East Austin Studio Tour 2019: One Critic’s 10 Picks


Big Medium boasts 807 artists participating in this year’s edition of the East Austin Studio Tour.

For those who can’t pull it together enough to pick up a copy of the print catalog (instructions on how to find the catalog here) or simply can’t spend literally hours like I did looking through the online listings — please consider my humble recommendations for 10 of the artists and designers on the tour.

[su_pullquote align=”left”]East Austin Studio Tour
November 15-17 and 19-24, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Forgive me if you get stuck in a full parking lot or find yourself shuffling through shoulder-to-shoulder foot traffic down the halls of huge studio complexes.


Detail of stacked diorama by Daniel Rivera.

Daniel Rivera, EAST #AWP
Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster Dr.

Rivera combines dioramas with his furniture building training. It would be interesting to see the level of craftsmanship of the dioramas in person and delightful to have these hidden narratives in your home.


Sarah Annie Navarrete ,”Avenue F”

Sarah Annie Navarrete, EAST #464
Distribution Hall 1500 E Fourth St.
The placement of the body in these photographs celebrates the artist’s background as a dancer. Navarrete’s color choices are extremely pleasing and create a dreamy environment for her juxtapositions.


Salvador Rodriquez, “Caminoa Boca de Potrerillo, NL,” 2014

Salvador Rodriquez, EAST #368
3511 E. Seventh Street
These extremely naturalistic paintings and drawings will delight everyone who wants to see some technical muscles stretched. It is always a nice surprise to mistake a painting for a photograph and lose oneself in a landscape.


Ryan Davis. “Scudded Stuff,” acrylic on canvas, 2018

Ryan Davis, EAST #180
Fancy Fancy Studios and Gallery / Bolm Studios, 5305 Bolm Road, Bay 9
You would do well to catch and collect a work by Ryan Davis before he decides Austin’s art scene is only hindering his career. These paintings are rhythmic and energetic. His bright colors are uplifting and calming in these particularly stressful times.


Claire Bresette, “Make-out Sesh” (detail)

Claire Bresette, EAST #166
Pink Box Studio, 4607 Ribbeccke Ave.

Claire Bresette hand presses individual tiles! Need I say more? Her detailed compositions are delicate, humorous, and exquisite.

Tay Miles

Tay Miles, EAST #120
Dub Academy, 906 E. Fifth St., #109
There is a strong showing of designers throughout EAST, and Tay Miles’ work strikes a nice balance between illustrations and hand-drawn aesthetics. Stopping at design and printed matter studios provide a nice, budget friendly way to add pieces to your collection.


Furniture designers of interest

Did I mention there is a strong showing of designers on the tour roster this year? There is. And here’s a quartet that intrigue me.

Shota Yamaguchi, EAST #403
Toolmarks ATX, 3508 E. Cesar Chavez St


Philip Hernandez, EAST #386
Splinter Group, 3508 E. Cesar Chavez St.


Rhodes Hinman, EAST #386
Splinter Group, 3508 E. Cesar Chavez St.


Amanda McKeever and Khiem Nguyen / A&K Woodworking and Design, EAST #201
The Satellite, 1109 Shady Ln, B1


The East Austin Studio Tour is November 15-17 and 19-24, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Thao Votang
Thao Votanghttps://votang.com/
Thao Votang is a writer at work on a novel. Votang previously co-edited the online magazine Conflict of Interest and co-founded the Austin gallery Tiny Park.

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