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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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    Really Small Museum: Seeking Laetiporus – Chicken of the Woods Fry

    "Seeking Laetiporus" celebrates the annual emergence of a unique and delicious mushroom which fruits across Central Texas and is known as chicken of the woods. Join the gang from Central Texas Mycological Society for a tasty mushroom fry at this delightful streetside venue tonight.
    Thu., Sept. 28, 7-8pm. Free.
    1311 Harvey
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    Metamorphosis: The Giraffe Chronicles

    Anna Ganina delivers a collection of surreal paintings that balance anthropomorphic absurdity with charm and poise. Take a good look at these wonderments, citizen, and you'll see glimmers of the uncanny shining through the elongated features of giraffe and female forms.
    Opening reception: Thu., Sept. 28, 6-9pm
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    Ao5 Gallery: When the Sun Dips

    Carrie Graber, the hyperrealism oil painter from Palm Springs, brings new originals and limited editions to Ao5, presenting her breathtaking renditions of architectural wonders, swimming pools, sunlight, stylish figures, and more.
    Through Oct. 6
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    Austin Central Library: Mother/Land

    Yuliya Lanina’s exhibition delves into the Austin-based artist’s complex and personal relationship with the war in Ukraine. Through animation, sculpture, and installation, Lanina continues her introspective exploration of the emotional and physical impact of war and trauma. See our cover story on this powerful work right here.
    Through Nov. 5. Free.  
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    Davis Gallery: Darden Smith

    Darden Smith is a songwriter, poet, photographer, and visual artist who embraces the abstractions of Texas’ wide-open spaces in all their intimate detail. Through his latest work he takes you into his travelog sketchbook and minimalist creations.
    Through Oct. 28
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    Flatbed Press: The Inky Photographers

    This is a new exhibition of polymer photogravures curated by Matthew Magruder. (Polymer photogravure is a process that involves etching photo images into a printing plate which, after inking, can transfer images to paper using a traditional etching press.) Featuring works by Howard Hilliard, Elena Lipkowski, Christos Pathiakis, Bonnie Maxey, Peter Nickel, Michelle C. Halsall, Karolina Phillips, Kevin Black, Andrew Kennedy, Susan Cohn, William Tolan, and more.
    Through Oct. 14
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    Forces of Nature: Ancient Maya Art

    From ceramic vessels to greenstone jewelry, 200 works of classical Maya art (250-900BC) depict the relationship between the royal courts of ancient Maya and their supernatural entities.
    Through Jan. 7. $8-15.
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    Harry Ransom Center: Art In Words

    Featuring collaborations between fine presses and artists, examples of typographic and concrete poetry, and experimentations in pop and surrealism, the exhibition puts prints by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ed Ruscha in conversation with works by Charles Henri Ford, Kristin Calhoun, David McGee, and others.
    Through Feb. 4. Free.
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    Ivester Contemporary: I Am a Clay Hill

    This is a solo exhibition of new work by Kalee Appleton, featuring photographs captured during an artist residency in the Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany during the summer of 2023.
    Through Oct. 14
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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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    Link & Pin: The White Paintings

    Begun in 2018, the White Paintings are artist Veronica Ceci's ironic response to the male-dominated history of abstract art. Textural elements – towels, sheets, and mops – have been sourced directly from the artist’s labor as a professional cleaner. Mixing new materials with old, the artist juxtaposes the dream potential of cleanliness with its unavoidable and imminent failure as the dirt of time accumulates.
    Through Sept. 30
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: FREE FOOD (for thought)

    You recall that the Reynolds Gallery recently moved from Downtown to West Sixth, right? Yes – and now here's their fourth presentation of drawings and wall paintings (of single words or short phrases!) by Kay Rosen.
    Through Nov. 11
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    Lydia Street Gallery: Harmonizing the Rapture of Color

    Although Madelon Umlauf's paintings are inspired by nature, she often chooses color palettes that are atypical of what's seen in nature, reflecting a belief that abstract art is the key to a full comprehension of reality.
    Closing reception: Sun., Oct. 29, 4-6pm
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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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    McLennon Pen Co. Gallery: Lightning Is an Angry Rainbow

    Patrick Quinn is the gallery’s first artist-in-residence; his residency culminates in this exhibition of airbrush paintings made exclusively during the duration of his stay.
    Through Oct. 14
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: 40 years of Dia de los Muertos

    This exhibit presents an impressive collection of relevant artworks created by artists with an intimate connection to the Mexic-Arte Museum and the Austin community.
    Through Jan. 7
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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: The Source

    Ceramic sculpture by Evan Horn; paintings by Lauren Moya Ford. Horn sculpts with clay dug from the Texas riverbeds, hand-shaped ceramic forms twisting like vessels imitating liquids. Ford guides watery ink fields into candid invocations of memory, spirit, womanhood, and the body. Together, this brilliant stream flows beauty into your eyes and heart.
    Through Oct. 15
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    Old Bakery Gallery: Franklin Mendez

    Retrospective of paintings by Franklin Mendez, an Austin-born Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran with a civilian career spanning 35 years in the corporate art world.
    Through Oct. 21  
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    Preacher Gallery: Ocular Nocturnes

    Witness a panoply of explorations into the symbiosis of mysticism and metaphysics, from the minds of Alyssa Taylor Wendt, Bruce Lee Webb, and Jaime Zuverza. These Texas-based artists create paintings, sculpture, and ceramics in collaboration with a spiritual cosmology all their own.
    Through Oct. 19
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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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    Transient: Capturing Life In Motion

    This is a solo exhibition featuring the work of William Vázquez, who immerses himself in the act of photography, vividly portraying candid yet spontaneous and fleeting moments of life.
    Through Oct. 15
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    Umlauf Sculpture Garden: Apropos

    The Umlauf's famed Garden features expertly wrought sculptures, the bronze or stone cynosures from Charles Umlauf and others anchoring sight among the bright foliage and tree-towered paths. Bonus: "Apropos" is a juried group exhibition of contemporary art exploring an aspect or aspects of Umlauf’s work – featuring new pieces by Darcie Book, Janet Brooks, Nathan Burgess, Bella Cheng, Avery Connett, Matt Donner, Sarah Fagan, Leslie Kell, Ellen LeBlanc, Gary McElhaney, Jennifer Pate, and more.
    Through Nov. 26
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    Unchained.Art: Tactile Intimacy

    This is an exclusive showcase of oil paintings by M. J. Hale, an English-born painter whose use of impasto textures, thoughtful color choices, and occasional collage elements endow his work with a tactile quality.
    Through Oct. 15
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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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    Yard Dog: Birdland

    Citizen, do your eyes a favor and head over to Yard Dog in Canopy this weekend to see this fantastic exhibition of carved and painted woodblock portraits of birds by Canadian artist Lisa Brawn.
    Through Sept. 30

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