Nick Cave: Hiding in Plain Sight
Oh, those strange and glorious Soundsuits! Through Dec. 30
. Andy Coolquitt: Attainable Excellence
The relentlessly inventive Austinite attains some excellence
, alright. Both shows: Extended through Feb. 24
The Contemporary Austin, 700 Congress, 512/453-5312
"ShapeShifting: New Methods of Drawing" is a two-person show by Austin's own Bethany Johnson and Ann Tarantino of Pennsylvania, two artists who use elements of chance to explore the intricacies of systems in their works. Through Feb. 17.
Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th, 512/458-8191
Stop by the Long Center to enter this newest luminarium
, an enormous walk-though sculpture in which glowing seams create "a scintillating lattice of light and color, a neon spectacle of beauty." Imagine if the Taj Mahal and God's Favorite Kaleidoscope had an inflatable baby
; now come walk through its brilliant innards. Note: Ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Jan. 19-27. Mon.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-5pm
Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100
Artworks Gallery, 1214 W. Sixth, 512/472-1550
is a centrally located sculpture studio (featuring the work of Steve Dubov, Heather Tolleson, and Terry Wilemon) that offers ongoing classes and workshops for all skill levels; the venue's also open to artists looking for workspace and tools. New classes starting soon! Call or see the website for details. 701 Tillery, 385-1115.
Handmade glass art and jewelry.
Blue Moon Glassworks, 108 W. 43rd, 512/380-0770
This Hyde Park epicenter of everything silica-based and lovely offers instruction on glass fusing, leaded glass, precious-metal clay, and much more.
Blue Moon Glassworks, 108 W. 43rd, 380-0770
Glass blowing? Yes, and much more, in this longtime professional studio. 1105 E. Sixth, 584-9323.
The Serie Project, a nonprofit Latino arts organization hosted by Coronado Studios, produces, promotes, and exhibits serigraph prints created by diverse artists. 6601 Felix, 385-3591.
The professional nonprofit visual-arts organization has more than 100 members and offers multiple fine art exhibit opportunites, monthly meetings, networking, volunteer opportunities, and more. See website for details.
Stained and leaded glass and mosaics. 701 Tillery Ste. A-11, 389-2266.
Photography, Photoshop post-processing, and more. See website for details. 4007 Marathon,
Maratta uses graphite and ink to render extraordinary depictions of Texas horizons in black and white, often a few feet long but only one inch tall. Lear presents a mixed-media series featuring vivid abstractions of trees in urban landscapes. Recommended. Through Feb. 16pm.
Gallery Shoal Creek, 2832 E. MLK, 512/454-6671
The artists of California's Crim City Collective – Will Grant, PJ Maracle, and Ross Yates – don't so much display works within a venue as take that venue over with a site-specific installation created via a fast-paced, impulsive working style that explores ideas of major action, instant information, and free association. You know how grayDUCK's space is usually all spare and elegant? We reckon it's gonna look like something highly creative asploded in there – and we look forward to seeing that. Through Feb. 17.
grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez, 826-5334
Aralyn Hughes, watercolorist Carmen Shanfield, and photographer Hershall Spradley are the featured artists in the Old Bakery Gallery this month. Through Feb. 7. 1006 Congress, 477-5961.
Sculpting, working in clay and paper pulp, painting with acrylics: many opportunities for learning a craft here. See website for details.
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 478-6222
Here's a compelling reason to visit the MACC: An exhibition of new paintings by Fidencio Duran. Also, in the Community Gallery there: The Big Red Bus, a retrospective by music legend Oscar Martinez. Through March 30.
Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River
New works by the Mexican artist. 1700 S. Congress, 707-9797.
New paintings by Greta Olivas. Through Feb. 3. 7050 Village Center,
Vintage neon, carnival banners, and other tributes to U.S. popular culture by Todd Sanders.
Roadhouse Relics, 1720 S. First, 512/442-6366
Sculptural work by Rita Marie Ross, Jacob Colburn, Daryl G. Colburn, Dorthy Crummer, and more. 2309 Thornton.
Open to all artists living and working in Texas. Submissions for TX13 are now being accepted. See website for details. Deadline: Feb. 28.
The Austin photographer captures Texas diversity, from Big Bend's stunning terrain to Austin’s Split Rail Inn to the porches of Navasota, in images spanning more than five decades. Through Jan. 31.
Texas Folklife Resources Office, 1317 S. Congress, 441-9255
Paintings and sculptures by UT's Susan Whyne. Through Jan. 25, 2013.
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue, 471-1108
It's partly Jan Heaton's strong talent and skills, her careful arrangements, that make her works so impressive and such a joy to see, and it's partly her chosen medium: the notoriously unforgiving gambit of watercolors. Of course, she's got several representational foliate paintings here, too; but it's the more abstract works of subtle colors that really skewer the soul. Through Jan. 26.
Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth, 512/472-7428