The newest public art acquisition in the City of San Antonio is right here in our neighborhood. Many may have noticed that there has been an art project going on for the past few months at the Fulton Street underpass connecting the Alta Vista and Beacon Hill neighborhoods. In fact, this goal has been more than 5 years in the making and has passed through the hands of many elected officials and community governance volunteers. Thanks to the City’s 1% for Art program and our District 1 City Council representation (Diego Bernal and Roberto Carlos Trevino), we will enjoy this contribution to our cultural life for years to come.
September 2017 is shaping up to be the month of “All Things Chuck”, an homage to the late Chuck Ramirez, a Southtown fixture who tragically passed away in a bicycle accident in 2010. Along with the much-ballyhooed exhibits at the McNay Art Museum and Ruiz-Healy Art, Linda Pace Foundation (LPF) is providing a complement to these exhibits with a tight little show at their SPACE Gallery. “INCITE” opens with a reception on Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
The exhibition draws on a variety of media including photography, video, installation art, painting and collage. According to the press release, “Themes of whimsy and ephemerality connect the selected artworks on exhibit in ‘INCITE.’ At first glance, they give an impression of light-hearted simplicity, as brightly colored depictions of confetti balls, pom-poms and piñatas attract viewers and provoke a feeling of festivity. Yet, when looked at in depth, layers of more complex themes emerge alluding to the temporary nature of these ordinary objects.”
Medal Love. Fiesta Arts Fair 2015. Photo by Page Graham.
After 43 years, Fiesta Arts Fair at the Southwest School of Art (SSA) is still consistently rated as a favorite among Fiesta-goers, young and old. This year’s fair will take place on Saturday, April 16, 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, April 17, 11 am – 5 pm. Typically 12,000 people attend this event each year, so you are likely to run into a few people you know.
Kings Anchovy LI, Michael Bobo and Wayne Beers at Fiesta Arts Fair 2015. Photo by Page Graham.
Barbara Hill and the rest of the SSA staff and volunteers work hard to keep the quality and the fun factor high. This year there will be more than 110 artists from across the country working in a variety of media. The show is juried and competitive, so the quality of the work shown is always top-notch. I had the pleasure of serving as a juror for the 2015 event and also exhibited there a few moons back, so take it from someone who knows. This year’s awards will be presented on Saturday, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
And you thought Fiesta was over for the year… WRONG!
There will be one more chance to view Josh Huskin’s “Fiesta People” at Flight Gallery on First Friday, May 1.
This very clever collection of portraits was shot over a 10 day period in April. Huskin also used the shooting of the portraits to raise money for the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, a nonprofit that makes grants to individual artists residing in Bexar County. Over the past 10 years, this organization has made grants totaling $627,000 to 112 artists.
Artist Foundation was recently recognized by readers of the San Antonio Current as “Best Nonprofit Organization” of 2015.
For more information about this project, check out my original article at The Rivard Report.
Installation by Elizabeth Rodriguez “On the Eve of Consciousness” at Bihl Haus Arts. Photo by Daniel Gonzalez.
Kudos to Elizabeth Rodriguez on her exhibition at Bihl Haus Arts, “On the Eve of Consciousness.” I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth several months back. She has been a regular exhibitor at the Brick Marketplace Sunday happening. She keeps a fabulous collection of vintage clothing there on a semi-regular basis, terribly stylish and always tempting. Over time, we struck up an acquaintance and had several wonderful conversations, some of them delving into deep waters. I knew that she had worked with her former husband, artist Jesse Treviño, but she never mentioned that she was preparing her own body of work for an upcoming show.
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.