Rural Charm/Encanto Rural

Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present Rural Charm/Encanto Rural; a two-person mixed media and assemblage exhibit by James Miller and Lenise Perez-Miller

Rural Charm/Encanto Rural speaks about the times as they relate to James and Lenise—husband and wife—having grown-up in culturally different parts of the United States. James having moved to Texas some 20 years ago from Indiana, brought with him memories, stories, and physical artifacts that speak about who he is. Lenise, growing up Hispanic in a Spanish-Speaking family in Falfurrias and Premont Texas shares many of the same memories and stories as James, as well as shared cross-cultural processes and memories of hard-work by our parents, grandparents and selves.

Lenise Perez-Miller’swork is a reflection of her life growing up as a Hispanic female, catholic but in a predominately Anglo environment.  She creates narrative pieces using clay and found objects, then redefines their meaning to conjure up past memories for viewers. This sometimes causes a contradiction, but by combining feminine materials and juxtaposing them with hard, masculine materials, like metal or wood, Lenise is able to define the beauty in memories, as well as, the humor with the sadness, and the innocence with the cruelty.  The ideas of what she is supposed to be like or do in her life. The use of these objects channels the symbolism in her work, and all of these combined assist Lenise in constructing my ideas.

James Miller: Simply…James make objects because he likes to problem solve.  As a ceramicist and Assemblage artist, his goal is to mine for and appropriate artifacts, images, and language into his works. The more James works with clay and mixed media materials the more secrets they reveal, this in turn affords limitless opportunities in his formative process. James’s decisions are predicated on the fact that many of the source materials that he chooses to work with are made from materials that allows for cold-connections.  Cold- connections (nuts, screws, and bolts, or clay, slip, and heat) allow for an archival quality.  He also uses materials that are fleeting, in that, left in their natural state they would succumb to natural erosive processes.  However, once James rescues them, he uses, and attempts to preserve them in a way that will extend their lives, and in turn invite others see them in a new way.

Join us at the opening reception on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 6:00-9:00pmfor light refreshments and music by FORGED IN FIREfeaturing Sabrina Lopez.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view Monday July, 8th – Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Generations Past, Present, and Future

Centro Cultural Aztlan celebrates International Women’s Day and Month with GENERATIONS PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE; an exhibition featuring local San Antonio women Ruth Buentello and Valerie Chagolla.

Since 1911 each year on March 8th, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year, Centro Aztlan is highlighting the cultural and artistic contribution of two local women artists whose artwork highlights family and community generations of past, present, and future.

Ruth Leonela Buentello is a visual artist and arts educator whose practice is rooted in painting but often bridges other disciplines, including community arts, and collaborative installations. Her work centers on representations of Latinx working class communities. She received her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and is a recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors grant. From 2009- 2015 she founded and participated in the Mas Rudas collective in collaboration with like-minded Chicana artists. Through Mas Rudas her work has evolved to explore the socio-cultural examinations of Chican@ identity, cultural representations of gender, and the co-optation of Chican@/Tejan@/Latin@ history and culture.

Valerie Chagolla, a San Antonio native of Mexican decent, creates modern-day and pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican scenes of everyday life using oils. Each one of her unique paintings captures her profound visions of the past and present. Times of past generations are crucial to our future, and should not be forgotten. Chagolla captures the essence of generational knowledge through her works of art. Through her paintings, Chagolla aims to influence people of all ages, young and old, to seek truth in their past—to never forget where they come from, and to never lose sight of where they are going.

Join us at the opening reception on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments, and a very special Flor y Canto featuring poetry by local women and music by FORGED IN FIRE featuring Sabrina Lopez.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Friday, March 29, 2019 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

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.

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.