Artists of Permanence includes photos of tattoos and painted designs by tattoo artists. Nick Baxters oil painting Desire shows a snake wiggling into a bright red apple. Another work, Heffron Sleeve, is a photograph showing 360 degrees of a persons arm, which is covered in a colorful underwater scene with a half-naked mermaid (do they come any other way?) and sea life; the result is surprisingly detailed and complex, as if it had been airbrushed on, rather than tattooed. The same is true for his York Sleeve, a lush nature scene showing flowers, birds and giant bugs. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Through March 14. University of Houston Clear Lake Art Gallery, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard. For information, call 2812837600 or visit www.uhcl.edu. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 5. Continues through March 14, 2008