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  • The Baron's Men Present The Tempest by William Shakespeare

    The Tempest is a play about betrayal, love, and forgiveness. Throw in a murder plot, a drunken scheme to kill our protagonist, and a romance between two young lovers. Socially distanced limited seating. Complete details available online.
    Apr. 22-May 8  
    The Curtain Theatre
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    Contracommon: Something Like Yesterday

    Aria Brownell and Sidney Westenskow investigate memory and the pockets of messy nostalgia that define one’s self, both artists working within bold forms of portraiture and self-portraiture.
    Through April 2
    12912 Hill Country Blvd. Ste. F-140
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    Golden Hornet: String Quartet Smackdown

    The seventh annual String Quartet Smackdown is this very weekend, streaming live from Alamo Drafthouse on Demand, where you can watch 16 composers from around the world duke it out in an NCAA basketball-style tournament. Hosted by maestro Graham Reynolds and KMFA's Judlyne Gibson, with compositions performed by Mexico City's Vórtice Ensemble via the baton of conductor Felipe Perez Santiago, this will be a night of intense competition suffused with – ah, our Robert Faires has a fine preview right here.
    Sat., March 27, 7pm. $16 and up.  
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    Henry IV (Parts I & II)

    Austin Shakespeare brings the Bard’s interlinking masterworks to the Zoom screen, with 12 actors performing live in both shows. (Tom Green is King Henry IV; Justin Scalise is Prince Hal; Ev Lunning Jr. is Falstaff. They're joined by a cast playing multiple roles: Corinna Browning, Michelle Jackson, Chuck Winkler, Max Green, Matthew Wagner, Matthew Jordan, Michael Miller, Sam Grimes, and Bennie Braswell.) Part I (Sat., March 27, 7pm) is directed by Ann Ciccolella; Part II (Sun., March 28, 5pm) is directed by Paul Parente.
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    Performance Screening: VAC South Lawn

    Madeline Hollander's Score for Seven Solos revisits a project she first realized in 2017: A selection of retired AFD fire hoses extended across UTVAC's gallery floor, assuming a new function as a site-responsive choreographic score awaiting interpretation. Then, a group of student dancers responded to the repurposed objects through improvisational movements. Now, documentation of these performances can be viewed from the VAC's south lawn.
    Through March 27. Wed.-Sat., 5pm-12mid. Free.  
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    UTNT: Del Corazón Nace el Enjambre

    This portion of UT's annual New Theatre project is a virtual retelling of the tale(s) of la cucaracha. Activating the cockroach as a time-traveling hemispheric avatar, this practice interweaves stories of self-metamorphosis, resistance, and revolution to explore "how attuning to a theoretical brown commons might expand possibilities of freedom." Conceived and directed by Erica Patricia Saucedo.
    Thu.-Sun., March 25-28, 7:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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    UTNT: Year of the Tiger

    Khristián Méndez Aguirre directs this performance, part of the UT New Theatre project, in which "a news anchor is preparing for a special transmission commemorating the year that has gone by, when she's visited by a tiger who really wants her to get the story straight, no matter what the cost." This investigation explores not only the impact of COVID-19 worldwide, but also civil unrest, police brutality, and the defeated Trump administration's war with truth.
    Thu. & Sat., March 25 & 27, 7:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
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    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
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    ARTUS Co: End In the Beginning

    This is a duo exhibition of mid-to-large oil paintings and photography by Shelby Sult and Maggie Lyon that "represent each artist's personal truths through the lens of time."
    Through April 25
    10000 Research #118
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    Atelier Dojo: Remote Studios

    The local powerhouse of figurative painting, the art school that's the smart school for artists of all kinds, they've got a painting-along-at-home series going to help you keep your skills honed in these socially restrictive times, featuring live costumed models posing on camera and a thriving community of creatives rendering that lovely human biotecture from their separate studios. "Join us for a three-hour costumed-model drawing session. Use any supplies you wish, listen to music, share your work, chat with others. It’s a great way to stay connected with your art community!"
    Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm; Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays, 9:30-12:30pm. $5.  
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    Austin Classical Guitar: A Celebration

    ACG Education turns 20 this year; join them in a livestreamed show that celebrates the students and teachers that have created inspiring works of joy and friendship during a year like no other.
    Sat., March 27, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Ballet Austin: Classes Online

    While you're home, wherever you are across the world,: you can still take a dance, fitness, or Pilates class with Ballet Austin. Ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, and Pilates out the wazoo, so to speak, because there are so many varieties to choose among, and all taught by professional instructors – and it's all available 24/7, just like the internets.
    $3-7 per class.  
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    Behind the Scenes: Art of the Hollywood Backdrop

    Visit mid-century Hollywood without leaving Austin through an up-close view of these Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio assets. This first-ever public viewing of 12 historic Golden Age of Film backdrops provides a look into the nearly lost art of hand-painted Hollywood scenic art. Bonus: Re-creations of other backdrops in the collection, as painted by UT scenic art students training with Karen Maness. And, look: Robert Faires reports on the show right here.
    Extended through April 18. $5-12.
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    Big Medium: W I L D L I F E

    Inspired by stories of nature regenerating and reclaiming space during the Covid-19 pandemic, Manik Raj Nakra's W I L D L I F E show examines what happens when humanity removes itself from the natural world. The exhibition also introduces a new material for the artist: The ceremonial bindi, worn for centuries on the forehead in Indian culture for spiritual, traditional, and fashion reasons.
    Through May 1. Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm, by appointment
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    Blue Lapis Light: Beyond the Clouds

    The acclaimed aerial dance troupe's 2020 performance (chosen by Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires for inclusion among his Top Ten shows of the year) is now available in a digital version online – free of charge.
    Donations accepted.  
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    BOOKS: Pick 'Em Up Curbside!

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin's own Malvern Books or HalfPrice Books or Bookpeople or BookWoman stores. (And for the ultimate in vintage collectors' editions and unique works on paper, we recommend the excellent South Congress Books.)Or try Bookshop.org in general – because Bookshop, unlike the online behemoth named after a river, shares the profits among all its independent-bookstore members.
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    Camiba Art: Between

    Since the early days of her art practice, Rebecca Rothfus Harrell has been influenced by the American Precisionists of the 1920s and '30s – particularly their approach to spatial organization, dimensional & time flattening, and selective realism. And now? "I've been documenting what I identify as the primary signifier of the state of flux across the country," says Harrell. "An empty sign hanging askew above a bolted front door, a familiar shaped frame with exposed bulbs towering over the defunct gas station or the torn fabric of a shop sign exposing the supports intended to hold it taut. I find these structures visually and conceptually captivating." We reckon, the way the artist has rendered these images, you will, too. Book a visit right here.
    Through April 10
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    ChingonX Fire: Group Exhibit

    Inspired by the Mexican American Cultural Center's annual La Mujer celebration – and by the first feminist of the New World, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz – this online group exhibit is curated by April Garcia and features womxn-identifying and nongender-specific artists whose artwork is tied to activism, feminism, cultural. and gender identity storytelling, environmental protection, and socioeconomic parity. Note: The exhibition will be online for a year.
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    ColdTowne TV: Fridays & Saturdays Live

    The former stage on Airport might be defunct, citizen, but the stars of this local laugh factory are shining bright every Friday and Saturday night on ColdTowne TV! Tune in for this variety show format and drop a few bucks in the virtual tip jar to keep local comedy alive.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Davis Gallery: Altered Allusions

    When an image is stripped of its clarity, we are left with two things: an allusion to something familiar and the viewer's interpretation. These provocative new works by Nate Szarmach explore the space between image and interpretation, uncovering the ways that familiar religious imagery, cultural christianity, and personal history influence our spirituality. Our Robert Faires reviews the show right here.
    Through April 24
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    Esther's Follies

    You don't have to slog your way through Dirty Sixth anymore, citizen – you can catch the arch antics and musical mayhem of the Esther's crew on video as they unleash fresh new sketches and songs and more about the hottest topics of the day. And there's all sorts of behind-the-scenes extras now, too, and it's all available via their Patreon page. You need to laugh right about now, so this is a good idea, right? And sports are important, sure they are, but wouldn't you rather be a local comedy supporter than a local athletic supporter? [*pauses for response, hears only crickets*] Right – leaving it to these professionals, then.
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Slow Season

    Bucky Miller – artist, writer, recipient of the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship – has exhibited in solo shows at Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum and more, and his work's also been featured in publications like n+1, Der Greif, The Believer, and Glasstire. He says: "The photographs and other things in 'Slow Season' constitute a love note to friends about the very reasonable joys of slow and sporadic attentiveness. When lost in the fog, it helps to pause. Unhurried, there is room for puppet theater. Do not worry: It will be clear the puppets were an asset once things get moving again."
    Through March 28. Gallery hours by appointment
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    HRC: Henry David Thoreau

    You know who, way back in the day, had the whole self-isolation thing down pretty damn well? "The author of Walden and Civil Disobedience" is the answer. Of course, Thoreau was only in "semi-seclusion" out there in the north country woods; but what he had to say – what he wrote, in many instances – is a valuable resource for people in these socially distanced times. Here, take yourself a virtual stroll through Thoreau's manuscripts (and letters and more) as beautifully archived in UT's own Harry Ransom Center.
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    ICOSA: Nothing Is

    The journey, the process, the times in between, the present moment in which we find ourselves: "Nothing Is" features photographs, video, and installation works by Leon Alesi and Amy Bench, deconstructing and reassembling artifacts, transitional objects, talismans, and icons as expressions of momentary (or eternal) tension. The gallery is open Fridays, noon-6pm, by appointment; Saturdays, noon-6pm (no appointment necessary). Bonus: the always-viewable Window Dressing show in the gallery's front window features works by Veronica Ceci, Michael Villarreal, and Rodell Warner.
    Through March 27
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    Inspired Minds Art Center: Digibilities

    This is out in Buda, yes – but it's Leslie Kell. The digital artist presents her works from the Other Side collection and her mesmerizing video art. Bonus: Art in a diversity of mediums by Lisa Zinna, Chalda Maloff, Caroline Walker, Paul McGuire, and Ronald Gross.
    Through April 17  
    Inspired Minds Art Center, 121 Main, Buda
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    Laguna Gloria

    This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
    Thu.-Fri., 9am-noon; Sat.-Sun., 9am-3pm
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    Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Well, it's always an event, isn't it? When you can take your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program? The answer (as long as the streets and sidewalks aren't dangerous with all this newfangled ice and snow) is a hearty, full-throated YES.
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    Link & Pin Gallery: Dogs In Borderlandia

    Through painting, drawing, video, and performance, Andrea Muñoz Martinez invites people to contemplate the beauty that exists in a land where people negotiate their place, where people thrive and struggle, and where people resist the idea of unjust borders: Borderlandia. Here's Robert Faires' review of the show.
    Through April 18. Thu.-Sat., 1-5pm
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    Lydia Street Gallery: Two

    This exhibition will be the first time that artists Kathy McCarty and David Thornberry, married for 22 years now, have shown their work together. She's been painting grackles, grackles, and grackles; he's been doing portraits based on old photos and video stillshots; now here's the impossible aviary of their work on display at Lydia Street. Recommended!
    Through April 28
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    MACC: 21/ Veintiuno

    The Mexican-American Cultural Center presents this new virtual exhibition by Ender Martos, featuring multiple digital photographs of the acclaimed artist’s work arranged in three thematic periods of 21 years that represent the artist’s past, present, and future.
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Mexico, the Border, and Beyond

    Mexic-Arte Museum presents an exhibition of selections from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. collection, an array of work that is considered one of the most important Latinx art collections in the United States.
    Through May 30
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    Modern Rocks Gallery Online

    What, you don't feel like looking at exclusive, worldclass, public and candid shots of international rockstars and music legends of times past and (almost) present? Alrighty, then. But you're totally missing out.
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    Neill-Cochran House: Hope for Spring

    To celebrate the beauty of the Texas State Flower, the Neill-Cochran House Museum is displaying a collection of local art inspired by the bluebonnet.
    Through April 11
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    OUTSIDE In

    This is a pop-up art show from Raasin in the Sun and Something Cool Studios, featuring an amazing lineup of muralists, street artists, and fine artists who bring the city’s outdoor vibe inside for an immersive experience in a unique temporary exhibition.
    Through April 30. Fri., 4-8pm; Sat.-Sun., noon-6pm
    914 Congress
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    Rachel Hayes: Slant of Light

    Meanwhile, out in Round Top, here's a multisite exhibition of Rachel Hayes' site-specific panels, delicately crafted by the artist in polyester, nylon, lace, and mesh fabrics. "Unique forms and geometric patterns evoke a sense of engagement between the viewer and the existing architecture of the surrounding environment."
    Through April 3. Fri.-Sat., 9am-3pm. Free.  
    The Farm at Wellville, 1905 Century Farms Rd., Burton
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    Recspec Gallery: Holy Ghosts

    This collection of new work by illustrators and printmakers Aaron deGruyter and Tyler Winters Skaggs is a requiem for the Catholic-soaked Chihuahuan desert of the Mesilla Valley.
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    testsite: How a House Works

    How does a house work? The folks at Fluent-Collaborative presented such a compelling answer from artists Andy Coolquitt and Alix Browne that, when the coronavirus shutdown went into effect, they turned the exhibition into a website of its own. So now you can click over for a visit, and – hey, who's answering the questions here?
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    Texas Folklife: The Brush Is A Bow

    Howard Rains is a watercolor artist and a master fiddler. Now, the abandonment of touring and the quiet hours in his studio during this pandemic have begun to shift his portraits of fellow musicians and others into the realm of the surreal. Like how? Like this.
    Ongoing online  
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    The Blanton: From the Collection of Jack Shear

    In 1999, the photographer and art collector Jack Shear co-organized an exhibition at New York’s Drawing Center: "Drawn from Artist’s Collections." This new show at the Blanton is curated by Shear "in an exploratory, free-flowing manner in which the forms, compositions and colors on the sheets respond to one another in a playful, non-traditional hang."
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    The Blanton: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints

    Leo Steinberg's wide-ranging scholarship addresses such canonical artists as Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Paul Rubens, Pablo Picasso, and Jasper Johns. Here the Blanton presents selections from the scholar's vast collection – an impressive array of highlights from the European printmaking tradition.
    Through May 9
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    The Contemporary Austin: "I'm" and "Bible Eye"

    Austin-born and internationally acclaimed, Deborah Roberts critiques notions of beauty, the body, race, and identity in contemporary society through the lens of Black children. (Her first solo museum presentation in Texas, "I'm," is part of The Contemporary Austin's participation in the Feminist Art Coalition – a nationwide initiative of art institutions to generate awareness of feminist thought, experience, and action through exhibitions and events.) Norway's Torbjørn Rødland works with analog technology and readymade spaces to create photographs that render the everyday uncanny. His images blend the cool, seductive aestheticism of commercial and fashion photography with the layered complexity of a conceptual practice, resulting in ambivalent perspectives that both attract and repulse.
    Through Aug. 15  
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    The Contemporary from Home

    The Contemporary Austin's superlative museum galleries and sculpture park can be visited digitally through art and nature snapshots, tours, and quiet moments of reflection. Experience past performances and new happenings at the museum, discover artist talks and lectures, and stream films and playlists for these all-too-interesting times – in the comfort of your own home.
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    The Social Distancing Festival

    This is an online community, as playwright and unstoppable force of creative nature Nick Green informs us, and it's been activated to "celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)." It's not Austin-based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic mix.
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    Umlauf Sculpture Garden

    The Umlauf reopens its famed Garden to the general public. There won’t be any performances going on yet, as occasionally delighted crowds in the Before Times, but there will be all those expertly wrought sculptures, the bronze or stone cynosures from Charles Umlauf and others anchoring sight among the bright gardenscapes and tree-towered paths: Perfect for a strolling, fresh-air respite from yet another screenful of pixels in your all-too-familiar abode.: Note: The usual safety measures will be in effect: A limit of 30 visitors in the garden at a time; a one-way marked path to follow; masks and social distancing strongly encouraged; etc. (You know the routine: You’re an old hand at this pandemic shit by now, right?) Also, know that the Umlauf’s private-event rentals will resume with limited capacity set by local and state guidelines – and its summer camp program will proceed with those restrictions in mind, too.: See the museum’s website for details and to schedule an appointment.
    Tue.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm
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    Virtual Hideout: Maestro

    This is an all-improvised battle royal, featuring the most ornery cusses in the scene doing their damnedest to emerge victorious from a mind-warping multiplayer fray. Imagine: a screen crowded with Zoomers, competing in short improv games and wildass gambits to be crowned the one and only Maestro for the week. Sound good? Yeah – we like it, too.
    Wednesdays, 8pm; Saturdays, 10pm. $5.  
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    Virtual Hideout: Pgraph

    The fantastic foursome of improv fabulators returns for another week, bringing their arch spontaneity through Zoom and onto Twitch to make your minds zoom and your hearts twitch at what a talented local quartet can do, off-the-cuff, at the intersection of goofy and brilliant.
    Wednesdays, 5pm; Saturdays, 7:30pm. $5-15.  
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Joyce Howell

    The painter Joyce Howell’s palette is informed by nature and its flux between calm and chaos. She describes it as an ongoing conversation.
    Through March 27
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Poster Show

    Now here's some gorgeous and affordable visuals for anybody's favorite wall: A new series of 20-by-16-inch posters celebrating the creations of Workman-repped artists – Malcolm Bucknall! Ashley Benton! Helmut Barnett! Ian Shults! Those amazing Scribners! And many more! – with funds going to support those artists. Give it a look-see on the website.
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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Provocateurs

    This is the third exhibition from WCC since its reopening last fall. "Provocateurs" provides a unique chance for visitors to see, discover, and collect internationally recognized artists like Raphael Mazzucco, Andy Warhol, Mickalane Thomas, the Connor Brothers, RETNA, Jenny Holzer, and more – in the context of a diverse show where power lies in the interpretation and the art dares to look back.
    Through May 9. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-6pm
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    Wyld Gallery

    This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located Downtown and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
    Call for appointment

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