Fresh art at LA/Ontario Int’l Airport (ONT) & at Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport (AUS)

No time to go the museum? No problem. Plenty of airports have great art and cultural exhibits you can catch on the fly.

At LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) Art Saving Lives, put together by the non-profit Art Aids Art non-profit organization, displays elaborate beadwork, sculptures, dolls, animals and wearable accessories made by artists from South Africa.

Included in the exhibit are many items made from re-used, recycled and repurposed materials such as glass beads, utility wire, found trinkets, juice boxes, discarded paper, and product labels.

Art Saving Lives is on display in four post-security cases in Terminal 2 and in eight cases in Terminal 4 through May 7, 2010

And at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Looking Up, includes photographs by members of the Austin Shutterbug Club, all on the theme of … looking up.

One example: Sunburst, by Lucy Durfee, looks up through the branches of tall Texas pecan trees.

Other images from the exhibit include pictures of two hot air balloons climbing above the clouds, a flying saucer-like image of the ceiling light fixtures in Rockefeller Center, a black and white image of workmen on top of the Bandera, Texas water tower and a shot of a single falling leaf.

Looking Up is on display at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport through April 1, 2010, in the post-security Airside East Gallery.