MAUC 3rd Annual Frida Celebration at the Pearl Stables requires a $25 ticket to get in. What a bourgeois way to honor a Communist. Turns out, being a member of the press requires “credentials.” I guess they’ll be celebrating Frida without me—oh what a shame.
The San Antonio Meeting Center (the American Payroll Association building) features the work of Olivia Villanueva and Juan Farias. The hallways of this concrete hulk are adorned with tired and worn-out abstractions in blue, red, brown, and even bronze. The setting is perfect. These pieces would fit any conference room, office, or place of business bent on being decoratively non-committal. The show’s title, “The Mystery Remains—Being noticed can be a burden” is too right. It has been noticed and it has been a burden.
God Must Have Been a Woman
Bolivar Hall in La Villita brings out the Sunday painters at their best. These hardworking hobbyists showcase their county-fair-caliber portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. The blue ribbon goes to James Abernathy’s Into Palo Duro Canyon.
James Abernathy Into Palo Duro Canyon
Kathy Riojas Rae Rae
The Carver Community Cultural Center puts on a solo show for Bernice Appelin-Williams. Williams’s collages, photography, paintings, and assemblages blur and blend together into an all too familiar and recognizable postmodern investigation of identity. I must admit that I find her modified and vintage photo/monoprint/mixed media collages attractive (Centerpiece).
Mister Roger's Neighborhood
all photos by Jeremiah Teutsch