Before she opened ladled even one bowl of Texas red inside the Institute of Chili and still before she turned the beloved truck into Chamoy City Limits, Ana Fernandez was known solely as an artist. The Corpus Christi-born Fernandez was raised in SA, earned a bachelor of fine arts from The Art Institute of Chicago and later an MFA from UCLA. It wasn't until her return to the city that raised her that she tried her hand at feeding the masses she was used to drawing.
In her latest, "New Watercolors," Fernandez returns to her roots as she takes snippets of her life — be it on her drive to work or a park to shell out more raspas — using her camera and cellphone. The exhibit will open Saturday, March 12, from 5 to 11 p.m. at Silkworm Studio and Gallery (1906 S. Flores St.).
Throughout her stints in Chicago, LA, Corpus Christi and now home, Fernandez says she's amassed a sizable collection of tiny one-act plays on her phone, along with source material from local media.
The images can include anything from fresh catfish sold to a local grocer to restaurant store fronts, like Gorditas, a gouache watercolor that features the custom signage found in most mom-and-pop, hole in the wall joints. It's true — caldo and menudo are served daily.
Though 90 percent of the estimated dozen 9-by-12-inch paintings Fernandez will create for the show feature scenes from her usual routine, we might have to wait a little longer for scenes from inside Chamoy City Limit.
"It's about 50/50 [drawing and truck]. It's our slower season, but last summer it was a 90/10. I didn't paint very much at all," Fernandez said.
Instead, she'll stick with teaching her truck employees about color theory using fresh-shaved ice, house-made syrups and Chinese candy.
"I like having the business because it's completely separate and I love meeting the food people. To me the food is more exciting right now," Fernandez said.
No raspas yet, but it can't be too long as summer and its heat approaches. She'll have to find a way to get out of the sun somehow.
More Events For Foodies:
Texas Drafts & Draws • The festivities aren't limited to only food. The Southwest School of Art will celebrate its "Texas Draws IV" exhibition with a beer tasting and mini beer garden. Stop by for this Sunday Funday, which will include samples from Branchline Brewing, Freetail Brewing Company, Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling and the upcoming OK Brewery and Eishaus. The afternoon includes trivia, drawing and cornhole. Free, Sunday, March 13, 2-5pm, Southwest School of Art, 1201 Navarro St., (210) 224-1848, swschool.org.
Celebrate Pi (3.14) • National Pi Day, Pi Arts San Antonio, Azuca Nuevo Latino and Hearsay Urban Taste will all join for a night celebrating the ratio of circumference of a circle and Albert Einstein's birthday. Join chefs Rene and Diego Fernandez in Pi-themed drinks, music, photo opps, math and science games, live art and, of course, pie. Free, Monday, March 14, 5-9pm, Hearsay Urban Taste, 713 S. Alamo St., (210) 225-5550.
Live Art & Music at Dorcol • Sip on rakia-infused cocktails while you peruse art inspired by photographers and artists that capture the urban hustle from voyeurism to vandalism in "V.T.A. – Vandali Transit Authority." Free admission, Saturday, March 19, 7:30pm, Dorcol Distilling Company, 1902 S. Flores St., (210) 229-0607, dorcolspirits.com.
Dinner Day • Join up and coming businesses and Break Fast & Launch for a glimpse at what's to come in culinary tastes in SA. The country's first culinary business accelerator hosts everything from Duke's Seafood, Chula Vista Farms, Toro Taco Bar, Berbier Ethiopian Cuisine and more. Free, Monday, March 21, Brick at Blue Start Arts Complex, 108 Blue Star, [email protected].