West Austin Studio Tour 2019
May 11-12 & 18-19
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. Big Medium partners with the Austin Public Library to feature exhibitions at library branches within tour boundaries. WEST maps will be available at all Austin Public Library locations while supplies last. The Big Medium website includes an overview of tour stops and schedule of events, as well as information on each artist. For more information about the art exhibits at the Austin Public Library, contact Carlos Brondo at 512-974-7753.
Austin Central Library Gallery| Calder Kamin | Mixed media, recycled materials, animation
Kamin's solo exhibition, “What a Mess” at the Austin Central Library Gallery showcases trash transformed into sculptures, animations, and installations, commenting on the mess humans have made for our natural neighbors throughout our existence. Dedicated to the student strikes #FridaysforFuture. Artist Talk on May 16, 6-8 PM.
Austin Central Library 4th Floor | Susan Scafati | Pigment and silver gelatin photography, mixed media installation, sculpture
Scafati's exhibition in the 4th floor windows features a 60-foot, site-responsive installation that reimagines our constructed landscape as a suspended spectrum of everyday urban forms in flux. On view in the 6th floor living room are archival pigment and silver gelatin prints and sculptures inviting us to think about how representation of one's self and one's world is expressed in our visual, virtual culture. Artist reception on May 17, 7-9 PM.
Austin Central Library 3rd floor | Rosemary Wells | Watercolor, gouache
Central Library exhibits beloved author, Rosemary Wells’ illustrations from her book, Yoko: Show and Tell. This exhibition is curated for pre-k audiences, while taking young-in-heart audiences back to their childhood nostalgia of growing up with Wells’ comforting stories. The exhibition is located on the third floor in the Children's area.
Little Walnut Creek Branch | Alex Giffen | Oil-based printmaking ink, paper, gouache dye
“I like to create work based on the possibility of expansion. The tree you see every day, the flowers you have outside and what would they possibly look like in another universe? What else could be hiding here? I like to explore textures found on the planet that seem other worldly and how they could possibly interact with known things.”
North Village Branch | Francine Funke | Acrylic, watercolor, ink
“My 'Floral Phenomena' series explores a wide variety of floral and botanical forms and the myriad ways I express them artistically. This includes large paintings on canvas and works on paper, as well as whimsical three-dimensional, hand-cut paper pop-ups. I will also be showing recent work which combines traditional media, such as watercolor and acrylic paint with photography and digital manipulation.”
Manchaca Road Branch | Texas Health & Human Services – Mental Health Awareness Art Exhibit
One in five Americans struggles with mental health, yet it’s still not discussed as openly as physical health. Artworks on display for WEST belong to Texans of all ages about why mental health matters to them. Together we can help demystify this often-taboo topic by using creative avenues to personalize every experience and battle the stigma of mental health through art.
Pleasant Hill Branch | Kevin Munoz | Acrylic, ink, latex, graphite, screenprint
Bold and graphic layouts, loose brush-work, and warm colors are all elements Munoz uses to create his visual world. Rhythmic patterns and serene landscapes surround the weathered characters in his work as he explores concepts of identity, longing and happiness. His inspiration includes his native lands of Guatemala and South California, midcentury design, recent photos of ancient art and plants.
Twin Oaks Branch | Arcilia Gonzalez | Charcoal, acrylic, india ink
“I create pieces using mediums that limit my color palette to black and white so that I may strip my work to basic elements of light and dark, texture, and above all, detail. I see powerful detail in landscapes, and my goal is to capture a scene that feels so simple, yet contains so much.”
Images, clockwise from top: In Search Of Happiness, 2016, Kevin Munoz; Blue Lotus, 2016, Francine Funke; Fractured Paradigm, 2018, Mental Health Exhibit; Backpack Bones, 2018, Alex Giffen; Roadside View, 2018, Arcilia Gonzalez