Thursday, December 1, 2011

East Austin Studio Tour 2011

Everyone has a different idea of art, but whether it's avant garde or classic, you love it or you hate it, art stimulates. And there was plenty of stimulation at this year's East Austin Studio Tour.

Each November more than 300 area artist studios and exhibition spaces open for 9 days of celebrating art and the people who make it.  Many of the studios treat it like a party, with live music, beer/wine and munchies.

The artists are on hand in the studios to talk about (and sell) their work.  No middle-men, just Art from the Artists. 

Glass is one of my favorite mediums.  I love the physicality and play of light.  Glenda Kronke's sea-inspired glasswork took my mind to the reefs. She shares space with Flo Ulrich, whose fused glass pieces reminded me of earth and sky.  Fellow artist Morgan Graff blew ethereal globes and spires and offers glass-blowing classes. 

East By SouthEast Studios, 1406-B Smith Rd. Austin, TX 78721 (512) 600-0103. See Facebook page or www.gkronkestudios.com

Bits of newsprint flowed up the trees in Judy Paul's mixed medium painting.

Judy Paul at Big Medium, 5305 Bolm Road, Austin, TX 78721, 512-507-8199, www.judypaul.com

Former wine bottles gained new life as cut and etched vase/decanter/candle holders.


Imagination isn't limited to formal settings.


For the garden, Fence Art... 
For vegetarians, a living 'window treatment'.  Both at Big Red Sun Design+Build+Nursery. 

And for laughs, a teeter-totter with grandma.


I only had a couple of hours to tour.  Next year I'll put aside a weekend.  See you there?


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