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Up Collective: Most Folks

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.



DUTTON: Break It Down

Sonia Dutton (who used to run the still-missed Champion Gallery) has created a terrific pop-up gallery for Art Night Austin, filled with works by Dan Sutherland, Bethany Johnson, Brad Tucker, and Ben Brandt. Catch it while you can, before they break it down again. Reception: Fri., Feb. 22, 6-9pm. Exhibition: Thu.-Sun., Feb. 21-24, 11am-6pm. 400 Cesar Chavez.


The first annual convention of the international Modern Quilt Guild will be a bright and well-stitched spectacle of exhibitions, workshops, merchandise, product demonstrations, and more. Modern quilts? Not just artistic, not just functional, but wonderfully crafted fabric creations that are very much both. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 21-24, 10am-6pm.

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000



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

Co-Lab: For An Abstraction

Christopher Culver and Jeff Williams "incorporate similar dialectics within their work, between structure and experience, distance and proximity, form and formlessness, all connected through underlying structures, whether the physical support for a canvas or the gallery architecture itself." Alrighty, then. Through March 2, by appointment only.

Co-Lab, 613 Allen, 512/300-8217

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: South Of The Border

Group show. Through June 5. Hecho En Mexico, 6001 W. William Cannon.

Davis Gallery: No Moral Judgment Stands Alone

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

DeCola & Eusebi Gallery

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

Helios Kiln Glass Studio: Classes and Demonstrations

Learn while they burn at this professional studio.

Helios Kiln Glass Studio, 10700 Anderson Mill Rd., 512/996-0960

Lora Reynolds Gallery: A Zone of Reduced Complexity

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

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

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

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

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

Scanlan Gallery: Failed Attempts at Greatness

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

Studio L Gallery

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


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.

The Russell Collection: Confluence

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

VSA Texas: Distinguished Artist Veterans

Exhibition by Texas Veterans with disabilities. Through Feb. 27.

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000

Wally Workman Gallery: Through the Looking Glass

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

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

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,


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