Art, craft beer, koozies, and all for a cause — these are the ingredients needed to make a night for the books.
Last night, Nov. 22, 2015, Austin creatives gathered at the HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) 9th annual art and beer bazaar at Fair Market on east 5th. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with $10 mason jars that guaranteed us unlimited beer all night — the juice to my (partially) bullshitted art history fuelled conversations with some of Austin’s most recognized street artists. Among them was Aaron Darling, a local artist known for his mural work and recognizable giraffes stickered and spread throughout the city. As a part of the HOPE campaign board and seeing the event’s growth, Darling anticipates Hops for Hope to continue to flourish and gain momentum in the years to come.
Hops for Hope is held annually to provide a platform for artists to showcase and sell their work as well as help raise money for the HOPE Projects, which include the HOPE Outdoor Gallery and HOPE Farmer’s Market. This year, the event was satiated with creatives: a lineup of 36 artists, 18 breweries and four local DJs.
Set up in the middle of the warehouse and surrounded by thousands of dollars worth of art, DJ Chino Casino, Madcoins, Fideo and Bird Peterson provided revamped and remixed throwbacks. This, combined with the 36 varieties of beer stationed in the back, had the entire warehouse buzzing with creative juices and an appreciation for the artists that came together to make Hops for Hope happen.
By the end of the night, four or five mason jars full of beer later, I left with a new piece of art, a new koozie and a newfound hope for the future of Austin’s art scene.