Arts Vbar and Unit B 

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, 150 E. Houston, will feature the work of San Antonio artists Gary Sweeney and Gini Garcia at two receptions from 5-7 p.m., January 19. Sweeney, a former sign painter, creates many of his works with salvaged signs, old photographs, and text. The exhibit will also include works from Sweeney’s handwriting series, including a Sloppy Joe recipe in Lincoln’s script, created with a router and paintbrush. Sweeney’s artwork will be on display in the hotel’s VBar through mid-February. A collection of hand-blown glass “Valencia” oranges created by Garcia and featuring autographs from the hotel’s celebrity guests will be permanently installed in cases by the reception desk. For more info, call 220-3007 or visit hotelvalencia.com.

The much-anticipated Unit B, an artist-run gallery that Director Kimberly Aubuchon has relocated to 500 Stieren from Chicago, will open with a reception from 6-10 p.m. Friday, January 20. Aubuchon and local artist John Mata will share directorial duties. Notes to Self will feature the work of San Antonians Richie Budd and Zach Dunlap, and Chris Uphues and Erik Wenzel of Chicago. Before she moved to San Antonio last year, Aubuchon operated Unit B in her Chicago flat, where it housed 126 national and international artists in 26 exhibitions through 2004. Notes to Self will be on view until March 3. For more info, call (312) 375-1871 or visit unitbgallery.com.


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