Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin

After several years of construction, Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin is opening to the public this weekend. This white, free-standing building is next to the Blanton Museum of Art on the southern edge of the University of Texas campus. Artist Ellsworth Kelly had imagined this meditative space “as a place of calm and light.” Although Kelly died in 2015, the museum says that he was involved in the planning process for this project.

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BorderǀPromise

On Sunday afternoon, I stopped by the Elizabet Ney Museum on East 44th Street to see an outdoor exhibit called BorderǀPromise. In the field behind the museum, artists from San Antonio were creating what they called a “border bandage.” In their words: “Our goal is to help heal the wounds that divisive rhetoric has caused along our borders by offering many visual perspectives from across Texas.” This afternoon event was part of the month-long Print Austin festival.

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Creek Show: 2017

In my humble opinion, the 4th annual Creek Show was the best one so far. Sponsored by the Waller Creek Conservancy, this outdoor art exhibition draws attention to the possibilities of Waller Creek, which runs through the eastern side of downtown from 15th Street to Lady Bird Lake. This always-popular event was open for nine evenings this year. The walkways were crowded when Bill and I visited on the next-to-last evening.

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The People’s Gallery: 2017

Last week Bill and I attended the opening reception for the 2017 People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall. For the rest of this year, 96 Austin artists are displaying their work throughout the building. Visitors can vote on their top three favorites through the end of October. The winner—“The People’s Choice”—will be announced at the 2018 reception and added to the city’s permanent collection.

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