EAST Austin Studio Tour Opens November 12

Painting from jessicaerickson.com

The EAST Austin Studio Tour is a once a year opportunity to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, inspirations, and of course, to support your local arts community by building your art collection. Whether your art collection is big or small (or currently non-existent), living with original artwork in your home makes life more beautiful. It can start as just a tiny spark.

Just a tiny “spark” . . . that’s all it takes to ignite a love and appreciation for original works of art. There is something so indescribably touching about seeing the hand of the artist in a painting or sculpture. There is a thread of humanity that connects that brushstroke or fingerprint to the viewer. Art doesn’t have to be elitist or misunderstood or unobtainable. It’s accessible to everyone at the EAST Austin tour, where artists open up their studios and invite you into their world.

Find out all the details including a list of artists, maps, and special events at EAST Austin Studio Tour. This is an ongoing event from November 12th through 20th and it’s FREE. Even if you can’t afford to buy anything at all, visit the studios, talk to the artists, and find a spark of beauty.

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