News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

Often, amidst San Antonio's monthly foray into art appreciation, the work of contemporary folk artists gets blurred by the all-too-familiar free beer shuffle. This month, practicing that ludicrous habit would be more than an unfortunate oversight. The intensely spiritual work of Jamaican-born, North Carolina-based folk artist Hubert Walters is featured this month at San Angel, located in the heart of the Blue Star Arts Complex. Pure Vision surveys Walters' naïve, intriguing fetishistic objects, all of which exist in a bounded palette of black, white, and red. The show runs from Saturday, March 1 through March 30, with an opening reception on First Friday, March 7. It is unlikely that the aged artist will attend the opening.

First Friday also provides the public with an excellent opportunity to check out the Texas Trialogues show, currently on view at Blue Star/Contemporary Art for San Antonio. The show includes the incomparably kooky work of San Antonio's Mister Danny Geisler. Additionally, artist selections for the Red Dot, Blue Star's 13th Annual art sale and fundraising event, were announced this week. More than 170 artists, selected by Blue Star's Exhibitions Committee, will be showing work at the cash and carry, salon-style event on Thursday, March 27.

San Antonio native Franco Mondini-Ruiz recently received a commission to create a site-specific installation at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. The work, entitled Pan in the Park, is described as a whimsical combination of found objects, sculpture, and performance. Lawyer-turned-artist Mondini-Ruiz relocated to New York City after closing his shop, the Infinito Botánica on South Flores, several years ago. He has since shown at the Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the Miami Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Pan in the Park opened on February 28 and will be on display through May 31.

San Antonio-based poets Amalia Ortiz and Gloria Armmer (a.k.a. Glow) spent time in New York City last week. Both women have been selected for the March 4 and 5 tapings of next season's Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam. This is the second taping for Ortiz (whose side job is with the Current, as the paper's calendar coordinator), for the prestigious HBO spoken word series.

Post-minimalist artist Jesse Amado was also in NYC, representing Finesilver Gallery in the second annual Scope New York art fair. The hotel-based fair is expected to draw art world heavies - collectors, independent and corporate curators, and art institution representatives - from all over the globe. Amado is exhibiting work similar in concept to his installation Beauty Spot, currently hanging in the McNay's Brown Gallery. •

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