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San Antonio Open Studios has arrived!

By Peter A. Davis

Welcome to the 2017 San Antonio Open Studios. This year, you will experience 63 artists showing their work at 45 different venues in San Antonio. There are 21 Mexican artists, as well as expatriates from the US, Canada, England, France, Japan, and Germany. In their studios, a variety of work will be presented in various media. These artworks include an array of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, weaving, wood carving, calligraphy, fashion, works on paper, iconography, mandalas, encaustic works, and photography.

San Antonio Open Studios
Sat and Sun, Feb 25 and 26, 11am–5pm
Special preview cocktail party, Thu, Feb 23, 5–8pm
Hotel Real de Minas, col, San Antonio
Free
The year 2017 also marks the inauguration of San Antonio Open Studio’s “Artist Outreach Program.” We are sponsoring four local Mexican artists, pairing them with four Open Studio members. They will exhibit work in the members’ exhibition spaces during the two-day event. We are proud to sponsor artists Agapito Jimenez Rodrigues and Jesús Labrada Guerrero, two Master Weavers. During the week, they will be teaching innovative weaving classes at the Instituto Allende. The third artist, Hector Bustamante, is a very creative metalsmith, making lifelike, 3-foot- tall wild animals. The fourth artist, Javier Berrera Medina, has created amazing lit-up replicas of La Parroquia and our very own San Antonio Church. We are delighted to be able to showcase the creations of these four talented artists.

We have also found a new venue for our Preview Cocktail Party at the Hotel Real de Minas on the corner of the Ancha and Stirling Dickinson, on Thursday, February 23, from 5–8pm. This freshly painted viewing space will provide room for many more guests, and you will be able to socialize with friends and meet most of the participating artists.

While visiting the artists’ studios, you can also put your taste buds to the challenge by visiting some of the local sponsor restaurants for a tasty meal. Some will have specials of the day. Check our visitor map for all the San Antonio restaurants and artist studios. You can meet and make new friends, see old ones, and take home a wonderful piece of art!

San Antonio “Open Studios” is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization, with a mission to support local artists and help promote art within the community. This is our seventh year, and it has grown from a few artists to today’s sixty-three artists. It is supported by twenty-eight local businesses. Enjoy our two days of “Open Studios!” sanantonioopenstudios.com

 

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