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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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    Austin Studio Tour

    Yes, the annual event returns in full force from our friends at Big Medium! The Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided celebration of visual art, offering deep looks inside the working areas and showrooms of Austin-based artists and creative collaboratives, three weekends of special exhibitions and installations and craft demonstrations and, well, you know there's likely to be all manner of afterparties rocking the town north, south, east, and west, besides.: Painting. Sculpture. Woodworking. Murals. Glasswork. Metalcraft. Collage. New-media manifestations in all manner of innovative flex. So much art in so many forms, brought into being by a diversity of creative, mark-making, culture-sparking humans. Here, in your city, just waiting to fill your senses with wonder.
    Through Nov. 19. Sat.-Sun., noon-6pm. Free.  
    All over the city
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    Austin Studio Tour: AtxGALS + the Cathedral

    View and shop art displays from more than 20 local women and nonbinary artists and enjoy an open bar in this beautiful art gallery on the Eastside.
    Nov. 11-19. Sat.-Sun., noon-6pm  
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    Austin Studio Tour: Dear Diary

    More than 22 artists and performers are exhibiting at this artist-owned, highly caffeinated, vegan gem of a neighborhood java joint, featuring an indoor market at their cafe and an outdoor market at the large courtyard just one block south.
    Sat.-Sun., Nov. 11-19, noon-6pm
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    Creek Show

    Since 2014, Waterloo Greenway has commissioned site-specific work by Austin-based artists, architects, designers, and landscapers to (literally) illuminate the night and explore different themes related to Waller Creek. Creek Show 2023 will feature free activities each evening, including live music, food and beverages, and family-friendly fun among the six new light-based, eye-dazzling installations.
    Nov. 11-18. Nightly, 6-10pm. Free.
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    Greenhouse: Listen, Repeat

    Here's the opening exhibition for a new alternative art space that emphasizes "visual art, fashion, community, and collaboration."
    Sat., Nov. 18, 6pm
    Greenhouse, 906 Koerner
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    High-Class Modern Amusements

    This is an after-dark, outdoor, immersive art exhibit by Donna Pardue, in which "a carnival of shadowy emotions, popular the world over, has come to town."
    Sat., Nov. 18, 6-9pm
    The Corner of Your Eye, 607 Pedernales
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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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    Planet EAST: Art and Music Showcase

    Get down along the Colorado River for PietschHouse's four-day art and music showcase during the Austin Studio Tour. This gig's stacked with 45 artists, 16 bands, and many bevvies – and it costs a competitive zero dollars to attend.
    Sat.-Sun., Nov. 11-19, noon-5pm. Free.  
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    PollinatorPalooza

    Join the ardent arborealists of TreeGarden for their Austin Studio Tour spectacular, featuring art and live demos by 42 local makers, the Pollinator Creation Station, a Save Our Species ArtVenture trail, a community rhythm circle, live music, food, drinks, and more.
    Sat-Sun., Nov. 18-19, noon-6pm. Free.  
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Spatial Moto

    New and recent work by Erin Shirreff, her practice rooted in the studio and in process: material translations from two to three dimensions (or from three to two) or from analog to digital (and vice versa) are what form her diverse but interrelated bodies of work.
    Through Jan. 20
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    Prizer Arts & Letters: Dust Portals

    Ten years ago, artist Kathie Sever launched the celebrated Austin-based business Fort Lonesome at Prizer with an exhibition featuring her custom chainstitch embroidery work. Her distinctive and amazingly intricate pieces sold out immediately. Now, Fort Lonesome is returning to Prizer for this forward-looking 10th anniversary show, including work by Christina Hurt Smith, Bekah DuBose, Lauren Chester, Amrit Khalsa, Michelle Devereux, Brian Allmand, and Stephani Rose.
    Through Dec. 17
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    Art for the People Gallery: Falling into Winter

    Ahhh, don't just fall, though – dive gloriously into the diverse paintings, mixed media, digital, and fiber artworks in this group exhibition of Austin artists, featuring creations by Bern Abplanalp, Hallie Rae Ward, Phillip Seymour (his Great Horned Owl is pictured right here), and more.
    Through Jan. 5
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    Big Medium: Fuertes y Firmes

    The multidisciplinary artist José Villalobos grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, and was raised in a traditional and religiously (Evangelical) conservative family. His work reconciles the identity challenges in his life, caught between traditional Mexican customs and American mores, as well as growing up with religious ideals that conflict with and condemn being gay.: Villalobos manipulates material through the context of self-identity as he examines gender roles within family culture, demonstrating that dismantling traditional modes of masculine identity centers an interstitial space where materiality softens virility.Recommendation: See this vivid show of highly resonant work, the inaugural exhibition in the new Big Medium space – from the folks who bring our lucky city the annual Austin Studio Tour.
    Through Dec. 2
    4201 S. Congress #323
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    Blue Moon Glassworks

    Handmade glass art and jewelry.
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    Butridge Gallery: Access

    Witness, for your delight, Neal Flynn’s exhibition of mostly new assemblage, collage, and site-specific intervention exploring ideas relating to nostalgia, loss, violence, ownership, and modern Western culture.
    Through Nov. 25  
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    Cage Match Project: Attitudes of Humility

    In each of her installations, Maggie Jensen becomes involved in different systems or aesthetics of authority, whether the art institution, a natural history archive, or extractive resource infrastructures. She makes requests of a cultural archive or government agency to access data about particular objects, and the process informs artworks that reveal the paths and limits of the internal logics of these institutions.
    Through Feb. 4. Free.
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    Cloud Tree: The Weight of It All

    Graham Franciose fills the Cloud Tree gallery with delicate moments frozen in time. A prolific gouache and watercolor painter, his 40 original poetic works on paper will charm you with their delicate beauty and intricate details.
    Through Dec. 2
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    Co-Lab Projects: Boy's Ranch

    Ana Segovia presents an installation of pieces in very different formats, dissecting his creative process and allowing us to penetrate – in a pedagogical sense – the reflections that he seeks for himself and the processes that he carries out for the purposes of creation.
    Through Dec. 16. Sat., noon-6pm
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    Creekside Studio

    Creekside Studio is a women-owned printmaking studio and gallery, located in Canopy on the Eastside, specializing in fine art prints pulled by hand using archival materials and matrices: engravings, photogravure etchings, monotypes, woodcuts, copperplate etchings, and linocut.
    Saturdays, noon-1pm
    916 Springdale, Bldg 2 #103B
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    Davis Gallery: Echo

    In her first solo exhibit, Amy Banner Updegrove builds with grounding shapes, natural textures, and resonant colors, resulting in repeating patterns found in our surroundings, both natural and artificial. Witness this exploration of the vibrant possibilities in combining woven fabrics, construction metals, reflective materials, and vintage leathers.
    Through Nov. 22
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    Flatbed Press: Unfolding the Rainbow of Motherhood

    Kyle Hawley, founder and creative director of Letterpress PLAY, breaks the silence surrounding motherhood with her powerful exhibition, using the unique medium of monoprinting, to transform cloth utility accessories and garments that she designed for mothering into seven life-sized prints that are embedded with colors that recall the nostalgic colors of Kodachrome.
    Through Dec. 2. Free.
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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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    Golden Mean: Candy Land

    This is a whimsical collection of ceramic pieces by Tanya Zal, featuring works that have been baked, dressed up, decorated, frosted, and swirled into "an indulgent playful daydream."
    Through Jan. 7. Free.
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Seagulls Don’t Sound Like Pigeons

    Cande Aguilar’s art is inextricably linked with the culture, people, and imagery of his hometown of Brownsville, TX. A self-taught artist, Aguilar forged his unique style called “Barrio Pop” from the landscape of La Frontera.
    Through Nov. 19  
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    ICOSA: Figure/Ground

    This new group show, curated by the Contemporary Austin's Alex Klein, features works by Sarah Benson, Sonya Berg, Bryan Florentin, Stephanie Germosen, Grayson Hunt, Mirabella Jamie, Brooke Johannesen, David Morrison, Phillip Robinson, Emma Rossoff, Mai Snow, Simone Thornton, William Warden, and Sophie White.
    Through Nov. 19
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    If The Sky Were Orange: Art In the Time of Climate Change

    This two-part exhibition explores the history and contemporary urgency of climate-related issues. Curated by journalist Jeff Goodell, who has written extensively on the topic, it's the first exhibition at the Blanton to explore one topic across several of the museum’s temporary gallery spaces. See our review of the show right here.
    Through Feb. 11. $8-15.
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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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    Lydia Street Gallery: Elemental Topography & The Color Of Words

    Erin Cunningham's works examine and portray intricacies within the female figure, delving into the subtleties of the body's external structure. Elsa Gebreyesus explores visual representation of poems and themes by poets or wordsmiths she's been inspired by.
    Through Dec. 17
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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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    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: Others

    Laura Lit’s sculptures are like utterances of deep quiet made solid and real. These newest ones have been built over two years, with skeletons of wood, muscles of foam, tissues of paper clay. The forms are painted with acrylic and oil, adorned with feather-feelers of plastic or scales of dyed resin. Some of these sculptures are the size of rabbits; others loom like growing trees. Gentle suggestion: FFS, don't miss this magnificent show.
    Through Dec. 17
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    PL in ATX: Polish Posters Show

    Here's an exhibition of posters by a Polish designer, Patrycja Longawa.
    Through Nov. 30
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    SAGE Gallery: Go to Your Room

    Journey into a pipe-cleaner wonderland via Montrel Beverly's immersive teenage bedroom straight out of the early Nineties, chock-full of everything from Lunchables to Ninetendos to Air Pressure Jordans, all made out of pipe cleaners.
    Through Dec. 9
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    Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Kate Breakey

    This exhibition of new work by Kate Breakey showcases hand-colored photography of the natural world, particularly of Texan and Australian landscapes, animals, and insects.
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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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    The Stuffed Animal Rescue Foundation

    Yes, the SARF is welcoming visitors every Saturday – to say hello, apply to adopt special stuffies who need homes, and be dazzled by "the creative endeavors of the most talented stuffed minds ever assembled."
    Saturdays, noon-4pm. Donations accepted.
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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: Holiday Show

    In this curated collection, Unchained's family of 14 emerging and established artists – including photographers, sculptors, and painters specializing in a range of styles from abstract to figurative to ink on rice paper - have each selected their one favorite piece from their own portfolio.
    Through Jan. 7
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    Wally Workman Gallery: The Other Thing Is

    Malcolm Bucknall’s absurdist surrealism brilliantly muddles Old Masters with tidbits of cartoons, films, home photography, and many other fascinations to create his anthropomorphic creatures.
    Through Nov. 26
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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Combinations

    Here's a show by the legendary Cey Adams, credited as the architect of Hip-Hop’s visual language through his work as the founding creative Director of Def Jam Recordings. Damn right it's important, which is why this is the gallery's first solo artist exhibition. Bonus: Featured alongside Adams’ body of work are images from legendary photographers Martha Cooper and Janette Beckman.
    Through Nov. 19
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    Women & Their Work: Eye Moon Cocoon

    Virginia L. Montgomery's new solo exhibition is a surrealist thought experiment about the philosophical praxis of atomic healing, featuring new video art, sound art, performance photographs, and sculptural objects that interweave psychoanalytic, mythological, and scientific textures. Bonus: luna moths!
    Through Nov. 30
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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: Complicated Characters

    This new show at Austin's finest bastion of folk art features mixed-media collaborations that combine Jim Sherraden's printmaking with Jon Langford's painting to brilliant, rockabilly effect.
    Through Nov. 30
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