Second perhaps only to music and food, Austin is starting to take its art pretty seriously. While the eastside has long been a bastion for artists enjoying cheap studio rent and the untouched inspiration of diversity, decay and renewal, the local arts scene has been geographically expanding and picking up the pace in recent years; as a result, a burgeoning creative culture is emerging. To celebrate that, Art Night Austin kicks off its tenth year this Saturday, offering a studio crawl complete with complimentary shuttles and local food and sound pairings at each showcase. Individual tickets are $75; the evening begins at grayDUCK Gallery at West Monroe Street and South First.
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East Side Glass Studio is exactly what it sounds like: a professional hot glass studio on Austin’s eastside. Known as much for its cool monthly demonstrations (which are free and open to the public) as it is for the actual art it produces, these artisans seriously know what they’re doing. This Saturday, though, the studio opens its doors for a special Christmas in July event, where guests can get hands-on and create their own works of art with guidance from the experts. Craft a holiday ornament or create a solid glass “space rock” and enjoy on-site brews from hops&grain and yummy bites from Yume Burger while you stand back and admire your artistic prowess; portions of the day’s proceeds will go to Community Glass House to benefit disadvantaged youth in the arts.
$30 per person, Saturday, July 28, 3-6 pm
507 Calles Street, on the eastside
Learn more about the studio here
The Blanton Museum of Art, near both the Capitol Building and the heart of the UT Campus, is known for its thoughtfully-curated exhibits and fantastic monthly parties for the public, making art as accessible as possible to community members of all socioeconomic levels. This summer, the Blanton doesn’t disappoint with its selection of 90 works of art between The Human Touch exhibit and its accompanying The Collecting Impulse showcase. Offering a blend of musings on the human form and humans’ impulse to collect things, the dual exhibit debuted in early June and will remain on display through August 12.
The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 East MLK Blvd. (at Congress Ave.)
Hours: 10 am-5 pm Mon-Weds, Fri-Sat
Open every Thursday 10 am – 9 pm with free admission all day
Learn more about the Blanton at its official website
Saturday, May 5, noon – 9 pm
Sunday, May 6, noon – 6 pm
6th Street, west of Red River (see website for full details)
Austin is undeniably an artistic town, but we’re admittedly known more for our music than any other artistic discipline in particular. Along with other events of its kind, the annual outdoor festival known as Art City Austin seeks to change that perception with what it aptly calls a “temporary art utopia.” Perhaps needing to seek utopia amid the stress of tax day, guests can explore art galore for purchasing or just no-strings-attached perusing and appreciating. Local food trucks turn out in spades along Cesar Chavez as well, making it as much a culinary feast as it is a visual one, and an event ticket also grants free admission to several permanent museums (like the Blanton) around town. Now, that’s utopia indeed.
Saturday, April 14, 10am to 6pm
Sunday, April 15, 11am to 6pm
Cesar Chavez Street from Lavaca to Lamar, plus the 1st Street Bridge
See official website for more info