Slackers, procrastinators and those easily overwhelmed by our fair city's artistic offerings get one final chance this weekend to scope out some of the summer's awe-inspiring works of art. Keeners can also get a jump-start at an opening at East End Gallery. Once the dog days are over and the art scene is humming again, we'll be sure to include more openings as well. In the meantime, be sure to check out one (or all) of these gallery shows.
Know of a show closing (or opening) happening this weekend that's not listed here? Tell us in the comments.
Opening August 19
Houston Institute For Culture's East End Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Stephanie Guajardo, a self-taught artist who charts her creative development in "Graphite To Brushes." There's an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m., all other viewings are by appointment. 708C Telephone Road. For information or to schedule a tour, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing August 19 "Phenomenal Summer Group Show" at Wagner Sousa Modern Art, 404 25th Street in Galveston. In addition to the artwork, there will also be furniture by Ben Jannsen, Christian Harman and Galveston Woodworks. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 409-392-3331.
For an unusual venue experience, check out "Summerview 2," the summer exhibition for Artists Alive and Well" on the ninth floor of Phoenix Tower at 3200 Southwest Freeway. There's a closing reception from 4 to 6 p.m. For information, call 713-781-1030.
Sue Burke Harrington's and Roseanne Hudson's acrylic-on-canvas works are on display at The H Gallery (inside Hungry's Cafe and Bistro), 2356 Rice Boulevard. The gallery is open Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For information, call 713-962-5767.
Closing August 20 "Use Your Illusion" Colton & Farb Gallery's slapdash, if entertaining and colorful, group exhibition. 2445 North Blvd. For information, call 713-869-5151. Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Abstract art abounds in Art Palace's group show "Still Life." 3913 Main, Open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call 281-501-2964.
Dandee Warhol, founder of War'hous, displays his own take on the Smurfs in his "No Smurfin' Way" exhibit. 4715 Main. Open Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. For information, call 713-505-2050.
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The Buchanan Gallery in Galveston has a group landscape show coming to an end this weekend. 220 25th Street. Open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call 409-763-8683.
Closing August 21 Two shows are closing at Galveston Art Center: Jules Buck Jones's "Everglades" and Isa Leshko's "Elderly Animals." 2501 Market Street. Open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For information, call 409-763-2403.
This is also the final weekend for "Beauty, Humor and Social Justice: Gifts from Joan Morgenstern" at MFAH, 5601 Main. Open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 12:15 to 7 p.m. For information, call 713-639-7300.
Houston Center for Photography's 29th annual juried membership exhibition comes to a close this weekend. 1441 West Alabama. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For information, call 713-529-4755.