Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

SAY Si Tackles Taboo Topics For Teens

Taboo Topics
Stephen Guzman SAY Sí Communications Manager

SAY Sí is opening a new exhibition, and it has an unusual theme. First, to be sure you remember SAY Sí, here’s what they do:

“We’re a youth arts and education program for high school and middle school students that challenges those students to grow professionally and artistically," said Stephan Guzman, who manages communications there.

As to how they help them grow, Guzman said one of the ways is to challenge them to create art around a central theme.

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Arts & Culture
1:48 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

More Backstory On The Houston Street Bridge

Wide shot of Houston Street Bridge
Steven Collard

Last week I filed a story on how the Houston Street Bridge over the San Antonio River came to be the way it is today. I subsequently found out there was more to it that you might be interested in.

Architect David Lake of Lake|Flato Architects was out of town when I tried to reach him last week for that story. Then on Monday he called me back.

"Houston Street Bridge was part of the Tri-Party project which was started in 1989 and completed in 1991," Lake said.

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Arts & Culture
2:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Photo Exhibit At Blue Star Features Striking Portrait Silhouettes

Jenelle Esparza
Jack Morgan

An exhibit opening at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum on Wednesday is a series of portraits that don’t really look like portraits.

“A common theme throughout this work and a lot of my work is identity," said Jenelle Esparza, the artist/photographer whose work is featured in the exhibit called Ancestral Archetypes.

"So I used silhouettes of people instead of a detailed frontal portrait of somebody," she said.

In fact those portraits reveal very little detail of each person’s face, and as Esparza explained, that’s not by accident.

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Arts & Culture
2:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Carver Exhibit Highlights African American Women's Perspective

Final Hour, by Yvette Watson
Aissatou Sidime-Blanton

An exhibit is set to open soon at the Carver Cultural Center.  It opens on Independence Day and features a wide variety of works.

“It is a selection of works by African American women from around the country, but with a focus on Texas women," said Aissatou Sidime-Blanton, who is curating the exhibit.

“In fact, there are nine Texas women, including two from San Antonio,” she said.

As to what the works are about, Sidime-Blanton said the theme is a fairly loose one.

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1:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Critical Shortage Of Mental Health Care Providers In Texas

Medically underserved areas in Texas, 2011.
Credit Map created by the Texas Primary Care Office

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.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Spring Artpace Residents Take Up Women In War Theme

Margaret Meehan and her art.
Noah Simblist

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.

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Arts & Culture
5:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Beauty Reigns, "New Baroque" At The McNay Art Museum

Ryan McGinness, The Lazy Logic of Ignava Ratio , 2009
Ryan McGinness Studios, Inc./Art Resource, NY. © 2014 Ryan McGinness/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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.

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Arts & Culture
3:47 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Own Your Own San Anto Mural

Mini mural.
Cecilia Santos

There’s a mini-mural sale that’s coming up quite soon. The San Anto Cultural Arts Mini-Mural auction was originally scheduled for tonight, but something got in the way.

"The Spurs won the national championship," said Harvey Mireles, executive director the San Anto Cultural Arts Center, about the reason for the postponement.

"We, of course, like the rest of San Antonio, root for our Spurs and love them dearly," he said.

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Tue June 17, 2014

University Health System Introduces Art To Help Heal

UHS ky Tower lobby. Artist Ed Carpenter
University Health System

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.”

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The Source - June 16, 2014
12:45 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

The Source: Matisse Makes Rare Trip To San Antonio

A Matisse "Odalisque."
Image courtesy of San Antonio Museum of Art © 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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.

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