Dreary weather forces artists out of Luminaria

Despite weather conditions, Luminaria will go on

By Stephanie Serna - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - As we've been reporting all week, south Texas is expected to get a lot of rain over the next few days, which is great for the lawns and the aquifer, but not so great for outdoor events like Luminaria.

Organizers said on Wednesday, that despite the dreary forecast, the show will go on. But it will be a scaled-down event, with only projects that can be showcased inside or outside safely.

"All of the artists’ work who will be inside the auditorium, galleries at the San Antonio Museum of Art and then, we tented one of our music stages,” said Kathy Armstrong, executive director of Luminaria. "So, we're ready. It might be a wet weekend, but it will also be a weekend of art."

San Antonio artist John Hernandez said he was getting ready to show off his piece, "Crossroads," which was scheduled to make its first appearance at Luminaria this weekend.

"It's the first time that I made something like this, this large," said Hernandez. "So, if it wasn't for Luminaria, I would have never have made this. So, it's good they pushed me to come up with something that large."

However, Hernandez is one of dozens of artists whose displays have been scrapped from Luminaria.

"I was excited about showing it," said Hernandez. "I wanted to finish it a little better. So it gives me more time to finish it."

Although a little disappointed, Hernandez said he believes it was for the best.

"I thought it was a good idea, because a lot of artists were using electronics, projectors and computers, and that equipment would ruin," said Hernandez. "I wouldn't want this wet in the rain."

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