2 free exhibitions open at the Centro de Artes gallery in downtown San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Centro de Artes gallery in downtown San Antonio has added two exhibits that show “the cultural and societal significance of the immigrant and native experience,” according to the city’s arts and culture department.

The work of artists Leila Hernández and Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo will be exhibited at the gallery from August 9 to December 30. The gallery, located on the market square, is free and open to the public.

A press release says Hernández’s exhibit, “La Visa Negra 2.5: Tendiendo los Trapitos al Sol,” is made of recycled fabric. She used tapestries, quilts and paintings to show a “collection of narratives dealing with time, identity and place via the cultural intersection between southern Texas and northern Mexico,” the statement said.

In Montelongo’s exhibition, “The Euphoric Dance of the Unconquered Spirit”, she used oil paints and mixed media to convey the Mixika dancers.

She placed crops of her own photographs on canvas and applied paint with a palette knife.

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“The brightly colored paintings celebrate mental liberation and honor our indigenous ancestors,” the statement read.

Department director Krystal Jones said the space “allows multiple concepts and exhibits to be explored at the same time.”

“Artists take different artistic approaches, but there is a connection in their roles as storytellers and educators,” she said. “Whether it’s Leila’s use of recycled materials to create new works of art, or Elizabeth’s exploration through vibrantly colored mixed media, both exhibitions allow gallery visitors to learn more about the cultural and societal significance of the immigrant and native experience.”

The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The opening reception is from 6pm to 9pm on Tuesdays.

Art from the exhibition “The Euphoric Dance of the Unconquered Spirit” by Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo. (City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture)
Art from the exhibition “The Euphoric Dance of the Unconquered Spirit” by Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo. (City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture)
Art from Leila Hernández’s exhibition “La Visa Negra 2.5: Tendiendo los Trapitos al Sol”. (City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture)
Art from Leila Hernández’s exhibition “La Visa Negra 2.5: Tendiendo los Trapitos al Sol”. (City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture)
Art from Leila Hernández’s exhibition “La Visa Negra 2.5: Tendiendo los Trapitos al Sol”. (City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture)
Art from Leila Hernández’s exhibition “La Visa Negra 2.5: Tendiendo los Trapitos al Sol”. (City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture)

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