What’s going on in San Antonio this week? Here are a few ideas…

It is deep summer here in South Texas and it is blazing hot out there. My solution? Come on in out of the heat and give your soul a cool, refreshing drink. Here are some of my picks from the August 25th segment of KLRN Arts. So much to do and see around town…these are but a few.

Opening This Weekend

At Bihl Haus Arts HOT! SA Artists Respond to Climate Change opens on Friday, July 25th. Artist Raul Castellanos and poet Mobi Warren are the curators for this event featuring the works of more than 50 artists, poets, musicians and environmental experts. There will be an opening reception from 5:30 – 8:30 with poolside music performances by I Ching Gatos, Blind Alley and ILA Minori. The exhibit continues through September 12, 2014. The historic Bihl Haus Arts is located at 2803 Fredericksburg Road inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments.

At FL!GHT Gallery in the Blue Star Arts Complex, Mark Menjivar will moderate a discussion about Lost Pines & The Dying Words with artists Tommy Gregory, Ben Judson, and Jamie Stolarski. The discussion starts on Friday, July 25th at 7 p.m. The exhibit features one piece by each artist: a large sculpture of a charred wooden steeple by Tommy Gregory, a soundscape created from recordings of church bells by Jamie Stolarski, and a projection of excerpts from last statements of Texas death row inmates by Ben Judson. This powerful show opened on July 3rd, and it is definitely worth a stop in before it closes.

Sala Diaz will host Ed Saavedra: Ain’t Necessarily So on Saturday July 26th, with an opening reception from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. In addition to being a principal partner in FL!GHT Gallery, Saavedra’s previous work has been featured in the the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art (permanent collection), Institute of Texan Cultures, Museo de Arte Moderno (Peru), Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Granado Veintiséis (Mexico City), and Art Lies: A Contemporary Art Journal. Sala Diaz is located in Southtown at 517 Stieren. The exhibit continues through August 24th.

Recent Openings

Paper, Pencil & Ink: Prints & Other Works on Paper is at Ruiz Healy Art Gallery until August 30th. This museum quality collection is exquisite. The works of masters like Miro, Ernst, Motherwell and De Lempicka are shown along with contemporary artists — our future masters — such as Ricky Armendariz, Nate Cassie, Ethel Shipton, and Vincent Valdez. The works of 19 artists are featured and the eye of gallerist Patricia Ruiz Healy is always an education in what we should be looking at. 201-A East Olmos Drive.

As A Matter of Fact – Grafitti For Civilized Tranquility is at REM Gallery through August 23rd. The works of Hiromi Tsuji Stringer provide a thought provoking glimpse through the eyes of an artist for whom English is not the first language. This non-native speaker says, “I believe there are various degrees of miscommunication creating a niche for the birth of the absurd, the humorous and the surreal.” The mixed media works are tight and extremely well crafted pieces consisting of printed pages, graphite and gesso. Join gallerist Dana Read for a “mid opening” on Saturday, August 2nd, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 219 East Park Avenue.

Flatland is on display at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center through October 11th. Curated by the Museo Guadalupe’s Patti Ortiz, this show utilizes the works of 10 artists in the search for meaning in this increasingly globalized “flat world.” 723 South Brazos Street.

The All School Exhibition 2014 is on display at the Southwest School of Art through August 31st. This annual exhibit is always inspiring. The student works are first rate and the works of the instructors make us understand why. See my article at The Rivard Report. 300 Augusta Street.

The Summer 2014 International Artist-In-Residence Program is in progress at Artpace. The exhibition continues through September 14th. 445 North Main Avenue.

Continuing Exhibitions

There is much to see and do at The McNay Museum. Beauty Reigns, curated by Chief Curator Rene Paul Barilleaux, continues through August 17. Matisse and Picasso: A Friendly Rivalry  with works culled from the McNay’s own extensive holdings is up through August 10th. Attend a gallery talk with Director William J. Chiego and Prints and Drawings Curator Lyle Williams on Sunday, July 27th at 3 p.m. 6000 North New Braunfels.

And of course you must see the touring exhibition Matisse: Life In Color at the San Antonio Museum of Art through September 7th. On loan from the Baltimore Museum of Art, this is a tremendous opportunity to see a major institutional collection right here in San Antonio. 200 West Jones Avenue.


I encourage you to follow my posts at The Rivard Report and tune in as well to KLRN Arts on Friday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. for my continuing conversations on the arts with host Asia Ciarvino of the Playhouse San Antonio. Of course, you can always stream missed broadcasts online.



Camp Out 2014: Creative Summertime Fun


Photo courtesy Southwest School of Art.

It’s summertime in San Antonio. What will your kids be up to? If you haven’t formulated a plan, you’ll be glad to know that there are a number of organizations that do have a plan. And! There is still time left to sign up.

My suggestion? Keep the kids busy and stimulated with summer arts camps. There are quite a few good options here in town including some great performing arts opportunities. A great place to start is with family memberships to our local museums. Most offer family enjoyment options year around, with memberships running $65 – $85 annually. These memberships not only support the good works of the institutions, but also connect you to a stream of information, freebies, and discounts. The access to professional programming aimed at educating and stimulating your child will have payoffs extending well beyond the conundrum of what to do with bored kiddos, daycare, or just some good old-fashioned quiet time for the adults.

According to studies commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), young people exposed to arts education have better outcomes across the board. They make better grades, are more civically engaged, and ultimately have higher career goals for themselves. This study focused on “at risk youth,” and I say all of our youth are “at risk” these days. Hours in front of screens, human “interaction” focused in the virtual world, increasing childhood obesity. These are issues that every parent should be concerned with.

So, we’ve done a little homework for you. Here is a collection of links to summer programs in San Antonio with a focus on the arts. Some are already starting. Most of these break up the classes or “camps” into week-long segments so you can pick and choose a schedule that works for your family and pocketbook. Art will make a difference in your child’s life. And furthermore, it’s just plain fun. Isn’t that what being a kid should be all about?

By no means is this a complete list. However, it is a short list of significant “cultural engines” in our city to begin with. Also, check the website at the San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development (DCCD).

Go forth! Be creative! Stay cool!


Tami Kegley and Page Graham power ArtBlogSa.com and are regular contributors to The Rivard Report.

Tami is also a regular contributor to KLRN ARTS on Friday evenings at 8:30 and Sunday afternoons at 2:00.


CAM Week 1: Off to a Great Start

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What an amazing start for Contemporary Art Month, and we haven’t even gotten through the first week yet! From Gallery Nord, to the Fox Motel, and then down to the 1906 S. Flores complex, it feels like we’ve been everywhere already. But there’s lots more to come. The CAM Kickoff Party will be this Thursday at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, and Second Saturday in the SoFlo/Lone Star Arts District is sure to be full of surprises. There’s also two fundraising events to choose from on Saturday night: Artist Foundation and the San Antonio Film Festival.

Check out Tami Kegley’s feature of what we’ve seen so far, and what’s to coming up in The Rivard Report by clicking here.

For the latest news, be sure to like CAM on Facebook.


Andrés Ferrandis: “Numinous” at Ruiz-Healy Art

Numinous (adj.)  describing an experience that makes you fearful yet excited and fascinated, awed yet attracted. The powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and truly inspired.

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We had the pleasure of chatting with contemporary artist, Andrés Ferrandis in advance of his show, Numinous, at Ruiz-Healy Art in Olmos Park. Ferrandis, in San Antonio for this opening event, hails from Valencia, Spain, and is currently based out of Miami.

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For Your Consideration: McNay Print Fair

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Never having been before, I didn’t know what to expect at the McNay Art Museum Print Fair. When the gentleman said to me, “I can’t choose between the Indiana or the Calder,” I was hooked. Yes, we’re speaking of Robert Indiana and Alexander Calder. As it turns out, this is an event San Antonio should be proud to be hosting. It isn’t merely the only event of its kind in Texas, it’s unique to the Southwest.

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SAMA Members’ Strong Response to Recent Staff Changes


Trey Todd (left) and Tom Greenwell (center) and at the SAMA Contemporaries tour of the Kanyusik collection, September 23, 2013.

Recent staff changes at San Antonio Museum of Art, namely the elimination of the position of Assistant Curator of Latin American Art, Nancy Fullerton, and the sudden resignation of Contemporary Curator David S. Rubin, came as a complete surprise to arts community. Our recent article focused on the outpouring of praise and support for them, but there have been a number of off-the-record remarks expressing discontent about this situation.

However, two well-respected SAMA members, Tom Greenwell and Trey Todd, have decided to go public with their displeasure.

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