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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan. 24-March 14.
Cypress Grill, 4404-L W. William Cannon, 512/358-7474
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.
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
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
"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
Fine art and professional framing.
This Hyde Park epicenter of everything silica-based and lovely offers instruction on glass fusing, leaded glass, precious-metal clay, and much more.
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.
This fiber-arts group show features bead work, quilting, soft sculpture, embroidery, and more. Through Jan. 27. 11266 Taylor Draper,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sculptural work by Rita Marie Ross, Jacob Colburn, Daryl G. Colburn, Dorthy Crummer, and more. 2309 Thornton.
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
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.
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.
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,