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Blue Star Arts Complex

Update:  This is a blog from early 2011.  The list of tenants is out of date.  We don’t remove blog posts so this serves as a record of that time. To see an updated website and list of tenants, go here. The Blue Star Arts Complex is an  adaptation of historic warehouse buildings into an…

March 7, 2012

Magical Realism Studio

We’ve added the Magical Realism Studio to our Visual Arts page. Born in 1960 in Tehran, Iran, Ramin Samandari emigrated from Iran to the United States in 1978 and makes his home in San Antonio, Texas. A versatile artist working with photographic and digital imaging processes, Samandari investigates the human form in relation to other…

February 23, 2012

Visit the Edward Steves Homestead Museum

The Edward Steves Homestead was built in 1876.  It sits on the bank of the San Antonio River in the King William Cultural Arts District.  In 1952, the property was donated to the San Antonio Conservation Society and it’s been maintained  as a historic house museum since 1954.  The River House, located at the rear…

February 16, 2012

Texas Public Radio

Had a good conversation with Eileen Pace of the Texas Public Radio – KSTX – 89.1.  She is a reporter on the art and culture beat.  She tells us that TPR wants to support local activities more and she welcomes submissions and press releases of local art and performance venues.  Her number is 210-614-8977, ext.…

February 8, 2012

King William Cultural Arts sites up for one month. Grand success.

The King William Cultural Arts District, located just south of downtown San Antonio, has its website and other social media sites up for a month now.  The reception and response has been great.  We have enjoyed reaching out and interacting with the other arts, community, and civic groups of San Antonio and beyond.  It is…

February 6, 2012

Villa Finale The First National Trust Historic Site in Texas

In addition to tours of the Mathis home where you will get an up-close experience of his extraordinary collections,  Villa Finale will feature exhibits at their Visitor Center only a short walk away on the corner of Turner and Madison.  They will also provide a variety of public programs on collecting and historic preservation.  Their…

January 27, 2012

Artisan Carlos Cortes

faux bois

When San Antonio concrete artisan Carlos Cortes was a child, he often assisted his father, Maximo Cortes, as he created his signature faux bois (false wood) structures from concrete. The senior Cortes had learned his craft from master concrete artist Dionico Rodriguez, who had brought his highly secretive technique from Mexico to Texas in the…

January 23, 2012

Big Band Jazz Every Week

big band jazz

The Blue Star Brewing Company is THE home to Big Band Jazz in San Antonio. Every Tuesday evening and every second Monday and second Wednesday from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM San Antonio’s finest musicians gather to perform big band jazz arrangements from the libraries of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich,…

January 20, 2012

“British Invasion” Runs Until Feb. 12 at Blue Star

  The “British Invasion” exhibit runs until Feb. 12 at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center Phillip King’s Four Decades with Colour in the Main Gallery, an untitled exhibition by Philip John Evett in the Middle Gallery and Gallery 4, and Levelland [Points of Scale], a new exhibition by Harold Wood, in the Project Space. Wood has…

January 17, 2012

The Creation of the Logo

After a lot of research, meetings, paperwork, more meetings…, the Texas Commission on the Arts designated our area the “King William Cultural Arts District”  The King William neighborhood  and the city of San Antonio were very excited about the support we can give local arts, performance, and cultural groups.  As we were preparing to create…

January 11, 2012