Editor's note: The East Austin Studio Tour is a wonderful chance to discover the artists — and the workspaces — that serve a critical role in our city's creative scene. This year, we asked local artists for their can't-miss-picks for the 2013 E.A.S.T.
Jeremy Galloway is an Austin-based Renaissance man of sorts who has been living, working, cycling and making street art in Austin for more than five years. In addition to his work, Galloway is a volunteer for Big Medium, the nonprofit organization that runs E.A.S.T. and supports artists in Texas.
1. Blue Genie Danger Derby
916 Springdale Road Bldg. 4 Ste. 102 – E.A.S.T. #57.7b
For just about everyone: The danger derby is a "no-rules" pinewood derby race that features a 120-foot-long track with all kinds of dangerous elements thrown in — even fire! Folks who picked up their kits on the first weekend of E.A.S.T have had a week to prepare their derby cars. Winners get a big trophy — and bragging rights.
For spectators, there will be plenty of food, booze and entertainment, plus you can watch a derby race. Everyone wins!
2. FEAST E.A.S.T.
914 Shady Lane – E.A.S.T. SEE.10
For the foodie family types: Located at the Rain Lily Farm, this event provides a chance for the whole family to relax and take a breather before continuing through the rest of the tour. Snacks, lunch items and drinks are served starting at noon. Kids inspired by the art they're seeing can take part in children's crafts stations including mask-making, beekeeping, hula-hooping, seed planting and much more.
For adults who enjoy a libation or two, happy hour runs 3 pm - 6 pm and features music and local brews. (Tip: The artists' closing party will be held on Sunday, November 24, 6 pm - 9 pm.)
3. Hot Glass Cold Beer
507 Calles Street #120 — E.A.S.T. 136
For the rastas and smokerz: Limited handmade glassware for $25 at the door, plus free beer courtesy of Mettle. All proceeds from the auction go to support Big Medium. Check out the onsite gallery and support local hand crafted glass art! (Tip: Everyone should bookmark our mobile site. It is where everything is!)
4. Hops for Hope (A Spratx/ HOPE event)
Vuca — 411 Monroe Street
For the street art fans: Though it's not in East Austin, make sure to end your weekend at this art extravaganza. Featuring live art by local street art collective Spratx, music by DJ Orion, T Bird and the Breaks, and The Chorderoys, this is a party with a cause. This event "pairs art, design and culture with the beauty of beer." And, honestly, who doesn't appreciate the beauty of beer?
Featured brewers include Hops & Grains, Austin Beerworks, South Austin Brewing Company and many more. Tapas Bravas, The Seedling Truck and La Condesa will all be rolling in their food trucks to provide snacks.
Proceeds from this event go to HOPE Outdoor Gallery, HOPE Farmers Market and HOPE Music Sponsorship Fund.