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Dr. Kellen Kee McIntyre, Executive Director and co-founder of Bihl Haus Arts, received a PhD in Art History from the University of New Mexico. She is a specialist in Latin American Art with a secondary focus in non-Western traditions and the art of women and minorities. Kellen is the author of articles on Latin American art and architecture, and is a contributing co-editor of Woman and Art in Early Modern Latin America (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers), which she developed with Richard Phillips . At the founding of Bihl Haus Arts, Dr. McIntyre made the decision to exhibit diverse artworks by artists, especially women and Latin@s, underrepresented in local galleries and museums. Dr. McIntyre was previously on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at UTSA where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Art History that focused on non-Western artistic traditions, and has organized more than 100 art exhibitions and other arts programs. Dr. McIntyre co-founded and chairs the annual On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in February 2017, a festive 2-day self-guided tour of art studios, arts organizations, galleries and arts-related businesses in seven historic neighborhoods on and off Fred Road along the historic Old Spanish Trail Auto Highway. She also founded and directs the Bihl Haus GO! Arts Program, which provides free art classes taught by professional practicing artists to seniors across San Antonio.
GO! Arts Instructors
Estevan Arredondo, MFA, Painting Instructor. Estevan Arredondo is a Texas-based artist who received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has a Bachelors of Science in Communications Design from East Texas State University. His colorful organic paintings have been exhibited in Dallas, Houston, Connecticut and San Antonio. His work has been published in local and national magazines. He has taught drawing, watercolor, digital art and typography at San Antonio College, International Academy of Design and Technology, Southwest School of Art, and Our Lady of the Lake University. He divides his time between teaching and installing art. Installing works of art provides him with the challenge of organizing compelling presentations for the community. He enjoys teaching by sharing his experiences and knowledge to help encourage people’s creativity and desire to make and view art. His work is influenced by his interest in subconscious thought and cartoon action and imagery.
Gabbe Grodin, MFA, Painting. Gabbe Grodin is a Texas-based visual artist with a MFA from Rutgers (New Brunswick, NJ) and a BFA from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). She also studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, printmaking and book-making at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (Venice, Italy), and has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Gabbe was the recipient of a rare travel scholarship to Giverny, France where she made oil pastel drawings in and around Monet’s garden. She appreciates that direct observation – looking at the world not through a screen or lens – is a diminishing art, and this idea is paid much attention in her daily studio practice.
Carmen Oliver, Crafts. Maria del Carmen Curiel de Oliver holds a degree in restoration and museography from Manuel del Castillo Negrete National School in Mexico City (1985), and a certificate in painting conservation from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (1990). She credits artist Louise Nishizawa in Toluca Mexico, and Alberto Mijangos from San Antonio as her most influential mentors. Carmen moved San Antonio in 2002 after studying at the Academia San Carols in Mexico. Five years later she established El Estudio in her home where she currently teaches private lessons in art mixed media
Oliver combines abstract and representational elements in her painting. Her recent works are a depiction of “beauty, strength, and sensibility” engendered in the form of faceless women. Solo exhibitions include: Main Line School in Philadelphia (1996); Universidad Anahuac, Mexico City (1999); Palacio municipal in San Miguel Allende (1990); Group exhibits include Biennale Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea de Firenze , Italy (1999); Hacienda de los Morales, Mexico City (2000); and the Mexico-Japan Association, Mexico City (2001).
Wardell Picquet is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. In his hometown he was a Fine Artist, Art Magazine Publisher, Graphic Designer, Public School Elementary Art Teacher and High School Graphics Instructor. Wardell graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana under the tutelage of the famous late New Orleanian Artist, John T. Scott. His degree was in Art and, uniquely, included multiple Areas of Concentration in Drawing, Graphic Design and Printmaking. Picquet, along with two partners, established and developed REDDOT, a Visual Arts Magazine in 2001. REDDOT was New Orleans’ first full-color Arts magazine, dedicated to the interests of Artists and Arts Organizations. He spent the five years prior to Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans Public Schools system teaching Art to grades Pre-K to 6 and Special Ed and Graphic Design to high schoolers.
Wardell has lived in San Antonio, Texas since his displacement by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Here in San Antonio, he has worked in the nonprofit Art sector with StoneMetal Press Printmaking Center and worked as an Art Instructor for the 21st Century Program under the Carver Community Cultural Center.
Picquet spent time as a Board member of the Carver Community Cultural Center, serving on the Marketing and PR Committee. Wardell also handled the Design and Marketing interests of the Event Committee of the Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce. He has worked with the Communications/Public Relations Committee of SAAACAM (San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum). He currently serves as the Curator and Arts Community Liaison for SAEAS (San Antonio Ethnic Arts Society).
Elizabeth Rodriguez. San Antonio native and full-time artist, Elizabeth began her career as a self-taught artist in oil painting and later apprenticed with other artists from whom she learned to work with mosaics, ceramics, watercolor, murals and much more. Rodriguez received her BFA from Our Lady of the Lake University. Her work is informed by extensive travel to visit museums across Europe. Her paintings have been featured in several group exhibitions, including “Contemporary Latino Art: El Corazon de San Antonio,” at Texas A & M-San Antonio. Her first solo exhibition, “On the Eve of Consciousness,” was hosted by Bihl Haus in March 2015. She has been teaching painting in the GO! Arts Program since October 2015.
Silvia Sarinana, MFA, Painting, Drawing and Crafts. Silvia Sariñana was born and raised in Mexico City. Her career began as an Interpreter and Translator at Berlitz. In 1976 she taught English as a second language at Colegio Vallarta high school. In 1982 Silvia started taking drawing and painting classes at the studio of Marcela Zorrilla, a well-known artist and painting professor at Universidad Autónoma de México.
Silvia came to San Antonio in 1989 to pursue her dream of studying fine arts. She attended the University of the Incarnate Word and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Art and Education. Furthering her own education, Silvia obtained her master’s degree in Art Education from Texas Tech University in 1998. In 1993 she began teaching art at St. Luke’s Episcopal School where she developed the art curriculum and taught for 17 years.
In 2010 Silvia opened her own business, Art in the Park, where she taught after-school art classes for children and adults. Silvia believes that everybody has the potential to be an artist and loves to help her students reach their artistic potential. During the past few years Silvia decided to retire from teaching and dedicated her time to her career as a full time artist, focusing in fiber arts and mixed media.
Jim LaVilla-Havelin, Creative Writing: “I love words – the play, the sound, the story in them. I love to explore the ways we mean what we say, and all the shadings around that. In poems, short fiction, personal essay, oral history – we’ll explore what language can reveal of what we have to say, what we know, what we remember.
All of the exercises I use – to focus, open up, play with, construct, and hear language – are applicable to all forms of writing. The journey we take together – the writing journey – is a seeing, knowing, trusting, believing journey. And it is filled with the things, people, food, times, colors, tragedies and joys of our lives.
I know that there is nothing too tiny or seemingly insignificant that strikes us, that is not a fit subject for writing, and by the same token, there are things in our lives almost too big to get our arms around – that we need to wrestle with, speak/write through, and see where we come out.”
Bonnie Lyons retired in May 2014 with emeritus status from the University of Texas in San Antonio. She has published a book about Henry Roth and Call It Sleep as well as a book of literary interviews with fiction writers. She has also published two full-length books of poetry: In Other Words (Pecan Grove, 2004) and Bedrock (Pecan Grove, 2011) and three chapbooks: Hineni, Meanwhile, and So Far (Finishing Line Press, 2003, 2005, 2015). Her most recent book, WOW: Wonderful Old Women, appeared in December, 2016.
Bonnie loves literature, creative writing and teaching.
Dr. Sreedhara Akkihebbalu, Yoga. Yoga is taught at Bihl Haus Arts by physician Yoga Master Dr. Sreedhara Akkihebbalu, a Yoga Master and celebrated classical Indian dancer. Dr. Sreedhara teaches Iyengar poses, which emphasize correct body alignment,and tailors the class to the needs of participants. Dr. Sreedhara is also an accomplished dancer in Bharathanatyam. Gifted with a pleasing stage presence and a face that communicates easily, Dr. Sreedhara’s performances display a sensitive feel for traditional Indian poetry, which informs his choreography. He has partnered with some of the leading exponents of traditional Indian dance and has performed throughout India, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, Bangladesh, Singapore, and Dubai. His performances, some telecast across India, have garnered him the title “top grade” artiste of the Prasar Bharathi, Government of India. An empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, he was the recipient of a Senior Fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India. Currently, Dr. Sreedhara resides in San Antonio where he is the Guru and Founder/Director of Kaveri Natya Yoga, which promotes and propagates the traditional culture of India through dance and yoga.