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2019-09-12 18:00 - 21:00
Address: 1800 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201, USA

Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present Stitches; a two-person exhibit showcasing the melting pot of culturas that make up Chicano Arte, featuring Raul Servin and Victor Tello.

Stitches brings together two incredibly talented artists who have been showing in galleries in San Antonio for over four decades. This unique exhibition showcases the melting pot that has created Chicano Art. The title for the exhibit “Stitches” was chosen in honor Victor's mother, who began quilting as a young girl, and as an adult donated her quilts to her church to help her community. Victor incorporates his mother’s quilting in his signature style of quilting the Chicano cultura in paintings portraying Chicano life. For Raul, "Stitches" signifies the melting pot of cultures here in the United States: “We Americans stitch music, art, food, drinks, traditions, and cultures into one national fabric.”

Raul Servin studied at INBA (Instituto Nacional De Bellas Artes) in Acapulco, Mexico and is a founding member of “El Jardin del Arte de Acapulco.” He started showing in 1965, and had his first solo show in 1967 at Galeria Edan in Acapulco.  His knowledge in pre-Colombian art permitted him to decorate the stage of the Flying Indians at Hemisphere in San Antonio, Texas in 1968. His art has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the main library in San Antonio in 1980, Gallery 35 in Lytle, Texas in 1998, the Gallista Gallery in San Antonio in 2000 and 2008, Casa de la Cultura in Del Rio, Texas in 2011, Centro Cultural Aztlan in San Antonio in 2012, Guadalupe Museum in San Antonio in 2015 and may others.  Servin’s work is in several permanent art collections, including at the University of Texas in San Antonio and Notre Dame University in Indiana.

Victor Tello was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He joined the Boy’s Club of America and learned to paint on paper plates and later continued painting at home on any paper he could find.  After graduating from Lanier High School in 1964 he went to San Antonio College and studied art. His paintings reflect the life of the Mexican folk art of the Mexican American people living on the Westside of San Antonio.  His paintings are portrayed as quilts, paying homage to his mother, an avid quilter.  His art has been published in the book, “Triumph of our Community: 4 Decades of Mexican American Art”.

Join us at the free opening reception on Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments and music by Juan & Armando Tejeda

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view Friday September 13 – Friday October 18, 2019 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. 

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  • 2019-11-02 18:00 - 2019-11-02 22:00

    Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present its 42nd annual Día de los Muertos exhibition, Altares y Ofrendas, with even más cultura this year, Día de los Muertos on the Old Spanish Trail.

    12Noon - 5PM - Art Installations and Altares on The Old Spanish Trail   (Map can be downloaded soon!!!)

    5PM - Procession from Deco HEB to Centro Cultural Aztlan

    Community is invited to wear their traditional Día de los Muertos regalia and bring offerings for Centro Aztlan's Community Altar.

    12 NOON-10PM - Altares y Ofrendas Exhibition at Centro Cultural Aztlan

    Altares, Refreshments, Avenida de los Muertos Arts and Crafts Fair, Food Trucks, Face Painting, Complimentary Pan de Muerto and Ponche de Frutas.

    6-10PM - Music by Network for Young Artists, El Tallercito de Son, Juan & Armando Tejeda, I Ching Gatos, and Volcán!

    Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present its 42nd annual Día de los Muertos exhibition, Altares y Ofrendas, with even más cultura this year, Día de los Muertos on the Old Spanish Trail.  Centro Aztlan’s authentic, community driven exhibition features unique altares made by local artists to honor family and community members who are no longer with us.  Community artists are invited to create altares, helping to facilitate a dialogue that examines the history and traditions of this cultural celebration. 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 humor a celebration of life. Photographs of loved ones passed grace altars as well as offerings of food, marigolds, incense, candles, and other traditional offerings.

    Since 1977, Centro Cultural has opened its doors to tourists and residents to take part in the biggest and oldest Día de los Muertos Celebration, paying tribute to this ancient tradition. In addition to Centro Aztlan’s traditional celebration and exhibition in the gallery from 6-10pm, beginning at 12 noon visitors are invited to Día de Los Muertos on The Old Spanish Trail, which has recently been designated as a cultural district by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Local artists have been paired with businesses along The Old Spanish Trail from the Deco HEB on Fredericksburg at Hildebrand, to North Flores and W. Elmira. At 5pm, we invited the local community and visitors to meet in the parking lot of the Deco HEB for our Día de Los Muertos procession. Join Centro Aztlan, local artists, musicians, and the community in your Día de los Muertos regalia, and don’t forget to bring offerings for Centro Aztlan's Community Altar. Enjoy pan de muerto, ponche de frutas, and other treats as you shop for special Día de los Muertos creations from some of San Antonio’s most talented artists, artisans, and crafters in our “Avenida de los Artesanos”.

    This year, Centro Aztlan is excited to have an outdoor stage with live music featuring students from Network for Young Artists, El Tallercito de Son, I Ching Gatos, Juan & Armando Tejada, y Volcán! Bring your dancing shoes, and your appetite too! Food Trucks will be serving up local eats and treats!

    Most altares are made to honor family members but a few will address important community members who have recently passed away; such the first female mayor of San Antonio Lila Cockrell, renowned surgeon and patron of the arts Dr. Alfonso Chiscano, famous jazz musician Jim Cullem and artist and gay rights activist Gene Elder. There will also be an altar for children who have died in detention facilities or crossing the border, an altar for victims of domestic violence made by Bonnie Mann. These installations will be placed in storefronts, within businesses, on patios and/or other structures near businesses. Some of San Antonio’s most important established and emerging artists are participating in this event.

    Including: Kim Bishop, Luis Valderas, Raul Servin, Adan Hernandez, Laurel Gibson, Kristina Uriegas-Reyes, Alexa “Sasha” Nelipa, Garrett Mormando, Andy Villareal, Anel Flores will be creating an altar for Gene Elder. Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez, Maria Chavez Vasquez, Kathleen Trenchard, Henry De Leon, Naradi, Coco Costello, Lauri Garcia Jones, Justin Scheider and his students, Victor Tello, Melanie Lira, Chel Delaney, Hector Garza, Dolores Zapata Merff, Don Nuñez, Petra del Sol Eubanks, Emily Blase, Alejandro Flores, Priscilla Reyna-Ovalle, Lynn Maverick Denzer, Nancy Oakly Klapp, y más!

    Altares y Ofrendas Exhibition runs through November 15, Monday-Friday, 9-5 p.m.

    Artist Installations on The Old Spanish Trail: October 28-November 8, 2019.