Upcoming events at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Fresh off the heels of another sultry July, we bring you five upcoming and ongoing events at the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) that will reset you for August. From paper flower crown workshops to emulating vibrant brushstrokes of American Impressionist artists to an exhibition on excavated Maya art, dating back to circa AD 450–you don’t have to be an art aficionado to spend a day at SAMA.

Top five upcoming events at the San Antonio Museum of Art: 

1. Touch-Free Family Day: America’s Impressionism

When: August 1, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Great Hall 

How much: Free with Museum admission 

Celebrate American impressionist artists at SAMA’s touch-free family day. Grab a paint brush to recreate the vibrant brushstrokes of Impressionist paintings  while enjoying a sweet melody by guitarists Jorge and Nicole. Join virtually for a family-friendly book reading about Impressionism; and a self-guided scavenger hunt in Spanish or English. 

2. Online Studio Workshop: Paper Botany with Jessica Thompson-Castillo

When: August 11, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Where: online workshop 

How much: $25; $15 for SAMA members  

Learn how to fold paper flowers and weave them into dainty flower crowns, three-dimensional framed pieces or a freshly-picked garden bouquet with Jessica Thompson-Castillo from the comfort of your own couch. Dallas-based arts educator and artist Jessica’s workshop will begin with an instructional video, to be released on Friday, July 30. On Wednesday, August 11, participants can share their work, ask questions on process, and learn more about Jessica’s practice. Materials are included in the price and can be collected on July 30, August 3, August 6 between 5-7 p.m. from the Museum. 

3. Online Special Exhibition Tours: America’s Impressionism

When: August 18, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Where: Zoom 

How much: Pay what you wish 

Enjoy a guided virtual tour of the San Antonio Museum of Art’s America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution exhibition. Here, you can learn fun facts about artists like Willard Metcalf, the very first American artist to visit Giverny and interact with Claude Monet. This virtual gallery talk will be conducted via Zoom. Registration closes one hour prior to the listed tour time, a Zoom link will be sent to your provided email address.  

You can also purchase America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution Catalogue, which delves into how the French style influenced the Impressionist experiment in the States. Essays from leading scholars of the movement expand upon the geography and chronology of Impressionism in America, investigating regional variants and new avenues opened by the experiment.

Visit this link to purchase the Catalogue from the SAMA website. Priced at $49.95.

4. Nature, Power, and Maya Royals

When: July 14, 2021- February 27, 2022

Where: Golden Gallery 

The “Nature, Power, and Maya Royals: Recent Discoveries from the Site of Buenavista del Cayo”  exhibition will showcase excavated objects for the first-time-ever from the Maya Classic period (AD 250–900) discovered at the site of Buenavista del Cayo, Belize. The exhibit is a joint effort between the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Belize Institute of Archaeology, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. The artifacts were recovered in 2014 and 2019 from two royal tombs, one dating to the Early Classic period (ca. AD 450) and one to the Late Classic period (ca. AD 650–750). This exhibition highlights how two Maya rulers commissioned artwork that featured commanding iconography to express and legitimate power.

5. Family Flick: Marona’s Fantastic Tale

When: August 20, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Where: River Pavilion 

How much: Free; first-come, first-serve 

Family Flick promises to be an outdoor family-friendly movie viewing experience under the stars along with music and treats.  Marona’s Fantastic Tale follows the story of Marona, a half-breed Labrador, whose life leaves deep traces among the people she encounters. After an accident, she looks back on all the homes and different experiences she’s had. As Marona’s memory journeys into the past, her unfailing empathy and love bring lightness and innocence into each of her owners’ lives.

Enjoy foot-tapping music by the AM Project starting at 7:30 p.m; you can also grab sweet treats from El Juice Bar!  To accommodate physical distancing, space is limited and the event is first come, first served.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics.

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