Lately I’ve been having a great time getting to know so many wonderful people in San Antonio as they come out to participate in my community art project…1005 faces. You can see ALL THE IMAGES FROM THE PROJECT HERE and please follow along on FACEBOOK and Instagram.
Taking off with the concepts of DreamWeek San Antonio, 1005 faces of San Antonio is a way to explore our cultural diversity and recognize how our individual identities create a collective consciousness, and what that looks like for San Antonio specifically. Here is the more official artist statement:
It’s Fiesta time here in San Antonio, and it’s not just about the party; most events benefit a local non-profit. The WEBB party is not only an amazing time of food and drink, but proceeds go to the San Antonio Aids Foundation. Local Restaurants positioned themselves around Sunset Station providing samples of San Antonio finest fare. The silent auction had amazing offers from local artists and venues. The dance floor flashed and beamed. Tthe dance troop and fashion show entertained. Rey Feo and some of the court made an appearance. Be sure you’re ready for the next one. It’s one Fiesta event you don’t want to miss! Plenty more photos on Facebook
Reptile Man is one of the most engaging forms of entertainment that I have ever experienced at a Child’s birthday party. Adults and kids alike were in awe as reptile after reptile emerged from containers he had brought along. A bit of education accompanied each animal and the kids were gently introduced to appropriate behavior around snakes and lizards. It was soooooo fun!!!!
My beautiful niece, Birthday girl Lilah Pearl, was quite the brave one as three snaked (gently) wrapped around her neck.
Find out more about The Reptile Man
Following the aroma of curries and sounds of rhythmic drumming, Scarlet and I found ourselves at the Diwali festival in Hemisphere park. Wecame up upon the dance floor that was packed with kids who seemed to have transferred club energy to the park. Heavy DJ beats mixed popular Indian and American dance sounds which were accompanied by a very talented Indian drummer. There were food booths whose amazingly fragrant scents filled the air, and similarly amazing lines accompanied. Rows of tables were heavy with bangles, earrings, necklaces, and tunics for sale. At the base of the Hemisphere Tower, the fountain area held small floating votive candles that created an air of romance.
Still in its infancy for San Antonio at year 2, the Diwali festival at Hemisphere park packed ‘em in. The Downtown Blog highlights how San Antonio began their version of the celebrations
Diwali, festival of lights, is a India’s largest and most important celebration. Rich with traditions; it’s a time to glorify the triumph of good over evil. Of high importance amongst these cultural roots are the lighting of candles, and fireworks.
Oh my the fireworks were glorious! It was so great to watch them explode next to such a recognizable San Antonio landmark I really couldn’t decide which fireworks I liked best, so I had to post a few of my favorites. Even more can be seen on facebook.
Zombie’s descended upon Hemisphere park in mass consciousness to infiltrate the streets of downtown San Antonio.
Annual event ushers in Halloween Week .
Begin the Countdown!!! More photos on FACEBOOK
This was the fourth year for Scarlet Sky and I to attend the chalk festival in downtown San Antonio. As always it was a great time.
Chalk it up takes place on Houston Street along the sidewalks of Acenar, Hotel Valencia, Majestic Theater, and many other businesses that help in defining San Antonio. Artists are invited to adorn the sidewalks with original pieces done with chalk. There are interactive activities for the kids , music, and food.
I was amazed at all the different processes that came from one seemingly simplistic medium. I enjoyed watching as an artist created red hair on a portrait by making a very thick mixture of powdered chalk and water. He then used a syringe like tool to layer on levels of hair that drew me in from across the road. There was also a piece set up to resemble a backyard where I got to enjoy a glass of lemonade and chat about the day.
The real joy is in the explosion of color. So view those here, and click link above to experience more visual stimulation.