Art 84’s second Dance + Music + Art exhibition combines forces with Fisterra Projects for this year’s East Austin Studio Tour (EAST). New offerings at the venue on 84 Waller Street include a sculpture garden, dance parties and a video premiere.
Jennifer Chenowith, founder of Fisterra, and Larry Vanston, the visionary behind Art 84, have been neighborhood friends for years as well as avid dancers. Their collaboration at this year’s Art 84 will certainly be a must-visit spot on the 2018 EAST tour.
Vanston’s home, just east of downtown, will turn into an art gallery for two weekends showcasing 11 visual artists both indoor and out—working in a range of mediums from painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and video. And for the first time, Vanston and the exhibition team will temporarily transform the backyard outdoor space into a sculpture garden and live music/dance venue.
Featured 3-D artists include Amy Scofield, Valérie Chaussonnet and Emily Hoyt-Weber. Scofield is known for investigating the surprising relationships between objects as diverse as sticks, recycled plastic, tires and old high-heeled shoes. Chaussonnet, who is a painter as well, will install her latest metal sculptures that paradoxically suggest weight and buoyancy. Hoyt-Weber, a featured Austin Art in Public Places “Tempo” artist at last year’s EAST, will premiere a welded geometric sculptural installation in this outdoor setting that highlights its lyricism.
The indoor space promises to excite as well, with paintings, photos and sculptures filling every room. They range from mythology and magical realism (Jose Lopez), thematic figurative work (Cornelius Carter, Melanie Hickerson), wildly colorful expressionism and abstraction (Linda Dumont, Helen Mary Vanston Marek , Alicia Philley) and lush photographs by Thierry Bignolet. To cap it all off, the artist collective Gentlemen Dancers will project their new film about the Austin two-step scene.
Live music will include some of Austin’s best jazz, tango, country, contemporary and Tejano bands at the Friday evening parties, at the Saturday evening dances and during official EAST hours both weekends. See the full band lineup below (updates at www.art84.org/events ).
The Dance + Music + Art theme celebrates Austin’s truly unique live music and social dance scene in a comfortable home setting full of wonderful Austin art.
Thierry Bignolet www.photographybythierry.com
Cornelius Carter www.corneliuscarter.com
Valérie Chaussonnet www.valeriechaussonnet.com
Linda Dumont www.lindadumont.com
Melanie Hickerson www.melaniehickerson.com
Emily Hoyt-Weber www.ehoytweber.com
Jose Lopez www.instagram.com/josegaboart/
Helen Mary Vanston Marek www.vanmarek.com
Alicia Philley www.aliciaphilley.com
Amy Scofield www.amyscofield.com
Gentlemen Dancers: Ben Ruggiero, Ben Lynch, Ryan Vaughn.
Conjunto Los Pinkeys (East Side Tejano) https://lospinkys.wixsite.com/lospinkys
Devin Jake (Country) www.devinjake.com
Hora Once (Tango) www.facebook.com/horaonceproject/
Julie Slim (International Retro Jazz) www.julieslim.com
The Goulds (Jazz /Swing) www.facebook.com/thegouldsmusic/
John Culver Quartet (Jazz Standards) https://www.instagram.com/johnculverquartet/
Juliana Sheffield with Javier Jara https://www.facebook.com/Juliana-Sheffield-193671383993474/
Allysa Grace www.MusicAllysaGrace.com
Art 84 (www.art84.org) operates under Fisterra Projects, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Jennifer Chenoweth, Executive Director. Led by Larry Vanston, Art 84 promotes the idea that everyone should collect original art to make Austin the original art capital of the world. Art 84 also explores the integration of dance, music, and the visual arts, as well as the linkage between technology and art.
Fisterra Projects utilizes art to inspire and revitalize people and communities. As a cultural partner for creativity and engagement, it collaborates with experts, community organizations and individuals with art as a framework for activation. Art can inspire people to greater trust, satisfaction, and prosperity through connectedness to their community, place, and purpose.
This project is sponsored in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Art 84 is also sponsored in part by Austin-based Technology Futures, Inc and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Art 84 | Dance + Music + Art Events Schedule:
Preview Party, Friday, November 9, 7–10 pm
Art 84 Swing Dance, Saturday, November 10, 6-9 pm
Artist Appreciation Party, Friday, November 16, 7-10 pm
Art 84 Two-Step Dance, Saturday, November 17, 6-9 pm
Additional events during EAST hours. See www.art84.org for updates.
Place: 84 Waller Street, EAST Stops #544-555
Date/time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 10-11 and 17-18
Media contacts: Larry Vanston, (512) 415 5965, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jennifer Chenoweth, (512) 477 0658, email@example.com