River Walk

Jack Morgan

Yet another Art Portal to a Mission along the Museum Reach was opened last week. The San Antonio River Foundation is installing Art Portals at each departure from the Mission Reach, to tie the Reach to each Mission. 

San Antonio is home to two important tourist attractions – the Alamo and the River Walk – which are in competition for the top tourist destination in Texas.

Fiesta Commission

The  history of Fiesta continues this week. The 124-year-old San Antonio tradition has changed but only little when compared to the dramatic changes to the surrounding city.

We talk with Lewis Fisher about Fiesta, a changing San Antonio and more.

Jack Morgan

He’s made a lifestyle and a living writing about San Antonio history, and in particular, its river. I'm talking about Lewis Fisher. He wrote the definitive book years ago on the history of the San Antonio River, but now he’s got a new one.

“The new book is titled American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio’s River.

So why did we need a new book about the river?

“The River Walk has recently been expanded from three miles to 15 miles, with dramatic extensions to the north and to the south. And this book covers both of them.”

Elizabeth Lyons

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.