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.
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.
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.