A guide to the ever-expanding East Austin Studio Tour


East Austin Studio Tour

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and 19-20

Where: Various locations east of Interstate 35, west of U.S. 183, south of U.S. 290, north of Riverside Drive

Cost: Free

Info: east.bigmedium.org

EAST Group Exhibition

Where: Canopy, 916 Springdale Road

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and 19-20

Artist hubs: The big three

This year’s tour catalog lists 534 sights and events, the most in EAST’s 15 editions. If that overwhelms you, one strategy is to start with the warehouses or other co-working spaces that have multiple studios and galleries. We recommend considering the three that are the largest.

Bolm Studios, 5305 Bolm Road

The first EAST started here with just a handful of studios. Now, Bolm Studios has more than 20 resident artists as well as the indie exhibit venues ATM Gallery and Not Gallery.

Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, bigmedium.org

The base of EAST organizers Big Medium, Canopy is a four-building complex that houses more than 60 individual studios. Respected Austin galleries Modern Rocks Gallery, Art Science Gallery and Women Printmakers of Austin call Canopy home, as does the ever-surprising place for odd art happenings, the Museum of Human Achievement.

Pump Project Art Complex, 702 Shady Lane, pumpproject.org

The big yellow warehouse on Shady Lane got a bit bigger this year. In addition to the studios of more than 30 artists and artisans and Pump Project Gallery, the 28-member Icosa Collective commandeered an adjoining building for its gallery, and Pump is percolating like never before.

Art beyond the walls

The city of Austin’s TEMPO initiative brings five outdoor temporary public art projects to this year’s EAST. The projects can be viewed during tour hours unless otherwise noted.

“Eighteen Hundred Lucky Cats: Teruko Nimura,” Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop

Representing one-tenth of the 18,000 animals the city’s shelter serves every year, 1,800 Japanese ceramic lucky cat figurines will occupy the center’s lawn. Each ceramic cat will be available for “adoption” with a suggested donation to the Friends of Austin Animal Center.

“Geoscape: Yareth Fernandez,” Nov. 12-13 at Boggy Creek Greenbelt Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave.; Nov. 19-20 at Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach

Thirty enormous, colorful pyramids made of tubing and fabric will appear at to two different parks and spark a playful contrast with the natural environment.

“El Capacitor: Michael Anthony García,” Mezt Park, 2407 Canterbury St.

A podium ring with flags made from neighborhood residents’ clothes serves as a symbolic spot to amplify the changes in East Austin over the past decade and a stage for the public to share points of view. Stop by for poetry readings during the tour.

“Flow Factory: Vurv Collective,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Urban Co-Lab, 1818 E. Twelfth St.

Using a wearable ankle monitor, anyone can chart their “flow state” and see the resulting data projected on a giant screen.

“Hyperprism: Autum Ewalt,” Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm Road

Hundreds of crystal prisms mounted on two aluminum panels refract sunlight into an array of rainbows for an immersive effect.

More online

Be sure to check out the Austin360 arts blog Seeing Things at arts.blog.austin360.com for more recommended East Austin Studio Tour stops and interactive maps. And stay tuned to the blog for continuing EAST coverage this weekend.

Artist hubs: The big three

This year’s tour catalog lists 534 sights and events, the most in EAST’s 15 editions. If that overwhelms you, one strategy is to start with the warehouses or other co-working spaces that have multiple studios and galleries. We recommend considering the three that are the largest.

Bolm Studios, 5305 Bolm Road

The first EAST started here with just a handful of studios. Now, Bolm Studios has more than 20 resident artists as well as the indie exhibit venues ATM Gallery and Not Gallery.

Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, bigmedium.org

The base of EAST organizers Big Medium, Canopy is a four-building complex that houses more than 60 individual studios. Respected Austin galleries Modern Rocks Gallery, Art Science Gallery and Women Printmakers of Austin call Canopy home, as does the ever-surprising place for odd art happenings, the Museum of Human Achievement.

Pump Project Art Complex, 702 Shady Lane, pumpproject.org

The big yellow warehouse on Shady Lane got a bit bigger this year. In addition to the studios of more than 30 artists and artisans and Pump Project Gallery, the 28-member Icosa Collective commandeered an adjoining building for its gallery, and Pump is percolating like never before.

Art beyond the walls

The city of Austin’s TEMPO initiative brings five outdoor temporary public art projects to this year’s EAST. The projects can be viewed during tour hours unless otherwise noted.

“Eighteen Hundred Lucky Cats: Teruko Nimura,” Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop

Representing one-tenth of the 18,000 animals the city’s shelter serves every year, 1,800 Japanese ceramic lucky cat figurines will occupy the center’s lawn. Each ceramic cat will be available for “adoption” with a suggested donation to the Friends of Austin Animal Center.

“Geoscape: Yareth Fernandez,” Nov. 12-13 at Boggy Creek Greenbelt Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave.; Nov. 19-20 at Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach

Thirty enormous, colorful pyramids made of tubing and fabric will appear at to two different parks and spark a playful contrast with the natural environment.

“El Capacitor: Michael Anthony García,” Mezt Park, 2407 Canterbury St.

A podium ring with flags made from neighborhood residents’ clothes serves as a symbolic spot to amplify the changes in East Austin over the past decade and a stage for the public to share points of view. Stop by for poetry readings during the tour.

“Flow Factory: Vurv Collective,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Urban Co-Lab, 1818 E. Twelfth St.

Using a wearable ankle monitor, anyone can chart their “flow state” and see the resulting data projected on a giant screen.

“Hyperprism: Autumn Ewalt,” Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm Road

Hundreds of crystal prisms mounted on two aluminum panels refract sunlight into an array of rainbows for an immersive effect.

More online

Be sure to check out the Austin360 arts blog Seeing Things at arts.blog.austin360.com for more recommended East Austin Studio Tour stops and interactive maps. And stay tuned to the blog for continuing EAST coverage this weekend.

Artist hubs: The big three

This year’s tour catalog lists 534 sights and events, the most in EAST’s 15 editions. If that overwhelms you, one strategy is to start with the warehouses or other co-working spaces that have multiple studios and galleries. We recommend considering the three that are the largest.

Bolm Studios, 5305 Bolm Road

The first EAST started here with just a handful of studios. Now, Bolm Studios has more than 20 resident artists as well as the indie exhibit venues ATM Gallery and Not Gallery.

Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, bigmedium.org

The base of EAST organizers Big Medium, Canopy is a four-building complex that houses more than 60 individual studios. Respected Austin galleries Modern Rocks Gallery, Art Science Gallery and Women Printmakers of Austin call Canopy home, as does the ever-surprising place for odd art happenings, the Museum of Human Achievement.

Pump Project Art Complex, 702 Shady Lane, pumpproject.org

The big yellow warehouse on Shady Lane got a bit bigger this year. In addition to the studios of more than 30 artists and artisans and Pump Project Gallery, the 28-member Icosa Collective commandeered an adjoining building for its gallery, and Pump is percolating like never before.

Art beyond the walls

The city of Austin’s TEMPO initiative brings five outdoor temporary public art projects to this year’s EAST. The projects can be viewed during tour hours unless otherwise noted.

“Eighteen Hundred Lucky Cats: Teruko Nimura,” Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop

Representing one-tenth of the 18,000 animals the city’s shelter serves every year, 1,800 Japanese ceramic lucky cat figurines will occupy the center’s lawn. Each ceramic cat will be available for “adoption” with a suggested donation to the Friends of Austin Animal Center.

“Geoscape: Yareth Fernandez,” Nov. 12-13 at Boggy Creek Greenbelt Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave.; Nov. 19-20 at Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach

Thirty enormous, colorful pyramids made of tubing and fabric will appear at to two different parks and spark a playful contrast with the natural environment.

“El Capacitor: Michael Anthony García,” Mezt Park, 2407 Canterbury St.

A podium ring with flags made from neighborhood residents’ clothes serves as a symbolic spot to amplify the changes in East Austin over the past decade and a stage for the public to share points of view. Stop by for poetry readings during the tour.

“Flow Factory: Vurv Collective,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Urban Co-Lab, 1818 E. Twelfth St.

Using a wearable ankle monitor, anyone can chart their “flow state” and see the resulting data projected on a giant screen.

“Hyperprism: Autumn Ewalt,” Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm Road

Hundreds of crystal prisms mounted on two aluminum panels refract sunlight into an array of rainbows for an immersive effect.

More online

Be sure to check out the Austin360 arts blog Seeing Things at arts.blog.austin360.com for more recommended East Austin Studio Tour stops and interactive maps. And stay tuned to the blog for continuing EAST coverage this weekend.

Where to start and what to see always proves a challenge with the East Austin Studio Tour. This year, in its 15th iteration, EAST is the most robust it has been, with more than 500 participating artists, galleries, temporary exhibitions, happenings, public art installations and special events.

The tour extends far beyond its original central East Austin boundaries, too.

Now, as gentrification and rising real estate costs drive creatives farther afield, EAST extends up to U.S. 290, farther east to U.S. 183 and, as of last year, south of Lady Bird Lake to include the Montopolis neighborhood.

The warehouses where multiple artists have studios make for easy entry points to EAST. And temporary outdoor public art projects have in the past several years brought a refreshing dimension to the EAST experience.

This year, we selected 10 artist studios to visit, chosen not just for the talent on display and the diversity of their creative output but also as a challenge for you to explore the entirety of the tour’s current footprint.

New co-studio spaces have popped up in the Montopolis neighborhood, for example, as well as in the Windsor Park neighborhood in Northeast Austin. And we’re pointing you to a few individual artist studios on not-so-main streets or in corners of neighborhoods you might not have gone to before.

Ender Martos, 2803 E. Fifth St., endermartos.com

Oscillating lines and kaleidoscopic colors dazzle in Ender Martos’ paintings and large-scale kinetic sculpture.

Tammie Rubin, Fisterra Studio, 1200 E. Second St., tammierubin.com

Tammie Rubin’s intricately detailed porcelain sculpture is potent with symbolic and conceptual meaning, and her Austin debut solo exhibit is the highlight of the gallery scene.

Fisterra Studio is the longtime locale of artist Jennifer Chenoweth, who has participated in EAST since its inception and who each year invites a new lineup of artists to exhibit in her historic bungalow.

Liliana Wilson, 1404 Canterbury St., lilianawilson.com

Based in Austin for more than 30 years, the Chilean-born artist uses a semi-surrealist yet poignant style to delve into issues of social, political and emotional conflict.

María Fernanda Soltero, White Light Studio, 900 Vargas Road

Under the moniker of Sunfern Studios, María Fernanda Soltero crafts vibrant fiber and textile art objects — colorful miniature sculpture and jewelry made from delicate hand-wound thread.

White Light Studio is an all-female creative co-working space that opened in 2015 in the Montopolis neighborhood.

Lisa Choinacky, Cement Loop, 5811 Berkman Drive, Suite 140, lisachoinacky.com

Elegant, Zen-like black ink paintings offer meditative calm and also a sense of uncertainty.

In a transitioning strip mall, Cement Loop houses several studios and also hosts guest artists for EAST.

David Leonard, 1804 Corona Drive, davidleonardpaintings.com

The built environment, industrial landscapes and urban infrastructure are celebrated in David Leonard’s paintings.

Chaos Woods: Terry & Sarah Snow, 5335 Westminster Drive, chaoswoods.com

Pop culture and comic book style inspire this husband-and-wife team who create hand-carved, hand-painted wood toys and curiosities.

Jon Windham, Tillery Studios, 701 Tillery St., Suite A-1B, jonwindham.com

In beguiling and impeccably detailed graphite drawings, Jon Windham imagines half-living, half-machine mechanisms from a future world.

Woodshed: Matthew Helveston, 3502 Oak Springs Drive, vvoodshed.com

Custom-crafted wood furniture with a simple, modernist flare.

Jennifer Balkan, 3109 Lafayette Ave., jenniferbalkan.net

Painted portraits of women both whimsical and slyly surreal.



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