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A popular venue for community events in the downtown area, La Villita Assembly Hall hosts various workshops, live shows and much more. If you want to discover the culture of this city, then do make a stop at this hall, as a passel of events are held here throughout the year.
Artpace, a local foundation with national influence, anchors the art community with impressive exhibits, active public outreach and an international artist-in-residence program. Each artist's residency is launched with a potluck dinner, which coincides with the exhibit opening and is meant to introduce the resident to the community. Brown-bag lunches with discussions about current exhibits, lectures, seminars, film screenings and community events provide a context for the residents' work and encourage the public to become involved with the contemporary art community. The beautifully renovated 1920s-era building that the foundation calls home was once an automobile dealership. It is only one block from the River Walk in the downtown cultural district, near the Central Library.
This fine art co-operative pays its tribute to local art by hosting shows and allowing artists to display their work at the gallery nestled in Florian House. Around 360 artists work to create artistic wonders. Browse through the fine art on display like the acrylic works, oil works, water color paintings, and more. Have a look at the photographs on display. Three-dimensional art works, including batik, wood, jewelry, egg carving and hand-blown glass are also exhibited. The River Art Show that takes place in October features a competition between members. The gallery also hosts an art show during San Antonio's Fiesta.
Nestled in the Esquida-Downs-Dietrick house of the La Villita village is the Little Studio Gallery. The house is 150 years old and as the name suggests, the gallery is a little studio displaying art and jewelry. If you're a collector of art, you'd be delighted to find regional artwork available at reasonable prices. Dories Fodge, Norma Funk, Mary Hetherington, Nell Latham, and Barbara McConnell are the featured artists, whose work has been displayed. If you're not one for paintings, then head towards the accessories section, featuring 'jewelry by Dot'.
Come by the Starving Artist Art Gallery to feast your eyes on some truly artistic items, that you'll be amazed to see what two human hands can create. Rare porcelain china, ornate jewelry, and other handcrafted items are all on display. If you look closely, you can see several minute, distinct forms of flowers and figurines etched into certain pieces. A visit to this gallery is a must if you're a lover of art.
The historical center and heart of the city's Mexican culture, the square is the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico. Here you can dine on Mexican food at one of several cafes, enjoy the lively sounds of Mariachi bands and buy wonderful blankets, clothes, leather and metal goods and much more, imported from just south of the border. The square plays host to many cultural events and fairs throughout the year, including Fiesta del Mercado (Party of the Market) in April and Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in November.