While buying great gifts from a museum gift shop is no new thing, what about getting to buy a piece from an actual exhibit? And a piece you can actually afford? Austin's Arthouse at the Jones Center has a tantalizing offer this holiday gift giving season.
Austin's Arthouse at the Jones Center recently reopened after a multi-million dollar renovation by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (photos of which we included in the gallery above for your drooling pleasure). A great source for contemporary art in the city, one of their first exhibits was from the artist Jason Middlebrook with his "More Art About Buildings And Food." Using recycled materials (some from the building's renovation), he fused glass for table settings and sculpted functional and fresh dining furniture.
Now for the super exciting part: The "More Art About Buildings And Food" art from the exhibit will be sold as limited edition products. The fused glass table settings and lamps are 100% eco-friendly and range in cost from $50-$250 for plates, lamps and vases. Each piece is made from recycled glass bottles and jars from Austin-area restaurants and grocery stores, and all products are made in the US by Middlebrook. All sales directly benefit Arthouse at the Jones Center's exhibitions and programs and can be purchased online here.
We just think it's the coolest thing that you could own a part of an exhibit, and considering where the materials came from, it'd be like owning a part of Austin, too!The Jones Center is located at 700 Congress Avenue in downtown Austin.
(Architectural photos by Michael Moran)