.