East 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.