Dear Christ Church,
I want to encourage you to make plans to check out the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) the next two weekends (November 16–17 and 23–24). Our larger East Austin neighborhood is full of artist studios, and on these two weekends many of them will open their creative spaces to the public to display their work and be on hand to talk about their process. Many galleries and community spaces also participate, and you’ll be amazed at all the visual arts activity that happens in East Austin.
You may recall that last year Christ Church opened our Parish Hall as one of the stops at EAST, displaying work by nine visual artists associated with our Faith&Arts group. This year we will open up more of our space to include 15 visual artists. We are stop number 465 out of 521.
So check out those artists when you come on Sunday, but also go out into the neighborhood to see other stops. You’ll find yourself in people’s houses, in surprising backyard studio spaces, or even in large multi-studio complexes like Canopy. Talk to the artists about their work and their stories, how the neighborhood is changing and how they feel about it. Buy some art to display in your own home.
You can get a fold-out map of all the stops at any Austin Public Library branch, or download one here. Even better, search “East Austin Studio Tour” in the Apple App Store or Google Play to download the app they created to help you plan your tour.
Ben Padula says that after each service at Christ Church on Sunday 11/17 he will lead anyone who wants to go on a brief tour of the stops within walking distance of our building; just meet him in the courtyard. Also, Jude Johnson is leading a bike tour of EAST after the 11:00 service on 11/17 that will end at Canopy on Springdale. Let me know if you would like to join him (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This will be a great opportunity to Love Where We Live—enjoying the creativity, meeting people, and listening to what artists in our neighborhood are saying through their work.