"On the Verge," at Archway Gallery. Longtime Houstonian (and avid proponent of the Houston Zoo) Susan Spjut hopes to raise awareness about endangered species through her highly-detailed paintings of animals. Her son Michael Bonagurio, who was born and raised in Houston and now lives in Austin, complements the exhibit with his wildlife photography. There's an opening reception for the artists from 5 to 8 p.m. August 12, with an artists' talk at 6:30 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. August 5 through August 31. 2305 Dunlavy. For information, call 713-522-2409 or visit archwaygallery.com. Free.
Charles Darwin isn't the only explorer to find inspiration from The Galápagos Islands. The recognition of sentience in these animals touches visitors in a way that leaves them changed forever, and a 2012 visit inspired mother-and-son artists in their latest exhibit,