2755 N. Panam Expressway, San Antonio, TX, US, 78208
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Arts & Museums
This former home of Jose Antonio Navarro is now one of the best, but least known, gems of the city's history. Navarro was a prominent rancher and statesman and was one of only two native Texans of Mexican nationality to sign Texas' declaration of independence from Mexico. Built in 1848, the home was preserved by the San Antonio Conservation Society and now operates as a small museum conducting informative, interactive tours. Special activities are available for children as well.
Whether they are encasing themselves in a giant bubble, making beautiful artwork from discarded fabric and paper materials, or driving a child-size front-end loader, kids of all ages can easily spend an entire day at this museum. There are more than 80 special hands-on exhibits, a giant aquarium and even a kid-powered elevator. Housed in a 1940s-era building built as a dime store, the museum's multi-sensory exhibits focus on communication, the arts, economics, natural history, physical science, history and much more. Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free. Visitors receive one hour free parking at nearby Mid-City Parking Garage, as space is available.
It is only fitting that the country's biggest museum celebrating Latin culture should have opened in the Hispanic haven of San Antonio in 2007. The Museo Alameda's selling point seems to be its affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute however, let this take nothing away from the sheer grandeur of this 20,000 sq. ft place where the permanent exhibits are as stunning as the temporary exhibitions. Local artists are encouraged whole-heartedly too. Free admission on Tuesdays!
It all started in 1881 when trappers, hunters and cowboys traded deer antlers for beer or whiskey at Albert Friedrich's saloon. Now, the saloon/museum's Hall of Horns, Hall of Feathers and Hall of Fins house not only the largest, but also some of the most impressive collections of native and exotic wildlife around. If you're squeamish about mounted deer heads, fish and fowl, then don't go. If you're awed by how large deer antlers can grow to be, by just how large of a mouth that a large-mouth bass can have, or at the wingspan of native turkeys, then you'll love this place. You can even bring in a set of antlers or a stuffed fish to trade at the bar for a whiskey or sarsaparilla.
For a city as traditional as San Antonio, you wouldn't expect the contemporary art community to be so strong. Artpace, a local foundation with national influence, anchors the art community with impressive exhibits, active public outreach and an international artist-in-residence program. Each artist's residency is launched with a potluck dinner, which coincides with the exhibit opening and is meant to introduce the resident to the community. Brown-bag lunches with discussions about current exhibits, lectures, seminars, film screenings and community events provide a context for the residents' work and encourage the public to become involved with the contemporary art community. The beautifully renovated 1920s-era building that the foundation calls home was once an automobile dealership. It is only one block from the River Walk in the downtown cultural district, near the Central Library.
Come by the Starving Artist Art Gallery to feast your eyes on some truly artistic items, that you'll be amazed to see what two human hands can create. Rare porcelain china, ornate jewelry, and other handcrafted items are all on display. If you look closely, you can see several minute, distinct forms of flowers and figurines etched into certain pieces. A visit to this gallery is a must if you're a lover of art.
With years of experience in the art industry and a family full of artists, owner Monte Wade sure does have a good taste when it comes to what is on display. Established in 1986, this gallery has various genres of art covered. You'll find both traditional as well as contemporary art on display. The gallery also features work by owner's sister Arlene LaDell Hayes and mother Juan Dell Wade. Come and browse through fine art in a beautiful setting.
Varied expressions of art are on display at the Alice Knight Studio - paintings, sketches, pottery, jewelry, collages, and sculpture. Gaze at the various abstract handmade works, or the shadowy montage of faces. A multi-talented artist, Alice Knight composes her own music too. If you always wished that someone did what Leonardo da Vinci did for Mona Lisa, then step in and have your portrait done in 30 minutes. If you lack the patience, then just hand over your photograph! Choose the way you'd like to have it done—charcoal or pastels. Planning to surprise that special someone—try taking them to this place and get a fabulous portrait done together.
As you stroll down the Historic arts village of San Antonio, don't forget to visit the Galleria II where you'll find varied expressions of art. Watch the artists work magic with their hands and bring blank canvases to life. Among the various paintings, you'll find the ones done in original oils, watercolors and acrylics. Also gaze in wonder at the stained glass works, wood carvings and folk art. You might just find the right piece to adorn your drawing room.
Nestled in the Esquida-Downs-Dietrick house of the La Villita village is the Little Studio Gallery. The house is 150 years old and as the name suggests, the gallery is a little studio displaying art and jewelry. If you're a collector of art, you'd be delighted to find regional artwork available at reasonable prices. Dories Fodge, Norma Funk, Mary Hetherington, Nell Latham, and Barbara McConnell are the featured artists, whose work has been displayed. If you're not one for paintings, then head towards the accessories section, featuring 'jewelry by Dot'.
A little treasure of the Historic Arts Village is located upstairs, along with many other offices in Building No.9, at La Villita. The place is sponsored by the City of San Antonio and the La Villita Tenants Association. You'll find all you ever wanted to know about La Villita at the information center here. There are various gift items on display and if you find something attractive go ahead and purchase it. What's more, there is also a post office in the same place.
This fine art co-operative pays its tribute to local art by hosting shows and allowing artists to display their work at the gallery nestled in Florian House. Around 360 artists work to create artistic wonders. Browse through the fine art on display like the acrylic works, oil works, water color paintings, and more. Have a look at the photographs on display. Three-dimensional art works, including batik, wood, jewelry, egg carving and hand-blown glass are also exhibited. The River Art Show that takes place in October features a competition between members. The gallery also hosts an art show during San Antonio's Fiesta.