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(POSTPONED) Opening Reception: The Quilt – Behind the Scenes | MBAW Art Gallery

8 January 2022 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry



Due to the recent COVID-19 spike, for the safety of the general public and all involved, we have postponed this event. As of now, a new date has not yet been determined as we are monitoring closely when to best reschedule. Please check back at a later time to see for a new date. We appreciate your understanding.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the cast, crew, musicians and production process of the upcoming MBAW documentary film, The Quilt: A Living History of African American Music, viewed through the lens of photographers Robert Michaelson, Sarah Jane, Manuel Alejandro Hernández Cardona of CMC Studios, and MBAW staff. The film will premiere late 2022 (official date to be announced).

Ticketing, Parking, and Safety Information
– Tickets are required for entry, but are free. See ticket button above.
– Parking is free.
– Wine and bites will be outdoors.
– Masks are strongly encouraged while inside the gallery. To allow social distancing, MBAW reserves the right to limit the number of attendees inside the gallery at a time. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Per CDC guidance, we request that unvaccinated individuals wear masks at all times.
– For any other questions, please refer to the FAQ below.


Rob Michaelson

Largely self-taught, Rob Michaelson’s photographic interests are centered around subjects that can get him outdoors. He is a passionate bird photographer and wildlife photographer as well as an underwater photographer. He enjoys being one of the volunteer photographers for Musical Bridges, finding it exciting, challenging, and rewarding.

“Photographing for Musical Bridges is extremely challenging. Concerts are indoors, usually with very difficult lighting situations. You can’t use a flash; you must not be intrusive during the concerts, and you need to get good useable photos.”

“The rewards are great. I’ve been able to photograph fantastic musicians like Hiromi, Vijay Iyer, Janoska, and the Gurwitz International Piano Competition. What an honor and privilege it was to capture images for The Quilt.”

Rob is the husband of Anya Grokhovski, Founder and Artistic Director of Musical Bridges Around the World. Rob is very proud of having served over 30 years reserve and active duty in the United States Air Force, retiring from active duty in 2011 as a Colonel.

Sarah Jane

Since 7 or 8, Sarah Jane had memories of her mom scrapbooking the family photos that she would take with disposable kodaks. She remembered going to the local drugstore to get the photos developed, and she would always get so excited when her mother would give her a page to do! Hassan became a hobbyist photographer in 2008 – taking pictures of nature and beautiful places she traveled to, and then would share those photos on social media.

Sarah didn’t start portraits until 2009 when a friend told her she loved her work and wanted Sarah to be her family photographer. After that session, she was asked by another friend for portraits, and before long she had a client list from friends who shared my work within their social media circles. By 2012, many shoots, gear purchases and learning the ropes of running a small business later – Hassan was running her own company as a wedding and portrait photographer. Her primary focus as a portrait photographer is to tell life’s stories – whether it’s a couple in love, boudoir portraits, a graduate who’s finally obtained that degree they worked hard for, photojournalistic or business portraits of people and places. She loves that through photography, moments in time can be preserved and shared for generations to come.

Sarah’s biggest drive and where she is most passionate is in empowering women of all races to shine, grow, and become the greatest versions of themselves in whatever avenue or lifestyle they pursue.

Website: https://sarahjaneweddings.com/

Manuel Alejandro Hernández Cardona

Manuel A. Hernandez is an artist who approaches art as an idea. He uses the art context as a means to communicate, comment, and question society. The material of his works varies constantly so he considers himself more like a modeler of ideas.

The performativity of the creative act is expressed either implicit or explicitly in his work. The perceptive element of a specific human group or situation is determinant in the interpretation of his works.

There are multiple referential games on reality in which the stable notions of identity are questioned over and over again. He questions identity where its predetermined and stable condition does not exist. Hernandez makes an interpretation from art of social situations of massive scope that have repercussions and affect the lives of men and women.

His artwork has been exhibited throughout Cuba as well as at international art events. Currently, he is exploring new means like photography: portrait, and documentary.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

– Are tickets required for entry to the event?
No. This event is free to attend without a ticket.

– What are the current health protocols I need to follow?
For the safety of patrons and staff, masks are strongly encouraged while inside the gallery. Extra Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Per CDC guidance, we request that unvaccinated individuals wear masks at all times. To allow social distancing, MBAW reserves the right to limit the number of attendees inside the gallery at a time. Food, drink, and music will be outdoors until further notice.

– How do I get to the MBAW Art Gallery? Where do I park?
The Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World is located at: 23705 Frontage Road, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78257. Parking is free in the office parking areas and up the hill. Tip: If you are coming from the south and heading north, you will need take Exit 551 and do a turnaround under the I-10 freeway. Once on the access road heading south, the turn is directly after Sun Auto Services (and Las Palapas preceding that).

– Can I take picture(s) or video(s)?
No flash photography.

– Is there food and drink?
Wine, bites, and seating will be outdoors.

Any other questions? Contact us.


8 January 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry
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MBAW Art Gallery
23705 Frontage Road, Ste. 101 San Antonio, TX 78257