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A Folk Art Museum for Austin?

A museum that embraces the creativity of folk art in all its forms – painting, pottery, carving and other visual arts music, dance and other performance arts, vernacular architecture and yard art, storytelling, cuisine, and traditional craftsmanship? Austin Friends of Folk Art invite you to attend an expert panel and community discussion about creating a Folk Art Museum here in the ATX. Fri., Jan. 25, 7pm. 305 Fleck Hall, St Edwards University, 3001 S. Congress. Free.

288-6430

Wally Workman Gallery: line/form/color

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

www.wallyworkmangallery.com

Wardenclyffe: Minimalism Rodeo

It's "The First (& Last) Annual Minimalism Rodeo (& County Fair)" at this ever-busy gallery, curated by Connor Shea and featuring works by Sean Sweeney, Olivia Pepper, Rachelle Diaz, Manik Nakra, and many more. Through Jan. 26. Fridays & Saturdays, 4-8pm. 1101 Springdale.

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Blackbox: Remix

This exhibition (in the home gallery of artists Leon & Stella Alesi) features mixed-media pieces by W. Tucker, whose work is created on old books, album covers, and similar material, exploring the relationship between found surface and artist’s mark. Tucker draws primarily with his non-dominant hand, allowing him to draw in an unpracticed manner. Through Feb. 9. Saturdays, 11am-4pm, and by appointment. 1017-A W. Milton.

Creative Arts Society: Mardi Gras Group Show

Jan. 24-March 14.

Cypress Grill, 4404-L W. William Cannon, 512/358-7474

www.creativeartssociety.org

Mexic-Arte: Masked: Changing Identities

More than 200 Mexican dance and popular masks from the museum's permanent collection and the Benson Latin-American Collection highlight vibrant colors and anthropomorphic designs reflecting Mexican traditions of indigenous craftsmanship, mythic narratives, and dance rituals. Through May 5.

Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress, 512/480-9373

www.mexic-artemuseum.org

Tiny Park: Infinite Perfection

This is a show of new works by Joseph Phillips – one-third of Sodalitas, three-thirds of Joseph Phillips – featuring an exploration of mankind’s conflicting desires to embrace and control nature. These beautiful renditions are like something from the architectural-rendering appendix to the Codex Seraphinianus. (Recommended for an infinitely perfect day: Nom some fresh oysters at Hillside Farmacy, then head over to Tiny Park for a dessert of fine art.) Through Feb. 23. Saturdays, noon-5pm or by appointment. 1101 Navasota

ONGOING

AMOA-Arthouse

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

www.amoa-arthouse.org

AMOA/Arthouse at Laguna Gloria: New Methods of Drawing

"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

www.amoa-arthouse.org

Architects of Air: Exxopolis

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. $10.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100

www.thelongcenter.org

Artworks Gallery

Artworks Gallery, 1214 W. Sixth, 512/472-1550

Atelier 3-D: A Sculptors' Studio

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.

Blackbox: Remix

This exhibition (in the home gallery of artists Leon & Stella Alesi) features mixed-media pieces by W. Tucker, whose work is created on old books, album covers, and similar material, exploring the relationship between found surface and artist’s mark. Tucker draws primarily with his non-dominant hand, allowing him to draw in an unpracticed manner. Through Feb. 9. Saturdays, 11am-4pm, and by appointment. 1017-A W. Milton.

BLUE MOON GLASSWORKS

Handmade glass art and jewelry.

Blue Moon Glassworks, 108 W. 43rd, 512/380-0770

www.austinbluemoon.com

Blue Moon Glassworks: Classes

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

www.austinbluemoon.com

City Glass: Workshops and Classes

Glass blowing? Yes, and much more, in this longtime professional studio. 1105 E. Sixth, 584-9323.

www.cityglass.us, cityglassmail@gmail.com

Coronado Studios

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.

Creative Arts Society Memberships: Open Call

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.

Creative Arts Society: Mardi Gras Group Show

Jan. 24-March 14.

Cypress Grill, 4404-L W. William Cannon, 512/358-7474

www.creativeartssociety.org

DeCola & Eusebi Gallery

Stained and leaded glass and mosaics. 701 Tillery Ste. A-11, 389-2266.

Dragonfly Gallery: Fine Arts Workshops

Photography, Photoshop post-processing, and more. See website for details. 4007 Marathon,

420-9000

www.dragonflygallerytx.com, dragonflygallery@att.com

Gallery At Museo: Material Appeal

This fiber-arts group show features bead work, quilting, soft sculpture, embroidery, and more. Through Jan. 27. 11266 Taylor Draper,

775-7547

dianegraden@sbcglobal.net

Gallery Shoal Creek: Katie Maratta + Jill Lear

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

GrayDUCK Gallery: If You Love It, Let It Do

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

www.grayduckgallery.com, duckduck@grayduckgallery.com

Keepin' Weird Down By The Riverside

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.

MACC: Art Classes

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

www.maccaustin.org

MASS Gallery: Scott Eastwood and Scott Gelber

This two-man exhibition is also the rebirth of MASS Gallery, featuring Eastwood's "They Never Die They Just Go To SLeep One Day" and Gelber's "DOOM II: Hell on Earth." Through Feb. 23. 507 Calles #108.

Mexic-Arte: Masked: Changing Identities

More than 200 Mexican dance and popular masks from the museum's permanent collection and the Benson Latin-American Collection highlight vibrant colors and anthropomorphic designs reflecting Mexican traditions of indigenous craftsmanship, mythic narratives, and dance rituals. Through May 5.

Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress, 512/480-9373

www.mexic-artemuseum.org

Mexican-American Community Center: Heaven & Earth

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

www.maccaustin.org

Mi Casa Gallery: Alfonso Huerta

New works by the Mexican artist. 1700 S. Congress, 707-9797.

North Hills Gallery: Beyond Limits

New paintings by Greta Olivas. Through Feb. 3. 7050 Village Center,

345-1743

Roadhouse Relics

Vintage neon, carnival banners, and other tributes to U.S. popular culture by Todd Sanders.

Roadhouse Relics, 1720 S. First, 512/442-6366

www.roadhouserelics.com

Studio L Gallery

Sculptural work by Rita Marie Ross, Jacob Colburn, Daryl G. Colburn, Dorthy Crummer, and more. 2309 Thornton.

577-3479

SVT Gallery: Distillation

Man-about-town Roy Moore of Control Images presents his first show of photographic works: The colors, the textures, the panoply of visuals – some raw and unfiltered, some strangely deconstructed – that he's captured right here in the ATX. Through Feb. 9.

Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886

www.controlimages.com

Texas Biennial: Call For Art

Open to all artists living and working in Texas. Submissions for TX13 are now being accepted. See website for details. Deadline: Feb. 28.

Texas Folklife: John Christian

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

www.texasfolklife.org, info@texasfolklife.org

Tiny Park: Infinite Perfection

This is a show of new works by Joseph Phillips – one-third of Sodalitas, three-thirds of Joseph Phillips – featuring an exploration of mankind’s conflicting desires to embrace and control nature. These beautiful renditions are like something from the architectural-rendering appendix to the Codex Seraphinianus. (Recommended for an infinitely perfect day: Nom some fresh oysters at Hillside Farmacy, then head over to Tiny Park for a dessert of fine art.) Through Feb. 23. Saturdays, noon-5pm or by appointment. 1101 Navasota

Women & Their Work: Look to the Left

This new solo show by Houston's Wendy Wagner presents "a distinctive make-believe world using painting, drawing, ceramic, soft sculpture, and animation," inspired by childhood, pets, family, and fantasy. Through March 14.

Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca, 512/477-1064

www.womenandtheirwork.org

Wow Gallery: Deborah Argyropoulos

These paintings – oil, watercolor – and prints feature "themes of romance and desire, focusing on the introspection and emotionality in the lives of women." Wanderlust Boutique, 1601 W. Koenig,

419-7005