San Antonio's artists hit the streets in a free, family-friendly event
downtown on Houston Street
SAN ANTONIO, TX ²ing the entire family downtown on Saturday,
October 2, 2004, 9am-5pm for Chalk It Up, a chalk-art festival celebrating San
Antonio's creative spirit. Attendees can look on as more than fifty premier visual
artists turn our city sidewalks into works of art. Throughout the day, the
community is invited to help complete a super-sized street mural, and a variety of
free family activities will be offered in the Kidzone?pace where imaginations
soar! Held on Houston Street, between Soledad and S. Presa this
convivial street scene will continue the city's efforts to help return the downtown
area to a place where locals come to shop, dine, relax, and be entertained.
Chalk It Up will raise public awareness about contemporary art in a fun, casual
environment while reinvigorating utilization of downtown San Antonio. This
annual community event, presented by Artpace San Antonio, is an opportunity for
locals and tourists alike to appreciate and participate in our city's creative
resources. It is made possible through the support of Valero Energy Corp, Federal
Realty, Bromley Communications, Classy Collection, Frost Bank, JP Morgan
Chase, Hotel Valencia, Santikos Theatres, and Herwecks Art Supply. Media
sponsors include Fox 29 and WB 35 television; 101.9 Soft Rock, Mix 96.1 fm, and
W4OAI radio; and Clear Channel Outdoor.
"Chalk It Up extends Artpace's commitment to educating the public about
contemporary art by offering yet another format to highlight San Antonio's
talented artist community," states Kathryn Kanjo, Executive Director of Artpace
San Antonio. "This event is really about community?t's why we're taking it to
the streets, to give a public stage to our local artists and an appealing destination
to our residents."
Spotlighted artists include some of San Antonio's most recognizable names: Alex
de Leon, whose colorfully appealing images transcribe the both the pleasures and
vices of contemporary life; Meg Langhorne known for her nature-based
representations and installations unlock a sense of innocence and wonder; Joan
Fabian whose dynamic mutations blossom into unlikely creatures; Katie Pell, who
makes illustrative images that capture the foibles and dreams of everyday life;
Joey Fauerso who places her unflappable characters in improbable settings and
poses; Chuck Ramirez who celebrates the epic scale of everyday life as reflected
in traditions of food and fellowship; artist Daniel Guerrero who deftly comments
on Mexican morˇs with his pop culture remakes; Regis Shephard, whose playful
graphic quality belies the power and politics of his compositions; Mark Hogensen
whose skillful use of color and pattern keeps viewers negotiating their
expectations of space, representation, and abstraction; and Vincent Valdez who
updates notions of American painting and Latino identity in his bold
representations. Each of these diverse artists will create monumental, 15 x 20 ft.
original images in chalk, using the sidewalks as their canvas.
Chalk It Up unties many of the region's most respected artists, including six
past Artpace residents. Jesse Amado, Artpace's first Texas resident in
1995, will be joined by fellow alums, David Zamora Casas, Alex de
Leon, John Hernandez, Chuck Ramirez, Juan Ramos,
Michael Velliquette, and Tony Villejo.
The artists, reflective of Artpace's focus on cutting-edge contemporary art,
will challenge traditional notions of artistic approaches with both abstract and
representational images. The challenge of the format, the limit of time, and the
pressure of a viewing public, will undoubtedly lead these creators to formulate
new and unexpected results in their work.
Sabra Booth, Margaret Craig, and Larry
Graeber?ee artists known for their organic abstractions--will use the
yielding format of chalk pastels to translate their typically slow, layered works to
the more immediate format of "sidewalk art."
Despite the two-dimensional format of the show, the exhibition is not limited
to painters. Many of San Antonio's strong pool of sculptors will also be featured.
Conceptually-fueled artists, such as David Jurist, Jack Robbins,
and Gary Sweeney, will translate their artistic inquiries into sidewalk
Additionally, the influence of San Antonio's art schools will be reflected in the
grouping. The list includes respected faculty (Dwayne Bohuslav and
Cakky Brawley) to emerging talents (Richie Budd, Lawrence
Jennings, and Sarah Moore).
While the mood of the works will vary by artist?m dynamic,
representational images (Alex Rubio and Robert Tatum) to more
reflective, quiet compositions (Janet Flohr and Terry Ybanez de
Santiago)?t will stay the same is the media: CHALK!
MUSIC, FOOD, AND MORE
Chalk It Up will also feature music by local DJs, street-side shopping at more than
twenty trend-setting boutiques from around the city, and delicious food presented
by San Antonio's favorite restaurants in a one-day sidewalk cafˇ setting.
Chalk It Up Chairman J. Travis Capps says, "This is a highly visible and
incredibly engaging way to connect San Antonio's talented artists with the
community at large. Chalk It Up showcases the creative spirit of San Antonio and
reminds us that downtown is for San Antonio residents, as well as our valued
Jesse Amado, Dwayne Bohuslav, Sabra Booth, Cakky Brawley, Joanne Brigham,
Debbie Brousard, Richie Budd, Mary Cantu, James Cobb, Margaret Craig, Melita
Curphy, Jessica Decuir, Jeff Decuir, Alex de Leon, Ana de Portela, August di
Stefano, Joan Fabian, Joey Fauerso, Heather Ferguson, Janet Flohr, Larry
Graeber, Caitlin Gallardo, Daniel Guerrero, John Hernandez, Mark Hogensen,
Lawrence Jennings, David Jurist, Deborah Keller-Rihn, Rhonda Kuhlman, Meg
Langhorne, Myriam Lanau, Jane Lawrence, Larry Leissner, Karen Mahaffy, Vangie
Mascorro, Sarah Moore, Charlie Morris, Diane Parker, Hannah Parker, Katie Pell,
Chuck Ramirez, Juan Ramos, Kenneth Riddell, Angel Rincon, Jack Robbins, Alex
Rubio, Zach Schultz, Regis Shephard, Gary Sweeney, Robert Tatum, Carlos
Velasquez, Vincent Valdez, Michael Velliquette, Tony Villejo, Leslie Williams,
Terry Ybanez de Santiago, David Zamora Casas
Artpace San Antonio serves as an advocate for contemporary art and as a catalyst
for the creation of significant art projects. We seek to nurture emerging and
established artists and to provide opportunities for inspiration, experimentation,
and education. Our programs support the evolution of new ideas in contemporary
art and cultivate diverse audiences while providing a forum for ongoing
Artpace is located downtown at 445 North Main Avenue, between Savings and
Martin streets, San Antonio, Texas. Free parking is available on the corner of
Savings and N. Flores streets. Artpace is open to the public Wednesday through
Sunday, 12-5 PM, Thursday, 12-8 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free.
445 North Main Avenue San Antonio TX 78205 t 210 212 4900 f 210 212 4990 www.artpace.org
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