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Tesoros (Opening Reception) – MBAW Art Gallery

2 December 2023 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry

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Tesoros – Treasures, precious things. This exhibition brings together a group of wonderful objects including small paintings, functional and sculptural ceramics, traditional jewelry and wearable sculpture. This array of color, texture and form blurs the boundary between art and fine craft, representation and abstraction, and materials ranging from painting and precious metals to clay and found objects.

This opening reception is free with wine, bites and music at the MBAW Art Gallery!

On view from 2 December 2023 – 16 February 2024 by appointment.
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Laura Everett (jewelry, San Antonio)

Sherry Fotopoulos (jewelry, San Antonio)

Joy Elizabeth Gibson (painting, Pipe Creek)

David Guerrero (painting, San Antonio)

Maria Guerrero (jewelry, San Antonio)

Mark Hansen (ceramics/sculpture, San Antonio)

Gaye Lynn Hodgson (ceramics, Wimberley)

Michael Hodgson (ceramics, Wimberley)

Thelma Ortiz Muraida (painting, San Antonio)

Doug Oian/Sunrise Pottery (ceramics, Boerne)




Laura Everett is a jewelry maker in San Antonio known for her delicate chain-work and hammered metal. Her recent work, however, includes innovative uses for now-defunct but colorful, malleable telephone wire and other found objects. Sherry Fotopoulos has been an important force in the San Antonio jewelry and metal-work scene, including precious metals and precious metal clay. This exhibition presents a sculptural project of 100 related but unique “ear sculptures” – large, elaborate earrings, which can be worn individually or in pairs, displayed as a sculptural installation. Maria Guerrero’s jewelry is smaller-scaled and more traditional at first glance, but the elaborate combinations of materials, hand-made chains, and figurative combinations reward those who look closely.


Doug Oian creates functional ceramics with a range of textures, colors, and surface decoration that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the hand. Michael and Gaye Lynn Hodgson’s masterful stoneware creations bridge the art/fine craft divide with simple, functional forms and painterly, calligraphic surface designs that invite contemplation. Similarly, Mark T. Hansen slips effortlessly between purely sculptural ceramic forms and functional wares, unified by his characteristic textures and palette.


Joy Elizabeth Gibson’s small-scale abstractions are exercises in how to combine simple forms and a small number of flat colors to achieve a satisfyingly complex yet easily “readable” image. David Guerrero’s intense, saturated colors and whimsical, quirky abstractions defy the seeming simplicity of depicting trees, which become complex character studies in a dense netherworld of imagery. Thelma Ortiz Muraida explores the  complex relationship between mythology, imagery, and personal and cultural identity in her richly layered paintings.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are tickets required for entry?
Yes, but they are free!

How do I get a ticket?
Tickets are available on this page or on Eventbrite.

What do I show at the door/check-in?
To help our attendants, please have your ticket ready when you get there. Attendants will be ready to scan the QR code located on your ticket (print, email, or app). If you lose your ticket, please tell the attendant your first and last name.

What if I forget to register?
An attendant at the door can help you register quickly and easily. We do not turn away guests if space is available.

What are the current health protocols I need to follow?
Masks/social distancing is not currently required.

How do I get to the gallery? Where do I park?
Please visit mbaw.org/art/#location for detailed directions. We are located in the Grey Oaks office park on an I-10 frontage road moving south in Leon Springs (see address), right after Las Palapas and Sun Auto. We share the complex with Farmer’s Insurance and other tenants. Parking is free.

Is the location ADA-accessible?
No, currently the office park is steps only. Our staff will be available if you need any assistance with walking up steps.

Any other questions?
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2 December 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry
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23705 IH-10 Frontage Road, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78257 United States
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