Jared Scribbles

An awkward artist recording her progression in life.

Sketchbook Project 2011 Trip

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Today I realized that I haven’t really written much about my trip to Austin or how the Sketchbook Project exhibition went on any of my blogs or social networking sites.. so I guess here’s my chance!

First of all, I seriously wished all my family (who live with me) and my close friends could’ve gone to go see it, but I do thank them for the support they’ve given me. At least my mother was able to go with me and we had a good time and a good bonding experience. Plus, this was also my first time in Austin, so everything as truly new and exciting.

Oh, and to those of you who do not know what I’m talking about, then I suggest you use this [link] to learn more about this project. And while you’re at it, I suggest you sign up for the Sketchbook Project 2012 [here]. Now on to our story!

Austin is a 4 hour drive from my hometown, so my mother and I got up real early on the day of the event, packed our bags, gassed up, and we were on our way. Since it was my first time going to Austin, I was awake throughout the whole ride over and I was bouncing all over the place. I kept checking Art House Co-op’s twitter feed the whole way over to Austin to see if they had already gotten there and set up. After refreshing several times, they updated their status and said that they were having a delay and it would take about one or two more hours to get set up and open. Since we got to Austin earlier than we thought, my mother and I decided to hit up the capitol and see the teacher’s rally since the exhibit was going to be at the Austin Museum of Art downtown. I’m not exactly sure how many people there were there, but I do know that they came from all over Texas. Students, teachers, and even parents. It was actually a spectacular event to see. (Here’s more information on the teachers rally: [link].)

After exploring the capitol for one to two hours, we finally decided to look for the venue for the exhibit and check if their were anymore updates from Art House. My memory is a little fuzzy right now but it was some time around 2 pm when they were finally up and running. My mother and I parked about three blocks away so I basically made her run all the way. When we got to the venue the line was actually turning the block and I was a bit surprised to see so many people coming to the exhibit. I want to say we were in line for 15 to 30 minutes, but I did not care one bit once we were inside. I’m going to be honest, the room we were in was a little too small and it was a it disorganized, but I could understand since this was their first time touring.

There were basically three lines: one for creating library cards, one for artist sign-in & “mini gift shop”, and one for checking out sketchbooks. I signed in while my mother created her library card and they gave me a sticker that said participating artist. Finally when my mom got her library card, we went to the check-out line and both asked for random sketchbooks. Sadly we could only check out two at a time, but we took a long time to look through each ‘book.

In total we checked out 4 ‘books each, so we both looked at a total of 8. By the time we went through all of them, it was already 5:30 pm and they were going to close at 6 pm. Plus, we also had not eaten all day. We ended up leaving Austin and we stopped in San Marcos to eat at a Texas Roadhouse and went to shop at the outlets.

I can honestly say I had a good time. Everybody was really into the exhibit and I’m glad that there were a lot of people that turned up. Someone named “Christopher B.” even checked out my ‘book while I was there. We talked with a few people and even overheard a few stories by people around us about their sketchbooks. It was great. I know I didn’t write about my sketchbook for this exhibit, but I shall write that for my next blog.

Here are the themes and names of the sketchbooks that my mother and I viewed:

  • (your name here) by: Stephanie Fan
  • (your name here) by: Jean Bookman
  • (your name here) by: Alexandra Ethell
  • (your name here) by: Judy Gilmer
  • A day in the life by: Bagi Suriyakumaran
  • A day in the life by: Lisa Hsia (view full ‘book here)
  • Revenge, by: Matthew Leahy
  • Revenge, by: Melissa Minkowski (view full ‘book here)

While I’m at it, here’s another reminder to sign-up for next years Sketchbook Project [here]. I’m excited to see what the next exhibit holds for us.

Here’s some little extras: two photos provided by Linda of Curious Notions who unknowingly caught two candid pictures of me and my mother. Thank you again for sending me the high-res photos Linda. 🙂

And I also found a TINY slice of me behind the guy with the long hair and green jacket. (Credit to Art House Co-op.)

[Next blog posts.. my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project 2011 and the Kappa Pi art trip.]


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  1. so neat that you found my photos of you!


    May 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

  2. It was really fun to read about your experience! Makes me think I should do a similar post when the exhibit comes to SF in June — I’ll bring my camera. 🙂


    May 10, 2011 at 11:24 am

  3. […] with my mother to see the Sketchbook Project exhibition that I was part of (which you can see here too). I also got accepted into the University of Texas, moved four hours away from my hometown, and […]

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