FINE ART: (right) “Bhudda Rock and Kushum Kamguru from the Trail Beyond” by Foster; (left) “Untitled” by Vanderhyden

Finally the Christmas tree has been dismantled, the kids have returned to school, and the husband is actually focused because he has a (paying) client or two at work. That means you can catch your breath, grab some friends, and do what you want to do for the first time in a very long time. Bypass the mall and/or the liquid lunch and instead spend a very productive day at some fabulous galleries. Who knows? You might even find yourself the perfect Valentine’s gift. If you’re in the mood for watercolors, you must pop over to Gerald Peters Gallery (1019 Dragon St. 214-969-9410. www.gpgallery.com) for “Tony Foster: Searching for a Bigger Subject, Watercolor Diaries from Everest and the Grand Canyon” (Jan 10–Feb 14). Down the street at Banks Fine Art (1231 Dragon St. 214-352-1811. www.banksfineart.com), check out “At Home in Any Century,” a showing of European oils from Belgium, England, France, and Germany” (Jan 8-Mar 19). If you’re in the mood for something a little less traditional, head over to Dunn and Brown Contemporary (5020 Tracy St. 214-521-4322. www.dunnandbrown.com). It features works from eight artists, including painter Vernon Fisher, Houston-based painter Trenton Doyle Hancock, printmaker Janet Fish, and more (Jan 9–Feb 14). At Criaghead-Green Gallery (1011 Dragon St. 214-855-0779. www.craigheadgreen.com), works by abstract painter Connie Connally, sculptor Phil Shore, and photographer Paul Abbott are on display (Jan 10–Feb 14). Abstract paintings by Chicago-based artist Philip Vanderhyden (and cute guy) are a must-see at Light & Sie Gallery (Jan 8–Feb 14. 129 Leslie St. 214-745-2255. www.lighandsie.com). And if you haven’t already checked out one of the newest places in town—Samuel Lynne Galleries (1105 Dragon St. 214-965-9027. www.samuellynne.com)—do it. Its mission: showcasing “contemporary artists that are setting new standards by advancing the traditional techniques of the classic masters.”

 

 
(left) “O Valdex” by Fisher and (right) “Three Skylines” by Connally.