San Antonio recently lost a highly visible artist. Rick Hunter was probably San Antonio's most known photographer when he died last week of pneumonia.
Facebook may seem an odd place to take the measure of a man, but if you go to Rick Hunter’s Facebook page, the tributes number into the hundreds.
"Rick Hunter was a colleague of mine at the San Antonio Express News," said Hector Saldaña. "I think of a very encouraging person, I think of a guy that loved people, it was evident in his photographs."
It was with the heaviest heart that I read the news, spreading like a wild fire, of the death of the extraordinary photographer Rick Hunter. He was one of my favorite people on Facebook and a constant inspiration as I tried, and tried again, to train my camera to see as he saw. My eye will never be as keen as his, yet I will continue to strive to capture the world around me as he always did, so skillfully.
A new exhibit at the McNay by Illinois artist Rosayln Schwartz takes conventions from master paintings and re-interprets them, challenging the "arbiter of taste," those who decide what is and isn't "high quality."
"What I do in a sense is to try to pervert that experience by changing colors to these lurid, almost neon-like colors that I use to create these old master reenactments." Schwartz said. "And what I find so interesting is that people are drawn to the work, they’re seduced by the work because of this mastery."
A theater performance on Friday at the Magik Theatre is a little closer to real life drama than those on any other stage in town. That's because some of the young people on stage have been arrested for, as James Apollo Bradley says, things like "truancy, and possession, vandalism and things of that nature that could lead to more serious crimes down the road."
Bradley has developed a method to get those teens to take the exit before they head on down that road. His idea:
If you dig deep into World War II’s history, you find obscure facts that somehow history has just forgotten to pass on. Well, here’s one for you: Mexican pilots fought alongside American ones in the Pacific theater.
As Bryan Howard, director of research, exhibits and collections at the Institute of Texan Cultures explains, they called them the "Aztec Eagles."
An exhibit at the Carver Cultural Center features works by Roberto Jose Gonzalez, who cites a less-than-common muse for his new exhibit: A rain god.
"The exhibit is entitled Atl" Gonzalez said. "Atl is one of the rain gods, one of the rain deities in Mexico. This exhibition is devoted to creating works that are my vision, my interpretation of that particular rain God."
San Antonian Gonzalez is originally from Laredo, but traces his family tree much farther back.
Putumayoalbums are impossible to miss. Since it first appeared on store shelves, the series has featured the distinctive, colorful artwork of Nicola Heindl. Each musical track is exotic and always melodic.
The Texas Children’s Choir is heading to Hondo, but that’s only a small step compared to where they’re going next summer -- Normandy Beach in France, where Americans invaded on D-Day.
Volunteer Laura Force, whose 9-year-old daughter is in the choir, said that common purpose is the key to the choir’s success. She talked about Choir Director Dr. Thomas Hardaway’s efforts with the children:
"Dr. Hardaway instills in the children that their choir is as much about instilling their own voices independently and together as a choir, as it is also service to others," Force said.