If you missed the East Austin Studio Tour in the fall (perhaps better known as EAST), there’s another chance for you to experience a show-and-tell of sorts, thanks to our growing and vibrant creative class here in Austin. Starting the weekend of April 27th from 11am-6pm and continuing the following weekend, the second installment of the West Austin Studio Tour is an open house for artists working in the area west of I-35, east of Mopac, south of 183, and north of 71 and 360. With 178 locations and around 255 artists involved, it’s easy to see why you might need two weekends for the Tour.
WEST is free and self-guided, and you can browse the catalog online or purchase a copy at grayDUCK Gallery and Women & Their Work. Maps are available at Austin libraries (although it might not be a bad idea to call before you head out, since copies go fast at some locations).
If you are serious about getting out there and seeing lots of art, it might be best to make other plans for the kids and go solo. On the other hand, if you have the time, if your kids are past the running-in-the-street stage and if you have the inclination, WEST is a great chance to get up close and personal with artists in their own space, as opposed to a more formal venue where you feel you have to be on top of your kids (which is usually no fun for anyone). In addition, some of the venues showcase the work of more than one artist, so you can have a chance to see several different mediums and styles. Much of the art is available for purchase, so if you want to buy local, support an artist and add a piece of art to your personal collection, this is a great way to do it.
We had a chance to catch up with a few of the artists participating in WEST this year. Read on to learn more about them and their work.
About Leon’s work: I am a fine art photographer with a current interest in portraiture and landscape. Over the years, the camera has always been interesting to me but it became my passion when photography went digital. With my background in computers and graphic design I got excited once the digital darkroom entered the picture. That was ten years ago and I haven’t let up since.
What you’ll see of Leon’s at WEST: For the WEST tour, I will be showing a mix of western landscapes and selections from my portrait series “Personal Space”. This body of work consists of intimate portraits of people in their private environments.
Where to find him: My studio is located at 1017-A West Milton Street, 78704. My WEST tour # is 132b.
About Stella’s work: When I paint I most often work in oils on panel. I have the panels gessoed and sanded very smooth. I enjoy a perfectly smooth, clean surface and like the detail it allows. I have always used oils from my very first painting class. I tried acrylic paints for a short time, but just found them too plastic-y; oil paints are luscious and saturated in a way that acrylics just couldn’t compete.
What you’ll see of Stella’s at WEST: During the WEST studio tour I will be exhibiting some of my newest paintings, from a small series I just began which I am currently calling; “the vegetarians” . These paintings are part of a larger grouping which will be shown at the Wally Workman Gallery in October of this year. I will also have some older paintings, collages and drawings on display. All the work will be for sale at a range of costs.
Where to find her: I am #132a on the WEST studio tour, in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood at 1017-A West Milton Street, 78704.
Where to learn more about Stella’s work: To see more of my work and keep up to date with my latest exhibits you can visit my website.
About Judy’s work: I use acrylic paint, screen printing, collage, pencil, inks in my paintings. My process mixing of these medias has evolved over time. I use different media because trying something new is exciting to me and that excitement fuels my progress through the painting.
What you’ll see of Judy’s at WEST: I’ll have new paintings and prints.
Where to find her: Austin Art Garage at 2200 S Lamar Blvd is stop #123 on the Tour. The Art Garage is a gallery open year-round (shopping is even available online), showcasing the talent of many Austin artists.
Where to learn more about Judy’s work: Visit Judy’s website (which also lists afterschool classes and camps for kids) and sign up for my newsletter.
About Bridgette’s work: I work in acrylic, oil, and watercolor paint. I also create fanciful soft sculptures of sea creatures and woodland animals using yarn, felt and buttons. I get ideas for my images from memories of my childhood, growing up loving story time and books like Alice in Wonderland, Little House in the Big Woods, and Peter Pan.
Where to find her: Bridgette will be a guest at the Carol Hayman Studio located at 1001 Eason St. 78704. Her stop is #79b on the tour, and is located on the corner of W. 10th and Eason in the Clarksville neighborhood.
Where to learn more about Bridgette’s work: Contact her via email.
About Gretchen’s work: I work in acrylic paint and watercolor. As a full time elementary school teacher (and on the Laguna Gloria Art School Faculty) I need to squeeze in creative working sessions. I like how quickly these mediums dry, which enables me to work on the paintings in short bursts of time. I also enjoy working in colored pencil and watercolor crayon.
Where to find her: Gretchen is also a guest of the Carol Hayman Studio located at 1001 Eason St. 78704. Her stop is #79c on the tour, and is located on the corner of W. 10th and Eason in the Clarksville neighborhood.
Where to learn more about Gretchen’s work: Contact her via email.
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