Art Night Austin 2013

Art Night Austin 2013



art night austin 2013:   10th Annual Fundraiser!

We’ve expanded our route this year so that you can experience the unique feel of 3 Austin neighborhoods.

The 10th annual Art Night Austin gives art fans a chance to experience work ranging from painting, photography and digital interactive performance to pencil drawings, sculpture and vintage neon. You’ll find works created by international, national and Austin-based artists exhibited in temporary spaces, emerging galleries and established institutions. The high energy, multi-venue fundraiser showcases a diverse selection of art, music and culinary talent across the city with an after party to follow.

The spaces were chosen to share insight into Austin’s dynamic creative culture, and more specifically, how the art being exhibited, performed and created both defines and reflects the neighborhood and thus our city.

Each space is curated with a favorite eatery, select beverages and sounds, offering an experience unique to the specific venue. A shuttle service will be offered between all seven locations helping to create a completely immersive cultural experience.

spaces: grayDUCK Gallery | Yard Dog | Women & Their Work | Roadhouse Relics | Scottish Rite Theater | Alchemy | Dutton

bites: La Condesa | Kenichi | Benji’s | Haddingtons/Mulberry | Lavaca Teppan | Verts | Frank |Pate Letelier 

bevs: wines from Republic National Distributing | beer from Mayan Distributors 

afterparty: $25 to follow from 9:30p to Midnight | Vuka Co-op | Deep Eddy Vodka | Thundercloud Subs

win: $25 raffle | Love art? Starting or building your collection? Believe in supporting art in Austin? Purchase a $25 raffle ticket for your chance to win a $500 gift certificate at select galleries each paired with other amazing goodies. Not able to make the event? You do not have to attend the event to win. Raffle items include: 1 $500 gift certificate to grayDUCK Gallery | 1 $500 gift certificate to Yard Dog | 1 $500 gift certificate to Roadhouse Relics | 1 Women and Their Work Membership | 1 Gift Certificate to Scottish Rite Theater

limited tickets: $75 | VIP Collector Badge $195 | Purchase tickets here.

volunteer: help us make art night austin great | Sign up to volunteer here!




Scottish Rite Theater features work by TPO, an Italian group, with an interactive digital installation piece called “Farfalle” or “Butterfly.” The work consists of a sensor covered mat that has video projected onto it and is responsive to how guests walk on it, move their arms, jump. It’s incredible!  207 W. 18th Street 


Women & Their Work is showing Houston based artist Wendy Wagner –actually this show was featured in the NYTimes—and you shouldn’t miss it. Wagner creates make believe worlds inspired by childhood imagery through an impressive variety of media: like animation, sculpture, painting and drawing. Listen to her speak to KUT’s Art Eclectic here.  1710 Lavaca



We’ll have 2 pop-up gallery spaces in the 2nd Street district. – These have the feel of secret and special art experiences, because they are!

One will be curated by Sonia Dutton, the brilliance behind Champion Contemporary. That space will feature new work from artists Dan Sutherland, Bethany Johnson and Brad Tucker. Each is exploring forms in unique and innovative ways. Sutherland is working with an extraordinarily complex layering of forms and voids. Johnson’s recent work is a study of the visual representation of images in which she reduces the visual information presented until our recognition of the image begins to teeter. Tucker is authentically Texas as successfully mines the space between minimalism and pop. 416 W. Cesar Chavez Street

The other pop-up is curated by Amanda Gorence, a contributing editor for the extremely popular photo blog Feature Shoot as well as the semi-annual e-magazine Aether.  She’ll be presenting a group photography exhibition entitled Alchemy that explores and imagines the power, possibility, and aesthetic of ‘alchemical’ or personal transformation, purification, and regeneration of the human soul. 452 W. 2nd Street



Yard Dog Folk Art features the work of Kurt Herrmann, and his series titled Blockheads that began with him painting portraits of the all the US presidents and has expanded to included astronauts, cowboys and Indians, saints, and portraits taken from 1963 Life Magazine. 1510 S. Congress

At Roadhouse Relics you’ll see how Todd Sanders uses neon signs to transcend commercial usage and simply function as beautiful works of art. They’re breathtaking. They have a deep authenticity about them – an Americana – they speak to our place. He says, “There’s a buzz that neon carries – a deep meaning for so many.” And we think that he’s right on.  1720 S. 1st Street

And we also have grayDUCK gallery in South Austin; with their show “A Certain Reality” featuring work by David Ball, Jennifer Davis, and Megan Kimber. The show explores the space between reality and imagination – so it explores memory with both delicate and complex dreamlike imagery. 608 W. Monroe


In sum, Art Night 2013 presents a series of themes that flow through the different spaces, but certainly still relies on diversity as its core strength.  We think this is one of the most exciting arts events of the year. If you’re new to Austin it’s a fabulous introduction to the scene and if you’re a long-time resident this event is the perfect way to witness the evolution of Austin’s art scene. Purchase your tickets here.




We are very proud to present our list of partner restaurants for Art Night 2013, tickets are available here. For a full run down of all the details of this awesome night, click here.


La Condesa
Chef: Rene Ortiz 

La Condesa is an award-winning modern Mexican restaurant.  Nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for ‘Best New Restaurant’, La Condesa is helmed by Executive Chef Rene Ortiz, and Food & Wine Magazine ‘Best New Pastry Chef Laura Sawicki.  La Condesa features the largest selection of tequila in Austin and a craft bar program overseen by Cocktail World Cup champion Nate Wales.  La Condesa is located in the vibrant 2nd Street District, across the street from the W Hotel Austin and the world-famous Austin City Limits.

Chef: Shane Stark

Since Kenichi Austin opened in 2001, it has been renowned for its outstanding cuisine, award-winning wine and sake lists and energetic atmosphere. There are many sushi choices in Austin, but none like Kenichi. Known for its exciting sushi bar and rock star booths, each diner gets to experience a bit of Austin nightlife while enjoying one of Austin’s culinary staples.

Chef: founders Michael and Dominik

VERTS is a fast casual dining concept built around Döner Kebap, Germany’s favorite street food. VERTS is one of the first to bring authentic Döner Kebap to the United States. Based in Austin Texas, VERTS focuses on delivering a quality dining experience that leaves you filling good and feeling great. A visionary for food trends, VERTS appeals to those who love food, value and quality.

Pâté Letelier
Chef: Jackie Letelier

Letelier Food Company was founded in order to give people the best of both of Jackie Letelier’s worlds – traditional family recipes, like her great grandmother’s pâté, using Texas ingredients such as pecans, lavender, and honey. She mades small, handmade batches with all-natural ingredients sourced from local farmers.

Chef: Kristine Kittrell 

Mulberry is a wine bar and New American style restaurant in the heart of downtown Austin. It’s received praise for it’s unique cozy atmosphere, carefully prepared cuisine and a devotedly selected wine list. The small and warm interior features a glass faced mezzanine displaying wine bottles, a deep Calcutta Gold marble bar and rich oak panels. The concept was originally conceived by friends from Texas and New York who loved Austin and hoped local residents would respond to a cozy neighborhood spot with a European style. Long-time Austinites may recognize Mulberry Street as the former name of 10th Street in downtown and, coincidentally, several of the New York founders lived on the renowned Mulberry Street in Manhattan. The name Mulberry reflects influences and inspiration drawn from both Austin and NYC.

Chef: Kyle Burgess

Haddingtons is an American Tavern in downtown Austin serving thoughtfully interpreted traditional American cuisine and carefully crafted cocktails, wine and beer. There are two distinct bars and four distinct dining areas, each with its own unique character and feel.The collective appearance and offerings are meant to convey a rustic warmth by combining a comfortable atmosphere with exceptional food and drink.

Benji’s Cantina
Chef: Geoff Freeman

Opening in March 2013, Benji’s Cantina is a Mexican-inspired dining oasis located on West 6th St. Designed by Jamie Chioco, vintage meets urban in this unique space, from the exterior vine-festooned building walls and century-old hand-carved wood front door, main dining room with kitchen views and breezy patio, to the vintage “Corner Front Grocery” sign that hangs beneath the ceiling of exposed pipes. Benji’s specialties are fajitas and margaritas. Paired with perfectly caramelized onions, flame-grilled jalapenos and tomatoes, fajitas will be served tableside on a seasoned anafre, with tortillas made fresh from Benji’s tortilla press, which is visible from the dining room. Other specialties include traditional enchiladas and tacos; slow-roasted pork shoulder; gulf shrimp dressed with Yucatan cocktail sauce; and seasoned beef flank steak. Diners can expect Mexican cocktails, martinis, Mexican beers, and an extensive tequila and mescal selection, including the “con gusano”—with the worm—variety.

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