Jessica Ryan of Who Said Vaudeville Was Dead? is proud to be assisting Art Seen Alliance as Media Contact for the Art Outside 2011 festival.  Stay tuned, the Who Said Vaudeville Was Dead? VARIETY SHOW my be making a debut at this years’ festival.  Check back in with us soon!

Art Seen Alliance

presents the 7th Annual


Three-Day Art Festival at Apache Pass

WHEN:      Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, 2011
WHERE:    Apache Pass Festival Grounds, 9112 N. FM 908,  Rockdale, TX 76567
TICKETS:      Day, Weekend, and RV Passes


Art Outside is a family-friendly annual celebration of the arts that includes entertainment and interactive opportunities.  Workshops are held throughout the weekend, covering themes ranging from sustainability and low-impact living to crafting and performance.  Visual art, music and performance, film, and fashion are equal parts of the experience.  An emphasis on interactive art and performance, as well as underground cultural influences, sets this event apart from other art festivals.

Performance: Ricochet (Aerial), Bed Post Confessions (Stroytelling), Confidence Men (Improv), Sangre del Sol (Fire Performance Troop), and 999 Eyes (Freak Show / Side Show Acts).  Music: Minor Mishap Marching Ban, David Starfire (DJ/Producer), Stereo is a Lie, The Burned, Cohen, and Anahata.  Big Art: Houston Art Cars, Charlie Smith (Fire Sculptures), Michael Christian (40′ tall sculpture), and TAD (The Art Department).  Workshops: Black Swan Yoga and Sustainability.  And more!

Patrons are challenged to discover and/or redefine their own idea of what it means to make art.  In one moment, festival-goers can take in fine art in a white-walled temporary gallery, and the next moment, they can walk amongst large installations in a nontraditional setting:  a ranch-turned-sculpture garden.   For one weekend, experience a temporary art community that provides an immersive experience that is both ephemeral and long-lasting.   Meet like-minded individuals in workshops and discussions, and enjoy live entertainment on three stages.  Spend a day on beautiful Apache Pass or camp out for the whole weekend.  Art and food merchants populate the marketplace with unique wares, food and drinks, including adult beverages and vegan options, and each is selected based on their creative merit and independent spirit.  Artists are afforded the opportunity to showcase their works to new audiences, and to collaborate, draw inspiration, and develop personal relationships with other creative minds from around the country.   The call for participation is open to artists and vendors through August 31st.

2011 Art Outside Features Art, Music, Yoga, Workshops And Family Camping October 7-9 At Beautiful Apache Pass Festival Grounds Near Rockdale, Texas

Now in it’s 7th year, the 2011 annual Art Outside art and music festival October 7-9 includes yoga, art and sustainability workshops, aerial acrobatic performances, fire spinning and fire sculpture, giant sized artwork, art cars and music. Overnight family-friendly camping is available on grassy campsites under old growth pecan trees with showers, bathrooms, potable water and access to charging stations for electronic devices.

Austin, Texas, August 24, 2011 – Over 300 artists, musicians, performers and workshops will fill 1000 acres at the 2011 Art Outside art and music festival Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9 at the Apache Pass Festival Grounds near Rockdale, Texas. This family friendly avant-garde art and music event is now in it’s seventh year and features artwork, multimedia, large scale art installations, yoga, aerial acrobatics, fire spinning, music and workshops along the banks of the San Gabriel River northeast of Austin, Texas. Workshops and camping are included with the price of admission.

According to Warren McKinney, the Director of Art Outside and it’s sponsoring organization Art Seen Alliance, “The Apache Pass festival grounds are so beautiful and it’s such a historical and special place. We want to tap into that native natural energy and creativity and everywhere you look see people making art or music, dancing or doing yoga, learning, laughing, playing, just having a great time with family and friends. We want it to be good for your head, heart and soul.”

New for 2011 is the addition of yoga from Black Swan Yoga. Other workshop topics include art and crafts, stilt-walking, laughter, sustainability, green energy, solar installations, xeriscaping, and cob building (a mixture of sand, clay and straw to create natural, sustainable buildings).

Festival favorites Ricochet return this year with jaw-dropping aerial and acrobatic performances, along with fire performances from Elemental Uprising Fire Troupe. Fire spinning (the performance art of manipulating objects on fire) from Elemental Uprising will include members of Sangre del Sol, Moon Drops Aerial Ballet, and Tsol.

World renown artists making an appearance at Art Outside include Michael Christian and Charlie Smith, both known for their work at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Michael Christian brings his 40-foot-tall metal sculptures and other unique metal creations. Charlie Smith, also known for his work at Cochella and Bonnaroo music festivals, will be on hand with his pyrotechnic vision of metal sculpture. Houston Art Cars will provide a display of all types of rolling art.

Art Outside has three stages including a natural amphitheater cantilevered over the San Gabriel River. Music will include performances from Minor Mishap Marching Band, Sick’s Pack, David Starfire (DJ/Producer), Stereo is a Lie, The Burned, Cohen and Anahata.

Art and food vendors will be on hand to provide unique wares, food and drinks. Adult beverages and vegan options will be available.

Art Outside began in 2005 at at the Enchanted Forest, a 3.5 acre plot of land at the corner of South Lamar Boulevard and Oltorf Street in the heart of Austin. Logistical problems with the City of Austin led to the event being moved to Apache Pass in 2009.

Art Outside Director McKinney says, “Our inspiration for Art Outside is the Lightening In A Bottle art and music festival in Silverado, California. We want to maintain the community art and music atmosphere from the old Enchanted Forest days while expanding what the festival offers with the workshops and speakers.” The 2011 Lightening In A Bottle Festival drew approximately 14000 people and also features music, workshops, outdoor art installations, interactive art and space for children to experience the festival on a level appropriate to their ages.

Within easy driving distance from Austin, Texas and other major Texas cities, Art Outside is now comfortably in it’s third year at the historic Apache Pass Festival Grounds. Apache Pass is named for the gravel bar crossing the San Gabriel River used for centuries by Native American Indians and then by explorers, settlers and local farmers and ranchers. The property was purchased by the Worley family in the late 1800s and the Apache Pass River Theater and Festival Grounds is still run today by the Worley family.

Apache Pass Festival Grounds consists of hundreds of acres of grassy camping areas shaded by large pecan trees and access to the San Gabriel River. There will be facilities for showering, bathrooms, potable water, communal commons and access to charging stations for electronic devices.

“It’s the large scale of the venue that helps to keep the event family-friendly. We have lots of fun activities to keep kids entertained during the day and then it’s quiet in the camping area at night while more late night activities continue around the music stages,” enthuses Art Outside Director Warren McKinney.

Another unique aspect to the festival grounds is a 325 foot suspension bridge spanning over the San Gabriel River that links the amphitheater over the river to the north shore where the river stage is located. According to Kit Worley, operator of Apache Pass Festival Grounds, this bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the Continental United States.

Apache Pass Festival Grounds in Rockdale, Texas is approximately a 90 minute drive from Austin; 2 hours-30 minutes from Houston and San Antonio; and 3 hours from Dallas. All ticket prices include tent camping. Single Day, 3-Day Weekend and Recreational Vehicle Pass tickets are available. The three-day Art Outside Festival takes place Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, 2011 at the Apache Pass Festival Grounds, 9112 N. FM 908, Rockdale, TX 76567.

About Art Seen Alliance:

Art Seen Alliance exists to enable artists, make art accessible, and foster culture


Warren McKinney, Director
Art Seen Alliance
(225) 335-1956


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