Three More for the Studio Tour Score
Because nobody wants to miss these mind-blowing artists
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
3:10PM, Thu. Nov. 11, 2021
The Austin Studio Tour is a combination of the pre-pandemic, Big Medium-fomented West Austin Studio Tour and East Austin Studio Tour, formerly separate and now joined into one citywide event across three weekends in November.
This second weekend (Sat.-Sun., Nov. 13-14, noon-6pm) covers both the West and the East – and we’ve already supercharged our print editions with recos for the West and for the East under our Five Things rubric, right?
Well, we’re not Cajun, necessarily, but we do believe in the spirit and practice of lagniappe. Especially when it comes to pointing our friends and neighbors toward things that are, oh, what’s the term? Exquisitely beautiful? Pretty darn cool? Totally fucking awesome?
Yeah – like that.
Which is why we're recommending these delights:
She’s a Southern-fried epicenter of arch creative exuberance and giving-a-good-goddam, this Austin-based painter of all things ordinary-yet-odd, conjuring up memory-haunted scenes of our complex lives, turning decommissioned library cards into works of art, championing righteous sense within the global community, and generally not slowing down except maybe to drink another cup of coffee. Heidi Pitre is a mover and a shaker, to be sure, and this tour provides a great opportunity to see what she’s been up to lately.
BOBISUTHI AT RECSPEC
We can’t insist that Holly Bobisuthi is, by far, the finest maker of metal-based jewelry in Austin. We can’t, but only because the worldclass virtuosa actually lives in Oakland, California. But Recspec Gallery is one of our city’s best showcases of local and ultralocal creativity, and now they’re presenting “Spiritual Utility,” revealing the latest from Bobisuthi’s ever-expanding collection of bright adornments. As if that weren’t enough, on Saturday night (7-10pm) this Recspec pop-up is hosting a conversation between Bobisuthi and Angeliska Polacheck of Sister Temperance Tarot, wherein the two mystically aligned women will discuss just what Spiritual Utility means.
Okay, citizen, never mind the microdosing. Never mind consuming any level of psychedelics, in fact: You don’t need them. You don’t need them, because Valerie Fowler is, in painting after extraordinary painting, bringing the full force of the natural world’s inherent psychedelia to light on canvases and panels both small and enormous. All the looping, whorling, serpentine patterns of botanical life – even the merely implied patterns – are captured by the artist via a palette of so many vibrant colors, hell, you might have to be a mantis shrimp to actually perceive them all. But, nota bene, we definitely recommend this studio visit for humans, too.