Art City Austin
Republic Square, April 13 & 14
by Holly Cowart
Photographs by Ann Alva Wieding
Formed in 1956 as the Women’s Guild of the Texas Fine Arts Association, Art Alliance Austin (which rebranded in 2005 and supports arts initiatives throughout the city) is responsible for one of the longest-running outdoor gatherings in the city — Art City Austin. Initially a hub for visual artists to present their work to the people, the group is extending its programming this year to include crafts, hoping to expand the public’s perception of how art is defined and experienced.
During the festival, Republic Square will be filled with installations, performance pieces, noteworthy musical acts and the inaugural Convergence Fair, where attendees can shop makers of all mediums. Culinary arts are also getting a nod, with live demonstrations from talented mixologists, chefs and sommeliers. This year be on the lookout for the organization’s new fundraising event, Gallery 35. Held at Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, the dinner will celebrate the intersection of multiple creative disciplines. Each food, drink and musical component will be influenced by the privately displayed artwork of abstract impressionist Roi James, making for a thought-provoking evening.
Glimpse Austin’s ever-diversifying culture of creation on April 13 and 14. Tickets to the festival are $15 and include access the Art City Austin Festival and Convergence Fair at Republic Square, plus guided gallery tours across town. VIP packages are available for $50.