Fronteras: There's a critical shortage of mental health care workers in Texas, and the problem is especially apparent in the borderlands. The Texas Democratic Party chair speaks about the party's top candidates, its platform and more as the convention arrives this weekend. For San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz, culture is everything. He speaks about the inspiration for his Tex-Mex artwork and new exhibit at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
Three times a year Artpace invites an artist from Texas, another from the rest of the United States, and another from somewhere in the world to live at Artpace for two months and create.
With the spring residency program nearly through, I caught up with one of their artists, Margaret Meehan, to see what she’s creating. First I asked her what the residency program is like, from an artist's standpoint.
“It’s like a really lovely boot camp!” she laughed.
What Meehan is creating has a theme: Women in War.
A new exhibit at the McNay Art Museum Stieren Center got my attention. I found works large enough to nearly cover the walls, colorful enough to enliven my senses, and detailed enough that I really felt like I’d seen a lot. I also found Chief Curator Rene Barilleaux to describe the exhibit, which is called Beauty Reigns.
If you’ve been to a pair of local medical facilities recently, you might be surprised by the art you see there. The concept is called "healing arts." I spoke to Mark Webb, a senior vice president with University Health System to find out how it works.
"There is science and data behind arts and the healing process," Webb said. “How it reduces anxiety of patients and how it speeds with the healing process because it’s calming.”
One of the masters of the 19th and 20th centuries, Henri Matisse, will be all over San Antonio this week.
He is on full display at the San Antonio Museum of Art in an exhibit called "Matisse: Life in Color" that started Saturday. Lasting until September 7, the exhibit draws from the extensive and unique works of the Cone collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
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."
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.
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.
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.