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Our Almost Real Things Artist Spotlight is composed of emerging artists, musicians, filmmakers, local organizations and entrepreneurs we’ve chosen to feature online and in our print issues.

Issue 21 "Be Cause"

Almost Real Things Issue 21

Released September 16th, 2021

Mista Mozes Wants to Take You on...

Mista Mozes can write, sing, rap and certainly command the crowd’s attention. If you have not seen him perform in his 21st-century funk band The...

Primo the Alien is Pushing to Change...

Primo the Alien is the extraterrestrial alter ego of singer-songwriter/producer Laura Lee Bishop. As an independent female producer and powerhouse vocalist, Primo the Alien is...

Mic Trey is Shaping the Sound of...

Hip-hop artist Mic Trey is on a mission to be the sound of Austin. He’s been rapping since 1999, and after writing, recording and distributing...

Wolf Garden’s Music is Infinite

Wolf Garden combines rock and electronic music to create his own unique sound. His motto is "Contemplate Infinity.” We interviewed Wolf Garden for Issue 21 “Be...

Issue 20 "Combo"

Almost Real Things Issue 20

Released July 12th, 2021

ART Club Community: Your Fave 7 Austin...

Our ART Club community is filled with amazing creators, makers and doers. We featured 7 of them in Issue 20 "Combo," to highlight the work...

The Musical Cookbook feat. Boogietraxx

Boogietraxx shares his “secret recipe” for a great track within his scene. It’s less about the formula and more about the tools and workflow...

Something Cool Studios is Austin’s Hidden Art...

Something Cool may sound ambiguous, but it really is the most fitting description of this hidden gem. It’s part studios, part gallery, part workshops, part...

Ley Line is Bringing Their Own World...

For our Issue 20 Music Spotlight, we delved into the musical journeys of three local bands by combining the “then and now.” We compared their...

Issue 19 "Make/Do"

Almost Real Things Issue 19
Released May 3rd, 2021

Jayson Sol Explores the Unlimited Possibilities of...

Printmaker and poet Jayson Sol is infatuated with anatomy and philosophy. He creates each of his unique pieces through a process of linocut printmaking. This...

In-House International’s Unique Design Depends on Teamwork

Austin-based branding and creative studio, In-House International, is committed to finding creative solutions that work. Led by co-founder and Creative Chief Michu Benaim Steiner, this...

Delmar Clarke Transforms Everyday Objects into Astonishing...

Transmedia artist Marcus "Delmar" Clarke elevates mundane materials by combining them with light and sound. He's fixated on transforming everyday objects–like rocks, dirt, cinder blocks...

Amanda Witucki Makes Colossal Paper Creations

Amanda Witucki found her voice through the medium of paper. The simplicity and malleable nature of paper drew her in. By playing with color, texture,...

Issue 18 "Surreal // So Real"

Almost Real Things Issue 18: Surreal // So RealReleased August 26th, 2020

Finding Freedom in Fiction

No matter how many issues we complete, it can never compare to writing a novel. Let alone, a whole trilogy! We're leaving that to Sasha...

Ryan Brocha’s Surreal Photography Starts with a...

Ryan Brocha’s surreal photography shows a very different side of Austin. And it was all inspired from a glitch on his phone’s camera. We had...

How Richard Rutner’s Surreal Paintings Come To...

Richard’s work showcases all of the techniques of classic surrealist painters. He infuses experiences from his travels along with his knowledge and technical skills...

Victoria Corbett’s Surreal Illustrations are Born in...

Illustrator and print maker Victoria Corbett captures the fragility of nature in her hand-crafted creations. We met Victoria Corbett during our ART Bus Tour for...

Issue 17 "Process-ing"

Almost Real Things Issue 17 Released March 13th, 2020

Evan Narcisse

Each year STAPLE! brings over 200 artists and creators under one roof for the celebration of independent media. It is one of the few long-standing...

Jae Lin

Each year STAPLE! brings over 200 artists and creators under one roof for the celebration of independent media. It is one of the few long-standing...

Monica Gallagher

Each year STAPLE! brings over 200 artists and creators under one roof for the celebration of independent media. It is one of the few long-standing...

Let’s Follow a Trend! Intermittent Fasting

This quarter's trend: Intermittent Fasting! with Adam Brunell What is intermittent fasting? Well it's pretty simple, it's a period of time occurring at intervals in which no...

Issue 15 "Money Makin'"

Almost Real Things Issue 15 Released September 1st, 2019

How Finances Can Impact Mental Health

Collaboration piece from five members of the MannMukti community. When we began to brainstorm about content for our money themed Issue 15, we knew how...

How To: CMBXP

The Creatives Meet Business Experience (CMBXP) begins next week, so if you haven’t bought your tickets already, there is no time to waste. What is...

Artists in Residence: Fabian Rey

In April we partnered with Pump Project to offer a 6-month residency to two artists in our community: Fabian Rey and Russell Brxwn. They came...

Artists in Residence: Russell Brxwn

In April we partnered with Pump Project to offer a 6-month residency to two artists in our community: Fabian Rey and Russell Brxwn. They came...

Issue 14 "VIVID"

Almost Real Things Issue 14 Released May 16th, 2019

Meena Matai

Issue 14 contributor Meena Matai creates vibrant, playful art through a meditative process. How does Issue 14's theme "vivid" relate to your work? The main message...

Kalee Espitia

Issue 14 contributor Kalee Espitia is a self-taught Mexican-American painter. Born and raised in Phoenix Arizona, her first love was the burnt hues of...

Brittany Johnson

Issue 14 contributor Brittany Johnson is best known for her use of vibrant colors and colorful portraits of female figures. What is your artistic process...

LIT LANGUAGE

Hey Fam! Ready for a game? Lit Language will test your knowledge of generational slang from the past few decades. Draw a line to each...

Issue 13 "Identity"

Almost Real Things Issue 13 Released February 12th, 2019

Roxolana Krywonos

Issue 13 contributor Roxolana Krywonos dabbles in a broad range of artistic endeavors, all linked by the common thread of striving to be authentically...

Adrian Patenaude

Issue 13 contributor Adrian Patenaude shares her experience between two different worlds, growing up both in Thailand and Texas. Putting home into words By Adrian Patenaude As...

Artist Anonymous: Will Crochet

If you’re roaming around Austin’s east side, I suggest studying the telephone poles. With most of them covered in street art, they are like...

Beyond a Sketch: Vogue Vignette Explores the...

Issue 13 has arrived and in the spirit of the theme, Identity, we’re taking a closer look at the contributors behind each article. A couple of...

Double Issue 11 & 12 "Juxtaposition"

Almost Real Things Issue 11: Released September 1st, 2018

Nina Ho

Nina Ho, photographer and co-founder of collective blue, played with traditional norms of masculinity in her photography series featured in Double Issue 11 &...

Elizabeth Carrington

Double Issue 11 & 12 contributor Elizabeth Carrington combines graphic imagery, text and color to create colorful, pop-art paintings. How does your art relate to...

Mike Boland

Double Issue 11 & 12 contributor Mike Boland constructs soft curves out of unusually stiff materials. How does your art relate to Issue 11 &...

Thriving Together: How Imagine Art Connects All...

Twenty one years ago, Debbie Kizer started Imagine Art with the goal of using art to offer education and access to a population that...

Issue 10 "Material"

Almost Real Things Issue 10 CoverReleased May 1st, 2018

Brianna Vance

Issue 10 contributor Brianna Vance experiments with new materials to keep her art process fresh. The theme for Issue 10 is Material. Can you share...

Stacy “Pineapple” Wheeler & the Art of...

The first thing I noticed about Stacy Wheeler was the pineapple on her head. I spotted her tropical-inspired balloon hat in the sea of people...

Adrienne Hodge

Issue 10 contributor Adrienne Hodge layers different types of inks to create her signature ethereal style. The theme for Issue 10 is Material. Can you...

Sticking Together: Community Art in Pease Park

This month, renowned artist Patrick Dougherty and several hundred volunteers began constructing Yippee Ki Yay: a natural sculpture made of local tree saplings and...

Issue 09 "Dream State"

Almost Real Things Issue 09 Released January 1st, 2018

Dane Gudde & Sustainable Woodworking

Issue 09 contributor Dane Gudde, shares how he uses trees to their full potential – by creating sustainable "heirloom piece" furniture. How did you get...

Nicholas McCann

Nicholas McCann describes his Desert of the Soul poetry series as his dream state, living state and home state. He shared his poetry in...

Collaborating with Local Companies with Lisa Belcher

It takes teamwork to accomplish something as large as a professionally produced film. So how do you jump into the process as a new...

Issue 08 "Memory"

Almost Real Things Issue 08 Released October 1st, 2017

A Meal to Remember

There's been quite a bit of press coverage on Mathew Peters lately and deservedly so. He's the first U.S. chef to win fold at...

Biz-B-Q: How your Business is like Brisket

You just know when brisket is perfectly done. The scent of slightly charred meat, salt, pepper and spice infused with the smoke of live...

The Perks of Having No Money

Experiment with food you've been saving for a natural disaster A bowl of Cheerios for dinner is sad, but a bowl of salad with homemade...

History & Memories at Austin’s Armadillo Christmas...

WITH ANNE JOHNSON, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER AND GENERAL MANAGER The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar will run 11am-10pm daily from December 14-24 at the Palmer Events Center. HOW DID...

Issue 07 "Fail Well"

Almost Real Things Issue 07 Released July 1st, 2017

The Musical Cookbook feat. Cloudchord

Cloudchord shares his “secret recipe” for a great track within his scene. It’s less about the formula and more about the tools and workflow...

Wet Salon and Studio: Austin’s Most Eclectic...

Eric Massey and Jimmy Haddox have been holding down hair on South Congress for 17 successful years, watching businesses come and go and the...

Solar Talks by Fresh Energy Solar

You've heard of Ted Talks. We bring you Solar Talks. Have you recently looked into "Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems" but simply needed a few...

The Enchanting Paintings of Becca Gordon

DFW native turned Austinite Becca Gordon has developed an abstract painting style that is uniquely her own. Raised by her classical musician parents, Becca grasped the concept...

Issue 06 "Chance"

Almost Real Things Issue 06 Released April 1st, 2017

Lisa Belcher and “The Gift”

We caught up with local filmmaker Lisa Belcher to chat about her new short film "The Gift" which premiered in Austin at the end...

A Means Without an End with Chris...

I first came across Chris Long's pottery at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar. I was drawn to it by the hand crafted elements and simplicity...

Austin’s Mysterious Music Artist Known Only as...

fuvk is a songwriter who is continuously releasing engaging and personal music to every season of the year. We tracked her down to chat...

Anxiety Land: The Game of Pursuing Your...

So you want to pursue a passion project but you're stuck in anxiety mode. Your guts and your heart are ready to make things happen,...

Issue 05

Almost Real Things Issue 05 CoverReleased January 1st, 2017

IGAustinTexas Fosters Creativity, One Square at a...

IGAustinTexas was founded in March of 2015 by Javier Gonzalez. It is a community group dedicated to fostering creativity within Austin, Texas through the Instagram...

Come As You Are with Gert Johan...

Upon arriving to Johan's home AKA "The Dutch Barn" we were greeted by a friendly barking dog. As we opened his gate a few more...

Making Memories with Emree Weaver

Words: Marque Blackman Hotel Van Zandt has a crowded cocktail lounge on Friday nights, but an endless barrage of shoulder bumping wasn’t enough to deter...

The Stress Free Alternative to Tipping

Imagine a world where servers were paid enough to take pride in their job without pandering for precious tip money to survive? Imagine a society...

Double Issue 03 & 04

Almost Real Things Issue 03 CoverReleased September 1st, 2016

Sculptor and Installation Artist: Kelly Johnston

Kelly Johnston was featured in our double issue, 03 & 04. You can see more of her work on her website.

Julie Pelaez Transcends Control in her Artistic...

Julie Pelaez was exposed to art at a young age. She was born into an artistic family, which immersed her in creative thinking from...

Doodler’s Pair-a-Dice

Practice your doodling skills with this DIY pair of dice! With an incredible 36 combinations, you'll have plenty of ideas to choose from. Tag us...

Doodling and Designing with Logan Lockett

One thing that is apparent in all of Logan Lockett’s illustrations is his sense of humor. He transforms doodles into more than a sketch on...

Issue 02

Almost Real Things Issue 02 CoverReleased May 1st, 2016

In Between Art and Music with Jeremy...

Mixed media artist and sculptor Jeremy Earhart creates ornamentally detailed pieces that appeal to your childhood nostalgia. We met Jeremy at SXSW 2014, shortly after...

License All Citizens, Register All Vehicles says...

New national bill requires citizens, including children of all ages, to pass driving test and carry license to operate all wheeled vehicles. This includes but...

Tesla Takes Commanding Lead of Renewable Energy...

Today Tesla has overtaken the combined market value of General Motors and The Ford Motor Company. With just shy of one million vehicles sold last...

Rolling Up The Issues with Jenn Hassin

Texas born Jenn Hassin focuses on her process to achieve visually intricate and impactful art. At once monotonous and obsessive, Jenn rolls each piece of...

Issue 01

Almost Real Things Issue 01 CoverReleased January 1st, 2016

Illustrations by Elisa Wikey

Austin based Illustrator Elisa Wikey has an incredible sense of humor. She also possesses the talents to combine that humor with the cutest little illustrations we've...

Graffiti Art by Vandal

Graffiti artist Vandal is everywhere. One look at his Instagram and you can see his colorful, drippy trademark mesh well with all mediums from spray paint to...

Illustrations by Graham Franciose

Beloved Austin based Illustrator Graham Franciose understands subtle emotion. Each of his pieces is full of thought and his characters seem to ponder you as you peruse...

Prints by Cathy Savage

Printmaking and Mixed Media artist Cathy Savage loves exploring the nuances of her art. Her excitement with mathematics and scientific theories shines through her work and...