This is our favorite time of the year. You can make the walk from Neiman’s to the car without becoming completely drenched by sweat. And once you get to the car, you can take a seat without risk of incurring a third-degree burn on your bottom. The point is, the oppressive heat hasn’t arrived. Yet. So take advantage of that by getting out and exploring. Instead of heading for the glorious (and air-conditioned) NorthPark, why not hit some of these cool galleries? At Sun to Moon Gallery (1515 Levee St. 214-745-1199. www.suntomoon.com.), check out LBJ Ranch and the Texas Hill Country. Dallas photographer Scot Miller is artist-in-residence for the LBJ National Historical Park, and he showcases his photographs of the ranch, as well as images from the Texas Hill Country. These photographs have never been viewed before. (May 9–June 13. Thu–Sat, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.) Say hi to our friends at Marty Walker Gallery (2135 Farrington St. 214-749-0066. www.martywalkergallery.com.) when you go for Spatial Shifts. The show features the work of Jay Shinn and Rupert Deese and it’s about shaking up perceptions of space and man versus nature “in works that mimic natural properties yet assert a man-made quality.” (May 2–Jun 6. Tue–Sat, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.)  Christopher French’s new  exhibit, “As the Land and the Air Is,” is over at Holly Johnson Gallery (1411 Dragon St. 214-369-0169. www.hollyjohnsongallery.com.) The painter finds inspiration in a curious place for this collection—the top of the “T” in the New York Times masthead is the starting point for each. (May 2–Jun 6. Tue–Sat, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.) Over at the PanAmerican ArtProjects (1615 Dragon St. 214-522-3303. www.panamericanart.com), see Maysey Craddock’s paintings inspired by iconically Southern imagery and Faith Gay’s sculptures and wall installations made from recycled materials that take on color and pattern in a refreshing way. (May 2–Jun 6. Tue–Sat, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m) In the mood for more photographs? Obviously, you need to check out the Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (1202 Dragon St. 214-969-1852. www.pdnbgallery.com.) The photographs of Wu Jialin are on display. The artist says that he was “born to a bankrupt family of literati.” He documents living in the Yunnan Province—a place that has been almost completely isolated from the modern, western world. (May 2–Jun 20. Tue–Sat, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.)