Five Art Exhibitions to See This Weekend

Draftsmen of the Apocalypse CentralTrak opens a group exhibition that explores violence and "mankind's eventual doom." All the artists in this exhibition use their work to pinpoint or illuminate aspects of violence in either history or the present day. While seemingly apropos for Halloween weekend, it seems the thread that runs through these works is more serious than that. See the work of Simeen Farhat, Thor Johnson, David Quadrini and Joachim West, among others. Opening reception from 8-10 p.m. Saturday at CentralTrak, 800 Exposition Ave.

Hugs & Kisses Closing Reception In the two person exhibit, Hugs & Kisses, at the Cliff Gallery, the work of artists Erin Stafford and Heyd Fontenot is not so much in juxtaposition as in union. Fontenot's quirky nudes and Stafford's glammed out sculptural installations are kismet. Hear the artists discuss their individual work and hear their perspectives on the way it holds hands at the closing reception from 7 -9 p.m. Thursday. There will be an artist talk at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. The Cliff Gallery is located at at Mountain View College (4849 W. Illinois Ave). More information at mountainviewcollege.edu.

Monumental Works at Kirk Hopper Fine Art In this exhibition of artists Bert Long Jr, Bill Haveron, and Roger Winter, the work will be large. Hence the name, "monumental." Works on display include, Long's "Riding the Tiger" to Haveron's "Three Tears Fell," which, according to the press release is based on the artist's "reflections on the JonBenét Ramsey case." Opening reception will be from 12-6 p.m. Friday at Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce St.).

3rd Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art On the one hand this sounds like it could be a busy showing of 46 artists from 17 countries. But it may worth seeing simply for the varied perspectives on Islamic culture, which serves as the inspiration and unifying thread of all of these works. See the work in opening reception at LuminArté Gallery (1727 E. Leevee St.) from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

dark dark dork & light lite lte (!?!) at 500X Gallery Two exhibitions open at 500X Gallery, one of the oldest artist-run spaces in the state of Texas. Downstairs in the project space see the work of Pierre Krause and H. Schenck; upstairs see the work of Clint Bargers, Tommy Fedele, Michael Furrh and Jennifer Seibert about memory and "unattainable utopias."

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