The East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) returns this weekend. So grab a bicycle, some friends and (maybe) some cash, then head over to the east side to see work showcased by hundreds of Austin artists.
The tour runs Nov. 8-18, but is free and open to the public this weekend (Nov. 10-11) and next (Nov. 17-18), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since the tour will be taking place over the crowded Formula 1 weekend, it is possible the EAST tour may be a great recreation alternative for locals looking to avoid to the congestion and traffic the festival will bring in downtown.
EAST not only allows local artists the opportunity to exhibit their work, but it gives the public a chance to meet and converse with Austin artists in a fun, natural setting that represents the up and coming east side.
"Enjoying art, in any form builds community and I feel the EAST tour is a perfect representation of Austin," says local artist Dominick Luciano, half of Reclaimed Austin, a stop on the tour that specializes in restoring found furniture pieces. "This tour allows Austinites to discover and appreciate the creative vibe associated with all artists here in east Austin."
The self-guided tour takes places at a variety of studios, exhibitions spaces and pop-up galleries on the east side. Food and beverages are frequently provides along the route. A full map of the tour, along with information on the artists and studios, can be found on the East Austin Studio Tour Website.