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Don’t Miss the San Antonio Open Studios

By Kathleen Cammarata, photo Dirk Bakker

Grind up some ochre, melt some bone-marrow fat, add a splash of urine and paint your body with it. This mixture was discovered in the oldest known artist’s workshop: a cave in South Africa circa 100,000 years ago. It is in the workshop that materials are transformed into art. This is where the action is. Take colored blobs, apply with brushes to cloth stretched taut over wooden bars, and create an image. We call this painting. Humans have been transforming raw materials into art for centuries. A Chinese peasant turns clay into a figurine in 29,000 BC. An African woman collects sea shells for the first jewelry 75,000 years ago. Egyptians with glass, Aztecs with gold, Chinese with jade — the list is long.

San Antonio Open Studios
Sat, Feb 21 and Sun, Feb 22, 12-5pm
Throughout the San Antonio Colonia
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Fifty artists of the San Antonio Colonia will open their studios to the city of San Miguel de Allende on Saturday and Sunday afternoonson February 21 and 22. In their workshops you will see a broad variety of materials and an eclectic expression of these materials. Paintings are large and small, abstract and figurative. Clay works are whimsical and sculptural. Jewelry embraces beautiful beading, recycled rubber ware and unconventional metal pieces. Photography ranges from traditional to digitally manipulated. You will see mixed media mandalas, weird wonderful masks, and calligraphy with collage, printmaking, and drawing.

San Antonio Open Studios is a volunteer event with a mission to support local artists and help promote the arts in the community. This is its sixth anniversary, having grown from a few artists to 50. The event is supported by 26 local businesses, thereby strengthening the ties in the community. A Preview Party will be held at Arroyo Gallery on Rinconada de La Aldea on Thursday, February 19, from 5 to 8pm, in conjunction with the Zone event on Zacateros. The artists will display samples of their work. Come enjoy a glass of wine and meet the artists.

Then, on Saturday and Sunday, discover the myriad of material expressions by San Antonio’s artists and artisans. Take time to learn how they work and why they do what they do. You will be inspired.


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