Art Pile – Austin’s Art Show & Music Event
In the last few decades, Austin, Texas has come to be known as a centerpiece of the arts industry. People have flocked to the city to both witness and become a part of the creative movement here due to the abundance of events where people can be thrown into the scene. Events are constantly going on in the city that afford people this opportunity. Art Pile, an event that happens every few months in Austin, is a perfect representation of these events. Art Pile occurred a couple weeks ago on February 26th at the Native Hostel Bar, located on East 4th Street. The event was filled with all types of creatives, presenting people with a variety of art style and music to fit any visitor’s` taste.
Several local musicians and artists gathered at the event to perform their forte live. Some bands that were at the event included Night Cap, Sunrise Police, Trace of Lime and Sleep Well. The live music was amazing and attendees were able to go right up to the stage and be completely immersed in the instruments. Likewise, the bands were greatly engaging with the audience and it was obvious they had such a great passion for their music, as well as connecting with fans.
Live art is something that most people do not get to see too often, if at all. Several local artists were set up in the venue with large canvases, and attendees of the event were able to watch as their pieces came to life in real time. The variety of styles offered by artists such as Jenny Joleen, Dre Morris and Kyle Duce was a truly eye-opening and wonderful experience to be immersed into the creative process. Seeing the piece go from concept to sketch to complete execution really allowed prospectors to view how much goes into creating the abundance of art we see all across Austin.
The vendors crowded around the ballroom really added to the ambiance of the event and allowed attendees to bring something home with them to commemorate the experience. There was something there for everyone, whether that be a one-of-a-kind art piece, hand painted decorative plate or homemade clothing. Talking to each of the vendors was one of the best parts of the event, as we could learn about each one of their unique backgrounds and what led them to their specific crowd.
Everyone at Art Pile was obviously very passionate about their role as a creative and the art scene in Austin in general. They all agreed that this city is amazingly supportive for those pursuing the nontraditional career path of being a creative and how the community they have built through attending events such as Art Pile has allowed them to meet so many people similar to themselves and willing to support them in their pursuits.
These events not only allow one to experience all that the local community has to offer, but also meet wonderful people and explore the city of Austin all in one. Native Hostel was a truly awesome venue that was super spacious and accommodating to the event. There was a full-service bar inside of the ballroom where Art Pile was taking place, and attendees also had the option to go out to the main bar area and grab a drink there as well.
Art Pile is just one of the many amazing art shows that occur every weekend in Austin. This city is truly a pinnacle for the arts movement and creatives looking to expand their career, as well as those looking to find their next favorite small-scale artist or musician. So much talent is coming out of Austin, and it is truly wonderful to be able to witness the process.
All photos credited to @art__pile on Instagram, original photographer @dusana on Instagram.