Overwhelmed!!!

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We had high hopes going into the FREST ART FIRST Summer Concert Series at Artpace. It was a beautiful evening indeed, and we looked forward to rooftop views of the downtown San Antonio skyline. Even from the street below, we could hear the fantastic soul grooves of DJs JJ Lopez and Chris Galvan, who represent a new era in the musical direction of KRTU-FM, as well as the local music community in general.

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“Fresh Art First” Summer Concert Series at ARTPACE: JUNE 28

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The FREST ART FIRST Summer Concert Series kicks off tonight, 8:30 – 11:00. This is the first in a series of 3 concerts that Artpace will host this summer on the rooftop at 445 N. Main Avenue.  DJs JJ Lopez and Chris Galvan from KRTU will be spinning an “innovative mix of soul and funk,” so get your boogie shoes on and come out to enjoy the fun and support the arts in San Antonio!

And yes, I just said boogie shoes.

The tariff  for this shindig is $15 at the door.  But here’s the skinny:  Purchase an annual Artpace membership and you and a guest enter FOR FREE. Also, if you are a member in good standing of KRTU Jazz 91.7 you may also enter FOR FREE. What a deal. I am so feelin’ the love, and you should too!

Yummy summer munchies provided by Artpace Alliance vendor King’s Court Frankfurter Express. These will go down so easy with complimentary beverages generously provided by Blue Moon and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Oh, and the dogs are seriously good eating. Not being nice. Don’t have to say this. Seriously.

So, you’re waiting for what?  If you miss this go-round, just don’t miss the next one….

Blue Star Contemporary: Black Box Lunch Series – June 19, 2013

Several times a year, Blue Star hosts the Black Box Lunch Series, an opportunity to meet exhibiting artists and discuss their work.  I attended my first featuring Amita Bhatt and Sharon Kopriva, two of the four artists from “Texas Tough,” running through August 24th.  What a great concept, once you get past the crunching of chips.  To be honest, those in attendance were so quickly engrossed by the life story that Amita was relating, actually trying to eat became an afterthought.

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All eyes on Amita…..

We started in the back gallery with Amita’s work surrounding, engulfing us. Tables were set up in a large square configuration with a few more rows of chairs to round out seating for the group.  Elizabeth Lyons, programming and marketing wiz at BSC, graciously welcomed all.  A very different vibe from the typical auditorium and podium set up.  It lent a certain intimacy once the ice was broken and we got started.

When Amita’s presentation ended, we followed Sharon to the main gallery, into the veritable maw of her work spanning 30 years.  As we trailed her through the gallery, she led us through her very imposing body of sculptures and paintings with a grace and self-effacing humor that was completely disarming.  The hour allotted for the conversation flew by in the blink of an eye.

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We’re walking…..

I’ll not go into further detail here, and save the individual artist impressions for additional entries.  I would like to encourage immersing oneself in conversations such as these whenever possible.  We attended the opening of the exhibition which was a wonderful evening, but the individual point of view that can be gained from listening to an artist’s story is of immeasurable value – a price beyond rubies!

Click here to view photos from the opening reception.

The next Black Box Lunch is scheduled for July 24 with the remaining “Texas Tough” gals, Jill Bedgood and Sherry Owens.  For more information visit bluestarart.org

Second Saturday at Lone Star Arts District — June 2013

Second Saturday at Lone Star Arts District -- June 2013

Originally conceived primarily as an arts event several years ago, First Friday in Southtown has evolved into…well, something different. This, combined with the reduction of gallery space at the Blue Star, created a need for a monthly event truly focusing on the arts. Although several years in existence, Second Saturday, centered in the Lone Star Arts District, is quickly growing to become a major event. And the fact that most artists in this area own their galleries (as opposed to renting them) means that this event won’t be displaced by more commercially-oriented themes.

The June event proved to be no exception. Several galleries featured new exhibits, and around every corner was something different to behold. New galleries are popping up, and a craft brewery is being built on South Flores. Despite the fact that the event is growing in popularity, a couple of galleries chose not to open this month. Regardless, there was still plenty to see and do — as well as many interesting people in attendance.

To check out the photo album, click here.

For more information on Second Saturday, check out LoneStarArtDistrict on facebook.

ART Magazine Reception at Camp Street Lofts

ART Magazine Reception at Camp Street Lofts

San Antonio’s own ART Magazine recently held a reception in the penthouse apartment of the legendary Linda Pace atop the Camp Street Lofts. Currently being displayed in this amazing venue are the works of Arturo Herrera, who was Artpace’s International Artist in Residence in 1999-2000. The exhibition is on display through September 6, and can be viewed by appointment only. More information is available at lindapacefoundation.org.

The event was well attended — and as you can see from this photo and others in the album — it was a great place to meet, greet and take in the amazing venue…not to mention the stunning views of downtown San Antonio.

To view the photo album, click here.

To learn more about ART Magazine, check out their website at artmagazinesa.com.

Summer Concert Series: Best Kept Secret in Southtown

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Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats

Music lovers know. San Antonio is a great town for music. One of the best kept secrets of the summer outdoor concert season is this series hosted by the King William Association on the cool, lush banks of the San Antonio River fronting the offices at the San Antonio River Authority, 100 E. Guenther Street.

Since the fund’s inception in 2000, over $300,000 in grants and scholarships have been awarded by this outstanding community organization. These concerts are but one of the many ways that the King William Association gives back to the people of San Antonio. Everyone is invited to this free event.

This intimate, leafy-green venue is perfect on a late Sunday afternoon. Shady, and usually with a cool breeze, concert-goers bring picnic baskets to share a light repast and a cool drink with friends and family, young and old. Since May, audiences have enjoyed local favorites Katchie Cartwright, Henry Brun, The Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats, and Olivia Chacon Flamenco Dancers. Beginning at 6:30, the concerts are about an hour long, perhaps a bit more allowing for the inevitable encores. A perfect and relaxing finish to any long weekend.

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Olivia Chacon Flamenco Dancers

There are two more fantastic opportunities to get in on the fun this summer. On July 7, the Austin Piazzolla Quintet will perform. Described as “tango at its best,” this group plays in the Nuevo Tango tradition, specializing in the works of great Argentine Composer, Astor Piazzolla. The season comes to a close on July 21, with Daniel Monserrat. With more Tango and Salsa, this Argentinian has a vibrant local following, promising to end the 2013 season with a flourish!

Click here to view more photos from the flamenco concert.
Click here to view more photos from the jazz concert.