The concept is simple, yet unique. Buses take guests from gallery to gallery throughout various parts of town, and at each location, guests mingle, sip and nosh on bites from some of Austin’s favorite restaurants. At the final stop, an art-filled after party ensues and everyone dances the night away.
2013 marked the 10th Anniversary for Art Night Austin, the brainchild of Art Alliance Austin. This years’ tour focused on Downtown and 78704 galleries, with two additional pop-up sites in the 2nd Street District.
Mostly contemporary art, each location had its own flair with their current installations, including an interactive children’s theater at Scottish Rite, mixed media pieces at greyDUCK Gallery, projections at Women and Their Work, and ‘blockheads’ at Yard Dog.
A favorite of mine was finally visiting Roadhouse Relics. Inside is an intimate gallery devoted to vintage-style neon and just outside, a courtyard bone yard of signs.
The entire space features pieces with such authenticity; it feels as if each sign is a true vintage find. They are actually each created by Austin artist Todd Sanders.
The bus dropped us at our final location: the After Party. The party locale, Vuka, is one of those places that exudes bohemian cool. Add art installations, atmospheric lighting and tunes mixed by DJ Jesse Brede and the end note to the evening was pure perfection.