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Western Art Invitational

CANYON.... More than 50 artists from across the West bring works to northwest Texas for the sixth annual Panhandle-Plains Invitational Western Art Show and Sale. The exhibition opens March 5 at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and is curated like any other museum show, with only the highest-quality works on view. Participating artists include Gerald Balciar, Emilio Caballero, Walt Gonske, Veryl Goodnight, Mimi Litschauer, Greg Skol, Jack Sorenson, and Hollis Williford. A fixed-price sale takes place on Saturday, March 5, from 7 to 9 p.m., and the exhibition continues through April 3. Proceeds from the sale help fund additions to the museum's permanent collection.

Panhandle-Plains Invitational Western Art Show and Sale, March 5-April 3, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, 806.6512244, www.panhandleplains.org

Light From the Sky

MIDLAND.... A painter, muralist, illustrator, and author, Texas artist Tom Lea [1908-2001] portrayed the beauty of the American Southwest and its inhabitants. Although he was a living legend in the Lone Star State by age 50, Lea was largely unknown beyond Texas. A major retrospective of his work is on display at the Museum of the Southwest through March 13. The exhibition includes paintings, works on paper, photo panels, posters, and more in a thorough exploration of the artist's life and career. Born in El Paso, Lea studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was an apprentice to 1920s muralist John Warner Norton. During the Great Depression, Lea painted murals for the Works Progress Administration. He illustrated books, served as a war correspondent, and wrote novels before committing his creative talents once again to painting beginning in the early 1970s.

Light From the Sky: A Tom Lea Retrospective, 1907-2001, through March 13, Museum of the Southwest, 432.683.2882, www.museumsw.org

Rare Volumes

FORT WORTH.... On display at the Amon Carter Museum through May 8 is one of the country's finest collections of rare illustrated books. …