It's worth a drive to San Marcos, we suggest, to hear the artist present the historical underpinnings and mechanical processes of his superlative work. But maybe you live there already, where Reid's a professor at Texas State? Well played, friend, well played. Wed., Feb. 13, 3:30pm. Room 2121, J.C. Mitte Bldg, TSU-San Marcos.
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
Fine art and professional framing.
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.
Through April 27. 3724 Executive Center Dr., Ste. G10
The Spine And Rehabilitation Center, 3724 Executive Center Dr., Suite G10
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.
Group show. Through June 5. Hecho En Mexico, 6001 W. William Cannon.
Contemporary collage artist and civil-rights attorney Philip Durst showcases a new body of work in this solo exhibition. Tell you what: If the man's lawyering is as good as his artwork, the people are in for good news. Through March 2.
Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th, 512/477-4929
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
Here's a solo show of the work of Swedish artist Carl Hammoud, comprising graphite drawings, watercolors, oil paintings, and paper sculptures – all of which are superlative, all of which inhabit, we daresay, a zone of increased sublimity. Scenes and objects from laboratories, museums, libraries, archives, offices, and classrooms are captured via the artist's array of methods; your appreciation will be captured, too. Through March 16.
Lora Reynolds Gallery, 360 Nueces #50, 512/215-4965
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
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
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.
This second annual exhibition explores the many methods and styles of drawing through the work of 40 Austin artists. From the abstract to the hyperreal, with surfaces manipulated by pencil, marker, ink, charcoal, pastel, etching, burning, and puncturing. Recommended like wow: This show shouldn't be missed. Through Feb. 16. Wed. & Sat., noon-5pm.
Pump Project, 702 Shady, 351-8571
Vintage neon, carnival banners, and other tributes to U.S. popular culture by Todd Sanders.
Roadhouse Relics, 1720 S. First, 512/442-6366
Ah, disregard the humble title: Jon Eric Narum's work is most often successful at painterly greatness – in a variety of styles: Figurative pieces, abstracts, landscapes (OK: skyscapes, really; they call him The Sky Guy), and so on; and he accommodates the differences via two distinct alter egos, and by now has built up a body of art so well-wrought and enchanting that you'll be surprised the Austin native's never had a solo show before. We highly recommend seeing this show – although you might want to wait until the music-fueled reception? Exhibition: Through March 22.
Helm Fine Arts Center, 6500 St Stephens Dr., 512/329-0964
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.
Michael Kessler's biomorphic and exquisitely textured paintings are matched with Matt Devine's superb metalworks in this two-man exhibition. Through Feb. 28.
Russell Collection, 1137 W. Sixth, 512/478-4440
Marcus Mataga draws almost exclusively from photographs, using ballpoint pens and highlighters to render his Instagram-popular portraits. This show features selections from more than 300 of his works. Through Feb. 22. 2326 E. Cesar Chavez.
Exhibition by Texas Veterans with disabilities. Through Feb. 27.
Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000
Malcolm Bucknall’s imaginative drawings and paintings feature mash-ups of anthropomorphic creatures that inhabit Elizabethan courts and Wild West brothels alike: It's as if some Old Master in 1600s Rotterdam had tried to render the possibilities of genetic engineering and PhotoShop in traditional pigments. Weirdly beautiful and recommended. Through Feb. 23.
Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth, 512/472-7428
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