Uncharacteristically (for Fiesta Week) comfortable weather, plenty of elbow room to browse the rows of art and the lively music of Brave Combo added up to make Saturday an extremely pleasant day for taking in the Fiesta Arts Fair at the Southwest School of Art.
If you are reading this on San Jacinto Day, Sunday, April 21, STOP! Get off the computer, and meander on over to the fair before it’s too late.
The first Luminaria on Alamo Plaza was magical.
Replicating that feeling the following years proved difficult.
But last night, organizers and artists had a new formula nailed. There was room to move and more to see and experience than you could possibly squeeze into the fleeting five hours.
And, in defiance of the predicted rain, the apocryphal Saint Apophenia, “the patron saint of fortune tellers, the mentally ill, coincidence, patternmakers and artists,” kept the clouds from crying on the crowds.
Update on March 11, 2013: First impressions of Luminaria from the website of the Express-News
Update on January 13, 2014: An artistic pilgrimage to artist Chris Sauter’s Saint Apophenia is underway in San Antonio currently: http://therivardreport.com/chris-sauter-pilgrimage/.
Had difficulty deciding whether to tamper with the whimsical excitement of encountering unexpected illuminated art in vacant storefronts. To tour or not to tour?
But the Mister gamely rushed home in his reverse-commute so we could arrive at the 5:30 start time for the opening walk of Cut and Paste, a continuation of Public Art San Antonio’s X Marks the Art series of public art installations. And then we waited. And waited. We considered just walking on our own, but, given the number of people at the weeknight gathering competing with Mardi Gras celebrations, bailing out seemed rude. In defense of PASA, this probably was the planned “reception” time, we just would have preferred to have not rushed and, instead, to have arrived at 6:15.
Finally, 45 minutes later, the art walk got under way.
Rather than rely on random chance encounters, we were happy we waited for the walk because of the opportunity to hear several of the artists explain the rationale behind their work. As curator, Cruz Ortiz did a spectacular job of assembling a dynamic group of installations.
Visit the website, and follow the X’s around downtown. The displays will be up through May. Or go on the next after-work tour, which actually is billed as lasting an hour so should begin right at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, on the riverside plaza, Argo Plaza, at 175 East Houston Street.