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Though the “season of giving” is usually associated with the winter holidays, for nonprofits, volunteers, and philanthropists, it’s a year-round affair and one that The BIG Give seeks to recognize. Presented by I Live Here, I Give Here, The BIG Give is an evening celebrating (as the name of the organization implies) local charitable organizations.

The event — which is expected to attract 400 guests to the Hyatt Regency Austin —will include a silent auction, and give attendees the opportunity to support some of Austin’s greatest causes. Proceeds from the event will go towards I Live Here, I Give Here programs like Amplify Austin, which has raised millions of dollars for Central Texas nonprofits since 2013.

Another highlight of the night is the announcement of the RetailMeNot Nonprofit Award that will grant $5,000 to a local nonprofit in recognition of doing an exemplary job engaging their donors.

Tickets for The BIG Give ring in at $120, and sponsorship packages range from $250 to $10,000. Between the glamour and the giving, it’s guaranteed to be a great evening...

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For the first time, the Metropolitan Gallery will play host to an inaugural show that features the work of the Artist Group, a collective of artists housed in the Canopy complex. The complex that was once a Goodwill sorting center was reimagined by Michael Hsu Architects and has become a bustling epicenter for the creative community. Home to galleries like Big Medium, Modern Rocks and Little Pink Moster, Canopy is also the office/studio to photographers, filmmakers, ceramicists and architects. The Spring Art Show will showcase work in varying mediums and disciplines by over 30 artists. One of the featured artists, Peggy Weiss, is excited about the new collective and says, "The Artist Group at Canopy, will host informational meetings where artists can share new ideas, potential projects, new material uses, opportunities, and collaboration ideas.” Check out the group exhibit at Canopy at 916 Springdale Road on April 18 and 19 from noon to 6pm

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February 15 - May 10, 2015

The Blanton Museum of Art delivers a nuanced look into the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s with their latest exhibit, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the exhibit brings approximately 100 works by 66 artists to Austin, spanning mediums such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video, and more. Works by artists such as Barkley Hendricks, Andy Warhol, Jack Whitten, and many others offer first hand accounts of and responses to the social and cultural upheaval of the historical decade. The public is invited to explore these narratives in complex frameworks by sectioning the works into collections such as Integrate/Educate; American Nightmare; Presenting Evidence; Politicizing Pop; Black Is Beautiful; Sisterhood; Global Liberation; and Beloved Community. Notable pieces in the exhibit include but are not limited to a special loan from the LBJ Library and Museum of Norman Rockwell’s rarely...

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February 26, 2015

Tickets are going quickly for The Contemporary Austin’s most celebrated fundraiser of the year, Five x Seven. This year, on February 26, attendees will have the chance to bid on work from more than 300 artists who have donated original works of art (all measuring five by seven inches). Proceeds from the event support the exhibitions program at The Contemporary Austin, permitting the museum to share the latest talents of internationally acclaimed artists with the Austin community. Guests are advised to arrive at Brazos Hall promptly at 6:30pm to stake out their favorite pieces while enjoying cocktails by Tito’s Vodka and Independence Brewing Company and bites by TRACE and The Preserve Kitchen. Once a signal sounds at 8pm, guests must race to claim their art by being the first to retrieve a tag placed under the work. “The lively atmosphere and friendly competition of Five x Seven makes this one of my favorite benefits of the year,” says Elizabeth Stanley, 2015 Five x Seven Committee Chair. “The added...

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January 15, 2015 - February 15, 2015

PrintAustin returns for its second annual month-long event celebrating the art of print making and collecting. With exhibits, artist talks, special events, and workshops, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Founded by Cathy Savage and Elvia Perrin, PrintAustin aims to unite individual artists with venues while educating the community of the possibilities and beauty of the printmaking medium. While well-known printmaking publishers like Flatbed Press, Coronado Studio, and Slugfest Gallery have called Austin home for more than 20 years, the medium of printmaking has risen to national popularity in more recent years. Perrin, who is an expert in the field with an MFA in Printmaking from the University of North Texas, describes the allure of the form’s one-of-a-kind process, “Prints can be created by...

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Make this holiday season a handmade occasion by shopping these three fairs that showcase local artists and makers. The Cherrywood Art Fair returns to East Austin December 13 and 14. Held at Maplewood Elementary School, more than 90 local artists and makers will come together for this one stop shopping destination. Open from 10am to 5pm each day, you'll need every minute to browse the extensive inventory and enjoy live entertainment. The fair is free and open to the public and proceeds from a silent auction will benefit Chula League's Little Artist BIG ARTIST program, which pairs professional artists with fifth graders from East Austin elementary schools for a collaborative mentorship. Entering its 39th year, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is the longest running holiday fair in Austin. This event is part shopping experience, part music festival featuring the talents of over 160...

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East Austin Studio Tour provides a rare glimpse into the working space of some of Austin's most provocative artists. The tour transforms East Austin into a roving museum of sorts, showcasing the various artists' paint-splattered, sawdusted natural habitats. Presented by Big Medium, the tour allows guests to guide their own route as they move from studio to studio. "Austin is a big city, but it still has a small-city feel, and every artist on the tour looks forward to taking time to talk with anyone interested in their work. This is an opportunity for all of us to connect and nurture our local creative community," says Shea Little, executive director of Big Medium. The tour takes place November 15-16 and 22-23 from 11am to 6pm. "In addition to the studios and exhibitions, there are events throughout the weekend. Some are called Happenings, and then there are Select Events. Every Select Event is definitely worth a visit," Little says.

East Austin Studio Tour is...

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Everything is bigger in Texas, and the 19th annual Texas Book Festival is no exception. With more than 275 authors, including stars like Walter Mosley, Martin Amis, Katherine Applegate, and Lidia Bastianich, being featured during a week brimming with diverse events, the festival promises to attract devoted bookworms and casual readers alike. "I am to convert everyone into literary lovers," says Steph Ortiz, the festival's literary director. "We really want the festival to feel like there's something for everyone, so each year we aim for a diversity of titles, topics, and authors." This year's events cover everything from panel discussions with authors at the State Capitol to cooking demos and a "Lit Crawl" across Austin's East Side, with performances, games, trivia matches, and storytelling sessions.

The Texas Book Festival is adamant about breaking out beyond the bound page this year, and is even asking readers to join authors in the last place anyone at a book festival would expect to find themselves - at a sporting event. "I'm really excited for our alternative...

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Presented by Texas Hill Country Olive Co. and set in its idyllic orchard in Dripping Springs, the Texas Olive Festival promises food and wine tastings, classes and demonstrations by gourmet chefs, a tour of the grounds, and so much more. Not only can you get a head start on stocking your pantry with everything you’ll need for fresh summer recipes from a wide array of local vendors, you can also learn new ways to use olives in your everyday life. For those not so gifted behind the stove, the festival offers health and beauty seminars with insights into all of the ways olives can be used outside the kitchen. The Texas Olive Growers Association & Council will be in attendance, hosting a panel discussion about olive farming. Kids activities, movie nights, and live music will provide fun for the family. So pack up the car and head out to the Hill Country for an olive extravaganza. Tickets are available at...

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