Econo Lodge Downtown South
606 Division Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78214
Phone: (210) 927-4800
Fax: (210) 927-5060
Arts & Museums
Since 2012, Hello Studio has been displaying incredible local art. This artist-run gallery displays the best that San Antonio has to offer, from paintings to prints, and more. Previously featured artists include Mark Johnson, Kristy Perez, and Joe Vega. Their selection of up-and-coming artists never fails to disappoint.
This huge former warehouse changed its tune when it was renovated and now houses a small but distinctive group of contemporary and non-traditional art studios and galleries. Many of these display well-known artists, but they also give recognition and opportunity to lesser-known local artisans. Besides art galleries and studios, you will also find a brewpub, a theater and living spaces. Blue Star tenants provide activities throughout the year that are fun for families and adults. However, you don't have to do the planned activities—just show up and browse.
For lovers of history, architecture and antiques, this home is a must-see. Built in 1876, this three-story, French Second Empire-style home belonged to prominent citizen Edward Steves. The interior is decorated with original pieces from the era. Incidentally, the one-story River House behind the home housed the first indoor swimming pool in the city. Since 1954, the San Antonio Conservation Society has maintained the homestead as a historic house museum.
Originally founded in Chicago, Unit B has been focusing on Texas artists since it relocated to San Antonio in 2006. See the works of contemporary local and national artists in a unique atmosphere. Unit B is located in a converted bungalow, giving the space an intimate feel. Sometimes exhibits even extend to the lawn and the house itself, making for quite a sight.
Sala Diaz is an innovative art space whose mission is to support the local art community. Exhibits from local artists vary, but no matter when you visit, you're bound to see something beautiful. National artists are also featured from time to time. The gallery has been around since 1995 and has even developed a program to host artists traveling through San Antonio.
Take a peek into the past of San Antonio. This charming district, which was originally farmland, is located on the eastern side of San Antonio River and has found a place in the National Register of Historic Districts. A few buildings, including The Guenther House and The Edward Steves Homestead, are open to public. The Guenther House houses a restaurant, museum and a store while The Steves Homestead is a museum. Self-guided walking tours can be taken so that you can leisurely stroll along the pretty lanes or drop into a restaurant or art gallery. Several events like the King William Fair and Spring Garden Tour are conducted during the year.
The largest institute of its kind in the United States, this arts center works to preserve, promote and develop the art and culture of the Chicano/Latino/Native American population. And boy, do they have a great time doing it. With programs focusing on dance, literature, media arts, theater arts, visual arts and Chicano music, this organization is truly multi-disciplinary. Each year the center produces a myriad of events, including the Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio and Hecho a Mano (Made by Hand) fine arts and fine crafts market, as well as plays by its own theater company, Los Actores de San Antonio, and performances by the Guadalupe Dance Company. The historic, beautifully restored Guadalupe Theater provides the performance space for the center's events and houses the visual arts gallery. Once the centerpiece of South San Antonio's entertainment district, the 1940s era building has witnessed a long history of live entertainment punctuated by cultural pride.
Originally built in the late 19th Century and used as a boarding house, Villa Finale got a second life when the building was bought by Walter Mathis. Walter Mathis restored the building to its past glory and started collecting artifacts. Both the home and the collection were given to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2004, and luckily now the public can view the stunning estate. When you tour this house you'll be able to see the lovely architectural design, as well as Texas artwork and European artifacts.
The city's upstart addition to the art and museum scene, the San Antonio Art League Museum, makes its home in a restored carriage house in the historic area of King William, just south of downtown. The museum's permanent collection of early Texas and regional art is not to be missed. Touring exhibits are special, too, with recent showings featuring Kate Ritson, Vincent Valdez and Beat Hallermann. Admission is free and donations are much appreciated.
Rendon gallery showcases works of commercial photography. Featuring varied works of photography from architectural, food and local San Antonio, the gallery has timely events exhibiting these works. Most eye-catching of all the varieties is the 'Rock n Roll series' wherein it features all those pictures taken by curator Al Rendon of the infamous artists he saw play. The list includes artists from renowned bands like Led Zeppelin amongst others.
As you can infer from the name, exhibits in this small museum focus on the Mexican and Mexican-American cultures. With both cultures having a strong presence in, and influence on, San Antonio, the museum showcases exhibits and cultural events. Exhibits change throughout the year, but a past exhibit have included photographs by Mexican artists Lola and Manuel Bravo Alvarez, Juan Guzman and others.
Nestled in the Historic Arts Village of La Villita, this art studio features the work of contemporary artists. Richard Conn, the owner and director of this studio, is widely known for his art. You might just spot his work on hoardings for events, such as Fiesta, Jazz'SAlive and Night in Old San Antonio. His work also features paintings, mixed media and printmaking. He promotes the work of contemporary artists by exhibiting their work in his gallery. Come by and have a look at a new approach to art.