Tired of the panels and the parties and, well, standing in line and after line?
Take a break from SXSW and check out these Austin galleries and museums that are close to the action.
SoCo/South Congress neighborhood
608 W. Monroe St. (off S. First St.)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
An indie gallery with a fresh, young vibe. On view is "A Certain Reality," featuring three artists who create delicate yet complex ethereal landscapes and characters with mixed-media collages from David Ball and paintings from Jennifer Davis and Megan Kimber.
Yard Dog Folk Art
1510 S. Congress Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
Longtime gallery featuring American folk art. On view is "Blockheads," presidential portraits by Pennsylvania-based artist Kurt Herrmann and. "A Colorful Language," works by New York-based artist Randy E. Cronin.
1101 Navasota St. (at E. 11th St.)
Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays
An independent gallery featuring exhibits, film screenings, performances and readings by local and national artists. On exhibit are new paintings by Austin artist Sonya Berg who manipulates found photographs. Berg’s alterations and erasures blur the image in a delightful and disconcerting manner.
507 Calles St. (at E. Sixth St.)
Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday.
A warehouse project space gallery run by a collective of artists. On exhibit is "Surface Tension: Jarrod Beck, Brooke Berger, Anna Krachey, " a trio of emerging artists. Beck’s large-scale ink drawings seem to be maps of imaginary landscapes. Berger’s photographs transform the quotidian into the otherworldly. And Krachey’s oddly composed photographs challenge compositional traditions.
The Alley Cat Project
Various locations in East Austin
Initiated by MASS Gallery, the Alley Cat Project brings art and mural installation by 12 artists to various East Austin alleys through 2013. Check the online map of locations.
613 Allen St.
Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. March 8-9, 2 to 6 p.m. March 10
The indie project space hosts "The Sketchbook Project," on tour from the Brooklyn Art Library. Sketchbook Project is a mobile library of artist’s sketchbooks contributed by creative people from across the globe. Sketchbooks are then cataloged in the Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection and exhibited at venues around the country in a custom mobile library on wheels.
419 Congress Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Admission: $1-$5; free admission on Sundays
On exhibit is "Masked: Changing Identities," showcasing popular masks from the museum’s permanent collection and "Unmasked: Lucha Libre," highlighting the Mexican tradition of masked wrestling.
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St. (at Lady Bird Lake)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays
Dedicated to the promotion of Mexican American and other Latino cultural arts and heritage. On exhibit is "Heaven & Earth," new works by painter and muralist Fidencio Duran which pay homage to the artist’s rural upbringing.