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
Arthouse at the Jones Center, 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
Tropical butterflies displayed in plexiboxes designed by G.W. Clark.
Artworks Gallery, 1214 W. Sixth, 512/472-1550
New space, new art, and a new opening attended by artists Su Allen, Lisa Chandler, Enid Wood, Linda Wilde, and others; featuring Luca Vidal glass imported from Murano, Italy. 1214 W. Sixth #105, 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.
Local and regional art submissions sought; all styles considered. See website for details. 2805 Bee Caves #430.
This glassblowing studio and gallery offers functional and decorative glass art, classes, and more.
Austin Art Glass, 1608 S. Congress, 512/916-4527
Through Oct. 27. North Hills Gallery, 7050 Village Center Dr.
Handmade jewelry in this space shared with Pro-Jex Gallery. 1710 S. Lamar Ste. B.
Nearly 200 extraordinary objects from the art collections of UT alumni across the country, including ancient Mayan vessels, tribal masks, Chinese jade, Renaissance paintings, and Old Master prints and drawings – showcased with modern and contemporary works. Robert Faires tells you more about it here
. Through May 19
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 512/471-7324
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.
Local artists riff on music – in paint, clay, photography, metal, glass, and any medium that makes or represents music. Phillip Wade, Fidencio Duran, Kathleen Ash, and many others.
Clayworks, 1209 E. Sixth, 474-9551
Co-Lab, you should know, deals with and presents some of the most intriguing and exciting artists around. Also realize: The collective maintains an open and ongoing call for proposals regarding installation-, performance-, video-, public-, and community-based projects. E-mail for details.
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.
Painting, collage, mixed media, digital photography, and more. Specific classes for beginners to advanced, teenage to adult. E-mail for details.
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,
Linda Dumont: cityscapes, abstracts, and portraits. Call for appointment. 815 E. 52nd.
Currently showing works by Patrick King, Ramon Lozano, and John Metcalf. 2415 E. Fifth.
Paintings and prints. 1718 S. Congress, 462-7220.
Francois Photography, 309-B Bowie, 512/320-0072
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, 2905 San Gabriel, 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, 608-C W. Monroe, 826-5334
Paintings inspired by nature. 7825 Burnet Rd.,
Historical images from the famous photographer of the 1920s and 1930s. Reception: Wed., Sept. 15, 7:30pm.
Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart, 512/735-8000
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.
New photographs and paintings by Rama Tiru of Austin: East of I-35 fame. 227 Congress.
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.
presents an eclectic selection of African and African-American artwork.
Mitchie's Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Ste. B-148, 512/323-6901
New paintings by Greta Olivas. Through Feb. 3. 7050 Village Center,
Tom's Tabooley, 2928 Guadalupe #102, 512/479-7337
Vintage neon, carnival banners, and other tributes to U.S. popular culture by Todd Sanders.
Roadhouse Relics, 1720 S. First, 512/442-6366
is seeking artists to display their work each month. Selected artists will be featured on the Spider House events calendar and given the opportunity to have a closing reception. Please e-mail at least three JPEGs of your work to:
New works by Holly Bronko and Alexandra Valenti. 2309 Thornton.
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 Ave., 471-1108
Through Aug. 13. 12200 Renfert, second floor.
Works by David Adickes, Kelly Fearing, Kenneth Fiske, Seymour Fogel, Constance Forsyth, Michael Frary, John Guerin, Paul Hatgil, Jeff Jeffreys, William Lester, Stephen Magada, Al Nickel, Charles Umlauf, Ralph White, and David Wiesmann.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee, 445-5582
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