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Arts & Culture
3:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

San Fernando Cathedral Like You've Never Seen It

An image depicting the Battle of the Alamo, which will be projected and animated as part of "The Saga."
Credit Xavier de Richemont

What they’re doing to San Fernando Cathedral tonight will make you see it in a whole new light. Light -- that’s the key word here. Lots and lots of light.

"It’s a video painting of the cathedral," said Xavier de Richemont, who is the one projecting light, pictures, images, and textures onto San Fernando Cathedral. The film, of sorts, is called "San Antonio|The Saga," a chronological telling of the San Antonio story.

"I’m a storyteller telling stories from history," said Richemont. "The Indians, the Comanches and the Spanish coming and the missions being constructed."

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Arts & Culture
12:10 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Henri Matisse: Life In Color Opens At SAMA

Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool
courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art opens an exhibition on one of the art world’s giants: Henri Matisse. Matisse shook things up when he was first becoming known. In fact, he and his contemporaries were given a derisive name.

"They were called 'fauvists' by art critics of the time, which in French means ‘wild beasts,” like a javelina, basically," said SAMA’s William Keyes Rudolph.

The art world was much more narrow back then, much less open to new ideas.    

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

San Fernando Public Art Project Seeking County Funds

San Fernando Cathedral.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Main Plaza Conservancy is asking Bexar County to contribute to the funding for a visual art exhibit coming to the San Fernando Cathedral.

Officials hope the artwork will become a national attraction, and have gone to Bexar County commissioners to ask for their support of the project's ongoing maintenance.

Father David Garcia is the director of the Old Spanish Missions, but it was in his additional capacity as a board member of the Main Plaza Conservancy that he went to commissioners to seek support for a new public art project on the plaza.

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Arts & Culture
12:28 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Second Boerne Art Waddle Is This Saturday

Boerne Art Waddle
Cheryl J Beck, CJB Digital Imaging, Boerne Spotlights

The idea isn’t a completely original one, but as is often the case, Boerne puts its own spin on it.  It's called the "Art Waddle" and Boerne’s Mary Morton came up with it.

“My husband and I have gone on outings to other art walks throughout San Antonio and we’ve just enjoyed it tremendously and had gotten to know a neighborhood that we had never been to before. So that’s what we decided to do, and last year was our first year," Morton said.

“Now, you didn’t call it an 'art walk,' you called it an 'art waddle.' What’s the deal with that?" I asked.

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Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Vincent Valdez Artpace Exhibit Bears "Strangest Fruit"

Vincent Valdez, The Strangest Fruit, 2013
Credit Mark Menjivar

San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez has created an exhibition that, let’s face it, is a little disturbing. But then, maybe art, from time to time, should be.

It’s called "Strangest Fruit" and it’s at Artpace. It owes its concept from the Abel Meeropol poem "Strange Fruit," which was penned about seeing lynched black people hanging from trees in the South. Valdez said there's something perhaps even more unsettling than the subject for that poem.

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

SAY Si Graduates Get Set For Exit Art Show On May 2

Many local schools are beginning to think about graduation but SAY Sí, the afterschool youth program that says it “unfolds lives through art,” is getting ready to graduate 18 seniors in just a couple weeks.

“On Friday, May 2, which is the First Friday here in the Southtown Arts District, and it’s from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.,” said Artistic Executive Director Jon Hinojosa. He said that for the graduation, graduates’ art output will be showcased for all to see.

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President George W. Bush
10:36 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Artist Formerly Known As President George W. Bush Unleashes His Inner Rembrandt

President Bush's portrait of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:57 am

Since he left office, former President George W. Bush has devoted part of his free time to painting – everything from his dog Barney to self-portraits. A year after a hacker revealed some of his works-in-progress, Bush had his first real art show Friday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.

The exhibit, titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," opens to the public Saturday. It features portraits of 24 world leaders, including Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama.

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Arts & Culture
9:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

SAY Si: Nurturing Artistic Creativity In San Antonio Teenagers

SAY Sí student.
Tommy Hopkins

You may already know SAY Sí from what they do for young people in San Antonio.

“SAY Sí is a youth arts development program," said Visual Arts Director Tommy Hopkins. "We provide year-round tuition-free arts programming for middle school and high school students.”

SAY Sí operates from a well-equipped South Alamo location, one geared to teach a wide variety of arts.

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Briscoe Adds An Outdoor Gallery

Denny Haskew, Strength of the Maker & Sandy Scott, Equus Found
Alamo Photographic

The Briscoe Western Art Museum just added another gallery and this one is outdoors. The grand opening of the one-third acre McNutt Courtyard on the east end of the Briscoe’s Market Street museum on Thursday morning unveiled eight western sculptures.

I spoke to the museum’s Executive Director Steven Karr about the process for finding the sculptures.

“It was really trying to find pieces that were emblematic of the American West,” Karr said.

Emblematic, but, Karr hopes, not necessarily what you’d expect.

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Jasmine Guy Brings Show To San Antonio Inspired By Harlem Renaissance

Jasmine Guy
Calvin Evans

Jasmine Guy has acted on several hit TV shows, but now she’s doing something different.

“Well I’m very excited to be coming to San Antonio for this show,” she said.

Guy is an actor, singer, and dancer and now she’s coming to the Carver Cultural Center for "Raisin’ Cane, what she described as "an odyssey of the Harlem Renaissance.”

That Harlem Renaissance was a short-lived but very noteworthy period for art in Harlem.

“1919 to 1929,” Guy said.

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