holiday art shows & open studios


Look here, these silly artists are making things to sell to people. It is so silly to be thinking people will go out and shop at Christmas time. Go out and hug a local artist who may be working overtime. I get excited when there are busy art nights like Friday. Check out this group of listings -and I know I’m forgetting some. Hope to see out while I’m perusing the local art inventories, nibbling and browsing.

Happy Holidays!
Rachel Koper

Dec. 3rd till Dec. 23rd –over 100 artists
10am-10pm daily

Friday December 4th, 6 until 10 pm
Hi Friends,

I know it’s supposed to snow and be impossible Friday night, but that’s no excuse not to make your way over to the Frost Tower, that friendly ghost in the skyline, for a one-night only event. Eliza Thomas, fellow painter, and I will be showing an array of recent works on the 17th floor, with a beautiful view of the snowy city to boot. We hope to see you there.
The Drip and The Line Paintings in the Raw by Eliza Thomas and Caroline Wright
17th floor, Frost Bank Tower
401 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX
r.s.v.p. to

Caroline Wright

Dec. 3rd 5-10pm & Dec. 4th 11am-5pm
Cone Ten Holiday Sale on Thorton Road
Live Music by
Inside Out: Steel Drum Band
Playing Friday 6:30-7:15pm
Saturday 12-2pm
~ Hourly Raffle for FREE Art work @ Cone 10 Studio~
Home Studio Art Show
Valerie Fowler
Paintings and Drawings
Friday, December 4, 6-9pm
with musical guests
Amy Annelle
Brian Beattie
please feel free to bring friends

1211 Ravine Dr.
take s.congress to academy, turn east, take first right at ravine dr., studio to your left

Just a note to say that the shows up at AMOA right now look awesome. The David Bates painting show could be the best show of the year! Jade Walker is worth looking at as well. So, I’m excited to go see it during this AVAA event. Big Thanks to whoever nominated me for a Service To Arts award, stay sweet, I’m honored by the nomination.
WHO:               Austin Visual Arts Association (AVAA) Presents
WHAT:              Inaugural Austin Visual Arts Awards: And the “Fearing” Goes to…
WHEN:             Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m.
WHERE:           Austin Museum of Art—Downtown

823 Congress Ave; 512.495.9224


TIX:                  $25 at or 512.922.3104
MEDIA:             Contact Lauren Tuttle at or 512.904.9928

The Austin Visual Arts Association presents the
Inaugural Austin Visual Arts Awards
City’s Artists Gather to Recognize Their Best and Brightest

AUSTIN, Texas— The Austin Visual Arts Association (AVAA)—which seeks to expand, promote, and document Austin as a leading arts destination—will gather with arts community supporters for an evening of celebration to recognize the very best artistic talent and accomplishment in Austin. Following an industry-wide effort to select the nominees, organizers aim to lift up and bring together the city’s artists by launching the Inaugural Austin Visual Arts Awards cocktail fete at the downtown location of the Austin Museum of Art on December 4 at 7 p.m.

“As one of the oldest and largest contemporary arts organizations serving the broad scope of Austin’s visual art community, we feel it is our obligation to recognize and cultivate our city’s finest artistic talent and achievement,” said Kelli Montgomery, the executive director of the Austin Visual Arts Association. “It’s a rewarding experience when the entire arts community comes together for the sole purpose of honoring our creative local talent. It’s also a long awaited step towards documenting Austin’s contemporary art history in the making.”
For 32 years, AVAA (pronounced “A-vuh”) has offered panels of art experts to encourage conversations about art, weekly classes that allow local artists to develop their skills, and group exhibitions to provide opportunities for artists to get in front of the public. And this year, AVAA will also pay tribute to the many noteworthy Austin artists by presenting the first Austin Visual Arts Awards.
The evening will provide entertainment, themed cocktails, and a networking event to get to know the local talent. Winners will be presented by notables in the art scene and given a “Fearing” Award, a bronze metal designed by sculptor Bob Coffee, named after this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner William Kelly Fearing. AVAA will also award “Fearings” to the Artist of the Year for 2D, Photography/Printmaking, 3D/Mixed Media, New Media, Early Career, as well as a Collectors Circle Award for career artists who consistently create outstanding series of works, and special awards for the Service to the Arts and Arts Patron of the Year categories. “In Memorium” Lifetime Achievement awards will be presented to the families of two notable Austin artists.
Dozens of art industry organizations including museums, galleries, studios, and professional associations participated in the nomination and selection process to honor local artists. The nominating committee, which includes a representative from 22 organizations, has nominated their picks in each category and those artists who received multiple nominations moved forward to the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee, which includes a representative from 12 organizations, will independently score each finalist based on their accomplishments and body of work over the year and those highest scoring artists will be recognized at the Austin Visual Arts Awards.
The Selection Committee Includes:
Austin Chronicle – Robert Faires
Austin Museum of Art – Andrea Mellard
Art Palace – Arturo Palacios
Art in Public Places – Meggan Crigger
Austin Arts Commission – Gloria Mata Pennington
The Blanton – Risa Puleo
Carver Museum – Bob Jones
Mexic-Arte – Sylvia Orozco
Texas Art Collectors of Austin & San Antonio – Carl McQueary
Texas Society of Sculptors – Nancy Cardozier
Tribeza – Karen Landa
Wally Workman Gallery – Wally Workman
Austin Arts Commission – Gloria Mata Pennington
Release update with Emcee, Award Presenters, Award Finalists, and a special art installation:

·         The Austin Visual Arts Association announces that the Master of Ceremonies for the Inaugural Austin Visual Arts Awards will be the organization’s president, Bill Keese. Keese is a former state legislator and current executive director for a national business trade association headquartered in Austin as well as a longtime art supporter. He became president of AVAA in 2006 and within his first year, he bought more than 40 works of art from local artists.


·         Presenting Awards at the Inaugural Visual Arts Awards include:

o    Artist of the Year 2 Dimensional Art: Andrea Mellard, Austin Museum of Art

o    Artist of the Year 3 Dimensional Art: Brady Dyer, The Blanton

o    Artist of the Year Photography: Angela Hicks, Mexic-Arte

o    Artist of the Year New Media: Meredith Powell, Art City Austin

o    Artist of the Year Early Career: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman

o    Collectors Circle Award: Jennifer Wijangco, Arthouse

o    Service to the Arts Award: Lauren Smith Ford, Tribeza Managing Editor

o    President’s Award: Bill Keese, Austin Visual Arts Association President

o    Art Patron of the Year: Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle

o    Lifetime Achievement Award for Kelly Fearing & Lifetime Achievement “In Memoriam” on behalf of Michael Frary: Carl McQueary, Texas Art Collectors

o    Lifetime Achievement “In Memoriam” on behalf of Robert Dale Anderson: Professor Daniel Sutherland and Professor Ken Hale, University of Texas Department of Art & Art History

The 2009 Award Finalists are:
Artist of the Year 2 Dimensional Art: Jennifer Balkan, Shawn Camp, Erin Curtis, Ray Donley, Laurie Frick, Roi James, John Mulvany, and Jana Swec
Artist of the Year 3 Dimensional Art: Beili Liu, Hank Waddell, Catherine Lee, Sunyong Chung, Phillipe Klinefelter, and David Everett
Artist of the Year Photography: Roberto (Bear) Guerra, Barry Stone, Lesley Nowlin, Anna Krachey, and Sandy Carson
Artist of the Year New Media: Sean Gaulager, The Totally Wreck Institute, Michael Smith
Artist of the Year Early Career: Debra Broz, Alonso Rey Sanchez, Heather Tolleson, Sterling Allen, Nathan Green, Jules Buck Jones, and Carlos Rosales-Silva
Collectors Circle Award: Helmutt Barnett, Damian Priour, Bob “Daddy-O” Wade, Sydney Yeager, and Jack White
Service to the Arts: TBA
President’s Award: TBA
Patron to the Arts: TBA
Lifetime Achievement: William Kelly Fearing
Lifetime Achievement In Memoriam: Robert Dale Anderson
Lifetime Achievement In Memoriam: Michael Frary
·         Artist Christina Venson will be unveiling her untitled temporary, site-specific installation as a preview for guests. Venson, who is a student of Margot Sawyer—professor of sculpture at the University of Texas Department of Art & Art History, had been asked to create the new work about wind outside the Austin Museum of Art for the annual Holiday Stroll. The artist and Sawyer will be on hand for a brief Q&A also attended by department officials.

The Austin Visual Arts Association, AVAA, is a non-profit advocacy organization formed in 1977 as an umbrella group to unite the visual arts in Austin and to help broaden and augment the development and success of local visual artists. AVAA strives to bring artists and collectors together to develop Austin’s patron base.

Friday, December 4, 2009
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Avenue

Mix ‘n’ Mash Art Sale
Silent Auction
Festive Holiday Foods and Drinks
DJ Music by Peligrosa All Stars


BUY TICKETS ($25) online, call 512.480.9373, or purchase at Museum Store

For more information: or 512.480.9373 x84

Derived from the terms “mix-and-match” (to combine elements in a harmonious and interesting way) and “mash-up” (a work that blends two or more songs or pieces of art from different genres).

Jose Acosta
Rene Hugo Arceo
Connie Arismendi
Derek Boshier
Sam Coronado
Ernesto F. de Soto
Fidencio Duran
Tina Fuentes
Carlos G. Gomez
Bobby Hamric
Rick Hernandez
Leticia Huerta
Carlos Jackson
Roberto Munguia
Celia Muñoz
Anna Salinas
Pablo Taboada
Paul Valadez
Regina Vater
Liliana Wilson

and more!
Visit to see the complete list of artists.

Panels are on Gessobord™, made in Austin, Texas and generously donated by Ampersand. Other sponsors are Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Capitol Beverage. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s exhibit and education programs.

Austin, Texas — Holiday shoppers looking to avoid the malls can find unique gifts, member discounts and special events during the Austin Museum Partnership’s annual Museum Store Holiday Sale. The Museum Store Holiday Sale takes place the first weekend of December, but you’ll want to check with individual museums for exact dates.
While each museum is offering different discounts and special events, a member of a participating museum of AMP can receive a reciprocal member discount. For example, a member of the Friends of the LBJ Library can get a member discount at the Museum Store at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, just by showing their member card.

Austin Museum of Art
December 5-6

Creativity abounds at the Museum Store at the Austin Museum of Art! Stop in and find the perfect gift for the art aficionado, design diva or talented tot on your holiday list. We have a large selection of coffee table books from local and international artists, jewelry designed and hand-crafted in Austin, “green” home décor items and toys for all ages. This weekend only, all shoppers receive 10% off their purchases and AMOA members receive 20% off.

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
December 3-5

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Store annual holiday sale! Thursday, December 3 through Saturday, December 5, shop the Museum Store for at least 20% off Texas-themed ornaments, gifts, and one-of-a-kind collectibles. Museum Members receive an additional 10% off. After shopping, stop in the Museum’s IMAX Theater and watch Disney’s A Christmas Carol in 3D. Daily show times are available. Call 512-936-4639 or visit for more details.

French Legation Museum
December 5-6

Decorate your tree in the Victorian style! Vintage-inspired Victorian ornaments are sure to delight everyone in your family and are available from the French Legation Museum Store. You’ll find that “special something” for everyone on your list… and you’ll be supporting the Museum! This weekend only, All shoppers receive 15% off their purchases. Members of any AMP Institution, including Friends of the French Legation Museum, are also entitled to a FREE French Legation Museum Bistro Mug with any purchase over $25.00. Present your current membership card at checkout to receive your gift.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
December 4-6

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center goes wild for the holidays with artists, artisans and special sales during the 19th Annual Wild Ideas Shopping Event. Whether your loved ones enjoy photography, jewelry, nature books or special teas, the Wildflower Center is the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts the first weekend in December. Enjoy free admission and special merchandise discounts daily. On Friday, general gifts will be 20 percent off. Holiday ornament signings will occur from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and truffle tasting from 1 to 3 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, artists and artisans will display their wares, including watercolors, holiday apparel, handmade soaps, and limestone products. Saturday honors University of Texas at Austin faculty, staff and exes, and includes three nature book signings in the store. Kelly Bender will sign “Texas Wildscapes” from noon to 3 p.m. And from 1 to 4 p.m., Lance Allred signs “Enchanted Rock” and Jim Stanley signs “Hill Country Landowners Guide.” Store visitors on Sunday enjoy Franz porcelain jewelry specials and Michael Michaud jewelry show, as well as 20 percent off apparel. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. that day, Greg Lawson signs “Star Struck: Texas Impressions,” while artist Julia Webber is on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. to sign her newly released Wildflower Days™ 2010 poster. Learn more at

Texas Natural Science Center’s Texas Memorial Museum
December 3 – 6

Join us on Thursday evening, December 3rd, from 4pm to 7pm as photographer Laurence Parent and author David Baxter sign their new book, Big River, Rio Grande. Laurence Parent’s photographs capture many dramatic and lovely stretches of one of the most beautiful and diverse rivers in the world, and one of the most endangered. Author David Baxter creates an expansive portrait of this magnificent river, highlighting both its timeless beauty and its current challenges, through the voices of people who are working for its survival. During our Holiday Sale shoppers receive 20% off all purchases, including Big River, Rio Grande. Proceeds from the Holiday Sale benefit the Texas Natural Science Center’s educational outreach programs for children. Holiday Sale hours: Thursday, Dec. 3 – 9am to 7pm; Friday, December 4 – 9am to 5pm; Saturday, December 5 – 10am to 5pm; and, Sunday, December 6 – 1pm to 5pm. The Texas Memorial Museum is located at 2400 Trinity Street (2 blocks north of the UT stadium).

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
December 5-6

The Umlauf will participate by offering our membership discount (10% off) to any museum visitors who come on those two days who are members of another Austin museum. So flash your AMOA or Blanton or other membership card and you will get our member discount of 10% off on those two days!

Women & Their Work
Dec. 5th noon-5pm

On December 5th, the GiftShop at Women & Their Work is pleased to offer AMP members a 10% discount on all items in stock. Every November we expand the size of our award winning GiftShop for your holiday shopping pleasure. Our GiftShop features uniquely arty imports in addition to many items made by clever Austin women. Stop by and browse our inventory of scarves, jewelry, books, coasters, vases, dishware, plushies, purses, clocks, and cards. Our novelties include kids art projects and recycled paper Christmas trees among other green products. Shop local this year at our GiftShop. Whimsy here, function there, affordable items everywhere. Present your current membership card to any AMP institution and we will offer you a 10% discount as our holiday gift to you.


Saturday, December 5, 2:00 pm
Blanton Auditorium

Join seminal video and performance artist Joan Jonas and UT art history professor Ann Reynolds for a screening of early works by Jonas with a conversation to follow.

Joan Jonas is a pioneer of video and performance art. Her experiments and productions in the late 1960s and early 1970s were essential to the formulation of the genre. Widely known for her performance work in the mid-60s, Jonas first incorporated a live video camera and monitor into a 1972 performance. That same year she began producing single-channel works which are recognized as landmark investigations into the structural and performative nature of the medium.

Co-presented by the Blanton Museum of Art and the Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts4

Dec. 5-6 11am-5pm
Travis Heights Art Trails –20 open studios

Dec. 5-6 10am –5pm
Holiday Art Festival at Laguna Gloria –60 artists

Dec. 12-13th –80 artists

Dec. 11-24th -lots of booths

Saturday Dec. 5th 6-10

This Saturday Art Seen Alliance is helping to coordinate a free interactive Art Event.   It is going to be truly sweet!  

We have a dope location within walking distance of downtown and tons of East-side hangouts.  It’s perfectly nuzzled between your day and night plans Saturday –  6 to 10 pm!  After you cruise by for a complimentary libation (or 3) and impromptu feet-painting experience, you  can saunter to whichever side of the I-35 moves you at the moment – or both – to continue your Saturday Night! 

Peanut Butter Wolf will be performing a very special DJ/VJ set – ouchie!  Local DJ-supremos, Prince Klassen and Bonus Junk will also be laying down music throughout the night. 

We are actually converting part of the dance floor into an experimental canvas.  From 7-9, dance in paint to local fetish foot funk band Foot Patrol and dance off that green apple smirnoff while painting with your feet.   Monsterlove and some other crazies will be on site to join in on the action!

We even have a warm feet-washing cove for you to take a quick shot in our “feeto booth” and warm and clean those toesies!  Just watch out for the band….    They WILL try and wash your feet!

Don’t feel like painting – there are two more areas of the event to explore…

We have a variety of different interactive zones going all night:
– 12 person circuit-bending jam room
– stop-motion animation jam
– “feeto booth”
– interactive and kinetic steel sculptures
– did someone say “Smoke Bubbles”? yes they did.
– jaw-dropping lighting from the one and only Jason Mika
It’s completely free and radical! 
All you have to do is…
RSVP with your NAME to:

See you there!

–  Art Seen Alliance

Edible Austin Eat Local Week—Fine Food Art Gallery Night
Presented with Wally Workman Gallery

Edible Austin

Causes – Fundraiser

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Wally Workman Gallery
Street: 1202 W 6th St
City/Town: Austin, TX

Fine Food Art Gallery Night. Wally Workman Gallery hosts a curated show featuring well-known Texas artists offering works of art with a FEASTING theme. Chef-prepared local foods and cocktails by Tipsy Texans, Paula’s Texas Spirits and Les Dames d’ Escoffier (Austin). A portion of all art sales will benefit Urban Roots. 6–8 pm.

Amy Guidry, “Food or Pet? How do you decide?”
Sat. Dec. 12th 209pm
1811 West 8th St.478-7676
Teeny Tiny Art open house invitation
You are invited to an open house for the artists.
The open house is come and go as you like. Most artists will be here 7-9. Artists exhibiting are Jerry De Frese, Daphne Holland, Carrie Kenny, Tim Kerr, Ashe Laughlin, Dick Lavine, Michael Long, Sott Rolfe, and Mo Scollan.

Dec. 12 & 13
This year’s Holiday sale will be December 12 and 13.  The best work of the year and all the seconds from this year’s production will go on sale.

Please join us for a morning fire, coffee and pastry before the sale. The gate will open at 9 a.m., the studio sale begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday (download the flyer ).

Sunyong continues to explore and experiment with the ancient Korean ceramic surface decorating technique called “Sang-Gham” with colored porcelain and slip. This series of work combines two very different techniques “Sang-Gham” with “Nerikome”.
That’s it. ha.ha. All text and no pictures makes this is an old school list.


About Women and Their Work Gallery

Known for its pioneering spirit, embrace of artistic innovation, and commitment to Texas audiences and artists, Women & Their Work Art Space is a one of a kind statewide non-profit organization. Voted “Best Gallery” numerous times in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, Women & Their Work Gallery showcases exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the year and presents performances, readings, film screenings and educational outreach programs.
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