This year’s Table Toppers fundraiser for the Art Center of Waco did not quite have the impact of last year’s, when the announcement of the center’s new downtown Waco location and building was made, but it had considerable news of its own.

When Waco’s Tea Aguilar gets onstage or in front of an audience, there’s no telling what comes next. It may be music from his guitar; environmental sounds looped into rock, blues or electronically altered music; a beat machine; beat boxing; or even live painting.

When the newsroom discussed 2018's top local news stories several weeks ago, the ones involving the arts in my mind didn't quite make the bar for the Top 10, though definitely they were notable for the arts organizations or groups involved.

Two popular art shows in Waco end their run this week, giving area art buffs one final weekend to get in a last look.

Celebrated 19th century artist and naturalist John James Audubon captured the look of wildlife in American forests and wetlands in his monumental “Birds of America” series and a new Martin Museum of Art exhibit opening Saturday explores another territory where Audubon blazed trails, the overlap between science, specifically ornithology, and art.

Rats frequently overstay their welcome, but there’s an exception being made for the beret-wearing “Haight Street Rat” presently on display at downtown Waco’s Cultivate 7twelve art space: The celebrated work by British street artist Banksy will stay in Waco for another month.

Hispanic contributions to Waco history and culture get recognized this month as the Art Forum of Waco reopens to host the exhibit “Hispanic Heritage,” complete with an appearance by a descendent of Waco founder Jacob de Cordova at Friday’s artist reception.

Audiences attending the opening performances of Waco Civic Theatre’s production of “Newsies” this weekend may notice the wider toilet stalls in the bathrooms, the carpeting on the lobby floor and a new ramp connecting parking lot to sidewalk.

More than two dozen artists use their imagination about a problematic future in the Second Annual Climate Change Art Show on display this month at downtown’s Waco Winery Tasting Room and Rooftop Patio.

Participants and supporters of the “1,000 Hopes For Waco” mural at 315 S. University Parks Drive will meet Tuesday to celebrate the project and start a hope of their own: a push on social media with the mural as backdrop for 1,000 selfies.

The Music Association of Central Texas recently installed its Hall of Recognition plaques into a hallway outside the Raleigh restaurant at the Waco Hippodrome.

Work by world-famous British street artist Banksy will come to Waco’s Cultivate 7twelve art space this September in a multimedia event organizers say will boost Waco’s arts profile and provide a catalyst for arts conversations.

Printing limitations and cost drove comic book artists to strong colors, less subtlety and bold lines to tell their stories. The pop art movement that arose in the 1960s used the limited palette and bold graphics of mass media and advertising to catch eyes and make a statement in art galleries.

Those looking to visit noteworthy out-of-town museum and gallery shows can take in a new exhibit of rarely seen dinosaur fossils and replicas opening this weekend in Dallas while a San Antonio show of Egyptian animal mummies heads toward its close.

The Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer travels for many families, some of whom might be looking for a museum or art gallery visit to work into a city visit.

Dallas artist Erika Huddleston found Waco Creek continually surprised her in the seven months she painted the stream, disappearing from public view at times, resurfacing in hard concrete channels at others.

If the windows of some downtown Waco storefronts seem artsier than usual this month, it’s intentional, thanks to the second appearance of Central Texas Artists’ Collective “Ekphrasis” art show.