art scene: nerd alert!

Austin Nerd Cave Showcase is back, and better than ever! Join us Sunday, May 17th, for a one-day spotlight on geeky local artists, plus a whole lotta fun. Renée and I will both be there with our nerdiest art, accessories, and gifts.

The event takes place at Spider House Ballroom from 1pm – 6pm, and is packed full of things to see and hear, including, but not limited to an art exhibition, a live nerdcore hip-hop showcase, an arcade tournament, live podcast, and lots of live art being created all the while.


Featured artists:
Matthew McCoy
Shane Campos
Jennifer Cunningham
Jeremy The Artist
Paulo Hernandez
Francisco Salinas
ShoNuff Studios
Mariano Castro
Robo Roku
Strange Kids Club
Lou Pons
Chepo Peña

Live painting by Tom Britton

These bronze dice, created by Matthew McCoy, will be on display for the first time at this weekend’s event! Awesome, right? He’s got work in a variety of media, but the metal sculptural pieces always stand out and look amazing.


Live musical performances by:
The Millipede
Bad Barry
Damp Heat
D.J. R.O.C.K.M.A.N.
Johnny HackNSlash


Live Podcast with Straight Outta Austin!

Arcade Tournament hosted by The Austin Toy Museum

Rad Batman illustration by Jeremy The Artist, one of many new works he’ll be showing on Sunday:


RSVP for the event, share with your friends, and like our Nerd Cave page on Facebook for updates and announcements!)

art scene: little artist BIG ARTIST 8th annual art show


Celebrate aspiring artists in east Austin with food, drink, art, ukuleles, and bunches of fun! Tonight is the opening reception for the CHULA League’s 8th annual Little Artist BIG ARTIST exhibition.

Every spring, 5th and 6th grade “Little Artists” learn how art — such as pottery, painting, and photography — moves from a budding idea to the marketplace. “BIG ARTISTS” provide their time and professional experience as working artists to guide their Little Artists to envision, plan, and create at least two pieces of artwork during the semester. Both pieces are featured in the spring exhibit, along with a journal of their creative experiences together and a piece by their BIG ARTIST.

“LaBA is about artist mentors connecting with 5th and 6th graders through art. We provide the program at no cost to the families or schools involved, working directly in the their communities,” says LaBA Program Coordinator Jennifer Ramos. “With the support of Cherrywood Art Fair, Amplify Austin, and wonderful artists and teachers who participate, we hope to continue to grow the program because art should be accessible to everyone.”


Artwork will be professionally displayed Mondays–Fridays, April 23–May 7, 9am–4pm with performances by student ukulele and recorder music ensembles from the participating schools at the 4/23 opening. This year’s participating elementary schools and art teachers are: Elisabeth Healey (Blackshear), Emily Leaman (Maplewood), and Leslie Vieau (Oak Springs).

The exhibit takes place at ReNEW East (2830 Real Street), home to Imagine Art, a non-profit arts incubator serving artists with disabilities on the East side of town. Recently, the organization has expanded its reach to serve the greater arts community in Austin by offering low-budget gallery space as well as studio space for artists in residency. Check out and to find out more about these fantastic resources.

Learn more about the LaBA program, and how you can get involved, by visiting their Facebook page!

art scene: entoptic phenomena + tribal masks by william hundley at wyatt brand

Beer, BBQ, Tacos, and Entoptic Phenomena! Sounds like my kind of party.

Artist William Hundley and the Wyatt Brand team are throwing a reception on Thursday, May 8th, at WBHQ to toast the exhibition of Entoptic Phenomena + Tribal Masks, with craft beer from Independence Brewing Co. and Circle Brewing Company, along with light bites from Lone Star Barbeque and Taco Baby. Learn how Hundley creates his otherworldly-meets-everyday images with camera and ingenuity alone, and view an exhibition of a dozen photography prints from William Hundley’s Entoptic Phenomena series and two from his tribal mask series.

In 2006 William Hundley began an ongoing series of photographs that he titled “Entoptic Phenomena” in which he photographs people jumping underneath fabrics and other various materials. The instant of the jump can be thought of as super ephemeral sculpture, lasting only a few seconds before reverting to their base components. The resulting photographs appear to have been made by computer manipulation, but Hundley stresses that “they are just photographs” and that there were absolutely no computer applications used in creating the images. He goes on to say that having “acrobatic models” is the key to the success of the imagery.

Recent works, included in the exhibition at Wyatt Brand, have focused on assembled collages and a series of tribal inspired masks with the idea of gathering objects from contemporary culture and using them in a “tribal” way. The artist is an Austin-dwelling Minnesota native, whose photography has been featured in numerous publications and countless blogs and websites. Large and small prints are available for purchase. RSVP and invite others via the Facebook event.

art scene: little artist BIG ARTIST exhibit and opening reception

Thursday, April 24th, marks the opening of the Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST Art Show at Pump Project Art Complex, showcasing the work of program participants. Come out to 702 Shady Lane to enjoy a reception including food, drinks, music, and art from 6pm – 8pm.

Funded by Cherrywood Art Fair proceeds, the 2014 Little Artist BIG ARTIST program pairs promising 5th & 6th grade artists from Blackshear, Maplewood & Oak Springs Elementary schools with professional ‘BIG’ artists. Together they explore the creative process, make some really cool art and discuss how art moves from an idea to the marketplace. The program and its events are made possible by many talented, dedicated and caring people—people like Program Coordinator, Jennifer Ramos. She has an amazing amount of energy and passion for this program. LaBA is such a simple concept but one that has a massive impact. Believe in our kids, provide them with opportunity, and they will flourish.


The opening tonight is a celebration of the little artists and their professional teachers and mentors. There will be great BIG and little artist artwork, light refreshments and musical performances by the Maplewood Ukulele Choir, the Oak Springs Dolphin Players recorder trio, and SWAN (featuring students from Blackshear). It is a night to celebrate their works and nurture their talents, and the organization is excited to welcome the community to enjoy the occasion.

The artwork will be on display Saturdays 12–5 pm through May 10 at Pump Project. Click here for a map.

art scene: jim ferguson, chasing a dream and making a scene


Texas-based artist Jim Ferguson is back at it: he’s making quite the scene and we have a unique opportunity to help bring his vision to life, reaping some pretty sweet benefits in the process. Ferguson was featured here at TCL last fall as someone not to miss during his visit to Wizard World Austin. He’s a hard worker and brilliant prolific artist, constantly creating, curating, and traveling to conventions.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Jim or visiting one of his convention booths, you already know how incredibly difficult it can be to choose just one favorite piece from his huge collection of prints. There are currently over 100 from which to choose! For the last year or so, he’s been offering a book of all of his 2012 art prints, which is an amazing value and a clever solution to the aforementioned dilemma. In the past year, though, he’s been arting up a storm and has many new pieces to share.

Let’s help him do it! Supporting the arts is cool, and we’ve got a sweet spot for fellow pop culture geeks. This dude’s work speaks for itself and has many times earned the attention of the iconic actors seen in the movie and television scenes depicted.

Making a Scene 2013 is a collection of the past year’s new work, including fan art based on The Walking Dead, Cheers, The Goonies, and many more. Ferguson is crowd-funding the publication and printing of his new art book via Kickstarter campaign. The donor benefits he’s offering are quite generous and alluring, including acknowledgments and stickers and art prints. (Oh, my!)

Here are some of the new images to be included in Making a Scene 2013:

As of this week, the initial goal has been reached, meaning the book is a go! But as Ferguson’s subsequent fundraising targets are met, the benefits get even cooler for those who’ve backed the campaign. For example, when the Kickstarter fund hits $10K, backers get bonus goodies and there will be a reprint of the 2012 book in case you missed it the first time around. Beyond that, there’s an opportunity for the artist to drastically lower the general sales price of his books, as well as more prizes for donors.

You can follow the campaign’s progress and see more of Ferguson’s work and whereabouts by liking his Facebook page or following him on Twitter.

handmade scene: austin events

This weekend in Austin, TX we’re getting a break from the freezing temps, and Austin creatives are taking full advantage of it. Here are our recommended events for this weekend…

First, The Austin Flea! You know we love The Flea! Jen Hearts Art (co-author of the blog) and Robo Roku will be there, and we hear that our pal Meow Kapow is having a massive sale.
Austin Flea Feb. 8, 2014
There are so many great vendors at this Flea, there’s no way we could feature them all.
See the vendor list here.

After swinging by the Flea, check out East Austin Handmade Arts Market at The Vortex.
After shopping up a storm for yourself or a loved one, get dressed up in red, black or
white for SprATX‘s Daydreams event featuring art by Roshi K and Man With Pencil.
Daydreams by Spratx

On Sunday have a yummy brunch at Bouldin Creek (grab a Lavender Mocha – yum!)
and shop their first Bazaar Brunch (10am-2pm)!
Bouldin Creek Bazaar Brunch

If you come see us at the Flea, let us know you read this post for a Robo Roku freebie!
If you’re not in the Austin area, check out these vendors online. Have a happy weekend!


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