A very short and select list of what’s good and what’s new the week of June 30, 2019.
“Simplify: Stella Alesi”
Stella Alesi’s compelling, thoughtful, hard-edge minimalist paintings will be featured at the official opening of Commerce Gallery in Lockhart, which has already had two exhibitions since its soft opening in March. The gallery is owned and operated by real estate developers Donna Blair and Tamara Carlisle who bought the 119-year-old building in 2017. Work will be showcased by Commerce Gallery artist-in-residence Christopher St. Leger will also be on display.
Opening: 6 to 9 p.m. July 5 as part of Lockhart’s First Friday event. Commerce Gallery, 102 S Commerce St. Lockhart. thecommercegallery.com
Austin Chamber Music Festival
This year’s festival starts off with concerts by the Miró Quartet, a classical cabaret with divine mezzo-soprano Liz Cass and pianist Michelle Schumann, and Peter Bay conducting a concert with the Austin Chamber Festival Orchestra. The festival continues through July 21. And be sure to check out the festival’s free events at austinchambermusic.org/2019-free-festival-events/
NMASS: New Media Art and Sound Summit
What happens at NMASS? It’s a three-day fest of experimental music and sound art with artist musicians from around the country performing. Be sure to check out the site-specific staging of field recordings, radio, and other repurposed electronic media set beneath the Airport Blvd. overpass just beyond the eastern edge of the Ground Floor Theatre.
July 5-7, Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. nmassfest.org
“Sarah Canright / Kaveri Raina”
An ongoing exploration of self manifests in the paintings of Sarah Canright and Kaveri Raina —portraiture in a shimmering space of fugitive color and light predominates. Presented by Permanent.Collection and Co-Lab Projects.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. July 5. Continues through July 28. Co-Lab Projects, 1023 Springdale Road. co-labprojects.org
A group exhibition that focuses on artworks that have been created from discarded and undervalued materials that possess a status of the imbued history of those objects.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. July 5. Continues through Aug. 3, ICOSA Gallery, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road. icosacollective.com