Spare Parts Summer of ’17 brought to you by Friends of Spare Parts Board President Laura Carter

Laura Carter, President, Friends of Spare Parts Board of Directors

If you live in Texas, it might be hard to tell the summer season is almost over. Those of you who are teachers, students or parents of school-aged kids know ‘back to school’ is upon you. The Spare Parts team hopes you all had a good summer. For Spare Parts’ Board of Directors and staff it’s been gloriously busy.

 

In June of 2016, we initiated a fundraising campaign for a permanent location to house our offices, to create a Spare Parts store where San Antonians can donate or purchase preloved art materials, and to host creative reuse programs year-round. To reach this goal we realized Spare Parts needed to establish itself as a 501c3 nonprofit. Currently Spare Parts, a sole proprietorship, is a member of Fractured Atlas, a national nonprofit arts organization that allows us to accept your charitable donation for tax-deductible purposes.

 

Friends of Spare Parts founding Board of Directors (left to right, back row): Jeanne Cantu, Regina Villalobos-Perez, Jessica Jones Gonzales, Laura Carter, Rikkianne Van Kirk and Heather Eichling. Front row, left to right: Carla Berryman, Brenda L Burmeister and Chris Castillo.

On June 9, 2017, we held our first Friends of Spare Parts Board of Directors meeting—a formal Board being one of the criteria for establishing an 501c3 nonprofit. We adopted Bylaws and began the process of creating committees and discussing goals. As the elected President of the Board, I am excited to be working with capable and enthusiastic Board members Carla Berryman (Treasurer), Brenda L Burmeister, Jeanne Cantu (Vice President, Friends of Spare Parts), Chris Castillo (Vice President, Mini Art Museum), Heather Eichling, Jessica Jones Gonzales, Rikkianne Van Kirk and Regina Villalobos-Perez (Secretary). Mary Elizabeth Cantú was hired to hold the Spare Parts Executive Director position.

 

Friends of Spare Parts Board Members (Laura Carter, Jessica Jones Gonzales and Rikkianne Van Kirk), Mia, Laura, Anna and Dezarre Boone and Spare Parts Executive Director Mary Elizabeth Cantú at August’s Spare Parts Shop. All Spare Parts Shop proceeds goes to securing a building of our own for a year-round Spare Parts store & community center.


Our annual summer Fine Arts Fair/Materials Giveaway, historically held at Wonderland of the Americas, was postponed until Spare Parts secures a space. In its stead, our Spare Parts Shop committee lead by Jessica Jones Gonzales and Rikkianne Van Kirk held two pop ups, stocked with preloved creative materials and various artsy things for sale-cheap. The Spare Parts Shop has plans to pop up at various locations monthly going forward.

 

Cantú, co-founder of the Mini Art Museum took a new exhibit all the way to Columbia, South America in July. “Controlled Burn” was curated by San Antonio artist/Mini Art Museum committee member Daniel Rios Rodriguez. Visit www.miniartmuseum.org to learn more about this wee adventure!

 

Left to right: Lucero Munoz, Mary Elizabeth Cantú and Cecilia Cedillo in Villa de Leyva, Colombia (July 2017). Munoz and Cedillo were Cantu’s traveling companions. Munoz is originally from Armenia, Quindio, Colombia.

Our programming continues to thrive under Executive Director Mary Elizabeth Cantú. As Board committees evolve, we will announce ways you can help take Spare Parts to the next level. At any time you can make a tax-deductible donation to our permanent space campaign. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, too.

 

If there are any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to email: laurac@sparepartssa.org. 

-Laura Carter
President, Board of Directors
Friends of Spare Parts

During her 14-day stay, Cantu installed “Controlled Burn in 12 locations across Colombia. Here is a group of students at their rural school in Rio Verde visiting the Museum (July 2017).
MINI ART MUSEUM presents “Controlled Burn” curated by Daniel Rios Rodriguez. This picture was taken at a coffee farm in front of the Andes Mountains of Colombia (July 2017).

MAMx – MINI ART MUSEUM’s Satellite Space

SLANGUAGE PROMO MAY

MAMx Presents Slanguage: Chicos Pero Locos
LAXART – 7000 Santa Monica Blvd, W Hollywood, CA, 90038

MAMx provides an opportunity for MAM to broaden its curatorial, artistic & educational reach. Its inaugural exhibition is Slanguage: Chicos Pero Locos.

Slanguage: Chicos Pero Locos opens in W Hollywood then makes its way to San Antonio (dates TBA). Los Angeles-based internationally-known artist-run collective Slanguage Studio honors California-based artists in Chicos Pero Locos which plays with the traditional meaning of this colloquial Spanish phrase valuing artistic quality over quantity. In true with their nature, & emphasizing the value of marginalized narratives, small independent artists & collectives, Slanguage artists chose to use a variety of mediums to explore their individual practice. A multi-faceted, diverse age group of artists made up of senior artists & younger generations of art students, they touch upon issues of identity, the urban environment & personal histories.

Chicos Pero Locos Artists: Valerie J. Bower, Karla Diaz, Mickey Lee Everett, Daniel Gibson, Cynthia Lujan, Monica A. Martinez, Felix F. Quintana, Gloria Sanchez, Marlene Tafoya, Eris De La Torre & Mario Ybarra, Jr.. Chicos Pero Locos will exhibit from June 4-July 9 in W Hollywood then travel to San Antonio (dates TBA). Artwork will be on sale & proceeds benefit the artists, MINI ART MUSEUM & Slanguage Studio.

Slanguage Studio
Founded in 2002 by Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra, Jr., Slanguage is an artist group headquartered in Wilmington, California, a harbor area of Los Angeles. Currently, members make artwork, curate exhibitions, coordinate events & lead art-education workshops. A diverse group at various points in their careers, Slanguage includes teenagers, street artists & established mid to late-career artists, the majority of whom live & work in the greater Los Angeles area.

Slanguage bases their practice on a 3-pronged approach to art-making to include education, community-building & interactive exhibitions. Focusing on art education, the collective has organized numerous artist residencies in museums across the United States & abroad. Fostering dialog about the meaning & value of contemporary art, Slanguage uses their studio space & resources to cultivate relationships between diverse artists, students, communities & organizations. Artwork ranges from multimedia installations to performances, public events & workshops. The collective enriches, inspires & provokes viewers’ imaginations through exhibitions across the world.

Slanguage’s projects include Engagement Party, a three-month residency with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2009); Sweeney Tate (2007) for the Tate Modern, London; & The Peacock Doesn’t See Its Own Ass/Let’s Twitch Again: Operation Bird Watching in London (2006) for the Serpentine Gallery, London. In 2009, the collective hosted workshops at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, as part of the Slanguage Teen Art Council. For more information please visit slanguagestudio.com or follow Slanguage on Instagram: slanguagestudio.

MINI ART MUSEUM presents: That Thing On The Side Of The Road

Honoring the overlooked; the cast-off; the abandoned; the peripheral. If the title sounds like it could be the name of a B-Horror film, you’re hearing it the way I do. Not going to bother you with pretentious words like hierarchy, transgressive, etc., but those concerns are there, they just won’t fit in my pickup truck. That’s really all there is to it. Why say more? -Hills Snyder, Curator
Honoring the overlooked; the cast-off; the abandoned; the peripheral. If the title sounds like it could be the name of a B-Horror film, you’re hearing it the way I do. Not going to bother you with pretentious words like hierarchy, transgressive, etc., but those concerns are there, they just won’t fit in my pickup truck. That’s really all there is to it. Why say more? -Hills Snyder, Curator

 

Hills Snyder, artist, musician, writer & curator, was Director/Curator of Sala Diaz from 1997 to 2015. Current activities as curator include the Wolverton Home Gallery in San Antonio, an art gallery within a house concert venue & The Bedsitter Art Fair in Vienna, February 2016. Photo by Ramin Samandari.
Hills Snyder, artist, musician, writer & curator, was Director/Curator of Sala Diaz from 1997 to 2015. Current activities as curator include the Wolverton Home Gallery in San Antonio, an art gallery within a house concert venue & The Bedsitter Art Fair in Vienna, February 2016. Photo by Ramin Samandari.

 

ARTISTS
Georganne Deen
Alejandro Diaz
Meghan Fest
Sarah Fox
Erin Hinz
Leigh Anne Lester
Ken Little
Gordon McConnell
Michele Monseau & Odie Cole
Kelly O’Connor
Chris Sauter
Richard Saxton
James Smolleck
Barbara Sturm
Jeremiah Teutsch
Jeff Wheeler

MUSICIANS
Michael Carrillo
Michael Chapa
Doug Clarke
Odie Cole
Kim Mackenzie
Joe Reyes
Matthew Rose
Erik Sanden

Opening & Performance – 03.05.2016 / 7pm
Period Modern_4347 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, TX
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Closing at CAMMIE Awards & Closing Party – 03.25.2016 / 6pm
Chrispark_111 Camp Street, San Antonio, TX

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