Laurel Gibson's Embroidering the Old Spanish Trail
October 15 through December 17, 2016
Laurel Gibson’s elegant hand-embroidered and drawn depictions on 1920s player piano rolls present the music and multi-ethnic cultures within Southern neighborhoods connected by the 1920s transcontinental highway called the Old Spanish Trail (OST). Bihl Haus is sited on a 5-mile stretch of the OST on Fredericksburg Road; San Antonio is the OST’s historic center point, which runs from Florida to California. Gibson's embroidered drawings, a traditional “women’s work” art form, transforms actual 1920s-era player piano rolls into living documents. The mapped OST route from Florida to California will become lively illustrated artworks that literally integrate the mechanical music that defined the era with visual depictions of Southern cultural recollections.
Related events include a period jazz performance, lectures and workshops during the October-November 2016 gallery exhibition (see special events schedule here) will help reveal the OST’s under-appreciated history. More here.
2803 Fredericksburg Rd. San Antonio, TX 78201
Gallery Hours 1-4pm Fridays and Saturdays OR by Appointment 210.383.9723
HARD TO FIND BUT WORTH THE TRIP! Bihl Haus Arts is the historic building located inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments, at 2803 Fredericksburg Road(across from the Tip Top Cafe). Please park in the circle lot and enter through the walk-in gate. Overflow parking is available at Redeemer Church.
Sat., Nov. 5, 2pm: "Early Automobiles in San Antonio" by Hugh Hemphill, Manager of the Texas Transportation Museum and autor of San Antonio Wheels" (2010).
Sat., Dec. 3, 2 pm:"Women Beautify the OST" by OST Historian Charlotte Travis, PHD.
Sat., Dec. 10, 2 pm:"The Player Piano: Preserving Music on Paper,"by John Talbot, owner of Ragtime Southwest, a full-service player piano conversion company.
2018 Programming: Bihl Haus commemorates the San Antonio Tricentennial with an entire year of programming informed by critical commentary and diverse historical perspectives on the meaning of the Tricentennial. We are currently seeking thoughful proposals with deep and broad context and meaning from diverse voices across the City. Think 300 years in the past and 300 years in the future. Contact us with your ideas and proposals here