Austin VII

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[Text by Adrienne Lee]

[Photos by Milli Apelgren]

The smell of delicious local eats, the taste of ice-cold (and appropriate) Brooklyn Summer Ale and the sound of mingling artists and community members made for yet another successful installment of Slideluck Austin.

Held on the city’s chill and dynamic East Side on Saturday, May 30, Slideluck Austin VII was perfectly located for the engaging, laid-back night. Despite the threat of rain and the typical spring-summer humidity, the crowd of 200 people enjoyed the food, the art, the beer (obviously) and the friends, new and old.

And the level of community support was clear from the night’s beginning — from giving extra dollars at check-in for Slideluck Austin to donate to those affected by the Central Texas floods just days earlier, to giving extra applause after every artist’s show. It was inspiring to see such a considerate showing and the crowd wonderfully complemented the thoughtfulness of the slideshow.

Curated by Stephen Frailey, the chair of the photography department at the School of Visual Arts and founder of Dear Dave magazine, the presentation of work for Slideluck Austin VII was powerful and poetic, proven in the varied shows of cultural documentations, vignettes of natural objects and commentary on city development, among others.

Home cooks dazzled attendees with family-recipe casseroles and new takes on treats, and Austin eateries donated some of the city’s best pizza and barbecue. All paired perfectly with the always-smooth and refreshing Brooklyn Lager. We all left full, happy and excited for next year.

Just as year’s past, Slideluck Austin brought another amazing event that exemplified the coolness of the location, the people and the photographic work.

See y’all next year!

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