A number of new art exhibits have recently opened or are opening in August across the Houston area, including at local galleries in Montrose and the Heights. New exhibits range from a collection of oil paintings by former President George W. Bush to an exhibit all about cryptids, animals not scientifically proven to exist.

Recently opened

Anya Tish Gallery

July 14-Aug. 26: “This is a Group Show” by various artists

The multimedia exhibition features work from 12 different artists. The pieces are made from various mediums and explore ideas ranging from identity to ecological urgencies to social media. For more information on the artists involved and their works, visit the gallery’s website.

4411 Montrose Blvd., Ste. A, Houston. 713-524-2299. www.anyatishgallery.com

Inman Gallery

July 15-Sept. 1: “Discovering Truth Will Make Me Free” by JooYoung Choi

A new exhibit at the Inman Gallery in Houston showcases the works of astro-futurist JooYoung Choi made between 2015 and 2023, including paintings and a large soft sculpture. Choi’s work, inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers, captures an expansive fictional land created by Choi named the Cosmic Womb, including characters and story arcs guided by unconditional love and radical imagination.

3901 Main St., Houston. 713-526-7800. www.inmangallery.com/exhibitions

Houston Public Library

July 15-Sept. 27: “Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants” by George W. Bush

The opening reception took place July 15 for former President George W. Bush’s collection of oil paintings and accompanying stories meant to tell the tales of American immigrants, how they got to the U.S. and their contributions to the nation. The works are on loan from the Ambassador and Mrs. George L. Argyros Collection of Presidential Art.

550 McKinney St., Houston. 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.org

Coming soon

The Menil Collection

Aug. 4-Jan. 21, 2024: “The Iconic Portrait Strand” by Nestor Topchy

In “The Iconic Portrait Strand,” Houston-based artist Nestor Topchy depicts friends and colleagues using materials and techniques historically reserved for Byzantine religious icons, according to the gallery’s website. The exhibit features over 100 portraits, which are made by layering red clay, powdered marble, gold leaf, pure pigments and egg yolk on small wooden panels. The exhibition reception will be from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 3 with curator and artist talks scheduled later in the year.

1533 Sul Ross St., Houston. 713-525-9400. www.menil.org

Archway Gallery

Aug. 5-31: “Are We There Yet?” by Cookie Wells and Thomas Wells

In their new exhibit “Are We There Yet?,” partners Cookie Wells and Thomas Wells explore abstract art and light and dark colors through paintings and wood furniture, respectively. The opening reception will run from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 5 with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary valet parking and light refreshments will be provided at the reception.

2305 Dunlavy St., Houston. 713-522-2409. www.archwaygallery.com

Redbud Arts Center

Aug. 5-26: "The Realm of Curiosities" by Alexandra Ellena

Artist Alexandra Ellena’s exhibit “The Realm of Curiosities” will be on display in Redbud’s East Gallery. In her art pieces, Ellena depicts cryptids, animals not scientifically proven to exist. To emulate seeing such creatures in real life, Ellena used textures and large dimensions in her 3D sculptures, according to her statement. The opening reception will be from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 5

303 E. 11th St., Houston. 713-854-4246. www.redbudartscenter.com