Taking You into the Studios & out to see Public art

in San Antonio’s Historic Neighborhoods

Get ready to emerge onto San Antonio’s inner-city art scene with the 6th Annual ON & OFF FREDERICKSBURG ROAD STUDIO TOUR, organized by Bihl Haus Arts, which takes place in San Antonio’s famed Deco District, along a section of the celebrated Old Spanish Trail Auto Highway. 

More than 70 artists will participate in this year’s tour. They are: David Alcantar, Albert Alvarez, Daniel Armstrong, Terry Beyer, Cee Jay Black, Dara Theodora Brewington, Chance (aka David Reyes), Raul Castellanos, Danville Chadbourne, Louie Chavez, Carol Cisneros, Jennifer Crowder, Mark Crutsinger, Edith Cuellar, Jennifer Ling Datchuck, Jane Dunnewold, Marie Ericsson, Jessica Fernandez-White, Oscar Galván, Steven M. Garcia, Mark Andrew Gelatt Jr., Laurel Gibson, Chuck Glave, Anthony A. González, David Guerrero, María Guerrero, Wesley Harvey, Michael Hernandez, Duane Hilburn, Venessa Hill, Marleen Hoover, Luis Hurtado, Dale Jenssen, Maxwell Johnson, Amy Jones, John Karlis, Barbara Kelley, Eric Lane, Melissa Latimer, Sally Lewis, Michelle Love, Norma Jean Moore, J.D. Morera, Thelma Ortiz Muraida, Dora Orejel, Vicki Owen, Alejandro Augustine Padilla, Pájara, Jillian Pallone, Stacy Parten, Rainey, Kevin Rayhons, Sarah Roberts, Ángel Rodríguez-Díaz, Sarah Rohlack, David S. Rubin, James Saldivar, Gary Schott, Peter Sharp, Sarah Shore, Russell Stephenson, Ryan Takaba, Kathleen Trenchard, Abraham Vasquez, Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez, Robert Villarreal, Renee Walker & David Zamora Casas, plus Artiqueology, ArtCloth Studios 1803, Ilê Bahia Dance & Martial Arts, Big Grass, Bihl Haus Arts, Casa de Ivela, Centro Cultural Aztlán, Clamp Light Studios & Gallery, Deco Pizzeria, Elsmere Artist Cooperative, Long Hall Gallery, Magnolia Salón de Arte, Poison Apple Dance ‘n Cheer, Rene’s Art & Antiques and Woodlawn Theatre.

The tour weekend kicks off Friday evening, February 15, 6:00-9:00 pm, with the not-to-be-missed On & Off Fred Autograph Gala, at Bihl Haus Arts (2803 Fredericksburg Road). The preview exhibition showcases one work by each of the 70+ artists who will be on hand to autograph your personal copy of the tour catalog. Enjoy lavish hors d’oeuvres, wine, music by the fabulous ‘art band’ Los Nahuatlatos, and the opportunity to mingle with artists and community leaders.

Then visitors may take the self-guided daytime tour on Saturday, February 16, 11 am to 6 pm, and on Sunday, February 17, noon to 5 pm. Arrive by car, bike or bus, or take a combination. New this year are Bike World Rentals ($5 half-day/$10 full day) at either Bihl Haus (2803 Fredericksburg Road), at the top of the tour, or mid-point at Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church (1101 Woodlawn Ave.).

But that’s not all! You’re also invited to attend special evening events during the tour weekend, including receptions at Long Hall Gallery (618 W. Craig Place) and Clamp Light Studios (706 Fredericksburg Road) on Saturday, February 16, 6:30-8:30 pm; and the closing reception, Say Goodnight, Fred, at the Woodlawn Theater (1920 Fredericksburg Road)on Sunday, February 17, 5:30-8:30 pm.

On the tour visitors are guided by the color-coded map found in the catalog, which makes navigating the tour easy. Seven neighborhoods—each described in illustrated catalog essays—are featured on the tour this year: historic Monticello Park, stately Jefferson, lush Woodlawn Lake, intimate Los Angeles Heights, eclectic Keystone, charming Beacon Hill, and delightful Alta Vista.

Admission for two to all events is free with the purchase of the tour catalog with map. Advance catalogs ($10 advance/$15 during tour) are available NOW at: BIG GRASS (637 W. Hildebrand), DECO PIZZERIA (1815 Fredericksburg Road) RENE’S ART & ANTIQUES (1810 Blanco Road), & VEE’S SALON (1022 Donaldson), or by mail from the Fred website. They will also be available during the tour at Bihl Haus on Feb. 16 and 17.

The ON & OFF FREDERICKSBURG ROAD STUDIO TOUR is made possible with the support of the City of San Antonio Council Districts 1 and 7, the Department of Culture and Creative Development, and the Community Arts Access Program; and sponsors Jefferson Bank and the Jefferson Woodlawn Lake Community Development Corporation. The tour is organized by area artists and Bihl Haus Arts (www.bihlhausarts.org), which is located at Primrose at Monticello Park Apartments, the only non-profit professional art gallery on the premises of 100% senior affordable housing in the U.S. For more information, 210.383.9723. Bihl Haus sponsors include the WellMed Charitable Foundation, the San Antonio Area Foundation and Primrose.