The mayor proclaimed the month of November officially as art month in Austin. Based on the amazing line-up of art events this month, we can see why. From fundraisers to free and family-friendly, there’s a little bit for everyone. We picked all the ones already filling up our November calendars, and we hope to see you at them all!
VIP Opening: November 9
For one weekend each fall, POP Austin takes over Fair Market to create a curated art experience featuring both international and local artists all in one beautiful room. Each year has it’s own flair, bringing together fine art, sculpture, digital art, photography and more.
Thursday night’s VIP Preview Party gives guests a first look with surprise guests appearances. On Saturday and Sunday, Pop Talks go in-depth with the artists to learn more about their process and stories behind the art. Tickets are on sale now.
First Light: November 9
The darkness of the Waller Creek become bright with art and light each November for the Creek Show. In the stretch between 5th and 8th street on the creek, six new and temporary illuminating works of light-based art are free and open each evening from 6-10 pm.
The fundraiser First Light on Thursday night is a preview night that benefits the Waller Creek Conservancy, with entertainment and food all inspired by the installations. The week continue with free events tied to the creek show including an Artist Talk with the installation teams & moderated by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, GenWaller Party Monster Bash, family friendly Art Ride Creekside and final Closing Party at Cheer Up Charlies.
Kick-Off: November 9
November 11-12 & November 18-19
The East Austin Studio Tour – often referred to by its appropriate acronym EAST – is a two-weekend, free explosion of art east of I-35. This year the tour will include 505 participants, including 241 artist studios, 66 galleries, 155 temporary exhibitions, 26 happenings, 10 libraries, and 7 schools. With so much happening in close proximity, we love to tackle to tour via bicycle, stopping at both small pop-ups and larger collaborative gallery spaces along the way.
Art Alliance Austin’s biggest fundraiser of the year ARTBASH moves to a new home at Native Hostel. Expect something new and fun this year with 8 site-specific art installations commissioned by local artists. Guests who go VIP with have an extra 2 hours with free drinks and bites by Juniper. VIP ticket buyers also receive a complementary Art Alliance Austin “Alliance Member” annual membership.
This isn’t your normal walk through the galleries. For two nights, HOPE throws their annual fundraiser Hops for HOPE featuring large-scale mural art from 20 HOPE artists alongside tasting from 20 breweries. Each night, featured DJs set the mood to keep the party going from 3-9 pm.
100% of donations support 2017 HOPE Projects!
To be honest, when we saw an event all about neon, we knew we had to be there. Ion Art has put together a free party, Surreal Jungle, at their studio – near St. Elmo in South Austin – for a night celebrating 100 years of neon. Expect funky electric art, libations a plenty from some of our favorite local spots and tasty food trucks.
Though the event is free, they are taking RSVPs.
Art Exhibit Openings this Month:
The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip
November 25, 2017 – January 07, 2018. Blanton Museum of Art.
Good Days & Bad Days on the Internet
November 18, 2017 – January 11, 2018. Women and Their Work Gallery.
November 18, 2017 – Ongoing. The Contemporary: Laguna Gloria.