San Antonio open studios

By Kathleen Cammarata

Brushes, crimpers, scrapers, lenses…these lay behind the doors of the studios of San Antonio. In the artists’ spaces see tubes of paint, palettes, easels, sketches, and canvas. At the jewelers’ workbenches find metals, wire, ivory, findings, and found objects. In the clay studios encounter rollers, mixers, glazes, wheels, and clay. In the photography spaces see tripods, reflectors, lights, props, and cameras.


San Antonio Open Studios
Sat, Feb, 8 and Sun, Feb 9, 12–5pm
Throughout the San Antonio colonia

Cocktail party
To launch the San Antonio Open Studios walk
Wed, Feb 5, 5–7pm
Arroyo Gallery
Rinconada de La Aldea

As one enters a studio one can feel the presence of the work. One smells the paint. One touches the dust of drying clay. One hears the tapping of the tool. One sees the textured surface. One has the opportunity to ask questions. The work is tangible. The experience is enveloping.

To the artist, art is a verb. Artmaking involves vision, knowledge of materials, and a studio practice. The task of the artist is to make art that matters to them; the task of the viewer to respond to the works that matter to them.

The works have a broad range. Paintings are abstract and figurative. Jewelry is unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Clay encompasses the whimsical and the sculptural. Photography ranges from traditional black and white to digitally manipulated.  Mixed media, masks, calligraphy, and carving express the diversity of the San Antonio artists.

San Antonio Open Studios is a volunteer event with a mission to support local artists and help promote the arts in the community. Three years ago Shannon Reese, an artist who fuses drawing with photography, was inspired to invite her friends to open their studios for the neighbors to view the work. What began as a small group has now grown to 40 artists welcoming the public into their creative spaces.

This year the event will be in partnership with the local restaurants of the colonia thereby strengthening the ties in the community. A Preview Cocktail Party will be held at Arroyo Gallery on Rinconada de La Aldea on Wednesday, February 5, from 5 to 7pm. Each artist will display one sample of his work. Come enjoy a glass of wine and meet the creators. The studios will open their doors on Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9, from noon to 5pm. Maps can be found in numerous locations throughout the city and at the Preview Cocktail Party.

Stroll down the cobblestone lanes of the San Antonio colonia, go behind the doors, see how art is made. To view the artwork go to


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