WEST: West Austin Studio Tour Art Exhibits & Tour Maps at the Library

It’s time for Big Medium’s West Austin Studio Tour (WEST) – a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. WEST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

Since 2010 the Austin Public Library has partnered with Big Medium to distribute materials to all 23 Austin Public Library locations. Through this collaboration, we hope to make art more accessible, while encouraging the community to visit their neighborhood branch and register for a Library Card.

WEST maps will be available at all Austin Public Library locations starting on Monday, April 23 while supplies last.

WEST Catalogs
Additionally, WEST catalogs can be picked up in the Gallery at the Central Library, 710 W. César Chávez St., May 11–20 from 12-6 PM.

WEST Group Exhibition
The WEST Group Exhibition show features over 300 artworks by West Austin Studio Tour artists. It will be on public display in the Gallery at the Central Library, 710 W. César Chávez St., from May 11–23. Visit library.austintexas.gov/central​ for Library open hours.

George Brainard
Austin Central Library 710 W. César Chávez St., 6th Floor
Saturdays, May 12 and 19, 10 AM–6 PM; Sundays, May 13 and 20, 12 noon–6 PM

Austin Originals: Portraits of the People That Shape Our City. These are just a few of the musicians, artists, journalists, and other icons and characters that make Austin unique. Many of these images appeared in Austin Monthly magazine as part of a long-running ongoing monthly feature. Some are exclusive to this show. Info at georgebrainard.com.

Christopher Hynes
Oil painting and Venetian plaster on wood panels
Pleasant Hill Branch 211 E. William Cannon Dr.
Saturdays, May 12 and 19, 10 AM–5 PM

Speaking of his work, Hynes says, “When I’m in my studio the universe is perfect and everything I need is right there. I like to think of my work as visual poems. The constructions are a form of storytelling, and I love to tell my stories.” Info atchristopherhynes.com.

Daniel Arredondo
Acrylic on canvas, gesso board and cigar boxes
Manchaca Road Branch 5500 Manchaca Rd.
Saturdays, May 12 and 19, 10 AM–5 PM

My landscape paintings are acrylic on canvas, gesso board and cigar boxes. Some of my paintings include what is above and below the surface. Info at arredondoartstudio.com.

Maria V.
Oil, canvas, ink and photogragphy
North Village Branch 2505 Steck Ave.
Saturdays, May 12 and 19, 10 AM–5 PM

My images are intended to give form to thought, to introduce a memory or a moment in time which would otherwise never be reproduced. The textures and rugged strokes on the canvas or contrasts in a photograph allow the viewer the opportunity to contextualize their own life experience from their own memory. Info at worksbymaria.

Kelly Grajeda
Graphite, charcoal, ink and cloth
Recycled Reads Bookstore 5335 Burnet Rd.
WEST Weekends, 12–6 PM

I am drawn to self-portraiture partly in response to my identity as an identical twin. Reflections that are not true reflections represent my personal twin experience. I also appreciate the way light falls on the contours of the body. Graphite and charcoal are sometimes messy and laborious ways to capture this, and are my favorite materials to work with. Info at kellycgrajeda.

Emerson Granillo
Archival inkjet paper
Recycled Reads Bookstore 5335 Burnet Rd.
WEST Weekends, 12–6 PM

We construct our self-image, the “face” we show the world, but how do we decide what pieces to put where? Are the faces we design inspired by something deep within us, or are they forged by external pressure? I’m interested in the space between who we are, what we show of ourselves, and how our image is perceived by others. Info atemersongranillo.com.

Juan Garcia
Acrylic, ink and paper
Twin Oaks Branch 1800 S. Fifth St.
Saturdays, May 12 and 19, 11 AM–5 PM

In using minimal forms, I have begun exploring ideas surrounding futility and fragility, loss of place and how we rely upon structures to establish security and a sense of safety. I am interested in mining personal experiences to speak broadly to circumstances of the human condition. Info at juanrgarcia.com .

NJ Savage
Paper, oil, acrylic, graphite and found objects
Yarborough Branch 2200 Hancock Dr.
May 12 and 19, 10 AM–5 PM

The roll of the brayer, the dance of the brush; soul satisfying! Info at berylkerwick.com.

For information about art exhibits at the Library, call Carlos Brondo at 512-974-7753.

About WEST
WEST is a program of Big Medium, a non-profit organization dedicated to championing and cultivating artists and the contemporary arts in Austin and across Texas. Through programs and partnerships, Big Medium works to foster the arts and facilitate an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities. Big Medium produces the East Austin Studio Tour, the West Austin Studio Tour, the Texas Biennial, and presents innovative exhibitions throughout the year in the Big Medium Gallery. Big Medium also provides studio space to artists at Canopy, and umbrella several artists and creative organizations through the Sponsored Projects program.

About the Austin Public Library
The Austin Public Library provides knowledge, technology and inspiration to the Austin community. The Library is a hub of books and education, a meeting place of minds and an incubator of ideas. For more information call 512-974-7400 or visit library.austintexas.gov.


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