Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Veg Out with Earth Burger

Veg Out with Earth Burger

Food & Drink: “Do you want cheese on that?” “Yeah, sure.” “Vegan or organic?” “Um, what? Where am I?” By Jessica Elizarraras 7/23/2014
Newsmonger: Creative arguments on both sides of the VIA streetcar debate

Newsmonger: Creative arguments on both sides of the VIA streetcar debate

News: If a petition meant to derail a $280 million streetcar project in downtown San Antonio isn’t successful, two... By Mark Reagan 7/23/2014
New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

Music: Like the bulk of Austin Mahone’s Instagram account, this one’s a selfie. In a white tank top, hair coifed up real big, Mahone arranges... By Matt Stieb 7/22/2014
7 Public Art Projects Worth Searching For

7 Public Art Projects Worth Searching For

Arts & Culture: You’re likely familiar with the high-profile works of public art on view around downtown San Antonio: the gigantic, red swoop of... By Sarah Fisch 7/23/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Arts & Culture

Will alternative art return to Blue Star?

Photo: Photos by Justin Parr, License: N/A

Photos by Justin Parr

View of new walkways and greenery at Blue Star Arts Complex

Photo: , License: N/A

Halcyon’s outdoor patio


Alex Rubio, director of the MOSAIC art education program at Blue Star Contemporary, lived at the Complex for six years, but left last January when his rent was increased suddenly by $200. “It was kind of instant, and kind of a surprise,” said Rubio. “So I had to move. But there’s a happy ending. Two years ago, I knew that rents were going up; property values were going up. So I invested in some property on Lachapelle.” Now living in the back of R Gallery, Rubio is part of a new generation of art pioneers, blazing another art district centered on Lone Star Boulevard and South Flores Street.

But he still has faith in the institution on Alamo. Asked if he believes galleries will move back to Blue Star, Rubio replied “Definitely. I think Blue Star has a tradition of alternative spaces… It’s been a magnet for emerging — now established — galleries. I think people know that reputation, and want to be part of that. I think the spaces that are opening up are very inviting for people who don’t know what Blue Star used to be. We have to make way for retail, progress, the expansion of a demanding market.”

Now in their 10th year working and living at Blue Star, artists Bryson Brooks and Holly Hein Brooks are staying put. The entrepreneurial married couple take the business side, the hustle, of their vocation seriously, and the changes at Blue Star seem to be rewarding their efforts.

“Artists have moved, that’s for sure,” Bryson told the Current. “There’s us, and maybe a couple of people, who are left. But a lot of people are living here. Many are in the gas business, and military folks here too.” Asked about the resentment towards gentrification at Blue Star that is often voiced in the arts community, Bryson responded, “The rents, people get so mad about it, but San Antonio is one of the top 10 largest cities in the country. You’ve got the River Walk, a lot of tourists come down here. If you make your living off your art, you can make it work here. It takes a bit of focus, or maybe luck. But the people who have gas jobs are able to buy our paintings, you know what I mean?”

You’re making money off the fracking business?

“Yeah. We’re selling a lot [of art] to the neighbors.”

Recently in Arts & Culture
  • 7 Public Art Projects Worth Searching For You’re likely familiar with the high-profile works of public art on view around downtown San Antonio: the gigantic, red swoop of... | 7/23/2014
  • ‘The Other Side’ Tackles the Impossible: Writing about trauma I didn’t take any notes while reading The Other Side because by the time I paused to pick up a pencil, I was already three-quarters of the way through. And for... | 7/23/2014
  • Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): A report in the prestigious British medical journal BMJ says that almost one percent of young pregnant women in the U.S. claim to be... | 7/23/2014
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus