New Sketch: “A Gathering of Small Redheads”

"A Gathering of Small Redheads" Watermedia on Stonehenge paper 8" x 8" © Marilyn Fenn
“A Gathering of Small Redheads” Watermedia on Stonehenge paper 8″ x 8″ © Marilyn Fenn

Here’s my latest little sketch, though perhaps it is more of the germ of an idea for some future work. This one is not typical of the work I am currently doing, but I love the goofiness!

I will be posting more new work as I get the images prepared for the web, so stay tuned.

I think I will have about 40-50 of these small works on paper for sale, as well as perhaps eight new oil paintings and about a dozen mini paintings this weekend and next at our location for the East Austin Studio Tour: The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road.

I’ll Be Showing with Cherrywood Artists at the Vortex During EAST

East Austin Studio Tour 2010


are pleased to announce

an Open Studio and Performance Festival

at The VORTEX for

East Austin Studio Tour 2010


When: Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14, 21-22, 2010 11am-6pm.

CircX VorteX, November 14 7pm.

Where: The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd.  Austin, TX 78722

Free Admission!

The VORTEX and CHULA present 2 weekends of visual and performing arts for the East Austin Studio Tour.  Each day of the tour, visual artists display their work while performing artists provide demonstrations and performances.  See the full list of daily events at the Vortex website.

The Vortex is Exhibition Space # E28 on the EAST map.

Visual Artists from the Cherrywood Neighborhood include:

Paul Ahern, Cardboard Artist

Stephen Bartolomeo, Painter

Marykathryn Briggs, Photographer, 1302977

Patricia Chapa, Silkscreen Paintings.

Marilyn Fenn, Painter,

Carolyn Green + Katinka Pinka, Mother-daughter team devoted to multi-media collage art, clothing, and accessories from recycled materials,

Cassandra Ramirez, ceramic artist showing bowls and succulent planters.

Cedar Stevens, hoopster and herbalist, Hoops by Hullaba Loola and Natural Magick Shop

Jeff Woodruff, art jeweler, painter and mobile sculptor,


Demonstrations and performances each day between 11am and 6pm of EAST include work by Sky Candy Aerial Collective, Drishti Dancers, John Steven, and Tyler, Abigail and Hansel, Nematoades, Haun’s Mill, Los Super Avengers, and Sticky Fingers Fashion Fragrance Show.

CircX VorteX returns with a fall installment at 7pm on November 14.  This Free Circus Arts show features Aerial arts by Sky Candy, Drishti Dancers, live music, and more.  Donations accepted to support the artists and the venue.



For more information contact

Visiting East Austin Studio Tour, 2009 – Day One

"Happy Together" Encaustic and rice paper on Baltic birch 10" x 10" x 1.75" deep © 2009 Marilyn FennEast Austin Studio Tour, a.k.a. E.A.S.T., was started in 2003 by Shea Little, Jana Swec, and Joseph Phillips of Big Medium studio (then called Bolm Studios) to highlight artist’s studios and galleries in east Austin where — once upon a time — rent was cheaper.

I attended E.A.S.T. in 2004 and 2005 and really enjoyed meeting the artists and seeing their artwork and studio spaces.

Then from 2006-2008, I opened my east Austin home and studio (such as it is) to the touring public. It was great to have folks come to my space and talk about my art, to make some friends, and sell a few paintings.   But it is a lot of work to prepare for such an event, and having just had my first solo show (which was also a huge amount of work), I decided not to open my studio this year.

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East Austin Studio Tour 2008

East Austin Studio Tour 2008
Open House at My Home Studio for the 2008 East Austin Studio Tour

Another great East Austin Studio Tour this year. I worked my *** off getting the house ready, and Terry stayed up all night with me hanging my paintings and helping in whatever other ways he could. We got about 2 hours of sleep before opening on Saturday morning.

Unfortunately, I was so beat, I barely remember the blur of this weekend! I had fewer guests than last year but sold more paintings (thank you to my newest collectors!!!).

Here are a few pics that were taken during the quiet moments:

East Austin Studio Tour 2007

East Austin Studio Tour 2007

The tour this year was great. Even with a little rain on Saturday, over 110 people did make it to my little home studio for the tour. I believe most of the people who came had specifically picked out my work to come see. Considering there were about 210 artists and over 100 studios on the tour this year — and that my studio is not located in the thick of East Austin — I’m very happy that many people managed to make it here.

People loved my color, loved the new abstracts, and the poppy paintings were extremely popular. I had to deliver the originals of the poppy paintings to Artspoken Gallery on Friday for the 12×12 show coming up in 2 weeks, but I had made some full-size Giclee prints of them, and archivally mounted the prints on cradled gesso board, so they served as an excellent stand-in for the originals.

The tornado series was quite popular as well. One of the guests asked if I had painted them on location, En Plein Aire(!). Ha! I wish. But I’d have to paint really fast! 🙂

One darling young man who was among the crowd late on Sunday said he’d been to so many studios with dark work, he really wanted to end his day on a happy note, and so came here.

I think the only downside to doing the tour is that I can’t go ON the tour! I would so love to have been able to visit so many of the other artists’ studios.

Press Release from E.A.S.T.

Press Release from E.A.S.T.

November 6, 2007


East Austin Studio Tour 2007
November 17th & 18th, 2007
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free and open to the public

What: East Austin Studio Tour 2007

E.A.S.T. 2007 is the sixth annual arts event that celebrates the visual arts in east Austin. This year, more than 200 artists will be opening their studios throughout the east side for a free two-day event.

When: E.A.S.T. will take place Saturday, November 17th, and Sunday, November 18th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

How It Works: On Saturday and Sunday, 113 studios throughout east Austin will open their doors to the public. Visitors can purchase art, learn more about an artist’s specific tools and techniques, watch a demonstration or simply talk with an artist about his or her recent work.

E.A.S.T. is a self-guided tour. Maps to all the studios will be provided, and visitors can use the E.A.S.T. website and catalog to select which studios they would like to see.

The E.A.S.T. catalog, a full-color book showing the work of every artist, will be available for purchase after November 1st. The price is $5, cash or checks only. Locations include BookPeople, HalfPrice Books, Miller Blueprint, Big Red Sun, and d. Berman gallery. See the E.A.S.T. website at for a full list of locations.

E.A.S.T. began in November 2003 as an artist-run initiative designed to highlight studios and galleries located in east Austin. It has grown by leaps and bounds but retains its original mission—to encourage creative dialogue among artists and their peers, as well as between artists and their city.

For More Information: provides general E.A.S.T. information, locations for purchasing a catalog, and individual profiles and images for each participating artist. As well as a downloadable map for the tour.

For further inquiries, or to obtain press photos, please contact:
Big Medium (Bolm Studios): 512-385-1670
Joseph Phillips: 512-294-0884
Shea Little and Jana Swec: 512-217-2306

East Austin Studio Tour
5305 Bolm Rd #12
Austin TX 78721

See E.A.S.T. 2007 participating artists (edited out of this copy of the press release).

Upcoming Events

EAST 2007

Three Shows

It’s confirmed: I will be opening my home studio again this year for the East Austin Studio Tour, Nov. 17th, and 18th, 10am – 5pm. Check my website or calendar for more specific details as the time approaches.

Then, I will have some work available for purchase at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, from December 6th through the 24th. Again, check the website or calendar for more details.

But even before those, I found out today I will have some work in the show at the Dougherty Arts Center, titled “WAR-Artists Respond.” The show starts Nov. 1st and continues through Nov. 27th.

East Austin Studio Tour 2006

"Burning Ice" Oil on Canvas 10" x 10" © 2006 Marilyn Fenn
“Burning Ice” Oil on Canvas 10″ x 10″ © 2006 Marilyn Fenn

The 2006 East Austin Studio Tour was fabulous!   Over 130 people came by my studio, and I even sold quite a few things.  I enjoyed meeting so many art fans and seeing friends in this setting.  I had a lot of fun and will probably do it again next year.