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MUST ATTEND this fall: Art Night East

6th October 2014

Art enthusiasts, rejoice! EAST is almost here!

Art enthusiasts, rejoice! EAST is almost here!

Hello art lovers! Art Educator, Catherine here… 

Welcome to my inaugural post for Happy Handful! Whether you are an art veteran or an art rookie, I hope you will enjoy exploring the Austin art scene with me and maybe even learn a thing or two!

Fall is upon us (finally!), and the city is buzzing with one of the most anticipated art events of the year: EAST (East Austin Studio Tour). Mark your calendars for November 15-16 and 22-23. This two weekend-long art extravaganza is a dizzying array of openings, talks, tours and demonstrations. Even if you dedicate every waking moment of these four days, it will be impossible to see everything packed into this magnificent celebration of local artists. Already overwhelmed? Don’t worry, I’ll give you tips on how to expertly navigate your way through EAST in a later post. BUT, if I’ve wet your appetite you can learn more here.

So, why even bring up EAST? Well, tickets just went on sale for its kickoff party, Art Night EAST, and it is well worth the $55 price tag. Happy Handful is all about getting the most out of life when you are pulled in 100 different directions. If this is you, then this party is right up your alley, next to the bushes you’ve been meaning to trim. The best part–our friends over at Art Alliance Austin have done all the hard work for us! They picked out the hot spots to visit like Big Medium, MASS Gallery, GrayDUCK, and Co-Lab Projects; they invited Austin’s gourmet geniuses Launderette, Sa-Ten, Eden East, Hillside Farmacy and Mettle; AND there will be booze to keep the festive vibe at a maximum and the stuffy art talk at a minimum. To top it off, they will do the driving! Chartered buses will take you from place to place. All for $55!?!? Seem too good to be true? It will be if you don’t buy your tickets soon. I predict this event will sell out, and I predict it will happen fast!

That’s all for now, folks! Stay tuned for more on EAST and other not-to-miss happenings this fall! In the meantime, leave a comment letting me know what your favorite art events are and what inspires you about them. I’d love to hear about it! 

Meet Catherine, Resident Art Educator

21st September 2014


The only thing I love more than art is writing about it. An art student since the age of 8, I was taking drawing lessons while many other little girls pranced around in tutus. I work as an art educator in Austin, Texas and enjoy its growing art scene, full of established and emerging artists and institutions.

Join me for updates on local artists and events in and around Austin!

Meet Rachel, Resident Stylist

21st September 2014


I like to think of myself as the seeker and purveyor of pretty things that make women feel beautiful!  I am the buyer and general manager for a string of wonderfully quirky and locally owned boutique and apothecary stores in amazing Austin, TX (the best place to be!!).  Your appearance can be a very powerful tool and wearing something that makes you feel good can bring happiness and joy to life.  Sometimes people need a little help finding that item– so luckily I love what I do!  I am a new mom and my kid is the apple of my eye.  Being a busy working mom has brought a new perspective to my fashion choices (can anyone say “quick-change”???) and flexing into this new role has been quite the journey.  I love reading (two words: Jane. Austen.) and spoiling my adorably dorky pittie, Frankie.  Oh, and I don’t mind a delicious meal and a large glass of wine at the end of the day.  

Say hello to Frankie!

Say hello to Frankie!

Join me on Happy Handful for seasonal style tips and selections!