April brings new color in the form of spring blooms and greenery. It also brings new color in the form of spring art shows and exhibits, thanks to the final weeks of school shows and a general increase in people out and about to look at art.
Art fanciers who turned out for Saturday’s Art on Elm Avenue have more opportunities to see art, much of it locally made. This weekend offers a range of art activities and shows spanning not only experience, from young students to seasoned artists, but the media used, from painting and sculpture to digital photographs and woodburning.
Here’s an overview of what’s on view.
Top Young Artists, through May 28 at Art Center of Waco, 1300 College Ave. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.
Moving this week from Studio Gallery, where viewers voted on their favorites, to the Art Center of Waco are works from 28 high school students participating in the Top Young Artists competition. This year’s competition features students from 10 schools in McLennan County, with Valley Mills — whose high school falls within county lines — a new addition.
The opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday will feature the announcement of contest winners and $4,000 in scholarship prizes. Categories include oil and acrylic painting, drawing, mixed media and, new this year, graphic/digital arts.
Works by Ken Luikart, through April 20, Papillon Antiques, 1025 Austin Ave. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Many in Waco know Ken Luikart, owner of Luikart Foreign Car Clinic, for his automotive ability, but photography has been a lifetime passion as well. His show at Papillon Antiques is the first public exhibition of his work, which has evolved from film to digital photography. Among the photographs on display are his striking images of the Waco Suspension Bridge and McLane Stadium seen at night as well a vivid, detailed looks at wildlife and landscapes.
Texas Fine Artists exhibit, through June 18, Hewitt Public Library, 200 Patriot Court, Hewitt. Waco Artist Market, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Heritage Square, downtown Waco.
Texas Fine Artists, which formed earlier this year, from the visual arts side of downtown Waco’s Creative Art Studio and Theater, will show works by its 12 artists at the opening of the Hewitt Public Library. The exhibit will feature work by artists Mat Tindell, Susan Sistrunk, Lisa Hendry, Spencer Moore, Sheri Hemrick, Roy de Romero, Charles Wallis, Deborah Propst, Rick Duhrkopf, Jan Hartford, Scout Davis and Greg Peters. Opening reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
TFA members also will be represented at the grand opening of the Waco Artist Market held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Square. The market is a joint venture of the TFA and the Waco Hippodrome. Saturday’s opening activities include performances by DotBuds children’s dance group, street violinist Femi and Waco band Venus Envy.
Works by Marsha Wilson, through April 30, Art Forum of Waco, 1826 Morrow Ave.
Rather than adding an image to a surface through paint or pencil, artist Marsha Wilson burns it with a woodburning tool. Wilson began woodburning about six years ago, branching out from doing her art on wood to other material such as heavy watercolor paper, Bristol Board and leather.
The opening reception for her exhibit is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Art Forum of Waco.
“Moonlight Sunlight: Works by John Chatmas,” through May, Visual Arts Gallery, McLennan Community College’s Community Services Center. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
Longtime McLennan Community College arts instructor John Chatmas shows a collection of his most recent work. Roughly two-thirds of the 25 pieces on display are watercolor or oil paintings, with the remainder large, brightly painted multimedia sculpture.
Spring Senior BFA Exhibition, April 21-27, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University’s Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Free.
Works by graduating Baylor visual art students cap the Martin Museum of Art’s exhibition season each spring. This year’s show features eight to 10 pieces from each graduating art major. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 21.