Art Night EAST 2014
Click the image below to relive Art Night EAST 2014. Photos courtesy of Rich Merritt.
Art Night EAST 2014 is the 6th installment of the Art Alliance Austin event in support of Big Medium’s 13th annual East Austin Studio Tour.
Art Night EAST is the official preview kick-off to the East Austin Studio Tour. Celebrate this unique Austin event with a multi-venue cultural experience. Visit four art spaces, meet gallery directors and artists, and learn about East Austin art. Each site will be paired with fine tastings, drinks, and sounds. A bus service is provided to take you through the city and deliver you to each site.
“Our goal is to highlight some of the most interesting spaces on the EAST Austin Studio Tour each year and encourage collectors and art lovers to join us for a highly curated – and fun – evening,” said Asa Hursh, Executive Director, Austin Art Alliance. “This year, we want to increase our participant’s education and engagement in the art. We want everyone to walk away from Art Night EAST having learned about those who greatly contribute to Austin’s art scene, and get to mingle with them as well.”
Art Alliance Austin will be featuring four east Austin arts spaces along the tour: Big Medium, MASS Gallery, grayDUCK, and Co-Lab Projects. Each stop will include a brief introduction to the gallery director, exhibiting artist, or curator of the space – allowing patrons to learn more about east Austin art and engage with this vibrant part of the community. Tickets buyers have the option of selecting at which venue they begin and end the night, and each group will have a dedicated bus taking them throughout the tour. Small bites will be provided by new east Austin stand-outs Launderette, Weather Up, and Sa-Ten, as well as established east Austin favorites Eden East, Hillside Farmacy, and Mettle, and more. Art Alliance is pleased to offer fine wine selections courtesy of The Winebow Group as a part of a nearly decade-long sponsorship by Republic National Distribution Company. Represented wineries include: Zardetoo, Kriss Heart, Stella, Leyda and Librandi. Dripping Springs Vodka and Gin will offer craft cocktails throughout the evening. And local craft beer maker Austin Beerworks will be on hand along with a selection of Corona Brands.
Unofficial after-party at The White Horse, show your wristband for drink specials.
Images from left to right: Julie Moon, Ryan Cronk, Adrian Landon Brooks
Art & Venue Details
Big Medium, Canopy, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, Suite 101
Big Medium is an Austin-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting visual arts and artists in Texas. We bring you the East Austin Studio Tour, the Texas Biennial, and now the West Austin Studio Tour. We also exhibit innovative gallery programming throughout the year in both Big Medium Galleries, provide affordable studio space to artists, and partner with various other arts organizations in Texas to help foster the arts throughout Texas.
EXHIBITION: Barna Kantor
MASS Gallery, 507 Calles St, Suite 108
Founded in 2006, MASS is a collectively run nonprofit gallery and project space based in Austin, Texas. Consisting of a cast culled from Austin’s rich community of artists, writers, musicians and educators, MASS members jointly contribute to the daily operations and strategic planning of exhibitions, programming and events. MASS fosters exploratory modes of creation by encouraging artists to broaden the scope of their practice, while providing a friendly conversation space for the community to engage with contemporary art.
EXHIBITION: Julie Moon and Rick Mansfield: Green Zone
A pair of sculptors meld inanimate objects, expressions of the body and culturally recognizable images into narrative driven, totem-like sculptures.
grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E Cesar Chavez Street
grayDUCK was founded in 2010 and strives to exhibit the work of exceptional artists while creating a welcoming place for everyone: viewers, artists and neighbors. Monthly shows highlight artist’s work from a broad range of experience, both locally and nationally. Our refurbished 100-year old house is a hybrid of new and old, clean lines and comfortable wood. The inviting space with a modern sensibility is a beautiful place for artwork, poetry readings, film, music and performance, a place where art is integral to everyday life.
EXHIBITION: HERILOOM, featuring Adrian Landon Brooks & Megan Kimber
Legacy and heritage are the key influence of this two-artist show featuring mixed media paintings. Ancestral artifacts are incorporated into paintings or used as canvas.
Co-Lab Projects, 613 Allen Street
Co-Lab Projects is an artist-run nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating public projects and exhibiting contemporary works of art, installation, and performance. By operating on an ambitious programming schedule, the organization provides exposure and opportunities for local and national artists to create new and experimental bodies of work on a frequent and flexible basis. Through collaboration, education, and engagement, Co-Lab encourages artistic exploration and dialogue within the community.
EXHIBITION: Conspectus : Two Thousand Fourteen
A comprehensive look back at the 2014 programming year. Now smaller components from each of these projects will be shown together illustrating the breadth and diversity of art we exhibited this year.
Featured Beverage Details
Republic National Distributing Company
A decade into this sponsorship and year over year the RNDC team continues to provide an absolutely amazing selection of wines.
Founded in 1898, RNDC has a rich culture founded on strong family-owned businesses coming together to create an extraordinary organization focused on providing high quality service in 20 states.
Art Alliance Austin is proud to pour Winebow wines at all four Art Night EAST locations in 2014.
The company represents some of the most established, family-owned properties in prominent growing areas, as well as a new generation of winemakers and distillers who are dedicated to innovation and quality.
Art Night EAST will serve the following brands:
Art Alliance is pleased to announce an exciting new sponsorship by Austin Beerworks.
We solute their motto: “brewers hell-bent on excellence.” And we know it to be true. Their can crafted locally brewed beer is absolutely fantastic.
A former partner of Art City Austin, Corona Brands is now a sponsor of Art Night EAST. And we’re glad to make a gallery tour feel like the beach! Relax and enjoy a great night!
Many elite bars make their own mixers to insure that they serve only the very best cocktails. Liber and Company mixers allow you to do the same. We craft them with a meticulous attention to detail using authentic, time-honored ingredients and recipes.
Art Alliance Austin is proud to announce a brand new sponsorship by Dripping Springs Vodka and Gin. Taste craft cocktails throughout Art Night EAST.
Featured Restaurant Details
Known as Austin’s most influential farm-to-table chef, Sonya Cote has created an imaginative and exciting hyper-local restaurant in east Austin. Before Eden East, Cote was executive chef at Austin favorites East Side Show Room and Hillside Farmacy.
Chef Sonya Coté (Eastside Showroom, Eden East) revived a historic East Austin landmark with this Eclectic cafe showcasing “simple” but “unique” large and small plates and “inventive” cocktails, all made with “locally sourced” ingredients; reports on the service vary, but most are charmed by the setting, comprising white honeycomb floors, glass chandeliers, copper-topped tables and reclaimed cabinetry and artifacts from an old Central Texas pharmacy. – Zagat
Chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki have partnered with the owners of Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon to bring a new restaurant to East Austin in 2014. Per the press release, new restaurant Launderette will be a “neighborhood cafe and grocery” focused on food not defined by “exotic pairings and gastronomical acrobatics.” – austin.eater.com
Brainchild of chef Andrew Francisco and owner Bridget Dunlap (owner of three different bars on Rainey Street), Mettle takes its name quite literally, as it seeks to conjoin and fuse international flavors. Ranging from rustic southern to French-fusion to classic Mexican, Mettle reintroduces the melting-pot style restaurant as a novelty to be found.
A third outpost of Brooklyn’s famed Weather Up bar is now open in East Austin.
The Prohibition-inspired bar is well known among New York cocktail connoisseurs for its small but expertly crafted drink menu. Weather Up’s first location was opened in 2008 by namesake and resident mixologist Katherine Weatherup, whom many credit with spearheading Brooklyn’s craft cocktail movement. Now a full time Austinite, Weatherup hopes to bring the best of NYC to East Austin with her new bar. –austinist
A new coffee shop from the co-creators of East Side King and Kome. The menu reflects this Asian influence.