Art-Xscape 2015 Call for Proposal

I’ve spent the majority of my week, outside of my day job, working on getting Art-Xscape 2015 launched.  Hotel contract signed: check.  Website update: check!  Call for Proposal sent: check!!  Art-Xscape 2015 will be held October 8-11, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown.  That just happens to be the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, so there will be a LOT of people in town.  Anyhow, if you’d like to submit a proposal, leave me a comment and I’ll be in touch.  The deadline is March 6, 2015.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s was spent with my baby brother, Andrew.  One of the things I did with him was visit the Hope Outdoor Art Gallery, aka the Graffiti park!  I had planned to go by once a month last year, but that fell by the way side.  Hopefully, I will make it back more often this year.  Andrew and I had fun clambering around the levels.  While we were there, I listened in on 4 gentlemen in work clothes talking about structural changes.  My fear was that they were going to tear the park down.  I checked in with the guys in the check-in booth and they reassured me that that was absolutely not the case.  The guys were from the city and they are working on improvements.  Hopefully, the work that is done will not close the park down for any length of time!  Here are some of my favorite photo’s from this visit.

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The shading on Batman is pretty incredible.

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My favorite work in the park was by ER.  This Einstein (Think Harder) was amazing!

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The turtle was also done by ER.

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The light was perfect this day (Tuesday before New Year’s).  The day before and the day after were cold and gray and rainy, but we had this one gorgeous day!

Art Outdoors: An Adventure in Graffiti

Austin has a ton of outdoor art; murals, sculpture, and graffiti.  I have started a project to document outdoor art in Austin and the surrounding areas this year.  Expect a post a month, possibly more, as I find time to wander around with my camera and document what I find! 

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I was turned on to the Hope Outdoor Art Gallery by a friend on Facebook.  I knew, based on the photos of her daughter at this hidden Austin gem, that I had to visit with my camera.  In between the Ice Storm of 2014 (20 something degrees, a little bit of moisture and 500+ car accidents later, you get a title with capitals) Friday morning and the next cold front tomorrow, Austin has been blessed with a temperature of 77 degrees F.  Yes, we suffer from weather whiplash here in the winter.  So, I grabbed my camera and headed out to Castle Hill.

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Due west of the Capitol and within sight of the UT belltower and downtown is the Hope Outdoor Gallery.  I’ve driven past this landmark 100’s of times in my time in Austin and have NEVER seen it.  This is part of the reason for my Art Outdoors project, to open my eyes to the art that I’ve missed spotting in my wanders around town.

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It was a beautiful day and there were a lot of folks out seeing the sights.  There were a few with spray paint adding to the decoration on the walls.  Welcome to Austin!

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If you get a chance to go, Hope Outdoor Art Gallery is between 10th and 12th and west of Lamar.  Look right and you will wonder how you missed it!