Friday, November 21, 2008

Bootstrap Art - Collaboration Works!

The Bootstrap Austin Art Subgroup got its start in the Fall of 2006, with a serendipitous meeting of Bijoy Goswami, founder of Bootstrap Austin, and Allen Beuershausen, art lover. Since its inception, the group has grown to over 90 members and has become a true community.

After two years of working and learning together, they will come together for their first show on Nov. 22 and 23 for the East Austin Studio Tour, an annual event in which artists throughout east Austin open their studios to the public for one weekend. Through teamwork and their partnership with Sustainable Waves, a manufacturer of solar powered stages for outdoor concerts who is hosting the exhibit, the artists will show a fantastic collection of paintings, photography, and sculpture created by 20 members of the subgroup. But they're not stopping there. There will be food and drinks, and a big blowout party Saturday night starting at 9:00pm which will feature art and live music from Atash, Wino Vino, and Govinda. Sustainable Waves is located at 4704 Caesar Chavez, just west of the intersection of Caesar Chavez and Springdale. The Art subgroup will be numbers 56 and 57 on the EAST map.

While Bootstrap Art is having this group show, other Bootstrap artists will also be participating in EAST and showing in their own east side studios. These artists include Andrew Long, Shawn Camp, Josh Sampson, Edward Vormann, Sarah Sudhoff, Steve Dubov, and Heather Tolleson.

A huge thank you to Neal Turley of Sustainable Waves, and Warren McKinney of Art Seen Online. And to Darren Minke of the Bootstrap Art subgroup who put forth a great deal of time and energy to help pull the show together.

This is a great opportunity to see the amazing art created in this town, especially the Bootstrap Art. Go check it out!

The Bootstrap Art Subgroup is co-led by Allen Beuershausen and Marcy Hoen.

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