How to EAST: A newbie’s guide to the East Austin Studio Tour

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the East Austin Studio Tour, colloquially known as EAST, starts this weekend. EAST is a city-wide event in which local artists open the doors of their studios to the public. Many galleries and organizations, do, too. This year, EAST runs the two weekends of November 10-11 and NovemberContinue reading “How to EAST: A newbie’s guide to the East Austin Studio Tour”

Texas Museums Bucket List

Recently I wrote out my bucket list of the top five museums across the United States that I most want to visit. Closer to home, I’ve been to most of the major museums in Texas’ large cities. But an investigation into just how many art and part-art museums there are in the Lone Star StateContinue reading “Texas Museums Bucket List”

‘Holding Patterns’ Diverge at CAMIBAart

Houston-based artist Edward Lane McCartney’s second show at CAMIBAart Gallery is an eclectic mix of a handful of different kinds of art. My favorite of the bunch are from the series he calls Typecast: These are mixed media creations of designs fashioned from cardboard, folded paper, and other items fit into shapes corralled within aContinue reading “‘Holding Patterns’ Diverge at CAMIBAart”

‘Beauty on Water’ Kicks off Season for Austin Chamber Music Center

This past Saturday, I checked out Austin Chamber Music Center’s season opener, “Beauty on Water” at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church. It was first of a season dubbed Landscapes, in which each performance will highlight works from a different culture or country. This program featured the music of Scandinavian composers. Performers included guest artist HåkanContinue reading “‘Beauty on Water’ Kicks off Season for Austin Chamber Music Center”

Bunnies and Dead Presidents on Parade at The Russell Collection

I visited The Russell Collection last weekend at its new home in the Whit Hanks center on West 6th Street to check on their ongoing show of Hunt Slonem. The gallery’s new digs are lovely — wide open spaces with high ceilings, white walls, and concrete floors. Modern, but not too industrial. Slonem’s colorful paintingsContinue reading “Bunnies and Dead Presidents on Parade at The Russell Collection”

Who’s a Pretty Bird? Watercolors Light Up Wally Workman Gallery

I stopped into Wally Workman Gallery a few days ago after a jaunt through the rain to check out a new show of watercolors by artist and writer Carol Dawson. I was greeted at the door by Wally herself, an ebullient lady who has presided over her West 6th Street gallery for 38 years. AsContinue reading “Who’s a Pretty Bird? Watercolors Light Up Wally Workman Gallery”

Austin Book Arts Center is On the Move

I recently visited the Austin Book Arts Center to discuss the organization and its upcoming fundraiser with Executive Director Amanda Stevenson and Board Chair Mary Baughman. The nonprofit center exists to “engage people in the art of the book,” Baughman said, detailing that this encompasses a myriad of subjects, including printing, bookbinding, papermaking, typography, bookContinue reading “Austin Book Arts Center is On the Move”

‘Ancestral Modern’ Dazzles at the Blanton

There’s about a week and a half left to check out the gorgeous show of Australian Aboriginal art at The Blanton Museum of Art. The show, Ancestral Modern, closes on September 9. The exhibit’s name is apt. The art in this show — dozens of paintings and sculptures from the Kaplan and Levi Collection — isContinue reading “‘Ancestral Modern’ Dazzles at the Blanton”

Art Goes ‘From the Streets to the Library’

A new show called ‘Art from the Streets to the Library’ opened Wednesday night at the second-floor gallery of Austin’s new Central Library. The show features about 50 works from more than 30 artists in the Art from the Streets program, an Austin non-profit that provides studio space and materials to Austin’s homeless population. Works in theContinue reading “Art Goes ‘From the Streets to the Library’”

‘Surface’ at Women & Their Work

A deceptively simple show of works by Meg Aubrey is on now at Women & Their Work. The show features paintings of women that I recognize. Women in jeans and sunglasses,  women drinking coffee from to-go cups, women carrying iPhones, women driving to wherever they have to get to. This is me, and my friends.Continue reading “‘Surface’ at Women & Their Work”