When this petite yet select outpost on SoCo opened in 1995, it focused almost exclusively on folk art and outsider art originating in the Deep South. But in short order, owners Randy Franklin and Jann Baskett found too much other work they liked and wanted to show to restrict their exhibitions to specific categories. Now, you're as likely to find art by musicians such as Jon Langford and Bob Schneider on view as by an outsider icon like Howard Finster. Yard Dog also showcases up-and-coming artists from across North America – even some with art degrees – in rotating exhibitions, but however much the artists may have changed, the gallery retains the pleasingly funky vibe it had in the Nineties.
The renowned musician and painter Tom Russell
's work reflects his life as a world traveler and the years spent immersing himself in the culture of the American Southwest. Now the man's newly transplanted to Austin and here's a show of his vibrant works.
The arts community's favorite Dog, having ditched Congress Avenue with the rest of last decade's memories, re-opens in Canopy (right behind Bale Creek Allen Gallery), inaugurating its fresh digs with a knock-out show of new skull and skeleton paintings
by former funeral director Mike Egan