Arts Artifacts 

News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

TheFund, the fundraising campaign that works like a United Way for the arts `see “TheFund begins its first campaign,” June 2-8, 2005`, closed its inaugural season with a total of $215,121, which will be divided among the 24 arts organizations that qualified for funding in this year’s cycle. SBC employees contributed the largest dollar amount, almost $50,000, and several businesses and agencies reported 100 percent employee participation, including The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and O’Krent’s Abbey Flooring Company. TheFund’s 2006 campaign will kick off January 24 with 22 new and repeat participating businesses. For more info, call 212-8303 or visit thefundsa.org.

Approximately 45 people attended the first public-art master planning session for the San Antonio River Improvement Project October 11 at the Holiday Inn Market Square `see “Mission control,” March 10-16, 2005, and “No Dick’s need apply,” March 17-23, 2005`. Seattle-based, award-winning environmental artist Lorna Jordon led the workshop, which brainstormed ways to incorporate San Antonio’s culture and heritage in the planned $178 million overhaul, which is scheduled to be completed in 2010. Jordon is working with local firm Bender Wells Clark to complete the master plan.

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LA DJ Shy holds an Epiphone guitar with a custom paint job by Robert Tatum, which will be on display during the Art on Gibson Guitars show at Medusa Lounge, 203 N. Presa, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, October 20. Live music by Mike Ryan and DJ Eric Ross.

“What they were really looking for were patterns in people’s comments,” said Irby Hightower, chair of the public-art master plan advisory subcomittee of the San Antonio River Oversight Committee. The next step will be to “distill that input into a plan that talks about what’s important to a community, and how can art be used to help interpret those important events and what’s very special about that place.”

Jordon and her team will return with preliminary ideas in approximately two months, when there will be another public meeting. SAROC anticipates the plan will be completed by summer 2006. For more info, visit sanantonioriver.org or call the San Antonio River Authority at 227-1373 and ask to be added to the mailing list.

New beginnings were underway last weekend as well at Inspire Fine Art Studios, which warmed its Sunset Road location with two days of open-house family fun. Inspire is a non-profit, one-size-fits-all community art center that will offer classes, studio space, gallery shows, and economical access to big-ticket items such as kilns. For more info, visit inspirefineart.org or call 829-5592.

It’s not too late to step out for Blue Star Contemporary Art Center’s annual fundraising gala Arts & Eats, tonight, October 20, at Blue Star. The event is famous for its intoxicating combination of gourmet finger food, fine wines, and art. In addition to a competition for booth designs by local artists and best foods, the event features a silent auction and music. Tickets are $75 at the gate. For more info, visit bluestarartspace.org or call 227-6960.

- Elaine Wolff


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