Self-guided tour anyone? Get ready to emerge onto San Antonio's inner-city art scene with the fifth annual On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour, presented by Bihl
Haus Arts, Saturday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 19 from noon to 5 p.m.
The studio tour kick-off is set for Friday, Feb. 17 with the On & Off Fred Autograph Party and Bihl Haus Gallery Opening Reception, 2803 Fredericksburg Rd., from
6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit features works by each of the studio tour participating artists who will be on hand to autograph copies of the tour catalog while hors d’oeuvres, wine and live Latin fusion by Los Nahuatlatos are enjoyed.
This year's tour touts more than 80 artists at 38 locations, including a large presence of young, emerging artists who join veterans on the tour such as Danville Chadbourne, Dale Jenssen, Angel Rodriguez-Diaz, and Jane Madrigal.
"The On and Off Fred Road Tour has proven to be more successful each year; it provides an opportunity to meet the diverse San Antonio art community and promotes and encourages the understanding and collecting of local contemporary art," said San Antonio artist David Zamora Casas, who is participating in the tour for his fourth consecutive year.
The On & Off Fred Studio Tour takes place in San Antonio’s famed Deco District, along a section of the celebrated Old Spanish Trail Auto Highway. The event features two full days of leisurely self-guided tours that offer visitors the rare opportunity to interact with area artists in their work spaces. From reclaimed former neighborhood grocery stores to intimate backyard sanctuaries, the studios on the tour provide the environments in which artists create a variety of works, such as large ceramic sculptures, metalworks, one-of-a-kind light fixtures, art photography and a variety of paintings in various styles. Demonstrations, hospitality and opportunities to purchase art are all part of the On and Off Fred experience.
(Editor's Note: The San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs featured the On & Off Fred Road Studio Tour on its latest episode of "SA Arts Beat." See the video below.)
"Visitors can get together a carpool or group of cyclists and, with a catalog map in hand, hit the tour," said Kellen Kee McIntyre, executive director of Bihl Haus Arts. "Entering the studio environment is an intimate experience that makes the art you already love more meaningful. You begin to understand how the artists' personalities creep into their work through the music they listen to or the way they arrange their art materials and favorite possessions in their working spaces."
On the tour, visitors are guided by a color-coded map that makes navigating easy. Seven neighborhoods are featured on the tour this year: historic Monticello Park, stately Jefferson, verdant Woodlawn Lake, eclectic Los Angeles Heights, peaceful Keystone, charming Beacon Hill, and delightful Alta Vista. Patrons will see yellow yard signs and balloons that identify stops on the tour.
The On & Off Fred Studio Tour catalog and map guide is $10 in advance ($15 during the tour). Purchase of the catalog includes free admission for two people to all events. Starting Feb. 1, the catalog may be purchased at local participating businesses
- Artwerx Alley (1717 Blanco Rd./210.320.5585)
- Big Grass (637 W. Hildebrand/210.735.7999)
- Vee’s Hair and Spa (1022 Donaldson/210.733.7131)
- Café Tutti (1933 Fredericksburg Rd.).
During the tour, catalogs are available at Bihl Haus Arts (2803 Fredericksburg Rd./210.383.9723).
2012 FRED ARTISTS include: David Alcantar, Fernando Andrade, Daniel Armstrong, Richard Arredondo, Avi (aka James Avalos), Cee Jay Black, Matthew Blackmon, Sarah Burke, Zane Carroll, Chance (aka David Reyes), Raul Castellanos, Danville Chadbourne, Carol Cisneros, Mark Crutsinger, Richard de la O, Charles F. Doria, Oscar Galván, Albert Garza, Rudy Garza, Mark Andrew Gelatt Jr., Laurel Gibson, Chuck Glave, Anthony A. Gonzalez, David Guerrero, María Guerrero, Wesley Harvey, Rex Hausmann, James Helm, Michael Hernandez, James Hetherington, Venessa Hill, Marleen Hoover, Jeff Hull, Luis Hurtado, Dale Jenssen, Pat Nelson-Jimenez, Amy Jones, John Karlis, Barbara Kelley, Teresa Koslow, Eric Lane, Melissa Latimer, Sally Lewis, Michelle Love, Jane Madrigal, Jimena Marín, Lawrence Mercado, Norma Jean Moore, J.D. Morera, Thelma Ortiz Muraida, Dora Orejel, Alejandro Augustine Padilla, Pajara (aka Alice Canestaro), Tim Palomera, Stacy Parten, Victor Payan, Gina Pelegrino, Pocha Peña, Rainey, Rachel Rainwater, Sarah Roberts, Ángel Rodríguez-Díaz, David S. Rubin, Kimberly Rumfelt, James Saldivar, Alison Schockner, Peter Sharp, Sarah Shore, Russell Stephenson, Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez, Jessica Fernandez-White, Jason Willome, David Zamora Casas & Rosie Zertuche; plus:
2012 FRED GALLERIES AND ARTIST COOPERATIVES: Artwerx Alley, Big Grass, Bihl Haus Arts, Centro Cultural Aztlán, Clamp Light Studios & Gallery, Elsmere Artist Cooperative, Hausmann Millworks, Long Hall Gallery, Magnolia Salon d Arte.
2012 Music by Los Nahuatlatos, South Texas Jazz, The Ghostly Band, and more!
This event is made possible with support of the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs and City Council districts 1 and 7, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The tour is organized by area artists and Bihl Haus Arts, which is located at Primrose at Monticello Park Apartments, the only non-profit professional art gallery on the premises of senior affordable housing in the U.S. The gallery is supported by Primrose. For more information, call 210.383.9723, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mission of the On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour is to promote the work of diverse visual and cultural artists in the area, enhance the appreciation for the arts in the community, and stimulate neighborhood revitalization.