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Free for All: Jerry Jeanmard, Victoria Laurie and Wayne Gilbert

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Some of Jerry Jeanmard's earliest artwork (the Blue Bell Ice Cream logo showing a silhouette of a little girl leading a cow for milking) is seen daily. Some of his latest work (untitled paper collages) is rarely on view. Jeanmard, who has worked as an interior designer for nearly 30 years, has been creating collages out of envelopes, bills and other scraps of paper for the last five years. These pieces usually didn't see the light of day, going into storage upon completion or being sold directly to select clients. Now he's having his first solo show, "Jerry Jeanmard: Collages," an exhibition of 17 collages; its our recommendation for Friday.

The collages were born out of Jeanmard's fascination with paper, and he's not discriminating. What would normally be pieces of garbage to most people are treasured items to Jeanmard. Once they're combined, the resulting conglomerations are clean and sharp, even where the paper is uneven, torn or creased. There's a nice continuity to the show, too -- all of the works are done on the same size paper, and all of the collages are enveloped by a significant amount of white space, which helps the somewhat muted colors stand out. Resist the temptation to draw some sort of meaning out of the items used in the collages, from text to recognizable forms such as stamps and maps. This may be a case of a torn envelope being exactly that.

See "Jerry Jeanmard: Collages" 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through January 5. Moody Gallery, 2815 Colquitt. For information, visit the gallery's website or call 713-526-9911.

On Saturday, our pick is the combination book launch/intuitive reading session/birthday party with Austin-based fantasy author Victoria Laurie on the release of her newest title, What a Ghoul Wants. The seventh in her Ghost Hunter mystery series, What a Ghoul Wants follows M.J. Holliday, Laurie's psychic protagonist, and the crew of her television show Ghoul Getters as they unravel a mystery at Kidwella Castle in northern Wales. The castle is said to be haunted by an evil spirit, a ghost known as the Grimm Widow. The Widow does more than just scare the castle's visitors; she supposedly drowns them in the moat. As soon as M.J. and her crew arrive, the Widow takes two victims. Or does she? Laurie, who is both a New York Times best-selling author and a psychic, signs and reads from What a Ghoul Wants, after which she'll perform a few psychic readings for the audience and share birthday cupcakes.

4 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, visit the bookstore's website or call 713-528-9587.

Wayne Gilbert's work challenges viewers to answer the question "What is art?" Not because his finished pieces are so un-artlike (they are in fact, rather normal looking), but because of the materials he uses. Gilbert uses unclaimed cremated human remains, that is, ash made up of dead people, mixed with a clear gel to "paint" his images. His exhibit "Human Remains: Paintings by Wayne Gilbert" has an opening reception on Sunday.

"Human Remains" opens at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Viewing hours vary. 14 Pews, 800 Aurora. For information, visit the 14 Pews website or call 281-888-9677.

Meredith Deliso contributed to this post.

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