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June 29th – July 6th

Exciting things are happening in the Austin art community this week! Austin Art Weekly is Art Alliance Austin’s weekly arts calendar. Scroll down to view the complete calendar of highlighted, current, and upcoming events for this week and beyond. Sign up is easy, get Austin Art Weekly in your inbox each week.

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Wednesday, June 29th

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Art Break with Bale Creek Allen 

Artist Talk June 29th, 6 – 8pm

Location provided with RSVP

Art Alliance Austin Member only event


Join us for an exclusive conversation with Bale Creek Allen about his artistic practice and opening a gallery in Austin earlier this year. Bale’s unique concept of taking actual tumbleweeds, tire treads and other detritus objects found along open roads throughout the country and casting them into bronze sculptures are arguably his most recognizable works. Like many of his favorite artists, Allen delves into numerous mediums and subject matter, never limiting himself to any one discipline. Because of his never-ending curiosities and strong work ethic, Allen has exhibited widely throughout the United States, Europe and other parts of the world as early as 1984.  

Thursday, June 30th

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Spirit Animals: Art by Patrick Hobbie 

Reception June 30th, 6 – 9pm

Austin Art Garage

2200 S Lamar Blvd Ste J

What’s your spirit animal? Patrick Hobbie has many. In this new series, Hobbie uses ink and watercolor to capture the spirit of an animal and the energy that surrounds it. While he paints, he thinks of the impression of his subject’s form and the life-force that drives it, resulting in an image that becomes alive. Patrick Hobbie’s work represents a form of controlled chaos that truly captures the expression and spirit within. 

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 Meet Her Hands #1: Christina Coleman

Artist Talk June 30th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Elizabet Ney Museum

304 E 44th St

Presenting MEET HER HANDS, a new Summer evening series featuring Austin women artists in a discussion about their work, their inspiration, and—their hands, hence their process. The events will be outside on the banks of Waller Creek, the location of Elisabet Ney’s famous salons. In case of inclement weather, the events will move inside. Work from the artists will be on display during the events. Refreshments will be served. The first artist featured will be Christina Coleman, whose work comments on gender and race through a variety of media, often using beauty and hair products in concert with more conventional materials. Produced in collaboration with BossBabes ATX a not-for-profit creative women’s community group. 

Saturday, July 2nd

Room with a View: Adam Crosson

Reception July 2nd, 6 – 10pm

Co-Lab Projects DEMO GALLERY

721 Congress Ave

Closes August 6th

Adam Crosson was born in Arkansas in 1982. He holds an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin and a BARCH from the Fay Jones School of Architecture. Crosson was recently awarded a Core artist-in-residence fellowship through the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for the 2016-17 term. In 2015, Crosson was included in group exhibitions in Providence, RI and Houston, TX. He has organized exhibitions in Texas, London, and Vermont.


Sunday, July 3rd


Landmarks Public Art Tour: The Meaning of Color

Tour July 3rd 10am

Walter Cronkite Plaza

2504 Whitis Ave

It’s America’s birthday and time to celebrate Old Glory! Colors, like the red, white and blue of our nation’s flag, have strong symbolic meaning and are carefully chosen by artists. Join Landmarks for a docent-led tour and explore how and why artists use color in monumental outdoor sculpture. Meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, the 3rd of July at Peter Reginato’s Kingfish on Whitis Avenue, between 24th and Dean Keeton Streets in the Walter Cronkite Plaza. Free and open to the public.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

Yamin Li: Biological Effect  Dougherty Arts Center // 1110 Barton Springs Rd // Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am to 10pm; Friday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm // Closes June 29th

Yamin Li’s work reflects her observation and understanding of the untouchable world beyond our daily life, derived from many years of devotion to the molecular world. The forms in her work, like their microscopic real-world counterparts, are simple, organic, lively and full of energy, and primarily composed of mixed media on paper, canvas, and panel.

Out of La Romita  Flatbed Press & Gallery // 2832 East MLK Blvd // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 10 to 3:30pm // Closes June 30th

Out of La Romita is the third biannual exhibition of work by past participants of Flatbed Press’ “Italian Intensive” summer workshop at La Romita School of Art located at Terni, Italy.

Bill Ivey: Looking for Work   Big Medium // 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101 // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm // Closes July 2nd

New work from Bill Ivey.

looking/doing    taking/making    building/breaking    showing/hiding    stated/translated    forthright/folly    insular/everyman    found/formal    killing/consuming    crafted/conflated    collected/manifested    quiet/verbose

Sarah Ferguson and James Andrew Smith  Wally Workman Gallery // 1202 W 6th St // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm // Closes July 2nd

Ferguson is an Austin, Texas based artist who experiments with color gradation and geometric shapes in a myriad of patterns. Smith is a Tulsa, Oklahoma based artist whose still lifes draw upon the traditional Dutch painters, while re-framing them within the context of American Realism. Although their subject matter is quite different, the precise execution of their craft is quite similar. Viewing their works side by side brings a heightened appreciation to the relationship between the eye and the hand and the craft that they can defyingly produce.


Re-envisioning the Virgin Mary: Colonial Painting from South America The Blanton Museum of Art // 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm, Saturday: 11am to 5pm, Sunday: 1pm to 5pm // Closes July 3rd

This exhibition investigates representations of the Virgin that emerged within colonial Latin America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The two phases of Reenvisioning the Virgin Mary underscore the vast influence of Spain and the Catholic Church during the period and illustrate the transmission–and also the transformation–of imagery of the Virgin as it traveled from Europe to the Americas, and then throughout the Americas.

Fixing Shadows: Contemporary Peruvian Photography, 1968–2015 The Blanton Museum of Art // 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm, Saturday: 11am to 5pm, Sunday: 1pm to 5pm // Closes July 3rd

The Blanton Museum of Art presents Fixing Shadows: Contemporary Peruvian Photography, 1968–2015, featuring more than 40 works from a transformational period of artistic growth, political turmoil, and social engagement in Peru. Realized in collaboration with the university’s Harry Ransom Center, this exhibition will present photographs from their esteemed collection alongside new Blanton acquisitions.

John Breiner: Aetheria  Art on 5th //3005 South Lamar, Suite C 110 B //Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm // Closes July 7th

John Breiner’s work revolves around the reuse of found paper, including book covers and old maps. By utilizing a unique print transfer method, Breiner combines photographs and original drawings. He finishes the image with a myriad of techniques, including acrylic, spray paint, and collage. John Breiner is from New York, and this will be his second exhibition with ART on 5th.

People Place Thing  Cement Loop //2-6pm Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment // Berkmann Dr, Suite 14o // Closes July 7th

Group Show @ Cement Loop; Artists: 1. Kaitlin Merchant Davison, 2. Christine Vanderkaap, 3. Ashton Guy, 4. Laura Barth Turner, 5. B. Shawn Cox, 6. Hal & Jordan of The City Says So, 7. Yasmin Youssef, 8. Sarah Westkamp, 9. MPulse Studio by Margret Hulse, 10. Hannah Wotzak

Brandon Snow: Life, Death, and Beauty  Art on 5th //3005 South Lamar Boulevard #110b // Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm  // Closes July 7th

Each piece is conceptualized by photographing an everyday object. These are then translated from film to canvas via a large-format silkscreen printing method which he has developed through years of experimentation. Brandon Snow is a local Austin artist.  This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition at ART on 5th.

One / Sixth de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART // 1006 West 31st Street // Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, Saturday: 1pm to 5pm, Friday: 7pm to 9pm // Closes July 10th

de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART is proud to present One / Sixth, which features work by the six black alumni of the University of Texas at Austin’s Masters of Fine Arts program.  The fraction one-sixth can imply the measurement of time and space.  This seemingly insignificant numeric also gestures toward a noteworthy, fractional state of diversity and inclusion.  The exhibition One / Sixth offers a visual tenor that highlights shades, cadences, and durations of temporality writ large.  Here, the schism between the myths of linear progress in society and education, and the challenges of cultural exclusion and its attendant circular sense of time has amounted to One / Sixth.

Esteban Delgado: Constructed Landscapes  Dougherty Arts Center // 1110 Barton Springs Road // Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am to 10pm; Friday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm // Closes July 16th

Esteban Delgado’s paintings present a contemporary investigation of space and light represented through shapes and colors. He explores these relationships by arranging geometric shapes into abstract or disrupted spaces. The work is obsessively flat, and influenced by regional colors and landscapes.

VISITATION // grayDUCK Gallery // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez Street // Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm; Sunday: 12pm to 5pm  // Closes July 17th

GrayDUCK Gallery’s Visitation is comprised of work from eight resident artists of RedLine, a prolific Colorado contemporary art center. Through diverse media ranging from video to painting to installation, the show contains themes of time, memory, and a reconfiguring of humans in nature, the quotidian and the alien. The often surrealistic presentation of cultural debris and lived experiences elicits a re-examination of humankind and attributed meanings.

Low Down: New Works on Paper by Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz  Not Gallery // 5305 Bolm road, Bay 8 // Hours: Wednesday: 6pm to 9pm; Saturday 12pm-6pm // Closes July 23rd

Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz maintains a multidisciplinary practice rooted in drawing in order to engage oral traditions of storytelling and superstition. Ricardo’s work reflects on the ability of allegory to make connections within contemporary society and earlier cultures. The everyday rhythms of life are interpreted through images of unknown circumstance and a visual language of symbols.

CONNECTIONS: Monotypes + Painting Duets by TONY SALADINO  Gallery Shoal Creek // 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite 3 // Hours: Tuesday — Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes July 23rd

Tony Saladino moves with ease between painting and printmaking. Movement and fluidity are the foundation for both as he strives for spontaneity in his mark making.The upcoming exhibition presents a new series of monotypes with hand coloring that emphasizes his mastery of color and form.

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Make Believe: an evolving installation by Sam Schonzeit and Vianney Fivel Mass Gallery //507 Calles St. #108 // Hours: Friday: 5pm to 8pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes July 23rd

Opening for Showing People a gallery within a gallery July 9th, 7 – 10pm

In an effort to explore alternative ways to support artists, MASS announces its second annual art award and exhibition—MASS Solo Cup. Selected through a national open call, applications were reviewed by MASS collective members with the chosen artist/s awarded the opportunity to mount a solo show in our 1500 sq. ft. gallery, plus a monetary honorarium of $1,000 to assist in its realization. MASS is proud to present our 2016 Solo Cup awardees, Marfa, TX based Sam Schonzeit and Geneva, Switzerland based Vianney Fivel.  Schonzeit and Fivel will collaborate on Make Believe, an evolving installation comprised of fountains, haircuts, a gallery within the gallery, a moving business, life drawing sessions, movie screenings, musical performances, rotary plate digitization of 3d objects, and more. 

Seeking Surreal: The Dreams of the Artist  Davis Gallery // 837 West 12th Street  //  Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: 10am to 4pm  //  Closes July 30th

The exact time and place is insignificant when looking at the artwork featured in our Seeking Surreal. Instead, this collection focuses on exploring the world that is out of reach, far away, or not there at all. Davis Gallery’s annual summer group show featuring the works of nine of our premiere artists.


Evolution Art.Science.Gallery // 916 Springdale Road // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: noon to 6pm // Closes July 30th

Art.Science.Gallery. announces the opening of Evolution an evolution-themed art exhibit in conjunction with the 2016 joint annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN) in Austin. The meeting is a premier opportunity for academics to share their research on evolutionary biology and expects 2000+ attendees, over 1,000 talks, and hundreds of scientific posters. The exhibition includes artists such as Aimee Manion, Amisha Gadani, Emei Ma, Georgia Titcomb, Kendra Mojica, Megan Parker, Meghan Neace, Pippip Ferner, and Claire McWhite. 


Off the Wall, Off the Flesh Art for the People Gallery // Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm to 6pm; Friday, Saturday: 11am to 7pm; Sunday 12pm to 6pm //1711 South 1st St // Closes July 30th

Residents of Austin are exposed to eclectic art daily; muralists, tattoo artists and street artists beautify the walls and underpasses of this city as well as the bodies of its citizens while remaining widely unknown. Off the Wall, Off the Flesh presents the work of a phenomenal group of street, tattoo, stencil and mural artists in a range of styles while giving viewers a glimpse of what these artists do when they aren’t bringing commissions or clients’ designs to fruition.

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Transparent Vulnerability: A Watercolor and Audio Environment  CAMIBAart at Flatbed // 2832 East MLK Jr. Blvd. //  Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes July 30th 

Performance and Discussion July 16th, 6pm

Misha Penton is a painter, sound artist, contemporary classical singer, and writer. In this watercolor and audio environment installation, Penton’s expressionistic landscapes are the visual convergence sites for elemental energies. As she explains, “the watercolors echo the ephemeral and transparent quality of my voice work: expressing something evanescent and not quite able to be expressed in words.” Her works embody the poetics of movement, improvisation, and play while maintaining awareness of the opportunities unfolding in the creative process.

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Narratives of the Desert: Josh Baker and Andrew Fritz Link & Pin Art Space // Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm; by appointment // 2235 E 6th St #102 // Closes July 31st

What happens when authors, models, artists and athletes coming together in the West Texas desert?  Art is the answer.These photographs are a selection of the narratives and places found in the wide open Texas desert during an annual creative retreat to Langtry, Texas.  The few days are a burst of frenetic energy with authors, models, artists and athletes coming together to create photographs without the bounds of expectations.

¿Quién Es Más Macho? Wes Anderson vs The Wild Birds Of Texas: New Woodcuts by Lisa Brawn  Yard Dog Gallery // 1510 S Congress Avenue // Hours: Monday – Friday: 11am to 5pm; Saturday: 11am to 6pm; Sunday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes July 31st

Calgary, Alberta artist Lisa Brawn returns to Yard Dog with a spectacular collection of new work: Pop/Folk carved and painted woodcut portraits of Wes Anderson movie characters and birds of Texas set up in ¿Quién Es Más Macho? showdowns.

Material Matters  CAMIBAart on 6th St // 2000 East 6th Street // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: noon – 5pm // Closes August 7th

Applying the most liberal definition of sculpture, this show explores artworks that use their materials in interesting, unique or extreme manners. Works are both abstract and representational, with concepts ranging from intuitive space interactions to emotional expressions with spiritual connections. It is their physical and conceptual approach to the materials that forms the dialog between the over 22 artworks in this exhibit.


SCORCH AND DRAG: Prints and Sculptures by John Robert Craft // Flatbed Press // 2830 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 10 to 3:30pm // Closes August 27th

John Robert Craft, sculptor and printmaker, possesses an innate interest in ferrous metals, used to create an inseparable dialogue between his two and three-dimensional work. His sculptural work is abstract, solid and heavy, influenced by studies in geology and the metallurgy of his choice medium: ferrous metals. Within his printmaking practice, these solid cast-iron sculptural pieces are utilized as tools to create minimalistic abstract images that map the energy and direction of the sculpture across the printmaking substrate, iron or wood, while documenting the sculpture’s mass, movement, and form.


Young Latino Artists 21: Amexican@ //Mexic-Arte Museum // 419 Congress Ave // Hours: // Monday — Thursday: 10am to 6pm; Friday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm; Sunday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes August 28th 

Now in its 21st year, the Young Latino Artists (YLA) exhibition provides emerging Latina/o artists with professional-level museum experience and exposure. Guest curated by David “Shek” Vega, YLA 21: Amexican@ focuses on Latina/o artists who grew up as part of the Millennial Generation. Raised in predominantly Latina/o-populated locales, these artists have altered their way of representing traditional Latina/o works as seen from art produced in response to the Chicano Movement of the 1960s-70s.


Changarrito Project: Selections from the Collection 2015-2016 Mexic-Arte Museum // 419 Congress Ave // Hours: // Monday — Thursday: 10am to 6pm; Friday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm; Sunday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes August 28th

Changarrito Project: Selections from the Collection 2015-2016 highlights works of art acquired during the Changarrito Residencies at the Mexic-Arte Museum. “Changarrito” is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selections presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. Since 2012, the curators from the Mexic-Arte Museum have selected over 45 artists to participate in theChangarrito Project. Artists display their artworks on the Changarrito cart outside the museum; everything for sale is accessible in price, and one hundred percent of the sales proceeds go to the artists. 

Dara Burriss + Carolyn Joe Wexel Art Gallery // 1715 Bee Caves Rd. Suite 300 // Closes September 1st

Wexel Art Displays resets their showroom every quarter, debuting a different art collection for one special evening. This Summer the showroom will feature two Texas based artists Dara Burriss and Carolyn Joe. Dara is primarily inspired by color theory, and draws inspiration from music. Each of her pieces is named after a song she hears while painting. And a sense of exploration can be felt in Carolyn’s playful use of color. She often creates custom pieces for residential & commercial space, as well as collaborating with designers for products like rain boots featured at Nordstroms. 

Sara Madandar: Another Birth The Courtyard Gallery, The University of Texas // 1900 University Avenue // Closes September 10th

Sara Madandar, born in Tehran, Iran, is a U.S. based artist. Her painting, sculpture, video and performance works changed after moving to the United States, when she began to explore the body and culture. She explores the relationship of humans to their bodies and covers and materializes in-between space through construction and deconstruction of the canvas, evoking a sensation of destruction and touching on the cultural displacements of corporality.

Goya: Mad Reason The Blanton Museum of Art // 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd // Hours: Tuesday — Friday 10am to 5pm; Sautrday 11am to 5pm; Sunday 1pm to 5 pm // Closes September 25th

Goya: Mad Reason is an exhibition of nearly 150 prints and paintings by renowned Spanish court painter Francisco de Goya. The series of prints comprising Goya: Mad Reason—borrowed from Yale University Art Gallery’s distinguished Arthur Ross Collection—illustrate the artist’s mastery of forms and concepts as he grappled with the changing political and intellectual landscape of his native Spain in the early nineteenth century.

The Studio in the Museum: An Interactive Recreation of Charles Umlauf’s Studio UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum // 605 Robert E. Lee Rd. // Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am to 4pm; Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4pm // Closes October 16th

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum proudly presents The Studio in the Museum (SIM), a special exhibition in honor of the UMLAUF’s 25th Anniversary. The SIM exhibition brings the studio into the Gallery, offering a preview of what visitors can expect to see once the UMLAUF fulfills its Master Plan and incorporates Charles Umlauf’s studio into the existing Garden.

Wrestling History: Points Along a Journey of Dis/covery Hidden in the Temple The New Gallery // 201 E 21st St. // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12pm to 5pm and by appointment // Closes December 9th

Wrestling History: Points Along a Journey of Dis/covery Hidden in the Temple brings together a diverse selection of Houston and Rotterdam based artist Angelbert Metoyer’s spiritually and politically engaged works, including paintings, sculptural installation, mixed-media collage, and video. Metoyer combines his interest in philosophy, quantum physics, and astronomy with an investigation of identity and mythology, drawing from stories within his own family heritage—the Cane River Creoles of eighteenth-century Louisiana.

Xu Bing: Book from the Sky // Blanton Museum of Art // 200 E Martin Luther King Jr. St. (MLK at Congress) // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 11am to 5pm; Sunday: 1pm to 5pm // Closes January 22nd

Regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century Chinese art, Book from the Sky ushered in the avant-garde movement in post-Mao era China. It also won Xu Bing international recognition, including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. Since its completion in the early 1990s, this profound meditation on the nature of language has been exhibited globally, a testimony to its provocative power and ability to engage viewers beyond its original context.

The People’s Gallery 2016 Exhibition Austin City Hall // 301 W. 2nd St. // Hours: Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm // Closes January 2017

The 2016 People’s Gallery exhibition features over 100 works from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations displayed throughout the first three floors of City Hall.

Orly Genger: Hurlyburly Waller Creek Boathouse // 74 Trinity St. // Closes February 2017

Set to change the landscape of public art in Austin, Waller Creek Conservancy and The Contemporary Austin today announced a new partnership that will serve as a catalyst for creating new public art initiatives. The first exhibition will feature a new, large-scale interactive art installation by internationally renowned artist Orly Genger, near the mouth of Waller Creek.

Upcoming Exhibitions & Events

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Lullabies and New Language Dimension Gallery // July 7th, Reception July 7th 7 – 10pm // 979 Springdale St

Lullabies and New Language entails a self reflexive examination that draws upon mythologies and realms such as, mysticism, science fiction, religious lore, and psychology. Revealing an acute interiority through visual narrative and material verse, these sculptures are an intentional individual inspection of creation myth. Literary and visual references such as The Hunt of the Unicorn, Renditions of Biblical Creation, and Cherokee Earth-Diver Myth ignite illusory reconciliations that are surveyed through studio processes that consist of a permutation of traditional mediums.


The Fine Art of Disney  Art on 5th // July 8th — August 21st, Reception July 8th and 9th, 7 – 10pm // 3005 S Lamar Blvd

Walt Disney was known around the world as an artistic visionary. During his life he built a coalition of artists, animators, and storytellers to interpret his vision. The tradition continues here with an exclusive exhibition of artwork from your favorite Disney films by ten officially licensed Disney artists. This is the first time these iconic works of art will be exhibited in Austin, and ART on 5th is thrilled to be able to share them with you! Rodel Gonzalez will be painting live both nights. 

Diana Greenberg: Solo Show Wally Workman Gallery // July 9th – July 30th, Reception July 9th, 6 – 8pm // 1202 W. 6th St.

Greenberg’s work is an exploration in color and emotion. Both patterns from nature and figurative paintings are morphed into abstracted color field studies.  Prisms of color break through solemn gray of a sky contrasted with the prism of light that creates a rainbow.

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Art Swap + Community Breakfast  Elizabet Ney Museum // July 9th, 10am – 2pm // 304 E 44th St

Big Medium, in partnership with the Elisabet Ney Museum, is pleased to present the first annual Art Swap! You are invited to bring artwork to trade with other artists, collectors, and appreciators. The event will be held at the Elisabet Ney Museum on Saturday, July 9, from 10am-2pm, in conjuction with Big Medium’s bi-monthly Community Breakfast. Come early for complimentary breakfast from 10-11am and stick around for the exchange of art and ideas – as well as regular tours of the museum until 2pm.


Peter Brown Leighton: Live Snakes Photo Méthode Gallery // July 13th — August 26th, Reception July 15th, 6 – 8pm // 2832 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The imaginary vernacular images, taken from the portfolio “Live Snakes”, are sourced from bits and pieces of discarded analog photographs acquired over the years from the dust bins of the twentieth century. They form a series of narratives composed of monochrome men fallen from grace, ambivalent women standing on the cusp of empowerment, and feral, free range children born to run, incorporating themes, introduced in Leighton’s youth, that have continued to mutate and metastasize over his lifetime.

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Lauren Moya Ford: New Hands on Old World Flowers Big Medium // July 15th — August 13th, Reception July 15th 8 – 10pm // 916 Springdale Rd Bldg 2 #101

New Hands on Old World Flowers is a reflection on time spent living far away. In a series of paintings, photographs, artist books, ceramic vessels, videos, and performance, the artist shares a place where rain falls most of the year on eucalyptus forests, craggy coastlines, and people who speak two tongues. Doomed romance, botanical observations, and moments alone flavor the poignancy of being foreign – an experience of being outside but also, at times, intimately within.

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Midas grayDUCK Gallery //July 22nd — August 21st, Reception July 22nd 7 – 10pm // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez Street 

“Eye’s Got It!” is an annual visual art competition created by Jaime Salvador Castillo that brings together a professional panel of judges and artists from all over Central Texas. This year’s winner Rachel Wolfson Smith’s work deals with warning myths about personal transformation. Using them as a guidepost, I create mural-scaled graphite drawings of crashing cars and racing motorcycles to modernize their lessons. King Midas was a poster child for a hard learned lesson. As the story goes, he received a wish for being gracious to a drunk man, and he greedily chose to make everything he touched turn into gold. When his food and daughter were transformed he quickly grew to hate the gift he coveted. It made him humble again. I interpret the allure and consequences of Midas’s wish as drawings of race scenes reminiscent of Renaissance battle paintings, and gold-leafed stars, like gilded icons, hovering in the night sky above expensive cars that lost control.

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Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture Dimension Gallery // August 5th — September 5th, Reception August 5th 7 – 10pm // 979 Springdale St

Dimension Gallery is hosting a special one month exhibition, opening August 5th, featuring women sculptors entitled ‘Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture’. Containing elements different from one another. The artist’s personal folklore is represented, informing the collective mythos. Patterns of beliefs diverge and reconvene. The common thread is the female experience and reflecting one’s story using dimensionality.


Hammer/Hefner: Work by Joseph Hammer and David Hefner Davis Gallery // August 6th — September 17th, Reception August 6th, 7 – 9pm // 837 West 12th Street

Davis Gallery is proud to announce the new works by Austin based abstract artists Joseph Hammer and David Hefner. Both artists are known for an intense exploration of their own unique brand of color, repetition, and pattern. HAMMER/HEFNER will feature simultaneously, a continuation of their career pursuits, as well as new perspectives on their signature mediums.

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Engaged in Conversation: Katie Maratta + Sydney Yeager // Gallery Shoal Creek // August 10th — September 10th, Reception August 19th, 6 – 8pm // 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd Ste 3

The conversation between Sydney Yeager and Katie Maratta began in late 2015, and the enthusiasm built as the two found similarities in their visual language. Soon the duo declared, “We want to do an exhibition together.”  It was not until Sydney arrived with a set of minimally painted color fields and Katie unveiled a series of cloudscapes that I began to grasp the vision percolating in their creative minds.