A. Austin Book Arts Center / New Space Happening
5501 N Lamar Blvd, C-125
→ May 10, 6-10pm, May 11 and 18, 10am-5pm
Austin Book Arts Center welcomes everyone for hands-on activities at our new location. ABAC offers studio rentals and 90+ workshops annually. Teachers earn CPE continuing education credit. Renowned for awesome instructors dedicated to fostering literacy through book arts, ABAC advances the book as Art, preserves traditional crafts, promotes contemporary book arts, inspires diverse learners, begins conversations, and engages the community.
May 10May 11May 18
350. DORF / Self-Portraits
Self-Portraits Opening Reception / 5701 Lewood Dr
→ May 10, 7 - 10pm
Self-Portraits features work by Alan Beckstead, Margarita Cabrera, Bug Davidson, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Michael Anthony Garcia, Christine Garvey, Katy Horan, Michael Menchaca, Terry Powers and Sara Vanderbeek.
B. Mexic-Arte Museum / Family Day: Printmaking Workshop and Artist Talk with Jonathan Rebolloso
Mexic-Arte Museum / 419 Congress Ave
→ May 11, 10am-6pm
Mexic-Arte Museum will have exhibitions of prints and drawings from their permanent art collection. Guests will learn about the printmaking process from local Master Printer Jonathan Rebolloso, and the Education Department will lead a workshop where visitors get to make their own monoprint.
C. Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin / Public Art and Plein Air
100 E 24th St
→ May 11, 11am-12pm
Experience Landmarks through plein air drawing! The public art at UT is chosen specifically to interact with its environment. Sharpen your spatial skills by considering sculpture, architecture, landscape, and shadow. Meet at Nancy Rubins’ "Monochrome for Austin" for two 30-minute sessions. Dress for outdoors and bring drawing supplies; Landmarks will provide a selection of tools to expand your practice.
D. Creative Side Jewelry Academy
Creative Side Jewelry Academy / 321 W Ben White Blvd, #204
→ May 11, 11am-6pm
Inspiration meets creation at Creative Side Jewelry Academy, a premier jewelry and metalsmithing school. Founded by Courtney Gray, her intention is to provide an inspiring, professional and fun studio space where anyone can come learn the craft of jewelry making. We invite you to join our ongoing metalsmithing mini-workshops during the day and exhibit jewelry from multiple Austin jewelers.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired / 1100 W 45th St, Bldg 602
→ May 11, 11am-6pm
We, the Fine Arts students of Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, intend to inform and entertain the public with our many diverse abilities and unique perspectives through artwork and video. Our multimedia artwork reflects our experiences in the world as curious, expressive human beings who desire open communication with those around us.
G. Lacey Richter / SacRED Offerings ⁓ Illuminated
Ellsworth Kelly's "Austin" at the Blanton Museum of Art / 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
→ May 11, 2pm
Join multi-disciplinary artist Lacey Richter as she performs 'SacRED Offerings,' engaging public space and inner-illumination alongside Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Austin’ on the grounds of The Blanton Museum of Art. Richter’s intriguing performances explore movement, identity, spirituality, sensuality, and divine surrender within raw and sacred spaces… of herself and her environment.
312. Martha Hughes / SCENES
OLA Wild West with Martha Hughes / 201 E 5th St, #104
→ May 11, 12 - 3pm
Join us at OLA Gallery! Deriving from Marfa, Texas, Martha Hughes reflects, “I often find inspiration from glossy interior design and architecture magazines, with their strange, carefully staged photographs of impossibly pristine, impossibly beautiful houses, gardens, and pools.”
319. Ao5 Gallery / 2019 Contemporary Texas Group Exhibition
2019 Contemporary Texas Group Exhibition / 3005 S Lamar Blvd, C110-B
→ May 11, 7 - 9pm
Join us for the opening of our Contemporary Texas Group Exhibition. This show will feature original acrylic, watercolor, graphite, and mixed media sculpture. Meet the artists behind the work at the reception! Event sponsored by Treaty Oak Distillery. Enjoy responsibly.
H. The South Welcomes You Home
JCB Gallery at the Dougherty Arts Center / 1110 Barton Springs Rd
→ May 12, 4-6pm
From the devolution of the Austin sky, to Texas caves reimagined as intergalactic landscapes, to the peculiar yet familiar renderings of southern life, artists Mae, Renee Victor, and Heidi Pitre celebrate the beauty and quirks of the land we call home. Join these storytellers for the Artist Reception and fall in love with Texas all over again.
63. Hattie Lindsley
Sunday Afternoon Patio / 704 Baylor St
→ May 12, 1 - 6pm
Join artist, Hattie Lindsley at her house-gallery-market for a curated assortment of gifts, vintage apparel, prints, and paintings. + photo booth designed by Kathleen Rubin, photography by Cristina Fisher, prints by @captainmorgan and vintage treasures by Laced with Romance.
33. Bob Trevorrow
Pottery Making Demonstrations / 935 E 52nd St
→ May 12, 12 - 3pm
Bob Trevorrow and Sadie Pass will be demonstrating various pottery making and finishing techniques including wheel throwing, trimming and making handles. More information on Bob's Instagram: @bobtrevorrow closer to the event.
21. Kirsten Lofgren
Backyard Art Market / 1200 Taulbee Ln
→ May 12, 12 - 6pm
Local painters, sculptures, jewelry makers, and mixed media artists are hosting an art market in the backyard at Kirsten Lofgren's North Austin studio. Come see the tiny house studio, an RV turned art installation, and all the artists' work!
79. Valérie Chaussonnet
Extra Mid-Week Open House / Studio Hours / 2008 Arthur Ln
→ May 14, 2 - 7pm
A mid-week WEST Open Studio experience showing works by 4 artists, especially for other WEST Artists and for any other visitor who can't tour on the weekends or wants more time for more stops on weekends.
I. Making Space, Preserving Place: A Conversation at the Intersection of Art, Community, and Preservation
Elisabet Ney Museum / 304 E 44th St
→ May 15, 6-8pm
The Elisabet Ney Museum, Big Medium, Preservation Austin, and Sightlines Magazine present a mid WEST panel discussion on community, space, and historic preservation. Miriam Conner, Sara Vanderbeek, Oliver Franklin, and Ann S. Graham join in conversation, moderated by Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin. Together, the featured speakers will discuss the role historic buildings play in providing spaces for making and exhibiting art; the power of space to bring people together or keep them apart; and how an arts community is successfully built and nurtured in a changing city.
60. Austin Creative Art Center
Visual Art & Vino | Artist Workshop with Rejina Thomas / 1605 W 6th St
→ May 15, 7 - 10pm
Live Painting with Rejina Thomas - Paint and learn techniques, engage in a creative experience, express yourself in a meaningful way, collaborate with others, and have blast! $35 per person + BYOB
J. Third Thursday
Blanton Museum of Art / 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
→ May 16, 10am-9pm
Join us for a happening and our monthly Third Thursday, when admission is free. Catch the exhibition "Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language", a performance by Güateque Son, a pop-up print show, a Slow Looking conversation about one work of art, and more.
ACL. Calder Kamin
Calder Kamin Workshop / 710 W Cesar Chavez St
→ May 16, 6 - 8pm
Kamin will share her journey of becoming an educator and an advocate with less plastic and also how nature's ability to reuse motivates her work and mission. Participants will create an accessory inspired by Kamin's exhibition "What a Mess".
102. Greg Davis
Artist Talk at Gusto Studios / Greg Davis + Dave McClinton + Sarah Annie Navarette / 2309 Thornton Rd, M
→ May 16, 6 - 9pm
Come engage in a more in-depth conversation about the visual works of Sarah Annie Navarette, Dave McClinton and Greg Davis. Moderated by Bijoy Goswami, you will hear from each of the three artists about their process and inspiration. Lite refreshments and bites. Street Parking Only.
270. Neill Cochran House Museum
Party at the Neill-Cochran House Museum / 2310 San Gabriel St
→ May 16, 6 - 9pm
A 13 artist group show in a historic home built in 1855 in north-central Austin. Join us for our Thursday night party! No cover at the door, drinks and snacks provided. Parking is available in the back lot.
CANCELED K. The ART of Preservation: Experiencing Historic Austin Through Drawing and Photography
800 Congress Ave
→ May 18, 1-3pm
Join Preservation Austin, the official community partner for WEST, for this guided walking tour of downtown. Participants will visit three historic WEST locations, and landmarks in between, sketching and photographing each one along the way. We’ll learn a little about their histories and spend time appreciating the beauty and detail of Austin’s historic architecture. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
L. The MAW Gallery
1214 W 6th St, #113
→ May 11 and 18, 11am-5pm
The MAW Gallery hosts Austin’s finest collection of artwork from the 19th century to the present. Displaying local and international artists at various career levels, The MAW Gallery’s eclectic collection of artwork is a must-see.
May 11May 18
348. ArtProfiler / Mélange
Behind the Scenes at ArtProfiler, How We Became a Magazine / 5205 Saint Georges Green
→ May 18, 3 - 4pm
Artist talk with ArtProfiler editors, artists & writers detailing the steps we took to create an Austin-based cultural website that profiles today's world thorough art, video, satire & offbeat commentary.
307. Out of the Darkness / Brandon Mike
Art at the DEN / 317 W 3rd St
→ May 18, 6 - 9pm
Brandon Mike is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Austin, Texas. His work primarily focuses on clean aesthetics: crisp shape and form, unified or precisely harmonious texture, commercially influenced display and presentation power, and the highest degree of polish. With a specialization in concrete sculpture, lighting, furniture, and one of a kind home goods, Brandon seeks to create work with a minimalist aesthetic that captures the essence of the natural world, influencing a deeper connection with the environment and the beings we share it with.
159. Katie Dunkle / 160. Lola Saba
WEST Closing Party / 6009 Idlewood Cv
→ May 19, 11am - 9pm
This year I will be hosting a West Austin Studio Tour Closing Party along with my friend and fellow artist Lola Saba at my home studio on May 19th, the last Sunday of the tour.My studio is stop number #159 and I’m also super excited to host my artist friend Lola Saba, stop #160. There will be brand new, never before seen work on display from both artists. In addition to great art available for purchase we‘ll also have drinks, snacks and yard games in the garden. Come say hi this weekend! Sweetbriar neighborhood between South 1st and South Congress just south of Stassney.
M. James Surls / With Out, With In
UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum / 605 Azie Morton Rd
→ WEST Weekends, 11am-4pm
Please join us for James Surls' (born 1943) first ever exhibition of sculpture in Austin, including works from the 1980s through today, featuring his signature wooden, steel, and bronze sculptures. Surls' work will transform the gallery and garden. More than 50 permanent sculptures by Charles Umlauf (1910 - 1994) will also be on view in the garden.
Hibachi fabrication and cooking demonstration / 6110 Mesa Dr
→ WEST Weekends, 11:30am - 12:30pm and 3 - 4pm
Live steel fabrication and hibachi cooking demonstrations will happen daily at the ecotopes studio (2). Come watch ecotopes weld raw steel parts into furnishings, planters, sculpture + more. Also featuring fresh cuisine concepts from our guest chefs + friends of hibachito, our hometown-inspired grill.
285. Juliet Whitsett
Correspondence Art / Mail Art (Drop In Arts Experience) / 1310 W 9 1/2 St
→ WEST Weekends, 11am - 6pm
Giddyup Art Studio will provide the art supplies, cards, envelopes, and some art prompt inspiration... Just show up with someone in mind you want to make smile and don't forget their address! All ages welcome.
172. Jan Knox
Ongoing Art Demos and Music / 7739 Northcross Dr, Q
→ WEST Weekends, 11am - 6pm and 2 - 4pm
Art demonstrations will be on going each day of the tour, 11am - 2 pm most days and 11 to 5 pm on Mother's Day. Our Resident Artists will be giving the demonstrations. Live music on the porch May 11: Carl Mattoon, May 18: Justif, May 19: POD
N . Austin Textual Media
Capitol Creative Collective / 6910 Shirley Ave, C
→ WEST Weekends, 12-2pm
Austin Textual Media brings together diverse visual artists, programmers, and developers to produce creative content and communications in the following areas: digital and print media, audio/visual, lighting, projections and mapping, and art installations.
O. American Cheese Fondue
Neill-Cochran House Museum / 2310 San Gabriel St
→ WEST Weekends, 12-5pm
Thomas Cook, Jeffrey Primeaux, and Saul Jerome San Juan come together as American Cheese Fondue – a blend of delicious talent melting into a performance you can consume and a product you can own. Choose an image and watch as each artist collaborates on a painting of it in front of your eyes in one hour. Reserve now as space is limited!
128. Julie Ahmad
Women of West After Hours Concert / 804 W Mary St
→ WEST Weekends, 6 - 7:30pm
WOW is hosting an exclusive after hours concert featuring singer/songwriter Chelsea Pribble. Chelsea will tell the story behind the music and perform songs off her EP Second Movement. Doors 6PM. Show 6:30PM. Tickets at the door $15 Early-Bird discount: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-of-west-after-hours-concert-tickets-59342897203