San Antonio's Luminaria Artist Foundation to showcase six artists in fall series

click to enlarge Courtesy of LuminariaVioleta De Leon Davila's They Taught You Wrong Metanoia- A Transformative ChangeDedicated to providing and promoting the art in San Antonio, nonprofit art organization Luminaria Artist Foundation is collaborating with six community partners for a fall series presenting the artwork of its 2020 grantees.From Wednesday, October 21 through Friday, October 31, Luminaria invites locals to take a COVID-conscious sneak peek of the artists' projects in a special works-in-process series. Ranging from visual exhibitions to socially distanced performances, the series seeks to provide a way to safely engage with the arts as the pandemic continues.According to an email announcement, to achieve their aspiration of getting the six grantees' work into "the hands, eyes, ears, hearts and minds of everyone," Luminaria will present the art throughout the city with the help of community partners Devil's River Whiskey Distillery, the San Antonio River Authority, the San Antonio Public Library, the San Antonio Botanical Garden, VIA Metro Transit and the Majestic Theatre.The series will feature Mark McCoin's; Pamela Martinez's; Octavio Quintanilla'sJenelle Esparza's; Raul Rene Gonzalez'sand Violeta De Leon Davila'sThough the exact times and dates of the week and a half long showcase have yet to be released, interested art-lovers can keep their eyes on Luminaria's website social media or email newsletters for further information.

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Luminaria Returns to Hemisfair This Saturday with Meditation Temple, Giant Twister Game and More

click to enlarge LuminariaEvent Details Luminaria @ Hemisfair 434 S Alamo San Antonio, TX When: Sat., Nov. 9, 7-12 a.m. Price: Free Art and Special Events MapSupersized cicadas, a jumbo take on Twister, a meditation temple and a Miami-based artist known as HotCheetoMami are but a few of the curiosities to expect from this years Luminaria, the multimedia arts festival launched by former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger back in 2008.In preparation for its third consecutive year at Hemisfair, the nonprofit organization welcomed a new team of curators Amber Ortega, Christopher Rodriguez, Gary Sweeney, Katherine Sotelo and Libby Day to help vet project proposals from around the world. Boasting an eclectic array of presentations by more than 50 local, national and international creators taking place on multiple outdoor stages, indoor venues and points in between, the kid-friendly event wont be easy to fully absorb without an informed plan of attack (visit luminariasa.org for a map, schedule and full artist lineup). In addition to the light projections and illuminated installations that have become Luminaria hallmarks, the 12th annual affair brings together works tackling such timely themes as intersectionality, immigration and LGBTQ* identity.After kicking off with a few words from Mayor Ron Nirenberg, the festivals Main Stage (on the north side of the Magik Theatre parking lot) will host Denver-based acrobatic fire spinners Lunar Fire, local artist Amalia Ortizs punk-rock musical The Cancin Cannibal Cabaret and psychedelic rockers the Holy Knives, among others. Several promising highlights of this years fest take place on the Film Stage (on the river level outside the Convention Center), including a collaboration between life-affirming art-rock band Buttercup and Emmy-winning filmmaker Alejandro DeHoyos, Edward Tyndalls documentary exploring Cheech Marins famed Chicano art collection, local artist and educator Sabra Booths animation Walled Off, which looks at the damaging effects of Trumps border wall on the National Butterfly Center in the Rio Grande Valley and Mrs. Clean, a short film by 20-year-old YouTuber Daisy Cornejo (aka HotCheetoMami).Other site-specific creations to look out for as you navigate the park alongside a projected crowd of 20,000 include Austin-based Robert Barts giant glowing cicada shells, former Texans Tom Turner and Carol Cunningham Turners inflatable, interactive Mission Moon Glow, Canadian artist Justin Tates Twister-inspired painting installation Touch Me and a collaborative installation by theater artist Marisela Barrera, vocalist Alyson Alonzo and photographer and curator Kristel A. Orta-Puente. If all this leaves you wanting a bit of peace and quiet, seek out Nigerian artist Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiyas Asopomora Connectivity, a woven canopy temple featuring a meditation space for viewers to reflect on generational connectivity and perceptions of home.

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