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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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    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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    Blue Moon Glassworks

    Handmade glass art and jewelry.
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    Butridge Gallery: Finding Wholeness

    This collection of paintings by Alexandra Abbott explores a secret, magic world existing within the ordinary. Observe the voluptuous curves of a flower, the movement of clouds across a desert landscape, insects steadily and silently working, rock walls stacked by hands hundreds of years ago, and things so quiet they are hardly noticed.
    Dec. 2-Jan. 27. Reception: Wed., Dec. 6, 7-9pm  
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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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    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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    Día De Los Muertos: Honoring Our Artists Who Have Already Departed

    This memorial exhibition features work by Rene Anguiano, Sam Coronado, Ray Gaytan, Marsha Gomez, Nivia Gonzalez, Lupe Lopez, Adolfo Mexiac, Arturo Rivera, Farah Rivera, Susana Santos, Pablo Taboada, and José Francisco Treviño, with an altar by Carmen Alvarez.
    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: The Dog Show

    U.S.-based Japanese artist Hiromi Stringer reveals the colorful drawings of of Umeyama – "a mediocre scholar who time-travels (from Japan 170 years ago) to various times and places, vividly documenting the quotidian objects and scenes he encounters." In this case, especially? Doggos, and plenty of those heckin' good boys.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 2, 7-10pm  
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    ICOSA: Upwelling

    Curated by ICOSA's Madeline Irvine, this show is a group exhibition that features art by more than 30 artists whose work explores the environment, nature, and climate change.
    Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 15, 7-10pm
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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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    Ivester Contemporary: End Hits

    Ryan Thayer Davis' second solo exhibition with the gallery features two distinctive processes that the artist uses to generate his compositions, color, and form. Note: Ivester is also hosting Terra Goolsby's newest show, "The Shape of Dusk."
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 2, 7-9pm
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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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    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. 13
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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: Algo Familiar

    This fine gallery's front space features the creations of textile artist Erick Medel from Los Angeles, paired with local archivist Alan Garcia. And the back space brings new works on paper by Austin-based artist Manik Raj Nakra.
    Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 1, 6-9pm
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    MASS Gallery: All of the clocks have been wrong for years

    Curator Hannah Spector asked each artist in this group show to create a work that depicts an alternate way of telling time – one that strays from a capitalist framework. Imagining time as distance, telling time through task, through objects that fall apart, through rhythms of the body, and so on in gloriously visual fashion.
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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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    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 Blanton: Weird Winter

    Artist and musician Steve Parker brings a new installation to the Blanton that’ll make even the grinchiest grin, complete with brass instruments, musical snowglobes, marionette-animated trees, and carols like you’ve never heard them before.
    Dec. 9-Jan. 7. $20.  
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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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    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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    Women & Their Work: Techstalgia

    Yuni Lee creates dimensional paintings richly imbued with nostalgia, blending references to her birthplace of Seoul, South Korea, and American culture. In this solo show, she constructs large, abstract paintings using layers of texture and pattern, collaging traditional Korean fabrics and other materials to create dynamic forms that reference and fuse nature and technology.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 9, 7-9pm
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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: New Baseball Paintings

    Austin artist Will Johnson explores the history of baseball in a series of portraits of players. An avid baseball fan since childhood, he began creating these paintings in 2007 or 2008, wanting to pay tribute to some of his favorite players and stories — especially unheralded players — through folk art paintings.
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    Yard Dog: Suit Yourself

    Here's a new show by Austin's own Krissy Teegerstrom of Featherweight Studio. What's on display is nothing less than an expression of freedom and imagination as seen through wearable soft sculpture, featuring capes made from fine fabricssuch as velvets, brocades, satins, and tulle, fabulously enhanced by glimmering sequins, beads, and rhinestones.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 2, 7-9pm
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