Society

Art Outside:

Great event for any art lover
KATIE COOKE-GARZA
Reporter Staff

Above, Michael Garfield plays music for the crowd on the “Folk it Up Stage” Saturday afternoon. The stage was one of four with back to back musicians or performers. Above right, Monsterlove is an enviornmentally-focused workshop that teaches people of all ages to make papier mache masks out of recycled material. It was one of the many pieces browsers could find at a Marketplace that was set up for Art Outside. Everything from jewelry to ‘psychic readings’ was featured Right, Salome Lucio enjoying one of many swings that were hung all over the park grounds for the event. Above, Michael Garfield plays music for the crowd on the “Folk it Up Stage” Saturday afternoon. The stage was one of four with back to back musicians or performers. Above right, Monsterlove is an enviornmentally-focused workshop that teaches people of all ages to make papier mache masks out of recycled material. It was one of the many pieces browsers could find at a Marketplace that was set up for Art Outside. Everything from jewelry to ‘psychic readings’ was featured Right, Salome Lucio enjoying one of many swings that were hung all over the park grounds for the event. There was a turnout of about 1,700 at the three day Art Outside festival, that took place at Apache Pass this past weekend. Art Outside first got started in 2005 from a “crazy idea” founder, Tyler Hanson had.

It was originally being held at Austin Enchanted Forest, until last year, when Enchanted Forest was shut down by the City of Austin. Last year was the first that Art Outside came to Rockdale to use the Apache Pass grounds for their festival.

Art Outside is a three-day boutique art festival that embraces art in every form. The doors are open for any artist to showcase their work. There is no experience needed and it’s a great way for new artists to ‘get their foot in the door’.

There were over 300 artists at this years event each bringing something special to share.

Everywhere you turned there was fascinating pieces of art work, in every form. There was everything from face painting to folk music, fire shows and even a Lifesize Mousetrap. (See picture below.)

There were also workshops, one of which son Reese and I got to make a papier mache mask made out of recylced materials.

Art Outside is a great event for any art lover, of any age. It is aimed for a wide range of eclectic people to come together and simply enjoy art. The vibe of the whole event was amazing, people were friendly, costumes were great.

When asked what kind of preperation is involved in pulling off a big event like this, Hanson replied, “Ha! thousands of hours and, a lot of dedication and investments.”

Hanson’s favorite part of Art Outside is providing resources to all participating artists, and that they are able to interact with other artists to stimulate new ideas and creativity. He’s happiest that the artists are being taken care of and having a good time.

Hanson said Art Outside will return to Apache Pass in 2011.
At left, there was a showing every few hours through the weekend for this engineered Lifesize Mousetrap. At left, there was a showing every few hours through the weekend for this engineered Lifesize Mousetrap.


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