American Painting Fine Art208 E. 6th St., 212-254-2628, www.classicamericanpainting.com: CAROL SPILS, A Festival of Paintings features vibrant, colorful and highly original paintings. Continues thru Oct. 13.
Coney Island BabyView photographs by Rivka Shifman Katvan that capture the spirit and mystery of Coney Island. Thru Oct. 26. GALLERY 138, 138 W. 17th St., 5th floor. 212-633-0324. www.gallery138.com.
The CSV Cultural Center107 Suffolk St., bet Delancey & Rivington Sts.: FROM MANHATTAN TO OAXACA, A 3-D photography Installation by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez. Thru Nov. 1.
Deutsches Haus42 Washington Mews at University Place, 212-998-8663, www.nyu.edu/deutscheshaus: A BETTER LIFE?, Features the works of the Canadian artist Krisztian Fonyodi. Continues thru Oct. 20. Free.
The Drawing Center35 Wooster St., 212-219-2166, www.drawingcenter.org: NON-DECLARATIVE ART, Features the work of 13 emerging artists who explore ambiguity, the minimization of information, and the rejection of overt meaning. Thru Oct. 18. JOHN KESSLER, Works on Paper features drawing-based work by mixed-media sculptor Jon Kessler. Thru Oct. 25.
Forces in NatureAn exhibit of paintings and sculpture by The Contemporary Artists Guild. Sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Opening reception is Wed., Oct. 10 from 6-8pm. Continues thru Oct. 29.The Gallery of the Office of the Borough President of Manhattan, MUNICIPAL BUILDING, 1 Centre St., South tower, 19th floor. RSVP to 212-669-4374. Photo ID required to enter.
The Gallery at Hai548 Broadway, 3rd floor, bet Prince & Spring Sts, 212-575-7696, www.hospaud.org/hai/gallery.htm: DRAWINGS & OTHER DISCOVERIES, Continues thru Dec. 22. Mon. Sat. from noon-6pm.
GalleryBar120 Orchard St., bet Delancey & Rivington Sts., 212-529-2266, www.gallerybarnyc.com: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, An exhibition featuring ten life-sized photos by Ashley Gilbertson alongside excerpts from his soon-to-be-released book chronicling the Iraq War. Begins Oct. 18.
A Gathering of Tribes Gallery285 E. 3rd St., bet. Aves. C & D, 212-674-3778, www.tribes.org: COLLAGE PAINTINGS, Featuring a unique style of collage paintings. Opening Reception is Sat., Oct. 20 from 6-9pm. Continues thru Nov. 5.
Go Fish Gallery675 Hudson St., #4N, 212-925-1111, www.gofishgallery.com: PATRICIA BURASCHI, Subway Soul Design. Continues thru Oct. 18. www.subwaysouldesign.com.
The Houston Street Center273 Bowery, corner of Houston St., 646-465-5313, www.thecreativecenter.org: FOUR SEASONS: DOCUMENTING A YEAR, Exhibit showcases photography by Creative Center participants, all cancer survivors.
James Fuentes LLC35 St. James Place bet Madison St. & James St., www.jamesfuentes.com: DAVID PERRY, Views form the Montauk Yacht Club. Thru Oct. 21; Wed. Sun. from noon 6pm. WILLIAM STONE, Opens Oct. 14. AGATHE SNOW, Agathe Snow & Marianne Vitale will collaborate on a performance/exhibition. Takes place in Nov.
Klatch9 Maiden Lane, one block west of Broadway, 212-227-7276, www.immortalflowers.com: IMMORTAL FLOWERS, An art show in memory of the Brazos folk artist Lucija Mamaite Tijunelis and featuring her favorite works. Oct. 22 Nov 16.
Michael Ingbar Gallery568 Broadway, 212-334-1100: CHRISTOPHER BURKETT, The exhibition New Images features new color landscape photography that reveals the grandeur and the minutiae of our natural surroundings. Thru Dec. 29.
National Association of Women Artists Gallery80 5th Ave., Suite 1405, 212-675-1616, www.nawanet.org: X + 1, Thru Oct. 31. Opening Reception is Wed., Oct. 10 from 57pm.
A Psychic VacuumArtist Mike Nelson transformed the interior of the Essex Street Market using materials from local salvage yards and debris from the markets heyday. The installation, inspired by the buildings history and surrounding neighborhood, features reconstructed rooms, passageways and assembled environments. ESSEX STREET MARKET, 117 Delancey at Essex St. Thru Oct. 28; Fri. Sun. from noon 6pm. Free.
The Resulting SculptureView a new piece by Jonathan Bauch featuring raw welded, expressive free shapes in steel inspired by forms in nature and the physical properties of the metal itself. Continues thru Oct. 14. WESTBETH GALLERY, 55 Bethune St. at Washington St. www.westbethgallery.org.
Rubin Museum of Art150 W. 17th St., www.rmanyc.org: WUTAISHAN: THE PILGRIMAGE TO FIVE PEAK MOUNTAIN, The focal point of the exhibition is a rare six-foot wide hand-painted wood block map of Wutaishan, a sacred mountain in China and well known throughout the Buddhist world. Thru Oct. 16.
Salmagundi Club47 5th Ave. at 12th St., 212-255-7740, www.salmagundi.org: ANNUAL ART AUCTION, Support local artists and the exhibitions & charitable activities of the Salmagundi Club by participating in the Annual Art Auction. Opening bid for oil paintings is $200; $150 for pastels, graphics and photography. Fri., Oct. 12, 19 & 26 at 8pm.
Staley-Wise Gallery560 Broadway, 212-966-6223, www.staleywise.com: STERN IN STERN: 1960-2006, The photographs of Bert Stern are the subject of Stern Fotografie, a supplement to the German Stern Magazine. In this exhibition, view work that signaled the photographers rise in the advertising world in the 1950s through the 70s when he became the prototype of the fashion photographer. Thru Nov. 3.
Street Art PortraitsCharlene Weislers photographs of graffiti faces not only capture the moment, they do so in a way that creates something totally new and self-contained. Thru Oct. 31. BLOOMINGDALES SOHO, 504 Broadway, Fourth floor. www.CharleneWeisler.com.
Tracy Williams313 W. 4th St., 212-229-2757, www.tracywilliamsltd.com: GEORGINA STARR, The artist explores the relationship between history and memory through video, animation, photography, writing and more. In this exhibit, she focuses on the lost film performances of silent screen actress Theda Bara. Continues thru Oct. 27.