David Blancas

Apparently completed in just two days, a large mural at Harlandale High School is getting a lot of attention. There's a story behind the mural, and it starts with this guy.

“My name is David Blancas. I’m a local visual artist and muralist.”

The Principal of Harlandale asked him to create a mural.

“They had a really fantastic, I thought, canvas.”

The mural is in a public reception area at the school and Blancas was asked to create something specific to the history of the south side, where the high school is.

At a small exhibit at the Historical Museum of Crete, a visiting artist gazes at an early religious painting by El Greco.

"The Baptism of Christ" is a vividly colored, two-dimensional, egg tempera-on-panel work from the second half of the 16th century. But it already showed hints of the style that would later make him one of the Western world's most famous painters.

Sophia Vorontzova, a Russian artist now living in Germany, calls it his "signature in art."

courtesy John Medina

A new group with a curious name is looking to shake things up a bit on San Antonio’s Art Scene. That curious name is Alamo Basement, and if that phrase rings a bell, it’s not by accident. Think of that San Antonio scene in Pee-wee Herman’s first movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” The late, great Jan Hooks exclaimed to a befuddled Pee-wee, “There’s no basement at the Alamo!”  (hit "Listen" above to hear that scene)

“Yeah, y’ know, it’s kind of a clever name. I’ve always been a fan of ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’.”

McNay Museum of Art

The McNay Art Museum’s “Intimate Impressionism” exhibit gets a boost from an impressionism expert. More on that below, but about the exhibit itself--there are nearly seventy paintings of French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, most of them from the National Gallery, on display at the McNay. The paintings don't seem edgy now, but the Impressionists really shook things up at the time in the world of art. 

Sometimes art can change how people see the world. But Anna Coleman Ladd made art that changed how the world saw people.

It was World War I, and soldiers were coming home from the battlefield with devastating injuries. Those who survived were often left with disfigured faces.