River Walk

Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Tue July 15, 2014

New Blue Star Mosaic On River Walk Created By Student

Compass Rose on the River Walk near San Fernando Cathedral.
Credit 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.

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Military Parade
2:45 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

River Walk Armed Forces Parade Saturday Will Be Broadcast Across The Country

Twenty-five floats will leave from the Paseo del Rio marina Saturday night for the start of the parade at 6 p.m.
Credit Eileen Pace

  You may have noticed an increasing number of yellow ribbons along the River Walk in the past couple of weeks. People have been buying sponsorship ribbons to honor loved ones in advance of the third annual Armed Forces River Parade on Saturday evening, a parade that is considered unique in the country.

Janie and Randy Kiehl drive down from Kerrville every year to help Paseo del Rio hang hundreds of large yellow bows on the trees along the River Walk in preparation for the parade.

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Briscoe Adds An Outdoor Gallery

Denny Haskew, Strength of the Maker & Sandy Scott, Equus Found
Alamo Photographic

The Briscoe Western Art Museum just added another gallery and this one is outdoors. The grand opening of the one-third acre McNutt Courtyard on the east end of the Briscoe’s Market Street museum on Thursday morning unveiled eight western sculptures.

I spoke to the museum’s Executive Director Steven Karr about the process for finding the sculptures.

“It was really trying to find pieces that were emblematic of the American West,” Karr said.

Emblematic, but, Karr hopes, not necessarily what you’d expect.

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The Source - March 17, 2014
12:05 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

The Source: Longtime La Villita Vendors Crying Foul

Changes are coming at La Villita
heatheronhertravels.com

The city has been unhappy with the amount of foot-traffic the historic area gets and multiple studies have been done to try and address shortcomings. City council will be discussing the request for proposals that the Department for Culture & Creative Development has devised to encourage more visitors. 

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Fri February 7, 2014

See The New SAWS-Briscoe Mural Celebrating San Antonio Water History

SAWS Mural at the Briscoe Western Art Musem
Brian Wilkie

The newest River Walk tile mural was unveiled on Tuesday morning and it celebrates the story of water in San Antonio.

"Contrary to popular belief, oil isn’t the lifeblood of this city, it’s water," said Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Executive Director Steven Karr. "So it’s an important story to tell."  

To tell that story, the Briscoe collaborated with San Antonio Water Systems and artists from Dunis Studios and decided to continue a long-standing San Antonio tradition of creating and installing large tile murals along the River Walk.

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Arts & Culture
4:42 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

New Tile Mural Continues Long River Walk Tradition

Susan Dunis & Sienna Dunis Ginn
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

That water tank behind the Arneson River Theater stage marks San Antonio’s oldest pump station. Just to the west of it is the brand new Briscoe Museum. The area between them is the beautiful McNutt Courtyard.

As an entrance to the River Walk, it’s a prime place to carry on a San Antonio art tradition — a painted tile mural.

"It’s completely in the W.P.A. tradition," said tile expert and author Susan Toomey Frost talking about the Works Progress Administration tile murals installed as part of the old River Walk. She cites a long tradition.

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Arts & Culture
3:02 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

River Walk Christmas Lights Excite Visitors And Locals For The Holidays

Christmas lights along the Museum Reach.
San Antonio River Authority

It is said that New Yorkers don’t go see the Statue of Liberty -- they just take it for granted. With that as premise, I took you to the River Walk in a recent report so that others could remind you how wonderful the River Walk is. Those to whom I spoke expressed too much enthusiasm for only one report, so here's a follow up.

"I’m Catherine Perez, we just recently moved to the San Antonio area from Florida."

I asked Catherine what she thought of the River Walk in its holiday finery.

"I love it! It’s busy, it’s pretty," she said.

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Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Visitors Say River Walk Lives Up To Holiday Expectations

Perez family, who are visiting from Dallas.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

San Antonio’s largest single piece of art has many fans, both local, and international. It's the San Antonio River, downtown. A pan flute fills the air with South American magic at the River Center Mall lagoon, where the barges circle and head out on their circumnavigation of the river's big horseshoe bend. 

I went down the other night to see what people thought about how the city dresses up its River Walk for the Holiday Season.

"My name is Justin Self, and I’ve been having fun just walking around and seeing all the pretty lights."

"Where are you from?" I asked.

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Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Christmas Carolers Bring Holiday Cheer To The River Walk

Holiday lights on the River Walk.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

You’re down on the River Walk, the barges floating by, when all of a sudden you see a barge floating by full of Christmas carolers.

“It is one of the most fun things that we do all year long," said Nancy Hunt, executive director of the Paseo Del Rio Association.

“We provide barges that people can rent. You can bring a church caroling group or a boy scout troop or a girl scout troop. And you board the barge and you sing carols along the River Walk," Hunt said.

Wow! Talk about a San Antonio holiday.

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Holidays in San Antonio
4:25 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Paseo Del Rio Getting Ready For Annual Christmas River Parade

Whoville float - or How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Eileen Pace TPR News

Paseo del Rio officials are checking their lists for decorations and lighting on 26 river barges that have to be ready by Friday for the big holiday river parade.    

Decorators in the Paseo marina below downtown San Antonio are working to string lights, build stages, and cover woodwork and electrical cords with layers of cotton that will make the barges look like they went through snow.

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