“Altares y Ofrendas” 39th annual Dia de los Muertos

Since 1977, Centro Cultural has opened its doors to tourists and residents to take part in the biggest and oldest Dia de los Muertos Celebration paying tribute to this ancient tradition.

Centro Cultural Aztlan celebrates the Annual Dia de los Muertos with a group exhibition of Altares y Ofrendas on November 2nd.  Community artists are invited to create altares in our gallery and help facilitate a dialogue that examines the history and traditions of this cultural festivity.  This event illustrates the artistic, cultural and religious facets of this popular pre-Columbian/Mexican tradition where death is seen as a natural part of life and this reality is approached with gaiety and humor.  Photographs of loved ones grace altars as well as offerings of food and other things associated with Dia de los Muertos, such as marigolds, incense, and candles. The entire gallery is transformed into a giant installation that is a sumptuous feast for the senses.

Be a part of this year’s Celebration!

Opening reception Wednesday, Nov. 2nd from 6-9pm. Suggested admission: $3. Kids and students are free.

View our exhibit of “Altares y Ofrendas” by community artists and students, enjoy Pan de muerto, Ponche de frutas, and other treats as you visit with friends and shop for special Dia de los Muertos creations from some of San Antonio’s most talented artists and artisans in our “Avenida de los Artesanos”.
Be prepared to dance when the drum rhythms of the Carnaval de San Anto dance troupe arrive to lead us in danzas choreographed for the festive occasion! Suggested admission: $3

Exhibit can be viewed Monday-Friday 9am-5pm until Nov. 9th, 2016.

Zonarte- El Mercado de Aztlan

Enter the ArtZone for your Holiday Shopping!

Artists and artisans from San Antonio and across Tejas offer their unique handmade gifts, original prints, paintings, sculptures, furniture jewelry, textiles, and artesania during this annual Holiday Market. Feast your eyes with the magnificent, creative artistry of our contributing artists and makers and get one-of-a-kind gifts for those family members and friends that are hard to shop for!
Participating artists include:
Adriana Rodriguez, Alexander Serna, Adriana Netro, Angelina Pliego, Angelica Mayorga, Corine Rodriguez, Debi Lively, Don Nuñez, Esther Guajardo, Eugenia Silva, Gloria Martinez, Irma A. Hernandez, Israel Rico, Jessica Cardenas, JD Morera, Jorge Sandoval, Larry S. Aguilar, Lupe Muñoz, Malu Berumen, Maria R. Rodriguez, Michael Villanueva, Maria Contreras, Martin Emmanuel Rangel, Maria Chavez Vasquez, NUEVO HUEVO, Norma Gomez, Preston Brown, Patricia Gutierrez, Quinto Punto Cardinal, Raul Servin, Rosenberg Balboa, Rebeca Cuevas, Rebecca A. Garibay, Rosa Flores Fernandez, Rosie Zertuche, Rosalynn Warren, Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez, Sandi G. Estrada, Shirlene Harris, Susan Spencer, Stella Marroquin, Smiley Rojas, Tim Palomera, Victor Tello, and Yolanda Priego.

Opening reception: Friday, November 18
Market continues Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20, from 10AM-6PM.
FREE and open to the public.

8th annual Mole Throwdown

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Get your taste buds ready for one of the most delicious fundraising events you have ever attended. The 8th Annual Mole Throwdown is a culinary, Art-filled experience that blends together our efforts to promote Chicano/Latino Art and Culture in an innovative and creative way that benefits Centro Cultural Aztlan’s year-long programming.

 
Mole is traditionally prepared for special events, which bring together friends and families. Mole a rich tasting delightful dark sauce is infused with the flavors of chili peppers, chocolate and about 25 or more, spicy ingredients, then married with turkey or chicken.
This succulent dish will be prepared and generously donated by local restaurants and local chefs for your delicate palate that is sure to ignite the taste buds. Cerveza (beer) will be iced down and served to compliment the meal. Patrons will be asked to vote for their favorite, and a new winner will be announced!
 
In addition to the sampling of mole, there will be a Silent Art Auction featuring the great works of contributing artists that have supported Centro Cultural Aztlan for over three decades. These participating artists’ contribution is their testament of pride and accomplishment, and their way to show their gratitude to an organization, which focuses on promoting Chicano/Latino Art and Culture.
 
The evening promises to be an exciting fundraising event sure to go down as one of the most creative ways to unite Arte, Cultura, Musica y Comida in a venue that truly supports the Chicano, Latino and Indigenous traditions such as Dia de Los Muertos, Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibit and the Lowrider Festival.
 
General Admission tickets for the event are only $40.00 per person. Other donation levels are available. For more information please call the center M-F, 9am to 5pm at 210-432-1896 or come by our offices located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.
www.centroaztlan.org. Email: centroaztlan@sbcglobal.net.

Caras III

2016-FOTOSEPTIEMBRE-USA_Calendar_Caras-III-Exhibition_02_Centro-Cultural-AztlanCaras lll is an exploration of the art of portraiture by more than twenty of the best artists in the San Antonio area who use photography to create works of art. Up-and-coming artists as well as established photographers are featured in the exhibit. Caras lll is an extension of the Nuestras Caras and Caras ll that began as a community collaboration with the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Retratos Exhibition in 2006.

Opening reception: Friday, September 16, 2016, 6 – 9 pm
Closing reception Mole Throwdown: Friday, October 14, 2016, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibit on display: September 16 – October 14, 2016
Viewing hours: Mon – Fri, 9 am – 5 pm
Contact: Deborah Keller-Rihn (210) 800-5441 |kellerrihnstudio@yahoo.com

Centro Cultural Aztlan
1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103, San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 432-1896 | www.centroaztlan.org

Free and open to the public

Curated by Deborah Keller-Rihn

Gilberto Tarín – Dancing with Shadows

Centro Cultural Aztlan is proud to showcase the unique works of Gilberto Tarin in the exhibit Dancing with Shadows. This exhibit showcases paintings and mixed media works portraying Tarin’s reactions to the Vietnam War. His darkly surrealistic, expressionist works portray torturous inner conflicts and emotional struggles.

Tarin, who almost became a Catholic priest, incorporates images of angels unable to rescue man from his suffering and other religious images such as baptismal fonts with maimed figures to show the inhumanity of man to man but also hinting at the possibility of transcendence. His subjects’ haunted faces speak of disillusionment but also of hope and abiding spirituality. Tarin is deeply concerned about issues of good and evil and man’s relationship to other human beings and the divine.

An accomplished painter with an education from the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City, Mr. Tarin has exhibited his art both in the United States and Mexico. He won first place in the 1977 San Antonio Art League with the piece “Los Angelitos”, receiving both praise and harsh criticism. His paintings are in the personal collections of renowned figures such as Presidents Jimmy Carter and Luis Echeverría. Tarin’s work shows similarities to the Mexican artists, Jose Luis Cuevas and Lucas Johnson, his contemporaries in Mexico City.

Centro Cultural Aztlan invites the public to the opening reception Friday, August 12th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit continues in Galería Expresión through September 9th, 2016. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

First Decade at Deco, celebrating El Gran Dia de los Artistas

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Centro Cultural Aztlan is celebrating the 10th year in the Deco District with a commemorative festival that celebrates all genres in the art field!

Come join us as we celebrate El Gran Dia de los Artistas with a line-up of music, dance, art, poetry and many more activities and surprises that your family will love!

 

San Antonio Potter’s Guild 23rd Annual Juried Ceramic Exhibition

2016 Postcard Front.cdrCentro Cultural Aztlan is delighted to host for the 3rd year, the San Antonio Potter’s Guild annual juried exhibition.  Over 25 Texas artist’s work will be on display and for sale.  It will be juried by renowned Ceramist Dan Hammett.  The opening reception is June 3rd and will be on display until June 30th.

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Annual Superhero Exhibit and Contest

2015superhero finalposterOur annual Superhero Exhibition is designed for students from kinder to 12th grade to create artwork that is based on Real-Life Heroes, Comic Book Art, Anime, Mythological Figures, or a positive role model they know and admire. The project also introduces students to a broad range of artistic techniques encouraging them to explore their own creative skills and ideas.  Student artwork is displayed in the center’s gallery exposing them to their first exhibition space and enabling parents to get involved in their child’s education.   Prizes are presented to  the 1st and second winners of each grade during an award reception on May 7th from 12-3PM.

Indigenous Jaguar Spirits from the Yucatan

Centro Cultural Aztlan presents:

Indigenous Jaguar Spirits from the Yucatan

New Paintings by Andy Villarreal

Opening Reception:  Friday April 8, 2016

Andy A. Villarreal.smIndigenous Jaguar Spirits from the Yucatan is the latest exhibition of paintings by Andy A. Villarreal that opens on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Centro Cultural Aztlan with a reception for the artist. His collection of new works depicts his laborious history as a painter and continues to evolve through a lifetime of experiences that combines Indigenous cultures of varying times and places. Andy creates an energetic visual dialog that transforms the viewer into another realm; one that includes history, mythology of signs and symbols from ancient cultures. “My work crosses cultures, portrays the human condition, the struggles, the harmony, the social injustice, and the celebration of life”. Viewers are invited to share in his cultural experiences and draw their own interpretations.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be on view through the end of April.