Karen Hawkins’ bookish installation at Laura Rathe Fine Art
Kermit Oliver’s “A Young Hesperid,” 2014, at Hooks-Epstein Galleries
James Drake, at Moody Gallery, is a master of drawing and collage.
Jules Buck Jones’ “White Birds (Night),” 2014, at McMurtrey Gallery
Saturday, December 6, marks the strongest opening night on Colquitt all year as four Texas notables headline. All heartily recommended — Hooks-Epstein Galleries celebrates 45 years with a profound painting show for Kermit Oliver, who has been with the gallery for 27 of those years. Oliver, the only American artist to design scarves for the house of Hermès, creates canvases imbued with quiet dignity and a touch of the divine (through January 10). Also not to be missed is Moody Gallery’s solo for the Venice Biennale-exhibited James Drake, with deeply layered drawings that serve as metaphoric maps to the universe (through January 10); concurrently catch the artist’s epic show at the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin (through January 4). The third must-see is Laura Rathe Fine Art’s exhibition for Austin-based Karen Hawkins, whose 10-foot totems are fabricated from old text, antique books and yearbooks, literally mining art from the printed page (through January 10). Wrap up your viewing at McMurtrey Gallery where Jules Buck Jones delights with a new series of nature-based paintings (through January 3). See you on Gallery Row.