Ready yourself for another year of the ArtWorks Festival

Published 7:04 am Saturday, July 14, 2018

See art. Make art. Visitors will do both at the 7th annual Austin ArtWorks Festival to be held in the heart of downtown Austin on Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26.

As always, visual artists will come to Austin to display and sell their work. In 2018, a record 67 artists from nine states are exhibiting. Visitors will also have many opportunities to see art-in-process with demonstrating artists and to make art.

Demonstrations planned for 2018 are glass blowing by Peter Waldman, Al Hahn and Jon Offutt; sidewalk chalk art with Wren Clinefelter, paper mosaic by featured artist Michael Sweere, live mini-plays by the Pallet Players, henna by Aalekhya Sharma Biswas and pinata making by Flor DeSoto.

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Join three of these artists in action and contribute to a community art project by participating in Clinefelter’s sidewalk chalk art, paper mosaics by Sweere in the ArtWorks Center gallery and pinata making by Flor Soto in the Family Arts Tent.

Artist and member of the Sharpie Squad Mark Rivard will be offering skateboard art classes again in 2018. There are two classes scheduled for “Design Your Own Skateboard Deck”at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The class is a $100 value and is made available to the public for $10 with grant funds.

Participants will receive instruction from Rivard on creating an image on a skateboard deck and receive a deck (no wheels) and set of Sharpie markers to keep.

Rivard is known for creating custom art on skateboard decks for display and for use by skaters. He drew his first skateboard artwork in 2003, a black-and-white rendition of the Minneapolis skyline. In 2005 the Sharpie marker brand invited Rivard to host a workshop in Breckenridge, Colorado. He was named to the “Sharpie Squad” in 2009 and featured in the “Starts with Sharpie” ad campaign in 2011.

Rivard’s class is open to the public and appropriate for ages 10 to adult. Registration required at and is open now.

Families will also want to visit the Family Art Tent for more art making opportunities. What’s in the Family Art Tent? Get inspired with the materials provided to make art as a family.

Projects range from yarn weaving, drinking straw animals, coffee filter flowers, piñata making, and button making. Legos and the tube game will also be available. What will you create?

Learn more about Austin ArtWorks Festival, including the live music stages, exhibiting artists and ArtWorks Center trunk shows at

Coming soon at the Paramount Theatre

• $5 Movie: “Babe” (1995), Wednesday, July 18 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

• $5 Movie: “Annie” (1982), Wednesday, July 25 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

• Puddles Pity Party: Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.; the Schindler Celebration event at the Austin ArtWorks Festival sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin. Reserved seating tickets are $25 advance and are 57 percent sold at press time.

Coming soon at the ArtWorks Center

• Clay Class, Wednesday, July 18 at 10 a.m.

• Teen Drawing, Wednesday, July 18 at 2 p.m.

• Kids Studio Virtual Art Museum Tour Camp: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 24-25-26-27 at 10:30 a.m. to noon. Attend all four days of camp or choose the dates that work best. $5 per session.