This week, the air is buzzing at LewisCarnegie as we put the finishing touches on our East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) exhibit. Art has been selected, printed, and framed. Beer and sausages have been ordered. Art placement in the gallery is almost final. Our “Cold Beer, Hot Art” sign is ready to be set out. Even the Austin weather seems to be cooperating with us. All in all, it’s shaping up to be our best East Austin Studio Tour yet.
In case you are wondering, the East Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour that brings tour-goers and local makers together. You can see working studios, meet local artists and artisans, find out what inspires them, learn about the tools of their trade, and visit local businesses. There are over 400 events, studios, exhibits, and happenings on the docket for the 2014 East Austin Studio Tour.
Even though the tour is open to the public, we at LewisCarnegie would like to officially invite you. So here is your invite:
Who: Pack Film Pack
The Pack Film Pack consists of 4 artists, Sean Carnegie, Craig Crutchfield, Bart Kibbe, and Woody Welch, who are unified by their passion for an old, but not forgotten, photographic technology that captured the imagination of an era – Polaroid* instant film. The imperfections, nostalgia, and element of chance are part of the charm that inspires the Pack.
*Before digital photography and camera phones, “instant” self-developing film was innovative. Unlike traditional film that you had to shoot the whole roll of 12, 24, or 36 shots before you could develop it and then wait for one-hour processing, Polaroid’s instant film was one shot at a time and only took 5 minutes for your black and white image to develop. Then you would carefully peel away the backing to reveal your photo. Since 5 minutes was still a long time to wait, everyone had a trick to developing the Polaroid faster – shaking, fluttering, under the arm, waving it over your head, or some combination of these. None of these are recommended by Polaroid.
What: Black and White Photography
Our artists have taken their black and white Polaroid images and professional printed and silkscreened them on to a high quality archival paper. There will be approximately 90 framed prints in varying sizes on display and available for purchase, starting at $20. Also back by popular demand are artist test prints – unique one-of-a-kind silkscreens of some of the Polaroid images. We’ll also have posters, koozies and t-shirts commemorating our fourth East Austin Studio Tour exhibit.
Where: The Gallery at LewisCarnegie, Stop #299
Our gallery is in the heart of East Austin, specifically at the northwest corner of East Cesar Chavez and Navasota. The entrance is on Navasota, just north of the LewisCarnegie sign. Look for our “Cold Beer, Hot Art” sign!
For those using a GPS, Google maps, or Apple maps, here is our physical address:
1312 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78702
When: November 15-16 and 22-23
We’ll be serving up cold beer, hot art, and hot sausages from 11-6pm both EAST weekends (November 15, 16, 22, and 23). Come by and meet the artists, hangout for a bit, and have a great time.