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The State of Hand Stitch, New Embroidery by Texas Artists

Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Aug. 9
UTSA Art Gallery - Main Campus One UTSA Circle, San Antonio San Antonio


"The State of Hand Stitch" is a survey of eleven women artists in Texas working with thread and needle at a time when embroidery is increasingly recognized as a medium of choice by serious artists. This exhibit displays a range of subject matter, scale, approach, and materials, demonstrating the many possibilities of contemporary stitch. (210) 458-4391

"Transcendental Tricentennial: Love Letters to San Anto, the (he)Art of David Zamora Casas"

Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through July 28
Institute of Texan Cultures 801 E César Chávez Blvd, San Antonio San Antonio

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Over the last four decades, self-described “artivist” David Zamora Casas has delighted, shocked and intrigued San Antonio audiences with paintings, installations, altars and performance works that essentially present the artist himself as a canvas. Fusing elements of folk and outsider art with nods to the aesthetics of Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí, the DIY spirit of rasquachismo, religious iconography and Latinx and LGBTQ* activism, Casas has established something many artists strive for fruitlessly: an instantly recognizable aesthetic that’s distinctly their own. Nicknamed Nuclear Meltdown and dubbed a “clown shaman” by esteemed author and MacArthur Genius Sandra Cisneros, Casas often makes cameos in his own paintings, his fire-engine red lips, devilish goatee and Dalí-esque mustache emerging from surreal tableaus populated by skulls, deities, monkeys and mermaids swimming amid swirling patterns, Mesoamerican symbols and hand-painted text reminiscent of retablos. In the words of Chicano art specialist Tomas Ybarra-Frausto, Casas’ canvases “mix word and image to visualize autobiographical and universal stories  of homoerotic love, loss and persistent social concerns including immigration, environmental plunder, gender disparity and the multiple issues facing marginalized individuals and communities.” Billed as an artistic explosion of “folk-baroque manifestations” exploring themes ranging from indigenous history to gender fluidity, Casas’ new solo show “Transcendental Tricentennial” comprises “miles of ribbon, yards of fabric, embellished prints, various on-site assemblages, oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, barbed-wire and bone sculptures, and a Día de los Muertos ofrenda which spills into our collective consciousness.” Made possible by a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), the “mega-installation” also involves creative collaborations with the likes of accordion queen Eva Ybarra and video/film producers Laura Varela and Fadela Gacis Castro. As for its slightly unexpected landing at the Institute of Texan Cultures, Casas reminds that the exhibition evokes the ITC’s mission to be “a lesson in diversity [that] shows the uniqueness and beauty of the many cultures that came to Texas.” (210) 458-2300

Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Raul Gonzalez

Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 18
Artpace 445 N. Main Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


With a powerful trio of exhibitions already on view, Artpace gives us two more reasons to visit this spring with the unveiling of new projects by San Antonio-based artists Daniel Rios Rodriguez and Raul Gonzalez. Although Rodriguez and Gonzalez explore wildly different topics and themes, their bright and bold bodies of work find common ground in playful energy, DIY aesthetics and transformations of commonplace materials. A Houston transplant who earned an MFA from UTSA along with grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Surdna Foundation and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), Gonzalez has long been fixated on the concept of work in many forms — construction, manual labor and his dual roles as a “werking artist” and undeniably cool stay-at-home dad. He’s captured the everyday joys of fatherhood in figurative drawings, celebrated his love for Whataburger and the Houston Astros in paintings and installations, enhanced his exhibitions with energetic, movement-based performances and even danced for 4.3 miles — continuously from downtown to the McNay. With a title lifted from a song by bygone Texas hip-hop duo UGK, his “Front and Back, and Side to Side” promises to transform Artpace’s Main Space windows with a “multi-dimensional mural” rendered in cardboard and colored duct tape. (Cue the selfies). A native of Killeen who earned his MFA from Yale and has exhibited in New York, Chicago, Marfa, Ireland and beyond, Rodriguez takes a tactile approach to small-scale “semi-figurative” paintings inspired by personal experiences and the natural world. Frequently using oddly shaped, homemade panels, he paints scenes and patterns in thick, textural layers, adding organic-looking embellishments such as stones, shells and feathers, and finishing the pieces with earthy frames rendered in found bits of wood, rope, wire and hardware accents. Bringing to mind everything from cave drawings and tribal symbology to folk and outsider art, Rodriguez’s work comes to light in “Bruisers,” his first ever solo show in Texas. Nodding to the battle scars we collect while navigating life on Earth, Rodriguez says the exhibition title also speaks to the surfaces of his paintings, many of which “undergo a lot of heavy hitting and burning and throwing across the floor.” During the opening reception, both artists will give short talks about their work and Artpace will also be rolling out a new Third Thursdays series that kicks off with a rooftop screening of shorts curated by the San Antonio Film Festival ($5-$10, 8pm Thu, May 16). (210) 212-4900

Nate Cassie and Constance Lowe: Minding the Gaps

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through July 13
Ruiz-Healy Art 201-A E. Olmos Dr., San Antonio San Antonio


Although its title might conjure the sights and sounds of crowded London Underground stations, Ruiz-Healy Art’s new exhibition “Minding the Gaps” is not an artistic exploration of railway safety. Rather than addressing the potentially life-threatening distances between subway platforms and train cars, the gaps to be mindful of here are substantially more conceptual in nature. Blurring the boundaries between figuration and abstraction, form and function, the two-person show examines domesticity, permutation and perception while pairing sculptural works by mixed-media artists Nate Cassie and Constance Lowe. A New Jersey native who earned an MFA from UTSA and has exhibited at Artpace, the McNay and Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Cassie works between drawing, painting, sculpture, video and digital media. While his previous bodies of work have taken shape in abstract woodblock prints named after flowers, architectural birdhouses and etchings of spindly Texas trees, Cassie’s recent output falls within the realm of functional ceramics. While not immediately clear from their earthy finishes and organic imperfections, his almost ancient-looking jugs, cups and bottles reference hard-to-define “spaces in between” and the “gaps that distance surface from volume, skin and structure, formal and intuitive systems.” Missouri-born Lowe earned an MFA from Western Michigan University, has shown at the Southwest School of Art and the Phoenix Art Museum and, like Cassie, is an alum of Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence program. Although perhaps better known for geometric abstractions that fuse elements of photography and fiber art, Lowe also pushes her work into a sculptural realm with curious objects that suggest interventions on furniture or household decor. Whether combining calfskin, vinyl, felt, wood, mirrors or hardware, her three-dimensional pieces often draw inspiration from her family’s history of Midwestern farming. As for the “gaps” in question, they reveal themselves in the context of Lowe’s interest in “the abstraction of farmland as seen from the air” — and specifically the painterly photographs of the Earth captured by NASA’s Landsat satellite. (210) 804-2219

9th Annual Art in the Dark

Tue., June 18, 6:30-9 p.m.
La Villita Assembly Hall 401 Villita St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$50-$60


Art in the Dark is a wonderful event that highlights the artistic experience from the blind's perspective. The event will have 40 plus food vendors, 50 plus artists, food, cocktails, music, paintings, jewelry, pottery and more. 210 531 1532

“America on Stage”

Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through June 30
McNay Art Museum 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Arguably one of the most overlooked aspects of the McNay is the the museum’s impressive Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, which boasts more than 12,00o objects spanning from the 1500s to the present day. Built around a sprawling gift from late collector, philanthropist, theater patron and design enthusiast Robert L.B. Tobin and expanded by curators Linda Hardberger and Jody Blake, the collection encompasses rare books, small-scale models, costume illustrations and stage designs created by modern masters such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Organized by Head of Curatorial Affairs René Paul Barilleaux and Curatorial Assistant Timothy Retzloff, the recently opened exhibition “America on Stage” aims to celebrate “the vision of the nation’s 20th- and 21st-century master designers on stages across the U.S. and around the world.” Exploring four key themes — Broadway, Nostalgia, Breaking Tradition, and Social Justice — the show combines maquettes from productions of Cabaret, In the Heights, West Side Story and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; a pop-up theater where guests can view scenes from a conceptual revival of Spring Awakening; and interactive areas that invite museum-goers to “take center stage in a recreated stage set — and even tap dance.” (210) 824-5368

"Bruce Lee Shoes"

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through July 20
Cinnabar Art Gallery 1420 South Alamo, #147, San Antonio San Antonio


Cinnabar’s latest exhibition showcases the work of Emanuel De Sousa, a Portugese-born, London-based artist who puts a poppy spin on portraiture. In addition to nods to iconic martial artist Bruce Lee and his yellow jumpsuits, De Sousa’s latest series of paintings features porcelain dogs, mylar balloons and other objects plucked from “tiny closed universes where absurd, nonsensical realities make sense.” (210) 557-6073 (FAX); (210)

Looking for Langston

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11

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Although his resume includes writing and directing credits for the award-winning coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels (1991) and the blaxploitation documentary BaadAsssss Cinema (2002), British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien is arguably better known for conceptual films presented on multiple screens simultaneously. Seemingly dissected and left for viewers to reassemble with their own eyes, these immersive projects have involved journeys to remote ice caves in Iceland, juxtapositions of Arctic and African landscapes, travels through China and curious collaborations with the likes of Tilda Swinton and James Franco. A co-founder of the Sankofa Film and Video Collective (an organization “dedicated to developing an independent black film culture in the areas of production, exhibition and audience”), Julien made one of his earliest waves with Looking for Langston — a 1989 film billed as “a lyrical exploration — and recreation — of the private world of poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and his fellow black artists and writers who formed the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s.” In essence a non-linear homage that presents Hughes as a metaphor for the black gay experience, the film has earned cult status and is taught extensively in universities as part of African-American and queer studies programs. Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017, Julien was a favorite of late local artist and philanthropist Linda Pace, who acquired more than 50 of his works during her lifetime. In celebration of Looking for Langston’s 30th anniversary, the Linda Pace Foundation’s gallery Studio at Ruby City showcases the 45-minute film as the anchor of a new exhibition of two recently acquired photographs Julien shot during production — Film-Noir Angels and Masquerade No. 3.

Somewhere Between Money and Love

Wed., June 19, 5-9 p.m.
South Side 2450 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio Southside


For "Somewhere Between Money and Love," curators Justin Parr and Jeff Wheeler wanted an excuse to get artists together and welcome summer. Artists were asked to lend “a piece that you think the audience could fall in love with, one you would almost rather keep than sell.” This promises to be an exciting survey of the artist’s own favorite works being produced both here in San Antonio and beyond. For the collector, there will be something for everyone and great deals to be had. Most of the artists will be in attendance and in addition to the work, there will be music, adult beverages, and fun.

Kellen Stanley: "Rite of Passage"

Saturdays, 12-8 p.m., Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Continues through June 30
FL!GHT Gallery 112R Blue Star, San Antonio Southtown


Kellen Stanley's solo show, "Rite of Passage," will open on Thursday 6/6 at 7-8:30 PM, with the artist activating the installation in a durational performance. The body of work is text-based and features poetry depicting the artist's mother who once was a painter before switching career tracks to education. The performance will reveal the installation of poetry one line at a time much like excavating an archaeological site. (210) 872-2586

Kanpai Masters- Taste of Japan

Every other Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Sushi Zushi (IH 10) 9867 Ih 10 W, San Antonio San Antonio

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All guests welcome, whether you are a native Japanese speaker or you want to learn the language for the first time or other things Japanese, this is the club for you. (210) 901-9322

“I’m Simply Missing the Mountains”

Thu., June 20, 12-5 p.m., Fri., June 21, 12-5 p.m. and Sat., June 22, 12-5 p.m.
Terminal 136 136 Blue Star, San Antonio Southtown


Mir fehlen einfach die Berge (I Am Simply Missing the Mountains) is an exhibition by three young German artists Anna Bläser, Veronica Moroder and Lukas Picard. The works selected and developed for the Terminal 136 gallery, incorporate thoughts on both real and imaginary journeys and places. They investigate the relation between the outside world and the intimate world and wonder how one influences and shapes the other. (210) 458-4391

Art to Lunch

Every third Thursday, 12:30-1 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Ideal for art enthusiasts with tight schedules and/or short attention spans, SAMA’s Art to Lunch series invites guests on a short-and-sweet two-object tour of works they might have overlooked in the galleries. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy on the grounds or grab a bite from nearby spots like The Luxury or Rosella. (210) 978-81090

Member Preview Party: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

Thu., June 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$0-25


Members see it first! An exclusive preview with music, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres. 210.978.8100

Blue Star Contemporary presents work by Berlin Residency Artists in Exhibition Titled Fünf

Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 8
Blue Star Contemporary 116 Blue Star, San Antonio San Antonio


San Antonio’s first and longest running contemporary art non-profit, Blue Star Contemporary (located in the heart of the Blue Star Arts Complex), presents Fünf, on view June 7–September 8, 2019. This exhibition highlights the fifth year of Blue Star Contemporary’s Berlin Residency program and will feature artworks from 2017-2018 artists Amada Miller, Andrei Renteria, Ethel Shipton, and Jared Theis. The artists featured in Fünf present works they developed while in residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien and upon their return to San Antonio. Fünf brings together these artists to highlight the diversity of practices in the San Antonio art community and the impact of this life changing residency. The exhibition opens with a free reception on Friday, June 7. (210) 227-6960

Exhibition opening: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

Fri., June 21, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$0-$12


Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, examines the art world’s responses to Superman and Wonder Woman, ranging from their Depression-era origins to today’s contemporary interpretations. The exhibition features more than seventy works including paintings, photographs, photographs, installations, and videos by a wide range of artists, such as Layla Ali, Dara Birnbaum, Renée Cox, Mary Beth Edelson, Fahamu Pecou, Pope.L, Mel Ramos, Norman Rockwell, and Jim Shaw, among others. 210.978.8100

John Mattson Opening Reception

Fridays, Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through June 21
REM Gallery 219 East Park Avenue, San Antonio Tobin Hill


John Mattson is featuring his exhibition at the REM Gallery. Mattson chooses to communicate his relationship with the world with paint, crayon, and graphite; finding that internal whisper of creativity and greatness. Paintings has helped the artist delve into eternal art of the creative process and mind. (210) 224-1227

Morning Mixer

Fridays, 8-10 a.m.
Artpace 445 N. Main Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Join Artpace 8am-10am every Friday for free donuts and coffee for purchase. They will feature a rotating roster of coffee artists from around San Antonio. The galleries are open throughout Morning Mixer, so complement your morning with innovative contemporary art. (210) 212-4900

Brick Sunday Arts Market

Sundays, 12-5 p.m.
The Blue Star Arts Complex 1414 South Alamo, San Antonio San Antonio

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The Brick Sunday Arts Market will provide wines, mimosas, champagne and lots of craft beer selections on sale for guests. Other local vendors will include rare vinyl record finds, custom art, photography, vintage clothing, pet goods, and more for purchase. The event will also host blue art performances and other activities for guests to enjoy.

Nella in Concert

Fri., June 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Charline McCombs Empire Theatre 226 N. St. Mary's, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$29-$99

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Nella’s music is a meeting place for her country’s folklore roots, the influence of her contemporaries, and the music of the Andalusian region. (210) 226-3333

The Austin Belly Dance Convention

Fri., June 28, 1-11:30 p.m., Sat., June 29, 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. and Sun., June 30, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Buy Tickets$25-$300

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@ Holiday Inn (Midtown), 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752
The Austin Belly Dance Convention is an annual 3-day event that has been bringing the Middle Eastern dance and Belly Dance community together since its inception. Cabaret, folklore, and tribal dances are all represented by our collection of hand-picked performers and instructors from across the globe. They offer 50+ hours of workshops and instruction from globally recognized dance artists, two evening gala shows with professional dancers and afternoon showcases open to any performer. Dozens of vendors are represented, selling handmade and imported goods, costumes, jewelry, make-up, and accessories. All interest and experience levels welcomed. The ticket prices vary: $25 for gala shows and free afternoon showcases and $40 - $300 for the dance workshops and free admission to the shopping area. (512) 999-6005

Fourth of July Artisan Show

Thu., July 4, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri., July 5, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat., July 6, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sun., July 7, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


Vendors display and sell beautiful handmade merchandise along the San Antonio River Walk. Artisans are different for each show but usually include pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork and more.

Senior Thesis Showcase

Fri., July 5, 6-9 p.m.
SAY Sí 1518 S. Alamo, San Antonio San Antonio


SAY Sí seniors have been given the freedom to form a final body of work as students. Using their creativity and talent to curate the show from inception to exhibition, student-artists work together to organize logistics, fundraising and promotion. In “Fruition”, SAY Sí seniors will present a variety of work, showcasing their skills as multidisciplinary artists and diverse storytellers, to freely express themselves and how they see the world around them. Mediums chosen include: painting, photography, mixed-media, film, installation and other experimental processes. Senior students in the ALAS Youth Theatre Company will present their original theatre performances. (210) 212-8666

Tour for the Visually Impaired

First Saturday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Docent-led tours include descriptive language, touch, sound, and smell to enhance visitors’ experience with art. Guide dogs, sighted companions, and others are welcome, as are wheelchairs and other walking aids. RSVP: 210-978-8138

Briscoe Summer Film Series

Sun., July 7, 1 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 4, 1 p.m.
Briscoe Western Art Museum 210 W. Market St., San Antonio, San Antonio San Antonio

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The Briscoe Museum of Western Art presents its 2019 Summer Film Series, curated by Professor Andrew Patrick Nelson, P.h.D., from the School of Film and Photography, Montana State University and Bozeman. Dr. Nelson will introduce each film with a brief lecture discussing connections and themes which relate to the museum’s current exhibitions. The lecture begins at 1:00 pm followed immediately by the film. Films include Smoke Signals (June 9), Thelma & Louise (July 7) and Junior Bonner (August 4). (210) 2994499; (210) (FAX)

Family Day Superheroes!

Sun., July 7, 12-3 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Put on your cape and help celebrate all things heroic! Emboss a superhero icon, make power cuffs, collage a superhero splash page and do more fun art activities inspired by the special exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder. The admission price is free for children 12 & under, but adults must pay the admission fee. 210.978.8100

Teen Workshop: Cosmic Comic Books (Ages 11 to 13)

Tue., July 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Wed., July 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and Thu., July 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$105-$120


Discover the fine points of designing comic books. Workshop participants will visit the special exhibition, Men of Steel, Women of Wonder and the permanent collection to look for dynamic poses, continuous narratives, and ornate vestments from various cultures. In the studio, workshop participants will explore: character creation, drawing techniques, storyboard design, and plot development. Participants will be able to choose between an accordion style layout and traditional 12 page book formats. Participants will also be invited to screen print their own souvenir tote bag or poster. The ticket price for members is $105 and for non-members it is $120. 210.978.8100

Teen Workshop: Cosmic Comic Books (Ages 14 to 17)

Tue., July 9, 1-4 p.m., Wed., July 10, 1-4 p.m. and Thu., July 11, 1-4 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$105-$120


Discover the fine points of designing comic books. Workshop participants will visit the special exhibition, Men of Steel, Women of Wonder and the permanent collection to look for dynamic poses, continuous narratives, and ornate vestments from various cultures. In the studio, workshop participants will explore: character creation, drawing techniques, storyboard design, and plot development. Participants will be able to choose between an accordion style layout and traditional 12 page book formats. Participants will also be invited to screen print their own souvenir tote bag or poster. The ticket prices for members is $105 and for non-members it is $120. (210) 978-8100

Paint Party Socials

Second Thursday of every month, 7-9 p.m.

Buy Tickets40.00

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@ The Tavern, 14532 Brook Hollow, 78232
Monthly Public Paint Parties - every 2nd Thurs 7:00P Hang out, socialize, and paint with us! No painting experience necessary. We will show you how to paint this painting, step-by-step while you meet relax to music and socialize. Come alone, or bring a friend. Check out what we're painting and Reserve your seat(s) online at: www.paintpalooza.com/calendar OR Call us to schedule Your Own Private Paint Party at one of our venues or yours! Check out www.paintpalooza.com/book-your-party or call us with questions. #paintparty #paintpalooza (210) 481-6144

Teen Gathering: Art Out Loud

Fri., July 12, 2-4 p.m.
McNay Art Museum 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Join for an afternoon of gallery discussions, art-making, treats, and community. LGBTQ+ teens and friends learn about artists who make work about identity and belonging while hanging out with peers in a fun, accepting environment. (210) 824-5368

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