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Go WEST! (and a little South)

 I love showing with woodworkers...if you need a wall, they just build one!

I love showing with woodworkers...if you need a wall, they just build one!

I participate in the West Austin Studio Tour for completely selfish reasons—I want to introduce my work to new audiences, to collaborate with other artists who aren’t necessarily in my same creative wheelhouse, and, of course, to discover hidden taco trucks and coffeehouses! This year I believe I have accomplished at least the last two items in spades.
 
This WEST tour I will be showing at Toolmarks ATX, a collective workspace in south Austin for many of our city's top furniture designers. Toolmarks is located a few blocks from St. Edwards University, tucked behind the SoCo Apartments. If you love the smell of fresh cut wood, the smooth, clean lines of modern furniture and old-school craftsmanship, then you absolutely should venture out and join us: May 12-13 and 19-20 from 11am - 6pm. With just one stop you can see visual art, sculpture, furniture and jewelry from thirteen Austin artists.
 
Once you are out and exploring the area, here are a few fun places to check out. Next door to Toolmarks you will find The Institution Theater (improv performances, classes and workshops), while around the corner you can improve your climbing skills at Crux Climbing Center.
 
The hidden gem —and more importantly, the food and drink secret stash– is the new urban oasis Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden located at 121 Pickle Road just across Congress. Cosmic is the dream project of Paul Oveisi (formerly owner of Momo’s music venue), who has returned to Austin from New York City. Cosmic features handcrafted coffee and cocktails and kombucha, surrounded by raised garden beds and ponds filled with edible plants.
 
Two of Austin’s best food trucks have found a home at Cosmic: Leroy and Lewis BBQ and Pueblo Viejo Traila. Both of these are serious foodie finds, so try one the first weekend of WEST and give the other a shot the second weekend.
 
And to round out your WEST-South Austin adventure, grab a can of wine and kick back to listen to some local music at Infinite Monkey Theorem. Yes, oenophiles, I said “can of wine.” But with a name like Infinite Monkey Theorem, you just have to give this funky urban winery and tap room a visit. “Canned wine: your portable, single-serve, smarter alternative.” Live music on Saturday May 12 from 3pm-5pm. And nothing says Happy Mother’s Day better than a cold can of rosé.
 
Hope to see you during the tour, but if our paths don’t cross, you can always find me during the week at Canopy-Studio 216. Happy spring to all!
.— Kristy