Holiday Presence visual art show at Kettle Art

Deck the halls

Not only is Kettle Art celebrating its anniversary, it also rings in the holidays with its seventh annual gift exhibition, Holiday Presence. Most every piece of art in the show is priced under $200 and all are by local artists. What’s better — the show changes as pieces are sold. New works fill in the blanks keeping the exhibit fresh and the gift ideas inspiring. And don’t feel guilty if you decide to keep the art for yourself. We all have good intentions of gifting it, but in the end, it just looks better on our own walls.

DEETS: Kettle Art, 2714 Elm St. 7 p.m. Through Dec. 24.

—  Rich Lopez

Ro2’s ‘Synclines’ art show closes tonight

Conover in sync


We’re used to seeing the bold and colorful Pop art of Robb Conover depicting comic book icons of late. Whether he’s giving his take on Wonder Woman or exploring a queer element to Batman and Robin as they kiss, Conover adds a definite punch to the local arts scene. His work has been seen in the gayborhood at Buli, Drama Room and Lucky’s.

He goes in a different direction, above, in Ro2 Art’s exhibit Synclines. Conover joins local artists Cabe Booth and Kevin Obregon, to present, what the gallery calls, new and unexpected works. The show closes tonight with a reception.

DEETS: Ro2 Art Downtown, 110 N. Akard St. 6 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez

‘Vintage’ art show at the Rising Gallery

David Parise

Such a different kind of toy story

In Vintage, photographer David Parise works with Ken and Barbie dolls but reimagines them in innocent recreational scenes reminiscent of the ’60s. That’s what he says. To us, it looks like Ken has finally come to terms with a few things. The show also features work by Debbie Curtis.

DEETS: Rising Gallery, 4631 Insurance Lane. Through July 31.

—  Dallasvoice