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JENNIFER SHAW (New Orleans, Louisiana) 
Flood State 
Curated by Michael Mehl 
SAFOTO Web Galleries 

TAMI BONE (Round Top, Texas) 
Curated by Michael Mehl 
SAFOTO Web Galleries

• SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017 – Comfort, Texas ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

RICHARD NITSCHKE (Texas Hill Country) 

Desert – Flora

Curated by Jeannette MacDougall

Intermezzo Gallery
716 High Street
Comfort, TX 78013
(830) 995-3399 | intermezzogallery@yahoo.com | www.intermezzogallery.com

Opening reception: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 1 – 3 pm
Exhibit on display: August 26 – October 1, 2017
Viewing hours: Mon – Sat, 11 am – 4 pm; Sun, Noon – 4 pm
Contact: Kathy Cody Gallaway | kcodygallaway@yahoo.com
Deborah Shaw | deborahdee51@icloud.com

Free and open to the public 

The two artists we have brought together for our Desert – Flora exhibit make an intimate statement regarding the juxtaposition of harmony and contrasts in nature; Richard, with his crisp, sharp edges of tightly cropped agaves in stark white space, and Christina, with her poetic petal forms softly fading into darkness. Each one, in their own environs, makes a daily ritual of documenting the essence of their subject. There is an intimacy with that which is familiar, and these images evoke their own private conversations between one another while we eavesdrop on them.

Jeannette MacDougall

• SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

RODOLFO CHOPERENA (San Antonio, Texas)

A Few Of My Favorite Things

Curated by Julya Jara, MBAW Gallerist

Musical Bridges Around The World Gallery
23705 IH-10 West, Frontage Road, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78257
(210) 464-1534 | www.musicalbridges.org

Opening reception: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 5 – 7 pm
Exhibit on display: August 26 – October 13, 2017
Viewing hours: By appointment after opening reception
Contact: Julya Jara
(210) 504-9021 | julya@mbaw.org

Free and open to the public

Rodolfo Choperena, is a Mexico City native and San Antonio resident, who explores the genre of fine art photography and experiments with different printing techniques. In his work representational and abstract cross to create beautiful, textured pieces with visual depth and minimalist tendency. Time, movement, and subject itself are pivotal in his artistic search.

Choperena notes “Three seconds, seven seconds, ten seconds give me time to move the camera in various ways to create different kinds of abstractions – waves, columns, striations, it is time that creates those.. the most precious asset that we all have. In my work time is a common denominator”. The upcoming exhibition at MBAW Gallery, he says, “is going to be very intimate – those are images that are either my favorite and personal or they depict items of mine that are personal”.

Having exhibited in different parts of the world, Choperena also had one of his images picked for the cover of Haruki Murakami’s Sputnik Sweetheart novel. Attendees of Musical Bridges’ 4th International Music Festival, had a chance to see Rodolfo’s video installation collaboration with cellist, composer and performer Zoë Keating.

• SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 


Time Capsule

Curated by Jenny Browne and Scott Martin 
Organized by Shelby M. Rocca

Digital Pro Lab
10103 San Pedro Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78216
(210) 377-3686 | mail@digitalprolab.com | www.digitalprolab.com

Opening reception: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 7 – 9 pm 
Exhibit on display: August 26 – October 14, 2017
Viewing hours: Mon – Fri, 8:30 am – 6 pm; Sat, 10 am – 4 pm | Closed Sunday
Contact: Shelby M. Rocca
(210) 377-3686 | shelby@digitalprolab.com

Free and open to the public 

Imagine the distances/before steam, before turbine

We could have made/better time, but why?

Excerpt from Time Capsule, Jenny Browne, 2016-2017 San Antonio Poet Laureate

A Time Capsule is traditionally a collection of objects and information gathered in an attempt to communicate with an imagined future; as such, good ones evoke the essence of a person, a place, or a particular moment in time. We like to imagine the questions the future might ask us in return: What does this say? About you? About the world? Why did you save it? How did it feel to be there? 

With the transformation of its entire retail space into an art gallery, Digital Pro Lab will showcase 24 images from 20 international, national, regional, and local artists that will explore the theme of Time Capsule

• SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2017 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

(San Antonio, Texas)

San Antonio – A Photographic Portrait

Rendon Photography & Fine Art
733 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 288-4900 | alrendonphoto@gmail.com | www.alrendon.com

Opening reception and book signing: Sunday, August 27, 2017, 3 – 5:30 pm
Exhibit on display: August 27 – December 31, 2017
Viewing hours: By appointment after opening reception
Contact: Al Rendon
(210) 288-4900 | alrendonphoto@gmail.com

Free and open to the public

Al Rendon is San Antonio’s photographer. From landmarks to community leaders, Al has photographed the face and heart of San Antonio. He has also operated fine art galleries, and his exhibitions have traveled the world. His photographs have filled books about the history of Fiesta, Charreada, and Red McCombs’ fine silver collection. Al is both craftsman and artist. His commercial photography crafts excellent images for executive portraiture, architectural documentation, and marketing. Al’s art photography spans San Antonio’s culture. In the 1980s, he served as official photographer for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Fiesta Commission, and for many years, has provided editorial use photography to the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. In 2011, Al was one of six photographers chosen to represent San Antonio at the International Photographic Art Exhibition in Lishui City, China. His archival prints are in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Cattle Raisers Museum in Fort Worth, and the Mexican American Museum of Art in Chicago.

San Antonio is an ancient city with a bright future. Obsessive about its history, the Alamo City has carefully crafted its environment around its river, conserving great architecture, maintaining beautiful flora, and celebrating its vibrant culture. The Alamo and its four sister missions have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amidst reverence for its storied past, San Antonio has always had its eye on the horizon, constantly reinventing neighborhoods and districts to incorporate the most recent influx of visionaries, scientists, teachers, and creatives.

From the River Walk to industry, San Antonio enters the next 300 years with confidence and verve. A native son, Al Rendon has made a life-long career of photographing San Antonio and its culture. This is an intimate portrait of a much beloved city. All of the famous landmarks are here, along with food, fiestas, and fun. 

• WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

RACHAEL BANKS (Louisville, Kentucky) 

Worlds Apart – Together

Curated by Julie Ledet

University Of Texas At San Antonio
UTSA Main Art Gallery – 1604 Campus

One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 458-4391 | laura.crist@utsa.edu | http://art.utsa.edu

Opening reception: Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibit on display: August 30 – September 27, 2017
Viewing hours: Tue – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm; Sat, 1 – 4 pm
Contact: Laura Crist
(210) 458-4391 | laura.crist@utsa.edu

Free and open to the public

World’s Apart-Together features the work of artists who utilize photography as a means to uncover their cultural senses and lived experiences, both figuratively and literally. Incorporating individual prints as well as works produced in series, the exhibition exposes and makes reference to societal standards and the inequities within. With the inclusion of familiar objects and human figures, the photographs depict physical and emotional impressions of differing and unique cultural and physical landscapes. 

• THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


(San Antonio, Texas)

Visible Light – Trinity Alumni Photography Exhibition

Curated by Trish Simonite
Professor, Department of Art & Art History, Trinity University

Trinity University
Michael & Noèmi Neidorff Gallery – Dicke Art Building
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200

Opening reception: Thursday, August 31, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Exhibit on display: August 31 – October 14, 2017
Viewing hours: Tue – Sat, 1 – 5 pm | And by appointment
Contact: Trish Simonite
(210) 394-2816 | psimonit@trinity.edu
Denise Wilson
(210) 999-7682 | denise.wilson@trinity.edu

Free and open to the public

From its inception, photography demonstrated that it is an extremely versatile medium. From Nicéphore Niépce’s eight hour exposure of the rooftops shot from the window at Le Gras to O.J. Reylander’s The Two Ways of Life. I have attempted to expose students to a variety of approaches to photography. I have always encouraged my students to find their own voices. This exhibition is a testament to the strength of this medium and to the many forms of photographic expression.

I have had the pleasure of teaching photography at Trinity University since 1993. I will be retiring in May 2018 and had the idea of curating a photography exhibition of Trinity Photography Alumni. These alumni and many more are the traces of Visible Light that I leave in my wake to continue to inspire others with their work and passion as I venture into a different phase of my life.

It has been my great privilege to share my passion for photography with so many students over the years. You have inspired me with your enthusiasm, and talents. I am delighted to see so many of you making amazing images and pursuing creative, meaningful lives. To those not included in this exhibition I hope you will forgive me, send me your images and let’s keep in touch!

Trish Simonite

• THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

TOMAS CASADEMUNT (Mexico City, Mexico)


UNAM San Antonio
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, Building 333
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 222-8626 | www.unamsa.edu

Opening reception: Thursday, August 31, 2017, 7 pm
Exhibition on display: August 31 – October 13, 2017
Viewing hours: Mon – Thu, 9 am – 6 pm; Fri, 9 am – 2:30 pm
Contact: Jake Pacheco
(210) 222-8626 | (210) 947-2111 | jap@unam.mx

Free and open to the public

Entrances, exits, transit points, flashing lights, sparkles, shadows, arches, revealing dreams, dimensional doorways… Thresholds.

As a child I used to return home from school stepping on shadows along the sidewalk; the shadows of pedestrians, cars, bicycles, dogs, clouds, trees, and doorways. I didn’t know then, that those dark silhouettes would forever enthrall me, or that the purpose of my life would be to peer into these fascinating thresholds. Now, I see my shadow, and in it I recognize the essence of my being.

Umbrales (Thresholds) is an exhibition of select images from a series I have worked on for twenty years. I’ve always had a fascination with inter-dimensional doorways and the existential rays of light shining through them. The stones of ancient Mexico emanate a powerful energy that pulls on me. Ultimately, that force is what has driven me to where I am today, to become who I am, today. The tomb of Mitla in Oaxaca, illuminated by the moon, stepped tiles that are talismans of life; the Mayan arches in Yucatan, Chac’s face invoking the rain; the unfathomable matrix of cenotes, the natural underworld; the altars for the dead that blossom every November 1st and open doors for departed loved ones crossing the threshold of their absence.

For me, the most relevant threshold opens when we close our eyes and look into the unfathomable well of our being and get a glimpse of our inner light. All or nothing… I am my own altar.

Tomás Casademunt 

• FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

REBECCA DIETZ (San Antonio, Texas)

Chimeric Daydreams & Aperol Suns 

Curated by Jenelle Esparza

MELANIE RUSH DAVIS (San Antonio, Texas)

Road Trip

Curated by Jenelle Esparza

Presa House
725 South Presa Street
San Antonio, TX 78210

Opening reception: Friday, September 1, 2017, 6 – 10 pm
Exhibit on display: September 1 – 30, 2017
Viewing hours: By appointment after opening reception
Contact: Rigoberto Luna
(210) 445-6997 | luna8190@gmail.com
Jenelle Esparza
(210) 913-5842 | esparza.jenelle@gmail.com

Free and open to the public

Rebecca Dietz is an Associate Professor of Art, and a photographic artist living in San Antonio. Her visual work often balances physical actions with creative contemplation. An east coast native, she spent ten years in the playground of San Francisco, experimenting with photography, theatre and circus arts before returning east to earn an MFA in Photography from the University of Delaware. Physical acts like skydiving and fire-eating, coupled with wanderlust and travel have alternately influenced and distracted her work. She currently works at San Antonio College, as an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Program. Her photographs have been exhibited at the San Antonio Museum of Art, in the Photo Review’s International Competition, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, and various galleries around Texas, in Philadelphia and New York.

Nationally recognized photographer Melanie Rush Davis is truly an integral part of her community. Her latest projects include, installations of interactive camera obscuras, documentation of the Pearl Brewery, honest portrayals of teens at risk and the simplicity of the everyday found in her neighborhood. Having studied and collaborated with such greats as Frances Scully, William Wegman, Mary Ellen Mark, Duane Michals, and Jerry Uelsmann, she possesses the exceptional ability to perceive the needs of the moment. The Texas Nature Conservancy recently invited this artist to participate in their photographic exhibition, The Last Great Places of Texas. Her work is published on a regular basis in the Pinhole Journal and she exhibits regionally and nationally in numerous galleries. Her love of life and the people she works with allows this artist to document what she finds humorous, beautiful, and humane. With an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio her specialties include view camera work, digital imaging, alternative processes, and custom black and white printing. She teaches at many prestigious institutions throughout Texas.


The link between the work of Melanie Rush-Davis and Rebecca Dietz is their ability to transform time and space with a single photograph, each in their own distinct way. These photographers share an insight into their preoccupations, which result in viewpoints of astral moments and otherworldly figures, like waking up in a daydream. While they both use different approaches to image making, their photographs together create tableaus where temporal qualities seem romantic, rhythmic and beautiful.

Dietz plays with composition as she fills the frame with quirky and wondrous scenes of life. Even her inanimate objects possess a certain life or death quality depending on the type of alterations she applies to each image. Whether in color or black & white, her work goes beyond a simple documentation.

Davis has been dubbed the “pinhole queen” because of her thirty-plus year practice in the medium. Her images of movement and wispy moments produce striking examples of how an historic process of lens-less photography is not a thing of the past, but an inventive way of re-imagining the world.

Dietz will showcase a new series of photos from a recent trip to Italy and alters them with a cross-processing technique, while Davis will show new images taken on a road trip through the Southwest using her signature pinhole camera. Each of these photographers has a strong lust for life that is inspired by travel and the things they encounter along the way.

Jenelle Esparza

• FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

MARTHA SAENZ (San Antonio, Texas)

Heartfelt – Core Concepts

Heart House Gallery
1223 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78210

Opening reception: Friday, September 1, 2017, 6 – 11 pm
Exhibit on display: September 1 – 30, 2017
Viewing hours: By appointment after opening reception
Contact: Marcus A. Cerda
(210) 897-5272 | leaveamarc2@hotmail.com

Free and open to the public 

• FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


(San Antonio, Texas)

Street Foto’s

Curated by Kimberly Hopkins
Organized by K.Hop Photography

Hausmann Millworks Creative Community
925 West Russell Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 884-6390 | rex_hausmann@yahoo.com | www.hausmannmillworks.com

Opening reception: Friday, September 1, 2017, 6:30 pm
Kimberly Hopkins solo exhibit: Front gallery
Street Foto’s group exhibit: Building B
Additional public events: September 16, 29, and 30
Exhibits on display: September 1 – 30, 2017
Viewing hours: Scheduled appointments only, Mon – Fri, 5:30 – 8 pm
Sat – Sun, 8 am – 7 pm
Contact: Kimberly Hopkins
(713) 501-4530 | hopkinskimberly2@gmail.com

Free and open to the public 

Kimberly Hopkins is a native Houstonian and has lived in San Antonio since 2011. Her background in architecture and urban and regional planning has led her to the world of photography. Her passion for photography started when she picked up her first digital camera in architecture school. Soon thereafter, she applied this passion by mixing her design influences to create her own unique style. Kimberly believes “every photo is a memory; there is no better way to capture it than how you see it, not how the camera
sees it.


Street Photography –along with its cousins, documentary and photojournalism, is one of the more challenging genres of photography. Street Foto’s reveals the urban element of small and large cities. Capturing unique moments that have never happened before and will never happen again quite the same. These images fully engage the viewer, tapping into an emotion at some level that draws one into a visual story.

Many photographers have spent years exploring cities and the people who live in them. They capture commuters, shoppers, culture-seekers and tourists alike; contributors to the rich fabric of life on The City’s streets. Their images also show the harsh reality of living in the streets. The Street Foto’s exhibit gives us unique urban perspectives by talented San Antonio street photographers.

Kimberly Hopkins 

• FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

ADAM RODRIGUEZ (San Antonio, Texas)

9mph (Nine Miles Per Hour)

Ben Mata Contemporary
502 West Mistletoe Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 685-4061 | benmata_784@msn.com | www.benmata.com

Opening reception: Friday, September 1, 2017, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Exhibit on display: September 1 – 30, 2017
Viewing hours: Thu – Sat, Noon – 5 pm; Sun, 1 – 6 pm
And by appointment
Contact: Ben Mata
(210) 685-4061 | benmata_784@msn.com

Free and open to the public

Adam Rodriguez is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in photography, sculpture, film/video, and printmaking. He is a graduate of Texas State University and holds a BFA in photography. Rodriguez’s work can be found in a myriad of collections, both public and private, in the United States and abroad. Adam Rodriguez also worked in TV news as a photographer and editor for over fourteen years (San Antonio, Utah and Austin). Adam is currently a commercial photographer/videographer and artist in San Antonio.

9mph is a visual chronicle of the authentic American West. The work is a series of digital photographs taken over the course of three and a half month, trans-continental bike ride from Eureka, MT to Rocksprings, TX. It is the West –via time points– in plush, rural landscapes, communities, and cultural phenomena that typify the subtle, but striking beauty of traditional Americana.

• SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

MARK SOBHANI (San Antonio, Texas)

Streets Of San Fernando

Mildfire Coffee
15502 Huebner Road
San Antonio, TX 78248
(210) 492-9544 | mildfirecoffee@icloud.com | www.mildfirecoffee.com

Opening reception: Sunday, September 3, 2017, Noon – 2 pm
Exhibit on display: September 2 – October 31, 2017
Viewing hours: Mon – Sat, 7 am – 6 pm; Sun, 9 am – 2 pm
Contact: Mark Sobhani
(210) 867-6565 | mark@marksobhani.com

Free and open to the public

• WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

FREDDY CAMARGO (San Antonio, Texas)


Curated by Ana Montoya and Mike Esparza

AnArte Gallery
7959 Broadway Street, Suite 404
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 826-5674 | anartegallery@me.com | www.anartegallery09.com

Opening reception: Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Exhibit on display: September 6 – 30, 2017
Viewing hours: Tue – Sat, Noon – 5 pm
Contact: Ana Montoya
(210) 482-0230 | anartegallery@me.com

Free and open to the public

Freddy Camargo is a mixed-media photographer based in San Antonio, Texas. His modest and inspiring live-work studio is located in the beautiful Monte Vista area of San Antonio. His media is photography with a mix of illustration, watercolors, and acrylics. He learned the foundations of commercial art in high school. He recently rediscovered his passion for illustration with the use of vector art. He is a self taught photographer and feels that he learns something new every day when he picks up a pencil or a camera. While Freddy pursues his full time career in supply management, art is his passion. 


Through my art, I am able to deconstruct and disassemble that which I do not understand. Through the process of a portrait painting of a flower, capturing a still image, or executing an idea through a muse, I am able to express emotions that I may not otherwise. 

Freddy Camargo

• THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

(San Antonio, Texas)

A Muse, Is A Muse, Is A Muse

Curated by Brian St. John
Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Art, Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University
Louis J. Blume Library Gallery

One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228
(210) 436-3430 | www.stmarytx.edu

Opening reception: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 4 – 5:30 pm
Exhibit on display: September 7 – 30, 2017
Viewing hours: Mon – Thu, 7:45 am – Midnight; Fri, 7:45 am – 6 pm
Sat, 1 – 6 pm; Sun, 1 pm – Midnight
Contact: Brian St. John
(210) 473-8331 | bstjohn@stmarytx.edu

Free and open to the public

An old soul inspires a photographer, and a painter in a beautiful collaboration of the three. Artists Alexandra Nelipa and Carolina Flores working together, create striking images inspired by Richard Arredondo posing as historical figures painted by El Greco. These photographic reinterpretations are time machines inciting the viewer’s imagination to step into the picture and travel to a distant past into a bygone era. 

• THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

(San Antonio, Texas)

Natural Visions

San Antonio College
William R. Sinkin EcoCentro

1802 North Main Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212

Opening reception: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Exhibit on display: September 7 – 29, 2017
Viewing hours: Mon – Fri, Noon – 6 pm
Contact: Julie Cornelius
(210) 486-1874 | jcornelius19@alamo.edu

Free and open to the public

The images in this exhibit are the photographers’ interpretations of the beauty and tragedy of Mother Earth. We have one world. In this closed system, we rely on the water, air and dirt that existed at the planet’s creation. Though Earth naturally recycles these elements, the balance of this perfection may be in peril. The majestic landscapes of mountains and plains, thundering rivers and waterfalls, glorious forests and farmland are threatened by man’s insatiable demands. Pioneering photographers were influential in conservation efforts to preserve the American wilderness for future generations. In appreciation of that tradition, the work of these seven photographers of San Antonio College reflects their reverence for the natural world and their meditations on nature’s prospects. 

• THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 


Somos San Antonio – This Is My San Antonio

Villa Finale Museum & Gardens
401 King William Street
San Antonio, TX 78204
(210) 223-9800 | www.villafinale.org

One evening exhibition and garden social: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6 – 7:30 pm
Contact: Farrah Varga
(210) 461-5447 | fvarga@savingplaces.org

Free and open to the public

Photographs will be displayed throughout Villa Finale’s historic gardens. Beverages, food and live music will complement the exhibition and garden social.

• THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

PEDRO VALTIERRA (Mexico City, Mexico)

Imágenes En Conflicto

Curated by Ana Luisa Anza
Editorial Coordinator, Cuartoscuro Magazine, Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican Cultural Institute
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, Building 329
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 227-0123 | infoicm@saculturamexico.org | https://icm2.sre.gob.mx/culturamexsa/

Opening reception: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 5 – 8 pm
Exhibit on display: September 2 – October 22, 2017
Viewing hours: Mon – Fri, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm; Sat – Sun, 10 am – 4 pm
Contact: Miguel Fonseca
(210) 227-0123 | mfonseca@saculturamexico.org

Free and open to the public

Pedro Valtierra began his career as a photojournalist in 1977. He has worked for many newspapers and magazines, including El Sol de México and unomásuno, in Mexico. He is the founder of the newspaper La Jornada, where he was coordinator and photography editor, and the Cuartoscuro agency, of which he is currently the Director.

Pedro specializes in capturing iconic moments from Mexico’s modern history, as well as from other countries in conflict. He covered the intense period that shook Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s, photographing the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua and the guerrilla movements in Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico.

Throughout his career he has received numerous acknowledgments and awards, such as the National Journalism Award (Mexico, 1983), the Silver Medal from the International Journalists Organization of Moscow (1986), the King of Spain award for the best international news photo (Spain, 1998), and the José Pagés Llergo Award by Siempre magazine (1998), among others. He has had more than 300 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than fifty collective exhibitions, in Mexico and internationally.

Pedro Valtierra’s Imágenes En Conflicto exhibition presents select chapters in the work of one of Mexico’s most significant photojournalists, featuring photographs from key moments of Latin American history. 

• SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 – Boerne, Texas –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

(Boerne, Texas)

This, That, And The Other 

Curated by Carriage House Gallery Of Artists
Organized by Elizabeth Castle

Carriage House Gallery Of Artists
110 Rosewood Avenue
Boerne, TX 78006
(830) 248-1184 | info@carriagehousegalleryofartists.com 

Opening reception: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 4 – 8 pm
Exhibit on display: September 1 – 30, 2017
Viewing hours: Wed – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm
Contact: Elizabeth Castle
(210) 954-6659 | libby@ecastleart.com

Free and open to the public

Carriage House resident artist, Angie Carney, lives in the Texas Hill Country. Her love of nature is reflected in her photography. In 2009, Angie joined the Carriage House Gallery as an artist/partner. As a member of the Boerne Professional Artists (BPA), Angie participates in the organization’s two annual shows, the Parade of Artists and the Texas Hill Country Invitational, where she was awarded first place in the mixed-media category in 2014.

Also a Carriage House resident artist, Elizabeth Castle she has been a featured artist in Fotoseptiembre 2013 and 2014 and has participated in art shows in and around Boerne. She was awarded “Best in Photography” at the Texas Hill Country Invitational Art Show (THCI) in 2014 and in 2016 was awarded a “Sponsor’s Choice” for her body of work. Her photography has been published on various web sites, including Texas Public Radio (TPR), Carriage House Gallery of Artists, The Rivard Report, ArtAlFresco.Org, Dickens on Main, and Boerne Professional Artists (BPA), and in print in Ten West Living, The Boerne Star, Boerne Monthly, The Boerne Visitor Guide, and “Dickens On Main” print media. She is a juried member of the Boerne Professional Artists (BPA) and a member of the Hill Country Council for the Arts (HCCA). She has studied fashion illustration and design, oil painting, and has a Diploma in Digital Image Management. In January 2017, Libby became a partner of the Carriage House Gallery of Artists located in downtown Boerne, Texas.

Carriage House is proud to host Jeanne Shepherd Harford owner/operator of Genie Images. She creates exquisite specialty images for equines, events, and portraits. While Genie Images is a new business, Jeanne Shepherd Harford is no stranger to the equine community. She has been involved with horses for forty-plus years, spending that time understanding the different breeds and riding disciplines; developing a comprehensive understanding of the horse and the people who adore them. She has done a little bit of it all from student, to competitor, to trainer, to breeder, to instructor, to international team coach. The last forty-plus years with horses have not only given Jeanne equine knowledge, they have given her the opportunity to travel; live internationally and surround herself with diverse groups of people. These life experiences opened her artistic vision to the world of photography; photographing portraits, events, and nature. Her expertise with horses and their behavior, combined with current technical photographic training from the Art Institute, has given her the tools to create beautiful images for all occasions.

• SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

DEBORAH KELLER-RIHN (San Antonio, Texas)

Traces Of Perception – Glimpses Of A Life Divine

Curated by Brian St. John

Gallery 20/20
1010 South Flores Street, Suite 108
San Antonio, TX 78204
(210) 473-8331 | bstjohn1956@att.net | www.gallery2020.net

Opening reception: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibit on display: September 9 – 30, 2017
Viewing hours: Wed – Thu, 4 – 8 pm; Fri – Sat, Noon – 5 pm; Sun, 1 – 5 pm
Contact: Brian St. John
(210) 473-8331 | bstjohn1956@att.net

Free and open to the public

Deborah Keller-Rihn has superimposed photographic images taken in South India and printed them onto handmade paper made in Pondicherry, India where many of the photographs were taken. Over thirty photographs will be presented as an installation at the Gallery 20/20.

The artist strives to convey the rich sensory experience and underlying reality of a very old civilization. There are multiple layers of meaning from thousands of years of history seen in the streets. Images of buildings, temples, walls, streets and people combine to communicate a rich heritage that is beautifully poetic and suggestive of a transcendent reality. 

• SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

(San Antonio, Texas)

Perceptions Of Time

Lone Star Art Space
107 Lone Star Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78204
(210) 884-8100 | jesustoromartinez@yahoo.com | https://facebook.com/pg/lonestarartspace

Opening reception: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibit on display: September 2 – 30, 2017
Viewing hours: Scheduled appointments only, Tue and Sat, 4 – 8 pm
Contact: Courtney Campbell
(281) 904-5756 | sparxphotodesign@gmail.com

Free and open to the public

As a collaborative project, eight San Antonio based photographers produced the exhibit, Perceptions of Time. This exhibit represents several conceptions of time as a construct. Time can simply be a perspective of one’s point of view, their experiences and their history; or a perception such as the consciousness to use their senses to form a mental impression of what they see as an individual. People, places, objects and mental interpretations of time link every single person to a subjective notion. Therefore, time is not absolute, it is relative. 

• SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

RAMIN SAMANDARI (San Antonio, Texas)

Body And Mind

Dock Space Gallery
107 Lone Star Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78204
(210) 320-0479 | bill@billfitzgibbons.com | www.dockspacegallery.com

Opening reception: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7 – 10 pm
Exhibit on display: September 9 – October 1, 2017
Viewing hours: By appointment after opening reception
Contact: Ramin Samandari
(210) 861-4325 | magicalrealismstudio@yahoo.com

Free and open to the public

This new series is the product of my ongoing fascination with human body and consciousness. How we look at our own bodies critically and how the society at large makes us feel inadequate about how we look, are some of the issues of interest in this project. The participants are invited to make up their own poses and are asked to make an oral statement on how they feel about their own bodies and their thoughts on society’s perception of human bodies. Excerpts from these statements are included as text on the images of each participant. My intention is to present as diverse a group as possible, all ages, genders, shapes and sizes and to show that all bodies have beauty regardless of shapes and sizes, gender and age.

Ramin Samandari

• SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

SCOTT MARTIN (San Antonio, Texas)


Dorćol Distilling + Brewing Co. 
1902 South Flores Street
San Antonio, TX 78204
(210) 229-0607 | hello@dorcolspirits.com | http://dorcolspirits.com

Opening reception: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7 – 10 pm
Exhibit on display: September 9 – November 4, 2017
Viewing hours: Thu, 5 – 10 pm; Fri, 5 pm – 12 midnight; Sat, 5 pm – 1 am
Contact: Nina Hassele
(210) 630-0235 | ninafrombrooklyn@gmail.com

Free and open to the public 

Scott Martin is a San Antonio based photographic artist. His work explores themes of time and isolation, illuminating how the natural environment juxtaposes with manmade objects. This interplay of light and shadow, and of existence and invisibility, reflects a world both mysterious and possible, imagined and discovered. His images provoke questions about the nature of wilderness and of human attention. He works slowly, during both day and night, with camera and handheld flashlights.

We sometimes look up and forget that the moon doesn’t actually glow. It only seems to. As a night photographer, Scott Martin often works on the darkest, moonless nights and is drawn to extreme desert landscapes; the kind of places that can make one feel like they are on the moon. The botanical subjects of this series are printed with white ink on a dark background, suggesting both the experience of encountering an otherworldly landscape and the way living things create their own light. 

• SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

REBECCA DIETZ (San Antonio, Texas)


Provenance Gallery
1906 South Flores Street
San Antonio, TX 78204
(210) 216-8362 | www.provenancegallerysa.com

Opening reception: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7 – 10 pm
Exhibit on display: September 9 – 30, 2017
Viewing hours: By appointment after opening reception
Contact: Stephanie Torres
(210) 216-8362 | stephtorressa@gmail.com

Free and open to the public

Rebecca Dietz is an Associate Professor of Art, and a photographic artist living in San Antonio. Her visual work often balances physical actions with creative contemplation. An east coast native, she spent 10 years in the playground of San Francisco, experimenting with photography, theatre and circus arts before returning east to earn an MFA in Photography from the University of Delaware. Physical acts like skydiving and fire-eating, coupled with wanderlust and travel have alternately influenced and distracted her work. She currently works at San Antonio College, as an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Program. Her photographs have been exhibited at the San Antonio Museum of Art, in the Photo Review’s International Competition, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, and various galleries around Texas, in Philadelphia and New York.


The Virgin Mary in our local culture seems to cross boundaries between humans and saints. A mother on earth, connected to the divine, she sits on altars, and appears in visions, but also offers personal connection and dialogue. Wanting to know more, I invited her into my thoughts and daily awareness.

At that point a female figure began to emerge in my street photography, who was both seductive and reserved, a spiritual container with sensual awareness. I found her on the streets, solitary and defiant; or surrounded by men, anchored and sensual; or in the company of other women, graceful and enchanting. This was the Magdalene, the other, more mysterious Mary. She embodied strength, sensuality, and spirituality without division or complexity.

The Urban Dictionary defines a Magdalene as a hot chick, a beach bum, who loves to party, and is sexual, funny and serious at the same time. There is wry humor and truth to this, as I often found her along the water’s edge or public fests. But she also stands in protest, rests in quiet places and may be waiting around the next corner for my camera to sight.

Rebecca Dietz

• SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

JULYSA SOSA (San Antonio, Texas)


Curated by Rebel Mariposa
Sponsored by Lady Base Gallery

AP Art Lab
1906 South Flores Street
San Antonio, TX 78204
ladybasegallery@gmail.com | www.ladybasegallery.com

Opening reception: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7 – 10 pm
Exhibit on display: September 9 – 28, 2017
Gallery talk and closing reception: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7 – 10 pm
Viewing hours: By appointment after opening reception
Contact: Rebel Mariposa

Free and open to the public

Julysa Sosa is good at adapting and assimilating into various cultures and communities due to the rootless upbringing that comes from being raised in a military family, along with her endless summers in Mexico. These experiences have shaped her identity and creative vision. Her photography focuses on evocative documentary storytelling in stark and dramatic ways; drawing out the obscured imagery existing on the periphery. Sosa received a BA in photojournalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her works been published by agencies such as National Public Radio (NPR) and National Geographic. 

• SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

(San Antonio, Texas)


Curated by Michelle Claire and Jesse Guevara

Freight Gallery & Studios
1913 South Flores Street
San Antonio, TX 78204
(210) 331-4382 | sergio.martinez@freightsatx.com | www.freightsatx.com

Opening reception: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7 – 10 pm
Exhibit on display: September 9 – 23, 2017
Viewing hours: Tue – Sat, Noon – 5 pm
Contact: Michelle Claire/Jesse Guevara
(210) 316-7743 | carbonbloom@gmail.com
Sergio Martinez
(210) 331-4382 | sergio.martinez@freightsatx.com

Free and open to the public

“Aesthetically, minimalist art offers a highly purified form of beauty. It can also be seen as representing such qualities as truth (because it does not pretend to be anything other than what it is), order, simplicity and harmony.” Tate Modern

The art of minimalism involves precise and intentional execution of composition by the artist. A minimalist approach to photography has the ability to carry a dialogue within its own reality through simple yet harmonious elements and principles of art. MNML reveals that less can indeed be more.

• THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

JENNIFER GARZA-CUEN (Corpus Christi, Texas)

Wandering In Place – Eden, VT

Curated by Tom Turner
Art Faculty, Northwest Vista College

Northwest Vista College
Palmetto Center For The Arts

3535 North Ellison Drive
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4000 | http://www.alamo.edu/nvc

Opening reception: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Exhibit on display: September 4 – October 6, 2017
Viewing hours: Mon – Sat, 7 am – 9 pm
Contact: Tom Turner
(512) 569-8134 | tturner53@alamo.edu

Free and open to the public

Jennifer Garza-Cuen is a photographer from the Pacific Northwest. Currently Assistant Professor of Photography at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, she received her MFA in photography and MA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. Her BA in comparative literature was completed at the American University in Cairo. During both years of her attendance at RISD, she received the prestigious RISD GS competitive grant. She was also awarded the Daniel Clarke Johnson, Henry Wolf, and Patricia Smith Scholarships. Additionally, she has received fellowships to attend residencies at Light Work, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ucross, Oxbow, Hambidge, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited internationally and published in contemporary photography journals such as Musée, Blink, The Photo Review, and Conveyor Magazine as well as on-line journals such as Conscientious, Feature Shoot, Aint-Bad, Fubiz, iGNANT, Dazed, and Juxtapoz.


Eden is part of a larger project entitled Wandering In Place, which depicts a series of locations in the United States as a residue of my cultural memory, an inheritance. It is a metaphorical memoir, a narrative re-telling of facts and fictions and it is also my discovery of the dreamland that still is America.

It was a great aunt on my father’s side whose people settled in Eden. Located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Eden appears a quiet community of Adventists, Mennonites, and Quakers where dairy farmers, mill workers, and craftsmen gather at the general stores, dinners are served in old wooden churches, and dances are held at the local Grange Hall. The rivers of Eden all spring from Eden and the views are as ravishing as the garden from which it takes its name. But it is also a hard and rugged place, where resourceful and independent inhabitants still labor stoically, as their ancestors before them.

Jennifer Garza-Cuen

• THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

CHUCK RAMIREZ (1962 -2010, San Antonio, Texas)

All This And Heaven Too

Organized by Rene Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs, and
Hilary Schroeder, Semmes Foundation Intern in Museum Studies
McNay Art Museum

McNay Art Museum,
6000 North New Braunfels Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78209
info@mcnayart.org | www.mcnayart.org

Exhibit opens: Thursday, September 14, 2017 | No public opening reception
Exhibit on display: September 14, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Viewing hours: Visit the museum’s web site www.mcnayart.org 
Contact: Daphne Lehman 

Museum admission fee required

Chuck Ramirez was born in 1962 in San Antonio, Texas, where he was raised in a middle class neighborhood by a Mexican father and a Texan mother. Ramirez studied graphic design at San Antonio College and spent over a decade working as a graphic designer and art director for the HEB supermarket company brands. In his early thirties, Ramirez transitioned into full-time art making but never left behind the tools and aesthetics of his commercial career.

Ramirez employed his process as a means of exploring and confronting his Mexican-American heritage, HIV+ status, and gay identity. In his youth, a formative environment of biculturalism and middle class pop culture created in Ramirez a unique and at times conflicted relationship with being of both Mexican and American descent. During his childhood, Spanish was rarely spoken. He was not himself religious but was surrounded by the Catholic and Mexican traditions practiced by his grandmother. Embracing opposing ideas with humor and insight, Ramirez captured both the fleeting nature of existence and an unyielding will to survive. 

Before his untimely death from a bicycling accident in 2010, Ramirez’s work was exhibited nationally and internationally and seen twice at San Antonio’s renowned Artpace, first in 1999 in the Hudson (Show)Room and again in 2002 as part of the International Artist-in-Residence Program. Ramirez’s work is found in the permanent collections of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; McNay Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Ramirez’s legacy as a creator of community and champion of the arts in San Antonio remains alive today through the Casa Chuck residency program at Sala Diaz, San Antonio.

To complement the exhibition, the McNay is publishing a catalogue that includes two commissioned essays: the first by Edward Hayes, Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California; and a second essay by independent curator and writer Elizabeth Ferrer, contributor to the forthcoming book, Critical Eye: A Latino Perspective on the History of Photography. Edward Hayes surveys Ramirez’s art as it is filtered through his biography, personal narrative, and Mexican-American upbringing. Elizabeth Ferrer discusses Ramirez in the context of Latino art. 

• FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

LAURA WILSON (Dallas, Texas)

That Day – Pictures In The American West

Organized by Laura Wilson 
In collaboration with the Amon Carter Museum Of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Briscoe Western Art Museum
210 West Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 299-4499 | info@briscoemuseum.org | www.briscoemuseum.org

Exhibit opens: Friday, September 15, 2017 | No public opening reception
Exhibit on display: September 15 – December 10, 2017
Viewing hours: Tue, 10 am – 9 pm; Wed – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm | Closed Monday 
Contact: Sharon Garcia
(210) 299-4499 | sgarcia@briscoemuseum.org

Museum admission fee required 
Free admission and extended hours every Tuesday from 4 – 9 pm 

Related programming for Laura Wilson’s That Day – Pictures In The American West Exhibit

Voices Of The West – Distinguished Lecture Series
Laura Wilson, Photographer And Author 
Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 pm
Renowned American photographer, Laura Wilson has authored four books and her work has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post. She joins us to discuss details behind her current exhibition That Day – Pictures in the American West, her time working closely with legendary photographer Richard Avedon, and the inspirations that have driven her career.
$10 Non-members | Free for Briscoe Museum Members

210 | West Gallery Talk

Trading Posts And Pawn
Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 pm
Terry Chandler, Briscoe Museum Docent, and collector of native arts, discusses the trader industry in New Mexico, with Laura Wilson’s photographs of two such trading posts serving as backdrop.
Free and open to the public

Film Screening
Las Marthas – Mexican American Debutante Balls
Tuesday, October 17, 6:30 pm
PBS Independent Lens documentary by filmmaker Cristina Ibarra follows the lives of young women as they debut at the Martha Washington Society Ball in Laredo, Texas. Laura Wilson spent time documenting the Debutante Cotillion in the early 1990s.
Free and open to the public

210 | West Gallery Talk
Dogfights To Debutantes
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 pm
Jennifer Chowning, Briscoe Museum Head of Education & Programs, explores select images from Laura Wilson’s That Day, which feature diverse communities that often counter the romanticized version of the American West perpetuated by popular media.
Free and open to the public

Guided Tours
Select Tuesdays for the duration of the exhibit, 6:30 pm
Briscoe Museum Education & Programs Department members
Free and open to the public

Renowned photographer Laura Wilson has captured the majesty, as well as the tragedy, of her home region of Texas and the wider West for more than 30 years.

In the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s upcoming photographic exhibition, That Day – Pictures in the American West, Laura Wilson takes us into a West defined by diverse communities outside the suburban middle-class. This exhibition of seventy-two photographs introduces us to worlds that are framed equally by beauty and violence, reflecting the artist’s challenge to today’s homogenized America.

Wilson’s subjects range from legendary West Texas cattle ranches to impoverished Plains Indian reservations to lavish border-town cotillions. Also featured are compelling portraits of artists who are associated with the region, including Donald Judd, Ed Ruscha, and Sam Shepard.

The unforgettable images in That Day, tell sharply drawn stories of the people and places that have shaped, and continue to shape, the nation’s most dynamic and unyielding land. Text from Wilson’s journals accompanies the photographs, recalling her personal experiences behind the camera at the moment when a particular image was captured. Wilson casts a fresh light on the West—a topic of enduring fascination. 

• FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

CHUCK RAMIREZ (1962 – 2010, San Antonio, Texas)

Chuck In Context

Curated by Patricia Ruíz-Healy

Ruíz-Healy Art
201-A East Olmos Drive
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 804-2219 | patricia@ruizhealyart.com | www.ruizhealyart.com

Opening reception: Friday, September 15, 2017, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibit on display: September 14 – October 14, 2017
Viewing hours: Tue – Sat, 11 am – 4 pm | And by appointment
Contact: Alana Coates
(210) 804-2219 | alana@ruizhealyart.com

Free and open to the public

Ruíz-Healy Art is pleased to present Chuck In Context, a special exhibition to complement All This and Heaven Too, a significant survey of Chuck Ramirez’s work at the McNay Art Museum.

As the exclusive representative for the estate of Chuck Ramirez, Ruíz-Healy Art is proud to keep the artist’s memory and archives preserved for future generations. This exhibition focuses on the research of two different series by Ramirez, Words and Still Life, and will be complemented by additional works by the artist. These two series have not been shown in their entirety previously or together simultaneously.

In addition to photography, Ramirez had a strong background in graphic design and was also involved with the world of contemporary poetry, painting and music. Ramirez was a poet at heart, who became a word designer. For Ramirez, the visual impact of text was an important part of his oeuvre and it represented another outlet to his creative spirit.

Words, a series Ramirez produced in 2004, are disparate photographs emblazoned with a single word that the photo illustrates. Over lucha libre figurines appears LIBRE; a masculine face under a platinum wig is emblazoned with QUEEN, a blurred television still of the New England Patriots huddled mid-game reads VIAGRA. Oh yes, there is one of CURATORS too.

In the series Still Life, objects of the quotidian are combined with moralistic foreboding and critiques on American waste and mass-consumerism. Everything from trinkets to trash are given the compositional reverence of cultured objects from high-class and culture carefully arranged by the Dutch masters in which an emphasis on personal wealth, commerce, trade, were mixed with strict social codes.

Ramirez’s photographs resonate with the spirit of Dutch paintings from the golden age yet successfully intertwine the themes from the past with the contemporary zeitgeist of south Texas. He is a master of memento mori (incorporating a reflection on mortality) and of vanitas (reminding the inevitability of death in his still-life photographs.)

Ramirez employed the visual and conceptual techniques found in contemporary advertising and package design, isolating and re-contextualizing familiar objects to explore cultural identity, mortality, and consumerism through his photographs and installations.

Founded in 2004, and located in the historic Olmos Park District of San Antonio, Ruíz-Healy Art specializes in contemporary art with an emphasis on Latin American and Texas connected artists.

A percentage of sales from Chuck In Context will benefit Casa Chuck, a residency program for critics, curators, and writers housed in the artist’s former residence.

• SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

E. DAN KLEPPER (Marathon, Texas)

Why The Raven Calls The Canyon

The Twig Book Shop
306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 826-6411 | www.thetwig.com

Book event at the Hotel Emma: Thursday, September 7, 2017 | RSVP required
Book signing at The Twig Bookshop: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10 am – 6 pm 
Exhibit on display: September 1 – 30, 2017
Viewing hours: Daily, 10 am – 6 pm | Call The Twig for information on extended hours
Contact: E. Dan Klepper
(432) 386-6789 | edanklepper@gmail.com
Nancy Gebhardt
(210) 826-6411 | nancy.thetwig@yahoo.com

Free and open to the public

E. Dan Klepper is an artist, photographer and writer based in the West Texas town of Marathon, fifty miles north of Big Bend National Park. His work explores the natural, cultural and metaphysical attributes of the Texas terrain. Klepper’s editorial portfolio includes numerous books and magazine articles and his art, featuring photography, sculpture, and experimental video, has been exhibited in the United States and abroad. Klepper’s large-scale, photography-based works, created in his Marathon gallery and studio, can be found in collections across the state. 

Why the Raven Calls The Canyon features selected photographs from E. Dan Klepper’s new photography book, published in the spring of 2017. The book represents seven years of off-the-grid living in the Big Bend region of Texas and is published by Texas A&M University Press. The Twig Book Shop exhibition includes large prints from the book as well as an electronic version of the book’s photographs viewable via tablets mounted on the bookstore’s shelves.


From 2006 to 2013, I divided my time between my studio in Marathon, fifty miles north of Big Bend National Park, and Fresno Ranch, an abandoned, off-the-grid horse-and-mule operation located along the Rio Grande River. Relatively uninhabited for almost a decade, the ranch encompassed more than seven thousand acres of springs, canyons, volcanic peaks, ancient campsites, and defunct mercury mines. A collapsed magma dome, so large it can be detected from space, dominates much of the ranch’s northeastern horizon. Among Fresno’s human-built attributes, a 2,000-square-foot adobe painting studio lies at its heart, constructed for the late Jeanne Norsworthy, Texas artist and granddaughter of George B. Dealey, publisher of the Dallas Morning News.

In 2006, absentee owners recruited local Big Bend resident Rodrigo Trevizo to keep an eye on the ranch. Two years later he moved into the ranch’s adobe studio, determined to bring the rudimentary infrastructure of the ranch back to life. I joined him there for weeks at a time, lending a hand to unearth the ranch’s water system, repair livestock corrals, and restore the solar power, all while adjusting to the day-to-day challenges of living off the grid.

Fresno’s natural world shares the allure of wild places found across the entire Big Bend region. The inscrutability of this West Texas country inspires lifelong appreciation for its natural beauty as well as an unorthodox creativity, resulting in artistic endeavors like this one, and often rousing those who hail from gentler places to abandon creature comforts and move to the Big Bend for good. The region embraces a hundred-year history of photographers, writers, and artists creating work in the Big Bend, a legacy that began with photographer W. D. Smithers and includes many of the Texas Regionalists of the early 20th century, muralist Tom Lea, architect Henry Trost, and artist Donald Judd.

Why the Raven Calls The Canyon documents my attempt to understand the enigma of Big Bend’s mountains and canyons scattered throughout hundreds of uninhabited miles. Much of the territory’s draw may reside in the region’s volcanic upheaval, conjured from the planet’s bedrock, and a geography lit by a light as cryptic as the human psyche. Over time, I discovered that an artist can thrive here on conclusions that reveal as much about the land as our own internal landscapes.

E. Dan Klepper 

• SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 – Johnson City, Texas –––––––––––––––––––––– 



Juried by Traer Scott

A Smith Gallery
103 North Nugent Avenue (gallery address)
PO Box 175 (mailing address)
Johnson City, TX 78636
(512) 422-4080 | amanda@asmithgallery.com | www.asmithgallery.com

Artists’ reception: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 4 – 8 pm
Exhibit on display: September 15 – October 29, 2017
Viewing hours: Fri – Sat, Noon – 6 pm; Sun, Noon – 3 pm
Contact: Amanda Smith
(512) 422-4080 | amanda@asmithgallery.com

Free and open to the public

Also at A Smith Gallery on Saturday, September 30

The Gift Of Bees
Encaustics by Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully

Hands Around The World
An installation of cyanotype peace flags created by photographers from around the world, in celebration of World Cyanotype Day.

Traer Scott is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer and author of eight books including the bestseller Shelter Dogs as well as Street Dogs and Nocturne; Creatures of the Night. Her work is exhibited around the world and has been featured in National Geographic, Life, Vogue, People, O, on the NY Times Lens Blog, Behold and dozens of other national and international print and online publications. Her first solo museum show Natural History was exhibited at the University of Maine Museum of Art in 2015. Traer was the recipient of the 2010 Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Photography Fellowship Grant and the 2008 Helen Woodward Humane Award for animal welfare activism. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband, daughter and menagerie of animals.