Black Box Lunch “Texas Tough”: Jill Bedgood and Sherry Owens

Jill Bedgood & Sherry Owens

Jill Bedgood & Sherry Owens

Well, Blue Star delivers once again.  The Black Box Lunch with Jill and Sherry was just great. What a fantastic way to gain insight to an artist’s work in an informal setting. The turnout was great – an enthusiastic gathering of artists, students, collectors and whatnot. Jill and Sherry did not disappoint. The personal connection between these two Texas gals is palpable. The generosity of spirit that comes not only from the fellowship of the path of the artist, but between two humans who genuinely know and like each other. That’s something special that doesn’t always happen. Yes, professional admiration and respect is not at all uncommon, but that genuine warmth of devotion in the admiration is simply not always something that the “spectator” gets to experience. This was our golden ticket.

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Tango y más: A Sunday Matinee with Daniel Monserrat

Imagine yourself in a smoky Buenos Aires cafe late one Friday night, listening to the sound of tango music being provided by a familiar, local duo. It may be a little hard to do on a sultry Sunday afternoon, sitting by the San Antonio River — but that’s the image that came to my mind as I closed my eyes and enjoyed the music provided by Daniel Monserrat.

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Great entertainment? You bet! Something a little different and totally unexpected. Why is this so?

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Southwest School of Art All School Exhibition 2013…Bravo!!!

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Simply amazing! The faculty and students of Southwest School of Art should give themselves a pat on the back for the caliber of work shown in their All School Exhibition. This well-attended event was filled with an exhaustive variety of art, from painting to sculpture, photography to conceptual art.

Since this event is so visually overwhelming — and it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words — I’m going to let the images do the talking…

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King William Summer Concert Series: Last Call!

San Antonio Rhythm Cats earlier this summer

Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats earlier this summer

The season comes to a close this Sunday, July 21, with Daniel MonserratFeaturing Tango and Salsa vibes, this Argentinian has a vibrant local following, promising to end the 2013 season with a flourish! Join us on the lush banks of the San Antonio River fronting the offices at the San Antonio River Authority, 100 E. Guenther Street. Bring a picnic basket and something wonderful to drink and you should be good to go. The set kicks off around 6:30.

Seeing as the much anticipated Austin Piazzolla Quintet was rained out a few weeks ago, we are hoping for a reschedule…. We’ll keep you informed of any developments on that front.

It’s been a great summer concert series, thanks to the King William Association.

For more photos of previous concerts, click here.

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Looks like fun, right? Join us.

Artpace: International Artists-In-Residence 13.2: Part 2

It was a great evening. The energy was electric, the work engaging. Three artists, each working in their own way with a “sense of place” and what that conveys. Every space was buzzing with conversation and curiosity. The artists’ panel discussion was SRO. Just love it when this happens! I sat in on the conversation prior to seeing the individual gallery representations. The next time I will investigate the work first in order to put the talk in better context, but no matter. It worked. I was ready to check it out.

Paglen's "Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 2, Build 1)

Paglen’s “Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 2, Build 1)”

Trevor Paglen, hailing from New York, shares a glimpse of his very complex oeuvre. With “Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 2, Build 1)” we see a model for a satellite that can actually be placed into orbit as a “secondary payload.” Wow. I have to disclose a bit of geek worship on this one. I was raised south of Houston in the hoods surrounding Johnson Space Center – NASA. I grew up with the kids of scientists who were pioneers of the US space program. My “briar patch,” shall we say. Paglen’s work is dense with scientific detail and precision. He literally works with teams across the world to bring his “art projects” to fruition. In his estimation, each piece takes 5 years to bring to completion. Frankly, it boggles my mind. Brilliant. I found the work so compelling that I had to find out more, and I recommend that you do the same. Spend some time mining his website. Start with this Vimeo about his “The Last Pictures Project.” You will be blown away, too. There’s much to absorb.

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Artpace: International Artists-In-Residence Program 13.2: Part 1

The best thing about Artpace, in my opinion, is the interaction. The diversity. The pressing of diversity. I am relatively new to San Antonio and thus, to Artpace. What an interesting concept. Since 1994, an international coterie of curators have been bringing artists to San Antonio 3 at a time – one representative from Texas, another an artist working elsewhere in the US, and the final an international candidate. There are 3 installations per year. The artists get a 2-month residency which includes a place to stay with a living stipend, a budget for creating an onsite artwork, access to studio and exhibit space, along with workshops and other support services. The idea is that the artists have an opportunity to interact with the community as well. How fabulous.

On Spot: Curator and Artists

On Spot: Curator and Artists

The gathering to celebrate the opening of the 2013 Summer Program was a poppin’! Curator Hou Hanru brought together  a group of artists with very divergent vision and working styles – part of what made the exhibit compelling. Pak Sheung Chuen from Hong Kong, Trevor Paglen from New York, and Clarissa Tossin currently in Houston (by way of Brasillia).

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Contemporary Rabbit Month at Sala Diaz

We were fortunate to be escorted to Sala Diaz by a close friend who knew its location. Otherwise, we probably would have circled the block a couple of times before realizing that it was actually to be found in an unassuming vintage home nestled behind a cluster of trees. The word “rustic” probably describes this structure best. Although it is in no danger of falling down, the building has an air of benign neglect, thanks to the peeling paint and what appears to be the original metal roof.

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Recycled bicycle handlebars make for an amusing screen door handle

It’s actually one building amongst a few sharing a large common area in back, where the evening’s festivities were going to be held. Since we arrived early, the reception was still taking place on the front porch.

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