Artist Valerie Walden Heads E.A.S.T.

One of the founding artists of Austin Art Space, Valerie Walden, will pack up her portfolio and move to Smith Roads Studios to participate as a guest artist in the East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T) for the third time, November 13-21, 2010. It’s a temporary move into one of Austin’s most populist art events.

Now in its ninth year, E.A.S.T. has become a staple of the Austin arts community for patrons and artisans of all kinds. Locations of galleries and studios are clustered and extensively mapped so that visitors can easily walk among several at once. Many of the studio spaces are only open to the public during this event.

E.A.S.T. has become so popular that it has been expanded to two weekends: Saturday/Sunday Nov.13-14 and Saturday/Sunday Nov.20- 21. The tour is open 11:00 am – 6:00 pm each day with complementary “happenings” and additional programs occurring all around the area well into the evening. Over the course of the four days, visitors will have the opportunity to view the work of over 280 artists at innumerable studios and galleries.

Smith Road Studios is on its way to becoming a destination stop on the tour. It’s a straight shot down Bolm Road from Big Medium Studios, often the starting point of E.A.S.T.. The cavernous space includes Flat Fork Studios, DeLisa Designs, Schoen Sculpture Studio and House 11 Studio along with a variety of artists, in addition to Ms. Walden, and her Austin Art Space cohorts, Jan and Orion Knox. A number of other prominent galleries and studios are located in the immediate vicinity including several that share the parking lot which greatly simplifies touring.

Ms. Walden commented, “I loved being at E.A.S.T. the past two years. And, Smith Road Studios is such a welcoming venue. It’s always exciting to present and discuss your work with such a large and diverse audience. This year, E.A.S.T. overlaps with the November 20 opening reception of our 6th Annual “12 Buy 12” Show at Austin Art Space, so I’ll be stretched pretty thin. Still, I’m glad to be back here for the third time.”

E.A.S.T attendance is free, thanks to broad support from local sponsors, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment of the Arts, A detailed map and listing of participating artists is available at Printed tour guides are available at Austin Art Space and various locations around downtown and the east side.

About Valerie Walden

Valerie Walden developed her talent with inspiration and guidance from artists and instructors at the Austin Museum of Art, University of Texas, Leslie DeMille of the Scottsdale Artists’ School, and renowned plein air artists Scott Christensen of Idaho and Bob Rohm of Texas. She works primarily in pastels and oils. Her work draws heavily upon her interpretations and impressions of nature. She is a member of the Austin Visual Arts Association, Austin Pastel Society, Southwest Pastel Society and Plein Air Austin. And, she is a resident artist at the cooperative Austin Art Space, More information at

About East Austin Studio Tour — E.A.S.T.

Now in its ninth year, the East Austin Studio Tour is sponsored by Big Medium, a local non-profit organization that supports all visual arts. The project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment of the Arts. These remarkable artists comprise a wide range of disciplines, bound only by the common desire to work within a few square miles east of I-35, an area that has established itself as one of the centers of visual art in Austin, Texas. For a complete listing of artists and a detailed map go to

About Smith Road Studios

Smith Road Studios is a collection of professional artisans that specialize in many different media. There are musicians, sculptors, woodworkers, mosaic, concrete artisans and metal artisans creating a very fun vibe in the art community. More information at 1406 Smith Rd Ste E & F, 512-293-4178, or e-mail

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