Best Sellers are her Business

Best Sellers are her Business

Retired teacher Leila Meacham hits mark with Texas novels Back in 1984, Leila Meacham met some people from East Texas who showed her a carefully compiled book of newspaper clippings documenting milestones in their family’s life. In their small town, they were...

Sidney Sinclair: Paintings That Give Peace

Sidney Sinclair: Paintings That Give Peace

The first thing I notice upon entering Sidney Sinclair’s studio is a fairly large square painting of a cross, which, while recognizable as such, is also a free interpretation of the subject rendered in multihued patches of purple, yellow, coral and cream against a...

Nan Cuba: Novel Examines Damage Caused By Suicide

Nan Cuba: Novel Examines Damage Caused By Suicide

One of the questions Nan Cuba gets a lot when she speaks to book groups is: How did your novel get included in O, The Oprah Magazine’s “15 Riveting Reads” for the month of May? Such an endorsement is no small accomplishment for any writer, let alone a first-time...

Yonnie Blanchette: A Confident And Friendly Leader

Yonnie Blanchette: A Confident And Friendly Leader

Carver Community Cultural Center has just wrapped up the 2012-13 season, and executive director Yonnie Blanchette couldn’t be more pleased. “I think it was a great season; at least that was the feedback that I got from everybody,” says Blanchette, who has led the...

Cathy Cunningham: Challenging Viewers’ Perception

Cathy Cunningham: Challenging Viewers’ Perception

Arecent Luminaria exhibit at the Mexican Cultural Institute included a separate room for artist Cathy Cunningham’s glass and light sculptures, appropriately called Radiant Reflections. There were only three of them, but their brilliantly colored shapes sprawled across...

Kellen Kee McIntyre – Fighting for the Arts

Kellen Kee McIntyre – Fighting for the Arts

Back in 1996, newcomers Kellen Kee McIntyre and her husband, Eric Lane, were exploring around one day when road repairs on Fredericksburg Road forced them to detour through the surrounding neighborhoods. “I became enchanted by the architecture of the...

An Artist and a Teacher: Lyn Belisle

An Artist and a Teacher: Lyn Belisle

It’s a busy First Friday in Southtown, with people milling around, visiting galleries and restaurants. On this particular night I have come to see the new paintings by Lyn Belisle shown at La Vida Gallery, a colorful little place on the northern edge of the artsy...

A Conductor & A Lady

A Conductor & A Lady

interviewed for the job of assistant conductor with the San Antonio Symphony last fall, Akiko Fujimoto was asked to deliver the same lecture twice, once with an adult audience in mind and the second time as if she were speaking to children. This was important because...

Prima Ballerina: She’ll dance again in Dracula this fall

Prima Ballerina: She’ll dance again in Dracula this fall

When strangers meet Ballet San Antonio's principal dancer, Sarah Aujon, they usually ask one of two questions, depending on their age. Kids want to know whether standing on the tips of her toes hurts her feet while adults invariably bring up the movie The Black Swan,...

San Antonio’s Poet Laureate

San Antonio’s Poet Laureate

Though no actual laurel crown was placed on her head, on April 3, Mayor Julián Castro officially appointed author and educator Carmen Tafolla as San Antonio’s first poet laureate and the first city laureate in the state of Texas. It was along-awaited ceremony. First...

San Antonio’s First Lady of Jazz

San Antonio’s First Lady of Jazz

In her previous albums, Bett Butler told poignant musical stories that sprang from her own heart and mind. But for her newest release, American Sampler, San Antonio’s first lady of jazz chose very different material. Working with her husband, bassist and producer Joël...

A Woman of Many Interests

A Woman of Many Interests

One thing that strikes you upon walking into Veronica Prida’s studio is the abundance of vivid colors. From the chair that you are invited to take to the blingy dresses in various stages of completion lying on work tables, it’s a place that proclaims the power of...

She Tells Visual Stories

She Tells Visual Stories

A big part of Bernice Appelin-Williams’ artistic endeavor consists of collecting all sorts of odd objects, from old sepia photos of African-American women to shells, shoes, discarded TV lenses, lace, glasses, beads, sewing machine drawers and much more. ”That’s why I...

Festive and Fun: Music, dance, humor make the holidays bright

Festive and Fun: Music, dance, humor make the holidays bright

Tis the season to be merry, and arts organizations are certainly contributing more than their fair share to the mood. From festive concerts and ballet spectaculars to theme-park celebrations and artsy shopping, the city will be awash with holiday offerings for all...

Hot Summer – Cool Art

Hot Summer – Cool Art

The best way to escape the heat and have some fun at the same time is to sample some of the cool arts offerings around town. Literally cool, as in air-conditioned, and cool-exciting, cool-wonderful, cool-cool … you get the idea. Music and dance While most arts...

Teaching Kids to Perform

Teaching Kids to Perform

I arrive at the Stone Oak Youth Theater (SOYT) on a hot May afternoon, as two very different classes are about to start. In the original facility, a group of 7- to 12-year-olds are gathering to learn how to make and operate puppets, while two doors down in the same...

A Passion for Flamenco

A Passion for Flamenco

When I arrive at the Entre Flamenco new digs on Bandera Road, Estefania Ramirez proudly offers to give me a tour. At least twice the size of the company’s former quarters, the place is handsomely set up, with two actual studios, men’s and women’s dressing rooms,...

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