The Altered Realities art exhibit at Elder Street Gallery features a piece by a certain mustachioed master, but the surrealistic show focuses primarily on Houstonians contributions to the fantastic genre. In addition to a signed offset from Salvador Dalí, original paintings and collages by nationally respected locals Bert Long, Jesse Lott and Anastasia Sams will hang beside the work of relative newcomers. I purposefully selected some very famous artists up front, and then I put other artists with them that arent as well known locally but do extremely good work, gallery owner Terrence Boggs says. The idea is to create a world that is irrational, and they do it very well. Heights artist T. Smith contributes to this irrationality with In Vitro, a painting that features an uneasy-looking baby floating with two particularly bulbous goldfish. Words fail the blissfully bizarre work youll have to check it and the others out for yourself at todays opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Regular viewing hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Through February 28. 1101 Elder Street. For information, visit www.elderstreetartist.com. Free.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 22. Continues through Feb. 28, 2009