Vuelo de Mariposas: Open Studios and Spring Market

Centro Cultural Aztlan presents:

Vuelo de Mariposas Open Studios and Spring Market
Deco Building and Galeria Expresion
Saturday and Sunday February 16-17, 2019

In addition to El Segundo de Febrero exhibition, Centro Cultural
Aztlan presents our annual Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market, open studios with featured artists and an artisan market of fine-crafts, paintings and wearable art by some of San Antonio’s most noted artists.

The Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market gives local artists an affordable venue in which to sell their works of art and provides visitors the opportunity to meet and greet the artists and artisans. Several of the Borrando Fronteras exhibition artists will host open studios, including live painting and printmaking.

Visitors can stroll through the Deco Building’s breezeway and sidewalks to find artists having craft and jewelry demonstrations, hands-on activities, and live art painting. Presenting their “spring line,” artists and artisans are sure to bring the newest trends and colors of the season!

Visitors are also invited to participate in a FREE community workshop in traditional Mexican Son Jarocho music, presented by El Tallercito de Son SATX on Sunday, February 17, from 3:00-4:00pm.

Live body painting demonstration by Oscar Galvan, details coming soon!

Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market is open as a part Centro Cultural Aztlan’s 41st Segundo de Febrero Exhibition, Borrando Fronteras, on Saturday , February 16, 2019, from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday, February 17, 2019 from noon to 5pm.

Artists, Artisans, and Vendors include:

Israel Rico, Nuevo Huevo, Debi Lively, Nancy de la Cerda, Rachel Valdez, Tereza Gonzalez, Blas Hernandez, Irma Ochoa, Corine Rodriguez, Angelina Pliego, Shari B. Collins, Victor Tello, Jesse Sauceda, Alicia Zavala Galvan, Yolanda O. Reyes, y muchos mas!

41st Annual Segundo de Febrero Exhibition – Borrando Fronteras

Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present the 41stannual Segundo de Febrero exhibition. This year, Centro Aztlan’s exhibition is entitled, “Borrando Fronteras,” Erasing Borders.

Centro Cultural Aztlan has produced and presented the annual Segundo de Febrero exhibit since 1978 in an effort to preserve Mexican American history and culture.  This exhibit commemorates the 171stanniversary of the signing of the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the ending of the U.S. Mexican war, and the redistribution of a border—creating a new bicultural citizenry with a new consciousness of Mexican American dual identity, history, culture, and traditions.

The inspiration for this year’s show—Borrando Fronteras—is the lasting effects of the broken treaty, especially the creation of new borders and the lasting effects it has had on Latinos/as/xs, Chicanos/as/xs, and indigenous peoples. Inspiration from past and present events will result in a visual dialog of Chicano/a/x, Latino/a/x, and indigenous identity; and a reflection of the sentiment toward border issues and current events.

Join us at the opening reception on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 6:00-9:00pmfor light refreshments, music by El Tallercito de Son, Juan y Armando Tejada, plus a special ethno-drama by Los Inocentes showcasing the life of Juana Navarro. Free and open to the entire community.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Thursday, February 28, 2019 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. 

Participating artists include:

David Blancas, Sarah Castillo, Rosa Flores Fernandez, Ana Hernandez, Rhys Munro, Jason Eric Gonzalez Martinez, Jessica Gonzales, Maria Jessica Alvarado, Doroteo Albert Garza, Rudy Herrera, Robert Wilkens, Guadalupe “Spike” Muñoz, Abigail Marquez, Angelica Mayorga Gomez, Mary Agnes Rodriguez, Raul Servin, Gloria Sanchez Hart, Nancy Klapp, Israel Rico, Mario Garza, and more.

For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 9am to 5pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.
 

23rd Annual Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibit

Centro Cultural Aztlan is honored to present the 23rd annual Celebración a la Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibit. Visitors will explore the significance of the Latin American cultural icon, La Virgen de Guadalupe, through secular visual narratives showcasing a myriad of artistic representations of her by some of San Antonio’s most noted artists. La Virgen de Guadalupe has moved beyond a religious icon; she has been embraced by Latinos/as/xs around the world and she belongs to the people. This exhibition is the oldest and most reverend featuring La Virgen de Guadalupe as the main theme. The exhibition includes Virgen de Guadalupe inspired acrylic, pastel, oil & watercolor paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and contemporary folk art.

Join us at the opening reception and Art Market, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 6:00-9:00pm. Free for the community.
For this festive occasion the opening reception will include an art market with unique artwork, crafts, and artesanía inspired by La Virgen, along with traditional treats like tamales, buñuelos, champurrado y mas!

Live music and a traditional community Fandango with El Tallercito de Son honoring La Virgen de Guadalupe.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through December 14, 2018, and from January 2 – January 18, 2019 Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

Installation by Henry De Leon and Gricelda Nill,
Participating artist include:
Angelica Mayorga Gomez, Lupe Muñoz, David Blancas, Richard Arredando, Luciano Arredando, Felix Saucedo, Irma Amparo, Alexandra Nelipa, Karen Faye Alvarez, Juliet Rivera-Schwabe, Raúl Servín, Lynn Maverick Denzer, Israel Rico, Bernice B. Appelin-Williams, Martin Emmanuel Rangel, Tim Palomera III, Esther Guajardo, Hector Garza, Antonio Garcia, Pearl A. Sanchez, Victor Tello, Stephanie Zapata, Rachel Valdez, Tereza Gonzalez, and more.

For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 9am to 5pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.

41st Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibit

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 Friday, Nov. 2nd, 2018 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!

Exhibit can be viewed Monday-Friday 9am-5pm until Nov. 9th, 2018.

Laredito – The Forgotten Neighborhood west of San Pedro Creek

In conjunction with San Antonio’s Tricentennial Celebrations, Centro Cultural Aztlan will present an original ethnodrama depicting the story of El Laredito, the forgotten neighborhood west of San Pedro Creek located in San Antonio, Texas.

Social anthropologist, Dr. Citlali Maria Zentella, will engage participants through an historical journey featuring El Laredito’s barrio experience covering the lives of three families, whose ancestors were among the original residents of San Antonio’s 300-year history.

On Friday, June 8, 2018, from 6-9 pm, residents as well as interested visitors will be able to enjoy a historical re-enactment of El Laredito written and narrated by Dr. Citlali Maria Zentella. The 300 years of EL Laredito will be recreated covering three periods beginning in 1718 and ending in the 1970’s when urban renewal demolished a once vibrant and thriving barrio.

In addition to the historical ethnodrama directed by Dr. Zentella, music of the period and original songs will be performed by Binisa, of Los Inocentes. Don Nuñez and Diana Rodriguez Gil will reconstruct the settings for El Laredito which includes: Una Noche en el Mercado, La Casa Navarro, and La Botanica.  Last but not least, participants will be able to taste and enjoy culinary creations that represent the traditional foods served at the Cenaduria tables at el Mercado by the famous Chili Queens.

For more information you can contact us M-F, 9am to 5pm. Our center is located in the historic Deco Building, 1800 Fredericksburg Rd., 103, San Antonio, TX 78201.

This Tricentennial Celebration is free and open to the public and is brought to you by the generous support of the City of San Antonio/Department of Arts & Culture, Humanities Texas, and the many friends of Centro Cultural Aztlan.