There are distant boats backlit by the sunset, a sailor reclining next to his beached boat, and villagers strolling across the sand with baskets for fish. Each of these sunny, idyllic scenes is painted in the same soft, pastel-infused tones of Sargent's portraits. As the complement exhibition, "Houston's Sargents," shows, Houstonians have a particular affection for the worldly American. The museum has rounded up 30 Sargents - mostly his more common portraiture - from local private collections. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through May 9. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. Free to $7.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 14. Continues through May 23, 2010