Category Archives: Public Art

Luminaria 2013

Luminaria is one of my favorite San Antonio festivals and I looked forward to going each year.  Luminaria 2013 was an entertaining and inspiring celebration of lights, music, poetry, dance, bicycles, cars and food.  Next year I need to develop a better strategy for walking around so I can see more of the performers. Some of the artists I especially enjoyed were the Jazz Poets of San Antonio, the Austin Bike Zoo and the light show on the big stone head (not sure what the official name of that statue is). Thanks to Mark and Denise McGrath and Peter Ray for providing me with the following pictures (I forgot to take my camera).

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San Antonio MLK March 2013

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San Antonio’s 26th annual MLK March enjoyed beautiful weather on Monday, January 21.  The 2.7 mile march started at the MLK Academy and ended at Pittman-Sullivan Park.  Marchers enjoyed a program and festival at the park following the march.  Photos were taken by Peter Ray.

San Anto Mural Bike Tour

Last Saturday San Anto Cultural Arts and theMcNay teamed up to sponsor a free biking tour of outdoor murals in San Antonio’s westside neighborhood.  About 70 riders met at the San Anto offices and biked to six different murals.  John Medina, Community Mural/Public Art Program Manager for San Anto, led the tour and explained the meaning and artistic techniques for each mural.  Following are pictures of the murals we saw on the tour:

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Luminaria 2012

Following are some pictures from Luminaria, the San Antonio arts festival held in HemisFair Park on May 5:

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Chalk It Up

Chalk It Up had a big turnout yesterday despite the threat of rain.  The annual free art festival organized by artpace included professional artists, school groups, children’s activities and a free zone for anyone to draw with sidewalk chalk.  Several blocks of Houston Street downtown was closed for the festival.  I attended around noon and saw the artists at work.  It was especially nice to see the many groups of talented teenagers working intently on their creations.

HemisFair Park art nooks

Brawley's sculpture at night

On the side of the H.B. Gonzalez Convention Center facing the Tower of the Americas on the northeastern edge of HemisFair Park are seven beautiful art “nooks” or “grottos.”  Six of the nooks hold artworks and one nook is mysteriously empty.  From left to right the grotto artists are:  1) Say Si; 2) Carlos Alvez; 3) Alex De Leon; 4) empty; 5)Benito Huerta; 6) Cakky Brawley; and 7) David Zamora Casas.

I have walked by the nooks at different times of the day but rarely see anyone enjoying the art.  The addition of some benches might encourage people to stay a little while and contemplate the art.

By Say Si

By De Leon

By Alvez

By Huerta

By Casas

Detail on Casas art

Detail on Alvez mural

Detail on De Leon art

Luminaria 2011

Luminaria, San Antonio’s  annual art festival, was held last Saturday night in Hemisfair Park.  I thoroughly enjoyed the free event, one of the best events I have attended in San Antonio.  Visual artists, musicians, actors, poets, dancers and other artists performed throughout the park.  Giant video displays projected off the outside walls of the Magik Theatre and the Institute of Texan Cultures.  The festival ended dramatically with music, dancing and 300 colorful lanterns (sort of like miniature hot air balloons) released into the sky.