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In San Antonio’s Historic Neighborhoods…

On & Off Fred!

Art lovers emerged onto San Antonio’s inner-city art scene during the fourth annual On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour, presented by Bihl Haus Arts, Saturday, February 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 20th from noon to 5:00 p.m.  The studio tour kicked-off on  Friday, February 18th, with the On and Off Fred Autograph Party and Bihl Haus Gallery Opening Reception, 2803 Fredericksburg Rd., from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The exhibit featured works by each of the studio tour participating artists who were on hand to autograph copies of the tour catalog while hors d’oeuvres, wine, and live jazz by Johhny P and the Wiseguys were enjoyed.

This year’s tour toutd 90 artists at more than 40 locations, including a new, large presence of young, emerging artists who join veterans on the tour such as Danville Chadbourne, Adan Hernandez, David S. Rubin, Le Green Schubert, 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 participated in the tour for his third consecutive year.

Annually, 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.

“Visitors can get together a carpool or group of cyclists and, with a catalog map in hand, hit the tour,” said Bihl Haus Arts Executive Director Dr. Kellen Kee McIntyre.  Adding, “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 were featured on the tour this year: historic Monticello Park, stately Jefferson, peaceful Woodlawn Lake, Los Angeles Heights, eclectic Keystone, charming Beacon Hill, and delightful Alta Vista.  Patrons were also guided by  yellow yard signs and balloons that identified stops on the tour.

The On and Off Fred Studio Tour catalog and map guide was $10 in advance ($15 during the tour). Purchase of the catalog included free admission for 2 to all events. The catalog was available at local participating businesses: Artwerx Alley (1717 Blanco Rd./210.320.5585), Big Grass (637 W. Hildebrand/210.735.7999), Optical Headquarters (1710 Fredericksburg Rd./210.735.3507), and Vee’s Hair and Spa (1022 Donaldson/210.733.7131), and at Bihl Haus Arts (2803 Fredericksburg Rd./210.383.9723) at the Autograph Party and during the tour.

2011 FRED ARTISTS included: David Alcantar, Tony Alma, Fernando Andrade, Richard Arredondo, AVI (James Avalos), Norman René Avila, Ethan Azarian, Cee Jay Black, Steve Bell, Rolando Briseño, Allison Brown-Cestero, Brianna Burnett, Zane Carroll, Raul Castellanos, Danville Chadbourne, Linda Charlton, Carol Cisneros, Mark Crutsinger, Edith Cuellar, Richard De La O, Abraham De La Torre, Jane Dunnewold, Fletch, Kirk G. Forster, Javier Galán, Oscar Galván, Rudy Garza, Mark Andrew Gellat, Jr., Laurel Gibson, Chuck Glave, T.J. Gonzalez, Martha K. Grant, Le Green Schubert, DeeAnn Guajardo, David Guerrero, María Guerrero, Wesley Harvey, Rex Hausmann, Oscar Hernández, James Helm, Adán Hernández, Ricardo Hernández-Marqués, James Hetherington, Hilal Hibri, Kati McAlister Hibri, Venessa Hill, Marleen Hoover, Jeff Hull, Luis Hurtado, Mary Ishlar, Leslie Jenison, Dale Jenssen, Amy Jones, John Karlis, Barbara Kelley, Lisa Kerpoe, Teresa Koslow, Eric Lane, Sally Lewis, Michelle Love, Diane Lopez, Jane Madrigal, Jimena Marín, Isaac Martínez, Kathlen Messina, Gustavo Moller, Norma Jean Moore, J. D. Morera, Michael Moss, Stacy Parten, Olimpia Pérez, Tammy Pérez, Bryan Pope, Rainey, Kevin Rayhons, Chance Reyes, Ángel Rodríguez-Díaz, David S. Rubin, Kimberly Rumfelt, Tina Salazar, James Saldivar, Alison Schockner, Peter Sharp, Sarah Shore, Russell Stephenson, Julian Terrazas, Robert Villarreal, Donald Carter Williams, Jason Willome, Alicia Ybarra, David Zamora Casas, & Rosie Zertuche; and performing arts groups Ile Bahia de San Antonio & Raices de Arte Español.

2011 FRED GALLERIES AND ARTIST COOPERATIVES: ArtCloth, Artwerx Alley, Big Grass, Bihl Haus Arts, Centro Cultural Aztlán, Clamp Light Studios & Gallery, Hausmann Millworks, J & S Gifts Galore, Long Hall Gallery, Pope Design Build, RetroMex, Solasylum, and Trey’s House.

This event was made possible with support of the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs and City Council Districts 7 and 1.  The tour, which has a dedicated website, is organized annually by area artists and Bihl Haus Arts. For more information, call 210.383.9723, or click here to contact us.

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.