The Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum mosaic program is grooming promising art students for a future in the field. Last week I introduced you to the program that encourages art students’ interests and abilities. This week I’ll introduce you to a student benefiting from the program.
Blue Star Mosaic recruits talented students from area high schools to join their after school program. One of those students, Yenifer Gaviña, detailed the time commitment, "from 4:30-7:30 and during summer from 1:30-5:30.”
I asked her if that was a big sacrifice of her time.
A new River Walk art installation went in last week. The piece is called Compass Rose.
“Compass Rose is a 4 ft. by 3 ft. glazed ceramic mosaic that is situated in the geographic center of San Antonio on the River Walk,” said Alex Rubio, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum’s Artist in Residence for their mosaic program.
As Rubio detailed, the mosaic program mentors high school students that they recruit from art programs all around the city.
“Teaching them studio practicum. Getting them involved in community work, and of course, public art,” Rubio said.
March is Contemporary Art Month so to find out more, I talked to CAM Co-Director Chris Sauter.
“The kickoff party for the Contemporary Art Month is Thursday at the Blue Star (Contemporary Art Museum). And the Contemporary Art Month’s closing party takes place at Chris Park on March 28,” Sauter said.
Chris Park is Southtown’s beautiful little private/public art-themed park. Between the kickoff and the closing party is a month’s worth of events designed to get contemporary art on our collective radar. Sauter explained one of the ways they do it:
The San Antonio Botanical Garden and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum have teamed up for a project that all started with a pretty simple premise.
"Not everybody in San Antonio is going to be able to come to the museum to see contemporary art, so it’s important to go out into the community," said Blue Star Director of Special Projects Bill Fitzgibbons.
So go out they did. They displayed art in a wide variety of places.
"Everything from St. Paul Square to the grounds of UTSA to the Botanical Garden," Fitzgibbons said.
A new exhibit at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum is getting some heated interest and the reason is probably because if its subject mater, and size. It’s not exactly something you can hang on your wall.
"The sculpture at Blue Star is approximately 70 ft. long," said Blane de St. Croix, the artist who created the sculpture he calls Broken Landscape III.
They’re called The Classic Theatre, and the name of the five-year-old San Antonio theater company isn’t by accident.
"We concentrate on classic dramatic literature, and that means is we usually do old classics and one modern classic a year," said Co-Artistic Director Diane Malone. "I’m just doing pure Shakespeare and the audiences are loving it."
Why is something written hundreds of years ago -- like Shakespeare -- still relevant today?