Rick Borg isn't your typical folk artist. A graduate of Ohio State, he once pursued a less-than-successful career in professional golf. In a solo show that heralds the opening of Garde Rail Gallery's new location near Pioneer Square, Borg's paintings on scrap wood are thick with house paints and oils, and all framed with broom handles and other junkyard stuff. His subjects are animals, people, and houses—and each work has the added bonus of being painted on both sides because, says Borg, "some folks like what's on the other side better." Can a middle-class white guy from Columbus create "authentic" folk art? You bet. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Thurs. Aug 5. Garde Rail Gallery, 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Exhibit runs through Sept. 25.
In "Esperanza Es Eterna" (Hope Is Eternal), San Diego–based artist Charles Glaubitz creates a series of paintings narrating a personal, cross-border mythology in the age of globalization. At its center is a little costumed child-hero who witnesses the excesses of commerce (as in Esperanza, above, in which a fanged maquiladora factory churns out maniacal Mickey Mice). Inhabiting both sides of what he calls the "paradox" of the border world (he's the son of an American father and a Mexican-born mother), Glaubitz's art is a vibrant mix of influences, from Hello Kitty to Tijuana billboards. Reception: 7-10 p.m Sat. Aug. 7. Bluebottle, 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Exhibit runs through Aug. 29.