Art City Austin Is More Fun Than Just Another Frame-Up

Annual extravaganza fills the Palmer and beyond with creativity

You could, in fact, do the opposite of abandoning all hope, ye who enter into Art City Austin at the Palmer Events Center this weekend, because such a display of creativity awaits you inside and outside that vast venue that it’s nothing if not inspiring.

But so pardon us if we reference Dante’s renowned Christian fanfic in beginning this post, as we’ve been unduly influenced by those Four Rocking Horses of the Apocalypse towering above the festival’s entrance.

Yes, that’s rocking horses. Because the hoofed quadrumvirate heralding this two-day celebration fomented by Art Alliance Austin – because those ancient and horsey incarnations of Death, War, Famine, and Pestilence – are now become adult-sized and Revelations-themed versions of the classic toy, as sculpted in wood by Austin artist Carrin Welch.

[Note: Well, at least two of the horses – War and Famine – will be there. They were Kickstartered years ago, FTW.]

We don’t know who else among the more than 100 local and international artists on display here has concocted something this memorable, but we’re willing to bet there’s good reason to indulge your cultural cravings at Art City Austin this Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15.

That’s due to all those other artists, too, we mean: artists whose works encompass realms of painting, sculpture, fibers, metalwork, jewelry, and more, all of it on vivid display and ready for your browsing pleasure. And if you’re a friendly family, so much the better – because this event is hella family-friendly, with all manner of kids’ activities going on ‘round the venue, and with a herd of food trucks to keep everyone deliciously fueled. And because the Friday-night preview party – well, maybe get a babysitter for that part – is enhanced with much food and drink, live music, a meet-and-greet with new AAA director Patricia Shults, and, oh, you know how arts celebrations go in Austin by now.

And of course everyone’s got a camera in their phone these days and everyone’s got a phone with them … so no one needs to be reminded to plan on snapping photos of the whole fam against that crane-spiked Austin skyline rising like some brobdingnagian sculpture of steel and limestone toward the big Texas sky.

So, yes: Any actual apocalypse – or even a discomfiting portion thereof – is likely still a few decades in the future, with or without accompanying equine metaphor. But that doesn’t mean you should shrug off this opportunity. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t carpe the ol’ diem and check out what Art City Austin’s got going on this weekend, right?

Suggestion: Right.

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