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  • Teacher Confessions

    Teacher Confessions celebrates teachers through performing anonymous stories from teachers on stage. From funny, serious, poignant, or provocative, they will welcome those serious, absurd, comedic and even baffling confessions - they will highlight teachers' personal stories through storytelling and improvised skits. Expect a terrific night of diverse material!
    July 30-31, 7:30pm  
    Baker School
  • West Chelsea Contemporary Presents: STREET KINGS: RISK + Blek le Rat Opening Party with RISK

    "Risk is to art, what Aerosmith is to Rock & Roll" - Aerosmith

    Join West Chelsea Contemporary for the opening of a new show: Street Kings: Risk + Blek le Rat! Meet Risk - King of L.A. street art and lifelong friend and collaborator of Rock N' Roll icons from Rolling Stones to Travis Barker. Artist talk at 3:30 pm plus Risk print signing, drinks, music & street art party.

    Sat. July 24, 3pm-5pm  
    West Chelsea Contemporary
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    A Portrait of My Mother

    An artist remembers their mother, spinning a modern Mexican Cinderella tale as we follow the trials and tribulations of one woman's journey into motherhood – from her humble beginnings in the town of Laredo, Texas, to her journey to Chicago, and everything between. Written and performed by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, directed by David R. Jarrott. Note: Now available for viewing on Vimeo.
    Through July 31. $5.  
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    A05 Gallery

    This popular gallery represents a wide array of artists, both local and international, with creations that span a dazzling plethora of mediums. Cynda Valle. Rachel Dory. John Morse. And – oh, give that website a quick look and you'll be making an appointment ASAP.
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    AISD Summer Theatre Series

    The Austin ISD Visual and Performing Arts Department presents the 2021 AISD Summer Theatre Series – and this year the district-wide program is live, in-person, and bigger than ever. Coming up: Mamma Mia (July 22-25).
    $10.
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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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    Art for the People Gallery: Thrive!

    Here's a showcase of work by more than 40 Austinites who’ve created art with an exuberance of color and energy over the past 15 pandemic months.
    Through Sept. 30
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    ArtUs Co. Gallery: Kent Burress

    Kent Burress uses oils to capture the big skies and broad vistas of Texas in a style that often pushes the boundaries between representational and abstract art.
    Closing reception: Sat, July 24, 5:30-6:30pm
    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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    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: Hollywood's Sistine Chapel

    Following the sold-out exhibition of Texas Performing Arts' collection of mid-century MGM film backdrops this spring, TPA now presents Behind the Scenes: Hollywood's Sistine Chapel, featuring 18 enormous backdrops from the Art Directors Guild Backdrop Recovery Project that form a nearly complete replica of the Sistine Chapel. See these master illusions in an immersive space designed for personal contemplation and up-close examination
    Through Aug. 1. Thu.-Fri., 2:30-5:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 10:30am-4:30pm. $10-20.  
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    Beyond Van Gogh

    This traveling spectacle of art, a multimedia exhibition currently ensconced at the COTA, uses cutting-edge projection technology to create an engaging journey into the world of Vincent Van Gogh. Repurposing the artist's dreams, his thoughts, and his words to drive the experience as a narrative, this huge installation will move you along projection-swathed walls wrapped in light, colour, and shapes that swirl, dance and refocus into flowers, cafes and landscapes. As a certain Dude might comment, "This is extremely fuckin' trippy, man." Make your reservations now, citizen, and if the price seems a bit steep, hell, you can probably tap your brother Theo for a loaner, amirite?
    Through Aug. 8. Daily, 11am-9pm. $37 ($24, children).  
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    Big Medium: Austin Studio Tour

    No, it's not happening right now, citizen, but it's preparing to return this November. Big Medium's humongous socioartistic success of an annual event – the free, self-guided art adventure through dozens upon dozens of local studios and galleries, enhanced by live demos and performances – will now combine the West Austin Studio Tour and East Austin Studio Tour to provide opportunities for artists all over Austin to connect and for the public to experience art safely both in person and virtually. Note: The tour boundaries have been extended to include all 10 districts of Austin for in-person participants, plus a 15-mile radius from the Capitol for virtual participants. And if you're an artist who wants to be part of this action: Applications are being accepted through July 19.
    Apply through July 19  
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    Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite

    In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used photography to popularize the political slogan "Black Is Beautiful." This exhibition, the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career, reveals the story of this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.
    Through Sept. 19
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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, Books, Books in the ATX

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin's own Malvern Books or HalfPrice Books or Black Pearl Books or Bookpeople or BookWoman stores – in-person or online. (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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    Cloud Tree Gallery: Splitting an Order

    Here's a new solo exhibition of paintings by Hannah Lee. "Lee's work is figurative with a limited pallet and may get in your head. She creates striking portraiture that conjures dream states, a fuzzy reality, and a familiar ambiguity."
    Through July 18
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    Co-Lab Projects: NI DE AQUI, NI DE ALLA

    In her first solo exhibition – curated by the astute Rebecca Marino – San Marcos-based Analuz Guerra unearths materials and techniques in conversation with her maternal ancestry, both before and after the colonization of Mexico. Harvesting the seemingly small pieces (a puncture, clay, thread, a kernel of corn) that ultimately connect to a much larger existence, Guerra reignites and reexamines the value of tradition, the inherent mysticism of our roots, and her own physical body as a bridge between cultural realms.
    Through July 24
    5419 Glissman
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    ColdTowne TV

    "Set your dial to CTTV for at-home entertainment seven nights a week on ColdTowne’s Twitch channel, featuring experimental improv, live podcasts, scripted readings, guest characters, and more. Whether you’re a front row sitter or like to chill in the back, you can join the conversation with our interactive chat or just kick back and relax as you recline into cyberspace." And, this just in: In-person improv and sketch classes have returned! See website for details.
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    DAC: Luminous Mo:ments and River Story

    In these new exhibitions at the Dougherty Arts Center, Sarah Luna's "Luminous Mo:ments" explores the inner life of ordinary materials as revealed through the photographic process and Michelle Gardella's "River Story" is an ongoing portrait series of women that spans twelve years and multiple rivers across the United States.
    Through Aug. 28. Mon.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 11am-3pm
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    Esther's Follies

    Esther's Follies – Austin's not-so-secret weapon in the fight against ennui – the comedy gem that still dazzles this growing urban hub – returns to the weekly live and in-person stage of their club on Dirty Sixth, the whole troupe bringing back old favorites and debuting a new program of hilarity with topical, ripped-from-the-headlines sketches and musical numbers. And you do need a laugh or two, right about this time, don't you, citizen? (And how about a margarita to go with that?) We'd add that the mind-boggling illusions presented by magician Ray Anderson are a bonus in the night's clever spectacle ... but, the way that arch maestro conjures mystery and delight, "bonus" would be an insult. Oh! Welcome back, y'all!
    Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10pm. $30-40.  
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    Fallout Comedy

    What's the fallout from this pandemic? Who knows, right? But we know this is the Fallout near the end of the pandemic: An eclectic mix of live, mind-rocking comedy from some of Austin's best, all week long – even that weekly Sure Thing showcase is back! Check the website for details.
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    Heroic Dose

    Surely those Rude Mechs aren't planning on treating everyone to a hit of acid on Bicycle Day, right? Surely this latest multimedia, assorted-deliveries, unique community engagement project of theirs will only suggest or roughly replicate the effects of that psychedelic experience? Although who the fuck knows, these days? Especially since this is the award-winning, wholly entertaining, and paradigm-twisting Rudes we're talking about? Listen: "We will create an artistic circle of insight in which members will receive messages, signs, experiences, medicine, prayers, happenings and access to insights now and thru the near and far futures. These communications will begin but not be limited to the USPS, electronic mail, phone calls, gatherings, bonfires, scripture, visitations and visions. This ceremony does not promise us absolute truth. However, art can arise throughout our journeys and change can follow as that art is integrated into our daily lives in this urban jungle." Our professional recommendation: Get on it, voyager.
    It's already begun and it runs until, oh god, it could really be whatever. Pay what you can.  
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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: In Character

    This new show explores the physical and psychological masks we wear and how these versions of ourselves overlap and diverge as we navigate our relationships with others. The exhibition features a new body of work by Amanda Linn McInerney, complemented by works from Veronica Ceci, Rodell Warner, and Michael Villarreal. Working in a variety of media, each artist provides a unique stance on perception of the self, with perspectives contradictory or complementary, encapsulating a range of emotions like confusion, grief, duplicity, and empowerment.
    Through July 31
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    Ivester Contemporary: Through a Hinge Made Oblique

    This new show of collaborative work by Big Chicken & Baby Bird explores ideas of blurred boundaries and futility of containment by depicting the grotesque as the embodiment of conflict between art and nature. "Patterns become the spells that open fictive portals through which the grotesque is observed, confined to, and defined against the beauty of an imagined world – where there exists a place in which they can be works of nature, works of art, or both at the same time."
    Through Aug. 7
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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: Listening to Stillness

    New and recent works by Austin-based abstract artist Greta Olivas.
    Through July 24
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Hypocrisies, Accommodations, and Polite Twaddle

    Colby Bird returns to Austin as artist-in-residence at this excellent Downtown gallery, to create an exhibition of new works that will be his sixth solo project here.
    Through Sept. 11
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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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    MACC: Colores de Mi Alma

    The Mexican American Cultural Center presents this: vibrant new show of works from Austin native Amado Castillo III.
    Through Sept. 4
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    Mamma Mia

    ABBA's timeless songs propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.
    Through Aug. 8. Fri.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $17-36.  
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    Martha's Contemporary: Hokey Pokey + What You See Is What You Get

    Here's a two-person exhibition that features painting, installation, videography, and sculpture by Moll Brau and Wes Thompson. It's a deep dive into a pool of loneliness, triumph, and rebirth. It's a forest of mazes where fireflies provide the light. It's a show of creations from a pair of terrific, hardworking local artists and you don't want to miss it.
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    MASS Gallery: Bouyant

    This is a body of work by Shaun Haugen, made during the height of the pandemic, in which a series of paintings captures a fluid society that can change, adapt, and alter from what is thought of as the normal conventions of society.
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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: The Struggle and the Glory

    Cornelius Carter’s paintings capture the struggle and glory of African-Americans along with the artist’s faith in the dream of equality and opportunity for all – including portraits of Muhammed Ali, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
    Through Sept. 5
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    Prizer Arts & Letters: Has Been

    This new show at the intimate gallery on E. Cesar Chavez features the work of JB Fry, Ana García Jácome, Carlos Ortiz-Gallo, and Unyimeabasi Udoh – artist residents from Chicago's ACRE Projects – as curated by Austin-based Lindsay Hutchens. The objects and images here spotlight "both public and private archives of what-has-been that just aren't cutting it anymore. Each artist in has responded to glaring lacks with human-scaled vulnerability, poignant variation, and loving homage." Recommended.
    Through July 31
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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 Cultural Trust: Golden Ticket to Awards Gala

    A single golden ticket lies within a Texas Cultural Trust Art Box and grants entry for two to the arts event of the year: The 2021 Texas Medal of Arts Awards. Purchase an Art Box by July 31 for a chance to win that golden ticket (which gives access to the TMA reception, awards show, and dinner in October; they say it's a $3000 value).
    Through July 31. $100.  
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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: Sedrick Huckaby

    Texas-based artist Sedrick Huckaby explores psychology, community, and the human condition in his powerful portraits painted from life. The catalog notes say: "Through his virtuoso facility with oil paint, Huckaby utilizes texture, dimensionality, and intensely saturated colors to extraordinary expressive effect." Says the artist himself: "The African-American family and its heritage has been the content of my work for several years. In large-scale portraits of family and friends I try to aggrandize ordinary people by painting them on a monumental scale."
    Through Dec. 5  
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    The Bullock Museum: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

    This powerful show, a traveling exhibition organized by the New-York Historical Society, explores the transformative years after the Civil War and the rise of Jim Crow, centering on stories of African Americans who pursued the ideals of Reconstruction and persevered in the face of a developing legal system promoting racial inequality.
    Through Nov. 28
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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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    Comedy

    The Most Race Ish Comedian Competition: Part 2

    Watch 14 comedians perform five minutes each, giving their stand-up take on the topic of race. Feeling judgmental, citizen? Tai Nguyen hosts, but you get to decide the most tactful performance of the night.
    Sat., July 17, 10pm. $15-20.
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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

    So many shows, so many themes, such a freakin' panoply of improv talents at this Hideout that it makes the mind, how you say, boggle. Longtime house troupe Parallelogramophonograph sets the performance bar high AF, but damned if their everchanging roster of guests doesn't sometimes knock it right off. The Hideout's got a full weekly schedule of entertainments for you online, and even some in-person shows, now! (Of course, this may change. Stupid 'ronas.) Check that website, STAT.
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Moments

    And here's a two-person show with painters Lindsy Halleckson and Revi Meicler, featuring Halleckson's ethereal colorscapes and Meicler’s vibrant explorations of layered elements, netting, and botanical forms that obscure and reveal dynamic intricacies.
    Through July 31
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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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