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    Art & Parks Tour

    This sweet opportunity comes to us from the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Pease Park Conservancy, and Ride Bikes Austin – so we know it's a damned good thing indeed. Take the self-guided Art & Parks Tour to explore the best of what Downtown Austin art and parks have to offer through this selection of curated murals, artworks, and green spaces. You can sign up anytime, so click that URL and get ready to learn the most vibrantly visual parts of your city soon – live and in person.
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    Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Use your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program any time you feel like it. BONUS: There's also a free, docent-led tour starting at Marc Quinn's "Spiral of the Galaxy" (1501 Red River) on Sun., Jan. 8, 11am.
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    Last Day of the Eureka Room!

    Austin's most absurd and fun attraction will have its last day on September 24th, so visit while you still can! It's the Eureka Room, a participatory experience where visitors engage with curious and playful programming within a unique 100-square-foot room filled with light and sound.
    See website for reservations. $25.  
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    Tyrell Gallery: Not Long For This World

    Set in the near future, Dr. Josie Zayner's workshop of biomachines contains artifacts that integrate biological organs, animals, and organisms with technology. This show is a hands-on experience that will allow you confront mortality, biology, and what it means to be human.
    Sat., Aug. 19, 7pm. Free.  
    The Odin, 1905 Kramer Ste. B-850
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    Blue Moon Glassworks

    Handmade glass art and jewelry.
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    Butridge Gallery: Abstract To Alien

    Here's a stunning array of images by Patrick O’Brien (AKA the 3-Eyed man), who captures stationary objects via a camera in motion, utilizing the lens as a brush and the subject as paint. Also on display: "Condo" by Ed Barr; "The Year of the Pandemic" by Mary Day Long.
    Through Sept. 23  
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    Cloud Tree: Summer Salon Series

    For this summer series, Cloud Tree has divided its main exhibition space into 23 sections and offered the spots to artists, giving them a platform and space to share their art on their terms – so you can head over and see these local wonders on your terms: leisurely, improving your day with beauty. Featuring work by Meena Matai, Hallie Rae Ward, Peyton Hornberger, Rochelle Feinstein, Nate Fuss, Desiree Hullaster, Jonah Dillon, George Elkanah, and more.
    Through Aug. 30
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    Contracommon: Within

    Here's an exhibition of works by Darryl Demps Jr., Brie Henderson, and Nathan Sing, three artists who use dreamy color palettes and whimsical compositions to invite you into their worlds.
    Through Sept. 4
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    Davis Gallery: Late Summer Dreams

    Here's a grand showcase of the Davis Gallery's family of artists, conjuring a sort of pool party for your eyes. Come swim the depths of diverse and original Austin-based art, with an astonishing array of work by Randall Reid, Caprice Pierucci, Jan Heaton, Ben Livingston, John Sager, Denise Fulton, Dana Younger, and many more. And here's Brenner review of this superlative show.
    Through Sept. 9
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    Flatbed Press: New Austin Printmakers

    This is Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking's second annual exhibition showcasing Austin’s new and upcoming printmakers, curated by Alyssa Ebinger and featuring work from students who are receiving their BFA, B.A., B.S., or MFA with a major or minor concentration in printmaking from an Austin area college or university.
    Through Aug. 26
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    Golden Mean Gallery: Factory Setting

    Says the artist Conner Yarbrough, "These paintings were created over three years when destruction was integral for regrowth and balance had to be discovered amidst chaos."
    Through Sept. 9
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    ICOSA: Borderless

    This is an exhibition of new work by Darcie Book and Vy Ngo, in which the artists invite you to experience an abstract landscape that considers the limitless possibilities of existence in a space without confines – beautifully rendered here with sculptural painting, installations, and natural materials.
    Through Sept. 16
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    Ivester Contemporary: Form and Function

    This summer group exhibition challenges the boundaries between fine art and craft, offering a range of functional objects made by fine artists – including furniture, eating utensils, clothing, and toys. Also, nonfunctional objects made by craftspeople – including paintings, photography and sculpture. With works by Jonas Criscoe, Ryan Thayer Davis, Jenn Hassin, Beili Liu, Dave McClinton, Steve Parker, Denise Prince, and more.
    Through Aug. 26
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    La Peña Gallery: Rastros Inolvidables/Unforgettable Traces

    This exhibition of recent paintings by Carlos Lowry is inspired by the musicians, film, and political events that have left indelible marks on his life, influenced by his Latin American upbringing and work as a muralist.
    Through Sept. 11
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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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    Lance Letscher: Sail to the Moon

    Stephen L. Clark Gallery presents this new exhibition of works by Lance Letscher, the locally based artist internationally known for his vibrant, colorful collages of wood, metal, paper, and old books.
    Through Aug. 26
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: House Salad

    This recently relocated bastion of elegance and superb curation presents a stunning exhibition of trompe-l'œil sculptures by Tamara Johnson — the artist's first solo project with the gallery.
    Through Sept. 2
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    Lydia Street Gallery: Vision Board

    "We don’t typically see an artist’s vision board, only the by-product of blood, sweat, and tears." Oh, we can see them now, though! At this excellent exhibition of boards by Erin Cunningham, Stephen Daly, Valerie Fowler, Melanie Hickerson, Mindy Johnston, Steven Bernard Jones, Kathy McCarty, Jacqueline May, Lawrence McFarland, Deanna Miesch, Jon Eric Narum, Jennifer Prichard, Benné Rockett , David Thornberry, Madelon Umlauf, and Deborah Vanko.
    Through Sept. 10
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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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    Martha's Contemporary: Wet Hot Texas Summer

    Ooooh, it's a scorcher! And here 17 artists have waxed visual on the title's theme, bringing you their response to the fiery furnace in which we find ourselves this season. With works by Xavier Schipani, Conner O'Leary, Rowan Howe, Loc Huynh, Weylin Neyra, and more.
    Through Aug. 26
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    Museum of Illusions

    Enter the fascinating world of illusions in this new venue that boasts a stunning array of intriguing visual, sensory, and educational experiences among new, unexplored optical wonderments.
    11010 Domain #100
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    Northern-Southern: Title

    In this new show at the excellent Downtown gallery, seven artists show artworks with the books (plays, poems, novels, comics, zines, and records) that inform and inspire them. With Emma Hadzi Antich, Jade Walker, Jason Stopa, Logan Larsen, Matthew Langland, Sarah Fagan, and Tim Thompson.
    Through Aug. 20. Thu.-Sun., 2-6pm
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    Recspec Gallery: Eva Claycomb

    This new collection, now available at Austin's premiere online gallery, celebrates the risograph work (2019-2023) of Marfa-based artist Eva Claycomb.
    Through Sept. 5  
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    SAGE Studio: Extraterrestrial

    This solo show by Tony Coleman features the artist's notable pop-culture icons with an otherworldly twist that's distinctly his own.
    Through Sept. 2
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    The Contemporary Austin: Competing with Lightning / Rivalizando con el Relámpago

    The Contemporary Austin presents an exhibition tracing the evolution of Eamon Ore-Giron's dynamic paintings over more than twenty years of creative practice, revealing how the artist mines the complex nature of Latinx identity, the history of the Americas, and the many legacies of abstraction in art. ALSO: The newest exhibition space here is called HOST and features work by María Fernanda Camarena and Gabriel Rosas Alemán (aka the Mexico City-based artist duo known as Celeste).
    Through Aug. 20. Free (Aug. 9-13).
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    The Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata

    This place, ah, it's one of our favorite places in the entire city; and of course they're properly corona-closed. But check 'em out online right now – it's a rich, wonder-filled website – to whet your appetite for when things get back to … uh … are we still calling it "normal," these days?
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Realism

    Oh, this is realism, all right. It's the type of precise realism that underpins the most fantastic, evocative imagery – portions of our world in all its shadow-riddled glory – and it's seen here in a display of stunning new oil paintings by Tracey Harris, James Andrew Smith, Sara Scribner, and Shane Scribner.
    Through Sept. 3
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    Women & Their Work: The Bow Whispers to the Arrow

    Dan Jian’s drawings are meditations on the act of looking and made using mostly dust. Charcoal dust and burned ashes are mixed and fixed on translucent paper, allowing the medium to form inklike gravitational washe, then worked with scissors, blades, and glue to create introverted landscapes filled with imaginary narratives and symbols.
    Through Sept. 7
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    Wyld Gallery

    This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located in that company of artistic glory called Canopy and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
    Call for appointment
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