Put Fiesta Arts Fair On Your List

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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.

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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.

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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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Texas Tough: Amita Bhatt – Depends Who You Ask

Amita tells her tale.

Amita tells her tale.

A group of individuals gathers for an informal “Black Box” lunch at Blue Star. What next?

First up: Amita Bhatt.  Initially, the paper rustling and chip crunching was a little distracting – not for long.

As Amita tentatively launched into her story you were carried away, as if by Scheherezade. We were surrounded by her 9′ x 12′ drawings  – charcoal on rough canvas. Humble materials and unforgiving media relating a complex and quizzical view of the world. She described the scene in Mumbai of the early 90’s.  She found herself in the middle of the worst violence the country had seen since the partition of India, involved with the mafia and one of the most deadly men in the country.  To say the least, it was a difficult time and she was nearly killed twice. In an attempt to escape this violence she moved to the US in 1994. And this is where the search for meaning began to unfold.

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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….