"Definientia II," Gallery Lombardi (Mar 4);
"New Work by Virginia Fleck," Women and Their Work (Mar 4);
"Standing, Sitting, Sleeping, Sinking," Lyons Matrix Gallery (Mar 4);
"N-O-N," Terra Children's Gallery (Mar 5);
"Texas Film Art," Pro-Jex (Mar 5);
"C-21 Expo -- Metamorfosis," Austin Visual Arts Association (Mar 6);
"David Douglas Duncan: One Life, a Photographic Odyssey," LBJ Library (Mar 6);
"A Quiet Song," Tarrytown Gallery (Mar 6);
"Models and Artists," Laughing at the Sun Gallery (Mar 11-12)
Tue, Mar 9, 3pm
Local artist Pio Pulido will continue telling the story of Texas on our walls by unveiling Austin's newest mural this Tuesday at 3pm at the Rebekah Baines Johnson Health Center on Waller St. This time the subject matter of the acrylic wall painting focuses on Texas Health workers and the services they've given the community over the years. Pulido, an active local artist who helped create the Mexic-Arte museum, painted the mural with the help of seven area youths as part of a program developed by the Austin/Travis County Health and sponsored by the Human Services Department. The mural program began as a way to give the neighborhood kids an alternative to "getting in trouble" after school while enhancing their creative potential. Teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 applied with the Health Department before being selected for the eight-week project that included intensive research and painting. The artists involved were Fausto Alefo, April Govea, Jonathan Brown, Rita Prater, Larry Rolen Michael Poorbaugh, and Juan Wences. -- Sam Martin
AND SOMETHING DIFFERENT STUDIO GALLERY Conceptual photography by Leslie Pierce is on display in the newly expanded space. "Penetrations" is Pierce's latest series created by painting male models silver and projecting downtown buildings on them. 1705 Guadalupe.
LAS AMERICAS FINE ARTS GALLERY "Arte Latino Americano" is a group show featuring paintings and sculpture by Pio Pulido, Alejandro Nieri, Alejandra Almuelle, Willy Rogere, Augusto Brocca, Timothy Donavan, and Steve Hatch. 1103 E. Sixth. 302-5237.
ARTISANS, THE FINE CRAFTS GALLERY Gene Cody shows his sculpted exotic woods. 10,000 Research, #258. 345-3001.
AUSTIN CHILDREN'S MUSEUM Downtown's brand-spankin' new art space for the family is a great place to take the kids, or the kid in you. Invent, create, discover, explore, learn, and play with ongoing hands-on and interactive science-based exhibits and programs. "Lives of the Tree" presents an educational exploration of the forest ecosystem using the East Texas pine forests as the point of departure. Related events include viewing a 300-year-old section of a tree and creating a work of art in the woodshop to take home. Also offered is a special area for infants and toddlers to explore the forest as well as museum-scheduled family workshops. Through Jul 18, 201 Colorado. 472-2499.
AUSTIN GALLERIES New paintings by Texas artists Milbe Benge, Ken Fleisch, A.D. Greer, G. Harvey, Hugo Herbeck, Gustav Likan, Marlin Linville, Charles Shaw, David Sanders, Dalhart Windberg, and Robert Wood. 1219 W. Sixth. 495-9363.
AUSTIN MUSEUM OF ART -- DOWNTOWN & LAGUNA GLORIA After naming Richard Gluckman to design their new $35 million museum and bringing in memorable shows in 1998 like Sally Mann's retrospective along with important works by Cindy Sherman, Tina Modotti, and Edward Weston, the AMOA continues its push to become Austin's central station for the visual arts. The museum kicks off 1999 with "It's Only Rock & Roll," an exhibition of 150 works exploring the significant role of rock in the visual arts over the past three decades and featuring nearly 100 artists. Those showing include Robert Rauschenburg, Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, and Annie Leibowitz, along with a host of younger exhibitors like Christian Marclay, Luis Cruz Azaceta, and Carrie Mae Weems. The exhibit is curatored by David Rubin of the Phoenix Art Museum.
Also, AMOA offers family and young people's programs with "The Family ArtPack," a hands-on activity accompanied by music, and "The Studio," a simulated music studio in which families can look, listen, and play (every Sat-Sun, noon-4pm). To have enough space, "It's Only Rock & Roll" will be shown at the Laguna Gloria location as well as the Congress Avenue location. Through Apr 3, 3809 W. 35th and 823 Congress. 458-8191 and 495-9224.
AUSTIN VISUAL ARTS ASSOCIATION "C-21 Expo -- Metamorfosis" is recent works by nine artists of the C-21 artists group including Jorge J. Lopez, Bruno Rendon, Alex Chapa, Genevieve Buentello, and others. Work will range from painting, to sculpture, video, installation, and performance by Flash Point. Opening: Sat, Mar 6,
7-9:30pm. Through March 27, 2008 Alexander (between Manor and MLK). 457-0075.
BLUE ROAD STUDIO & GALLERY A self-described "sculptural robotisist," Joyce DiBona profiles "New Works and a New Location" that includes the monumental abstract canvases and the life-size female robotics that earned DiBona the Best Artist tag from 1998's "Best of Austin" Chronicle poll. 603 W. Live Oak. 326-8909.
RUTH BORINSTEIN GALLERIES Now showing "The Over the Sofa Gang," contemporary prize-winning West Coast landscape painters including Max Hayslette, Lucien Davis, and A.C. Collins. Work is acrylic and oil on canvas and paper. Borenstein always has a good collection of graphics by Miro, Picasso, Dalí, Chagall, Calder, and many other masters. Through Apr, 3300 Bee Caves, #700. 306-8848.
JULIA C. BUTRIDGE GALLERY The Austin Palette Club will be exhibiting various paint media. The club's membership claims over 90 visual artists and has met for the past 25 years. Through Mar 18, at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs. 397-1455.
STEPHEN L CLARK GALLERY "Native Soil" is photographic images of the South by Jack Spencer. Clark's charming old home photo gallery consistently shows the best photographers locally and nationally. Through Mar 27, 1101 W. Sixth. 477-0828.
EEKA BEEKA GALLERY "Blood Reliquaries and Other New Work" by Steve Brudniak offers human blood specimens inside sculptural chambers or reliquaries as a comment on immortality, fear, love, and spirituality. This resilient independent gallery has resurfaced in a new space at the former Holy 8 Ball studios. Never say die. Through Apr 20, 2206 E. Seventh. 441-4821.
THE FRIDAY MOUNT BUFFALO SHOW is James Michael Curd's rustic new Southwestern Art Gallery and studio out by the Salt Lick BBQ. Included is painting and folk art by Curd, Joan Lawson, Jean McCoy, Jeannie Coleman, Kay Martin, Rachel McBride, Jesse Beard, Filis Seven Stars, and Sharon Kraft. 14401 FM 18826 (Oak Hill). 301-5100.
GALERIA SIN FRONTERAS "hither my soul, repairs herself" is new work by Ana Fuentes. The series of paintings works with the image of a child and her symbolic surroundings from which Fuentes plays with the haunting power of childhood. Fuentes' solo exhibitions include those at the National Council for the Arts in Mexico City as well as in Puebla, Mexico, and she has been selected to show in the second biennial of the Museum of Monterrey. Through April 22, 1701 Guadalupe. 478-9448.
THE GALLERY AT CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY presents "Thresholds," a multimedia exhibit with work by Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak, Sharon Kopriva, Mary McCleary, and Dee Wolfe. Through Mar 14, 3400 I-35 N. 486-1125.
GALLERY LOMBARDI "Definientia II" presents eight female artists in celebration of Women's History Month. Those showing are Livia Balan, Sue Blevins, Carmen Clements, Nine Francois, Polly Lanning, Sandy Lowder, Linda Parker, and Heather Wenrich. Opening: Thu, Mar 4, 6-9pm. Through Apr, 320 W. Third. 481-1088.
GALLERY AT SHOAL CREEK "From the Cotswolds to London: The English Countryside" is a series of pastoral landscapes by Texas artist Carroll Collier. In a distinctive painterly style the work captures the flair and ambience of English tranquility. Through Mar 26, 1500 West 34th. 454-6671.
JONES CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART This bright, airy, and professional space is the latest contribution to Austin's rapidly growing visual arts Mecca. It's also the only one offering fresh, contemporary work from around the state and nation. "Luminous Code: Photo-based Artworks" is a national thematic exhibition highlighting 35 artists from around the country, six of whom live in Texas. The work, which includes traditional and nontraditional photography, as well as photo-based processes, was selected by Jennifer Blessing, associate curator at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Through Mar 7, 700 Congress. 453-5312.
SLOANE JORDAN GALLERY Romantic 18- and 22-carat gold jewelry featuring radiant stones by Luna and inspired by Morocco. 10,000 Research, #257. 795-0000.
LAUGHING AT THE SUN "Models and Artists" is a group show exploring the creative collaboration between the artist and the model. Organized by photographer Richard Fink, the exhibit will include work from local painters, photographers, and sculptors. Opening reception: Thu-Fri, Mar 11-12, 8-10pm. $8. Through Apr 16, 2209 S. First. 326-4410.
LYONS MATRIX GALLERY "Standing, Sitting, Sleeping, Sinking" is new oil-on-canvas paintings by Susan Whyne. Opening: Thu, Mar 4, 6-8pm. Through Apr 8, 1712 Lavaca. 479-0068.
MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM "La Tejedora de Vida/The Weaver of Life" brings together traditional dress and costumes from the Serfin Museum of Indigenous Textiles in Mexico City. The show includes murals, clay, and stone sculpture and codices in order to underscore the significance clothing played in the customs, social setting, and indigenous culture of pre-Hispanic and colonial Mexico. Through Mar 13.
In conjunction, Mexic-Arte presents "Diego y Frida -- Amores y Desamores (Love and Disaffection)," a photography exhibit in honor of the passionate relationship of two of Mexico's greatest artists. Made up of 80 black-and-whites, the show includes the likes of Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Juan Guzman, and Edward Weston.Through Mar 13, 419 Congress.480-9373.
THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS--AUSTIN Mitchell Davidson Bentley presents his sci-fi-inspired air brush paintings in works like White Dwarf, Cluster Rise, and Nebulous Partner. Through Mar 20, 2525 W. Anderson in Northcross Mall. 206-0261.
PRO-JEX@ARTPLEX "Texas Film Art" is stills from Texas-produced films like Rushmore, The Faculty, The Newton Boys, Lone Star, Dazed and Confused, and The Texas Chainsaw MasacreI and II. Contributors include Richard Linklater, Lee Daniel, Alan Pappe, and others. Short films will show March 12, 13, and 14. Check listings for times. Artists reception: Sat, Mar 13, 6-9pm Mar 5-Mar 131705 Guadalupe. 472-7707.
THE SKYLIGHT GALLERY "Dance Show" is the results of a citywide call for submissions to interpret the theme of dancing. Permanant works include impressionist painting by Stephanie Bradley, photography by Mathew Mahon, and other paintings by Elizabeth George. Head to the gallery every Friday night when the Austin Tango Society hosts "Milonga" an open dancing studio along with beginner's lessons.(Fri, 7-11pm, $5) Opening: Mar 4, 5-11pm. Through Apr 1, 307
E. Fifth. 474-9005.
SLOANE JORDAN GALLERY Featuring image poems by Maryland artist Roberta Morgan. The paintings combine words and colorful images dense with meaning. 10,000 Research, #257. 795-0000.
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY "Small Prints and Books From Australia and New Zealand in the U.S.A." consists of 89 prints by various artists working in various printmaking mediums. The works are touring U.S. colleges before moving on to New Zealand and OZ. Through Mar 22, at the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown, TX. 512/863-1379.
SOUTHWEST TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY GALLERY "Untitled Opera" is work by Benito Huerta. His paintings and drawings use discarded materials like Alamo postcards and Dos Equis beer bottles to comment on his bilingual culture. Through Mar 12, at SWT in San Marcos. 245-2611.
STUDIO 236 Pauline Sims' private studio uncorks the bubbly for an open studio presentation of the artist's watercolor portraiture and lush, impressionistic landscapes. In conjunction with ACA's "Flexin at the Plex II," Sims' work is as intoxicating as a glass of champagne. Artplex, 1705 Guadalupe. 472-2569.
TARRYTOWN GALLERY "A Quiet Song" is recent paintings by Roi James. The artist uses Old Master techniques like heavy chiaroscuro effects and built-up glazes while employing classical drawing and design. These landscape, still life, and figurative works lend a real Renaissance atmosphere. Opening: Sat, Mar 6, 7-9pm. Through Apr 10, 2414 Exposition, B-110. 473-2552.
TERRA CHILDREN'S GALLERY "N-O-N" will feature works from local schools, including non-objective, untitled, brightly colored abstracts by Luis Versalles, Jasmin Plancarte, Cruz Baron, and others of Becker Elementary School. Opening: Fri, Mar 5, 4-7pm. Through Apr 20, 1708 South Congress. 445-4489.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
Benson Latin American Collection"Developing Santos: A Collaboration" is photographic prints by UT professor Philip H. Marshall that have been derived from glass slide images produced by G.A. Santos in Rio de Janeiro, c.1920. Through Apr 4, at Sid Richardson Hall, #1.106.
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art (formerly the Huntington Art Gallery) With "Cantos Paralelos: Visual Parody in Contemporary Argentinean Art," the Blanton kicks off an entire semester's look into that country's art world. Check out displays at the Harry Ransom Center, the Texas Memorial Museum, and the Texas Union Movie Theatre. Through Mar 7, 23rd & San Jacinto. 471-7324.
Harry Ransom Center "Florencio Molina Campos: Vida en las Pampas" displays Campos' humorous and popular caricatures depicting the rituals and traditions of gaucho culture on the Argentinean pampas. The exhibit complements the Festival of Argentinean Culture at the Blanton. Through May 15, HRC, fourth floor gallery.21st & Guadalupe. 471-8944.
"Modernists in New Mexico: A Community of Writers" opens at the Leeds Gallery to exhibit the physical and cultural landscapes of New Mexico and how it provided inspiration for the likes of D.H. Lawrence, Alice Corbin Henderson, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and Spud Johnson. The show represents the community these writers built around poetry, prose, and the politics of Indian rights. Through Jul 30, at the Leeds Gallery, fourth floor, Flawn Academic Center just west of the Tower.
LBJ Museum and Library "David Douglas Duncan: One Life, a Photographic Odyssey" presents the work of one of America's greatest photojournalists. From the pages of Life magazine in the Forties and Fifties to National Geographic, Duncan's photographs have captured some of the most memorable images of the 20th century, including the birth of the Israeli state and some intimate portraits of his close friend Pablo Picasso. Duncan is best-known for his work as a combat photographer in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. At 12:30pm on Sat, Mar 6, Duncan will be honored by the United States Marine Corps for his excellence and bravery in combat photography. Also, Duncan will give a slide show and speak on his life's work (Mon, Mar 8, 6pm. $10). Through Jan 2, 2313 Red River.
WOMEN AND THEIR WORK "New Work by Virginia Fleck" is decorative constructions by the Austin artist. Opening: Thu, Mar 4, 6-8pm. Through Apr 10 , 1710 Lavaca. 477-1064.
YARD DOG FOLK ART GALLERY "Architecture and Imagination: Paintings of New Orleans buildings" by Reginald Mitchell is recent work by this self-taught artist. Through Mar 7, 1510 Congress. 912-1613.
AUSTIN JAVA CO. "Garden Vistas and Life With a View" is paintings by Meg Davis. Through
Mar 14, 1206 Parkway. 476-1829.
CHEZ ZEE has acrylic paintings of San Miguel by Meg Davis along with calligraphy by members of Capitol City Scribes. 5406 Balcones. 454-2666.
CURRA'S GRILL Pio Pulido is showing his wonderful acrylic paintings of flowers and figurative animals. Through Apr 14, 614 E. Oltorf. 444-0012.
HYDE PARK BAR AND GRILL "Masks" by Doug Forest is mosaic and stained glass masks as lighted wall sconces. Through Mar 27, 4206 Duval. 472-2191.
KIEFER'S CAFE "Capturing Moments in Time" is work by Judee Koester. Koester is the recipient of the Octavia Arneson watercolor award. Through Apr, 2007 Kramer. 719-5550.
RHYTHM HOUSE "Idle Hands" is the artist duo of Aaron Davis and Jonathan Joe creating "devilishly functional art" in mixed media painting and functional sculpture. 624 W. 34th. 458-4411.
TRUDY'S TEXAS STAR "Portrait Paintings by Kathleen House" is a collection of ink and water media works by the Dallas artist.
WRAPCITY "Eyeball Buffet" is artwork made of acrylic, markers, pastels, cigarette ashes, and computer-generated images by daniel herrick. Through Mar 31, 511 E. Sixth. 457-WRAP.
AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY AT LITTLE WALNUT CREEK presents "Women Printmakers of Austin," prints of Texas wildflowers along with the techniques and tools it took to make them. Family Fun Night on Thu, Mar 4, 7pm has a print making activity for everyone. Through Mar 22, 836-8975.
CAPITOL CAMERA presents "Digidy Designs & Images" by photographer Dyan Santo Poalo. The original images have been digitally altered to represent watercolor paintings. 6113 Burnet. 459-4321.
CLARKSVILLE POTTERY AND GALLERIES has wedding and commitment rings by jewelry artists Kate Pearce, George Sawyer, Ed Levin, Van Craeynest, and Steve Dixon. 9722 Great Hills Trail and 4001 N. Lamar. 794-8580.
EBONY SUN JAVA HOUSE "Colors of Beauty" celebrates Black History Month with the artwork of artist Kenneth Jones. Through Mar 20.
FRINGEWARE presents the artwork of local drummer Thor and local comedian Brendan Walsh. The opening will have refreshments and live music by Rebecca Cannon. Through Mar, 2716 Guadalupe. 467-6775.
WILD ABOUT MUSIC "Beyond Rock & Roll" features more than 100 posters for a 30-year retrospective of Austin Poster Art. Featuring artists Kerry Awn, Jim Franklin, Guy Juke, Danny Garrett, Henry Gonzales, Bill Narum, Micael Priest, Sam Yeates, Dale Wilkins, and Ken Featherston. Through Apr 11, 721 Congress. 708-1700.
ACA offers a life drawing open studio, darkroom facilities, and a mono printing open studio for anyone interested. 1705 Guadalupe. 474-7799.
Art BallThree is returning for the third time to raise money for the Austin Museum of Art. Gov. and Mrs. George Bush Jr. are the honorary hosts at this year's black tie event that will feature an auction of artwork by Texas artists Kate Breakey, Bob Wade, Jill Bedgood, Benito Huerta, and others. The Lucky Strikes will provide the entertainment. All work to be auctioned is on display at the AMOA downtown through Mar 5. As a preview to the auction, the AMOA will hold a preview party Wed, Mar 3, 6-9pm, at Fifth & San Antonio, future home of the Museum Park office building. Sat, Mar 6, at the Four Seasons Grand Ballroom. $35. 495-9224 x45.
Competition Announcement The Ninth Annual Gregory M. Moxley Commemorative Young Persons National Art Competition is open to all U.S. artists ages 14-21 in all media. Enter up to four original works of art by slides or photos. There will be cash awards as well as certificates and publicity. For information contact Pat at PEMox@aol.com or send a SASE to: 9th Art Competition, Pat Moxley Studio Gallery, 20 S. Main #1, Janesville, WI 53545. Deadline: Apr 15.
Art Core! is calling for entries in photography, video, and sculpture for their "Third Annual Rock & Roll Garage Sale and Open Studio" on Mar 20. 4501 Red River. 323-0774.
The Norwood Building Window Display is an AVAA-sponsored program profiling new artists each month. Presently on display are color field paintings by Karen Lastre and Kat Arrington as well as sculpture by Ken Burns and Herb Long. Seventh & Colorado. 457-0075.
the subject is a local photography magazine looking for Austin-based photographers and photojournalists to feature in upcoming issues. They want single works and/or photo essays of varying lengths and topics. Submit portfolios and individual shots with 8" x10" B&W's or photo-essays with 5"x7" or 8" x10" works along with a typed written essay. Send a cover letter with personal and submission info to the subject: submissions, PO Box 4616, Austin 78765.
The Suida-Manning Collection will make its Texas debut in a sneak preview at this year's Interactive Festival at UT. Last year the university paid $35 million for the collection of 700 original Old Masters and Renaissance paintings in what many considered the most thorough, still-intact private collection of it's kind left in the world. By acquiring the collection, the Blanton secured its place as one of the top university museums in the country. Sat, Mar 6, noon-6pm at the UT campus. 471-6412.
Rebekah Baines Johnson Health Center is unveiling a mural by local artist Pio Pulido and seven others under his instruction as part of an eight-week research and painting project detailing a piece of Texas history. Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department sponsored the mural. (See box for more info.) Tue, Mar 9, 3pm. 15 Waller.