It’s no secret that San Antonio is brimming with home-grown talent. The students and alumnae from NESA (NEISD Northeast School of the Arts) are no exception. For years, students have had the opportunity to showcase their work at Studio 205 in the Upstairs Studios at Blue Star Arts Complex. Alumnae from the school have recently given the studio a new design with the opening of Híjole SA.
Sara Barcus, one of the resident artists, tells CO LAB Magazine: “Our resident artists all studied with Jennifer Janak at NESA and have since branched out into different areas of San Antonio’s arts culture, providing a unique view of the connections found in these worlds and the differences which give each specialty integrity and character. Híjole SA seeks to highlight both [NESA’s] and San Antonio’s diversity, and the things that make us one community.”
The gallery’s resident artists include:
- Justin Chase Black (Throwing Chicken Props and Illustration)
- Michael Verastigui
- Sara Barcus (Illustrator and art teacher at The Circle School)
- Shanda Aguillon-Martinez
- Merritt Chilton
The new gallery’s second show will be November 2–3, from 7–10 pm. The Día de Los Muertos themed show will have a diverse collection of works which showcase personal expressions of how the artists celebrate the tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed. There will be pieces that are alternatively rooted in San Antonio culture and tradition, and some that may be presented in a contemporary artistic perspective. The gallery will also have a community altar, and they welcome guests to participate by contributing their own mementos and creative works.
Be sure to stop by this weekend while you’re out celebrating both Dia de Los Muertos, and First Friday at the Blue Star Complex. This gallery is sure to become a popular and worthwhile fixture in the Alamo City’s artistic hot-spot. Photos in the slideshow below are from the very successful first showcase at Híjole SA, ‘The Macabre.’
Images courtesy Híjole SA and participating artists.