"Emily Fleisher: Astro-Turf." Using craft-store materials like flocking, cardboard and model railroad supplies, San Antonio artist Emily Fleisher plays with scale and animates landscapes. A miniature grove of trees tumbles out of wheelbarrow made of wood. Or else an itty bitty verdant hillside spills out of a book.
Says Fleisher: "As I settled in (suburban San Antonio) a few years ago, I became hypersensitive to the things that pop out as atypical in the rather bleak suburban landscape. These interruptions break my expectations of my environment and feel like mini moments of revelation. I feel that the most ordinary of things are withholding moments of insight into the monumental."
Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Exhibit continues through Nov. 8. Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St. 512-477-1064. www.womenandtheirwork.org
"Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art, Works from the Bank of America Collection." Nearly 100 paintings, prints and photographs created over the past 80 years chart both Mexico’s ancient civilizations and modern artistic theories alike. Included is work by some of the best-known Mexican artists — Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel Orozco, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Gunther Gerzso — as well as Mexican-American artists such as Judithe Hernandez, Roberto Juarez and Robert Graham.
Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Exhibit continues through Nov. 23. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave. 512-480-9373, www.mexic-artemuseum.org
Sydney Yeager. In her newest series of large-scale abstract paintings, Austin artist Sydney Yeager offers intriguing ambiguities — compositions of colorful lines and forms that seem to be simultaneously coming together into new forms or else gently falling apart.
Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Exhibit continues through Saturday.
"Diversity of Affection: Portraits by Elizabeth Chapin." The subjects pictured in Elizabeth Chapin’s portraits confront the viewer with a direct gaze. Yet with Chapin’s loose, expressive lines and pops of bright color in surprising places — shadows rendered in pink or purple for example — these seemingly genteel portraits communicate just the slightest bit of beguiling unease.
Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays- Saturdays. Through Oct. 25. Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth St. 512-472-7428, www.wallyworkmangallery.com.