The Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World presents professionally curated art exhibitions by emerging and established visual artists working in our community and beyond. Quarterly receptions, artist dialogues and other gallery events bring the community together and invite artists, collectors and visitors from all backgrounds to experience the connection between people, cultures and ideas through the expression of visual art.

23705 Frontage Road, Ste. 101, San Antonio, TX 78257

CURRENT EXHIBITION

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.

ARTISTS

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)

OPENING RECEPTION

Saturday 2 December 2023, 5 – 8 PM

Free Music, Wine, & Bites!

EXHIBITION DATES

2 December 2023 – 16 February 2024

Open by Appointment, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION

Jewelry

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 for decades, 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.

Works are currently being updated. Please check back again later.

Ceramics

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 Hansen slips effortlessly between purely sculptural ceramic forms and functional wares, unified by his characteristic textures and palette.

Works are currently being updated. Please check back again later.

Hodgson Studio

Painting

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.

LOCATION, PARKING, & ACCESSIBILITY

How to Get There

The MBAW Art Gallery & Offices are located in Suite 101 of the Grey Oaks office complex in Leon Springs – gateway to the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Coming from San Antonio (heading north):
– As you go up I-10, take Exit 551 and do a turnaround under the overpass.
– Once on the access road heading south, the turn into the Grey Oaks office complex is directly after Sun Auto Services (and Las Palapas preceding that).

Coming from Boerne (heading south):
– As you go down I-10, take Exit 552.
– Once on the access road, the turn into the Grey Oaks office complex is directly after Sun Auto Services (and Las Palapas preceding that).

Parking

Free parking is available in the office parking lot, and there is overflow parking as you go up the hill.

 

Handicap Accessibility

Because of the hilly nature of the area, the office complex does include stairs to access the MBAW Art Gallery and other office spaces. Please be aware at this current time there is unfortunately no handicap-accessible ramp on the property.

PURCHASE POLICIES

  • Works are available for purchase during each MBAW Art Gallery exhibition run, with a portion of the proceeds supporting MBAW’s free programs.
  • Payments may be made in person (credit/debit, check, cash accepted) or online (credit/debit accepted).
  • After payment, please note that artwork will remain on display until the end of the exhibition, whereupon we will be in touch with you to schedule a pickup date/time.
  • If you are interested in an artwork from a previous exhibit, please contact us. Provide as much detailed information as you can (exhibit title, work title, artist, etc.) and we will try to put you in touch with the artist/other gallery where the work is currently displayed. See the Gallery History archives below for a list of previous exhibits.

GALLERY HISTORY

After a fifteen (15) year occupation of our founder’s home (mostly her kitchen and dining room), Musical Bridges Around the World moved into its first-ever dedicated office space in 2012. The open floor plan and generous walls allowed us to realize the dream of incorporating visual art into our multi-pronged programming. In turn, the MBAW Art Gallery made its public premiere in May 2013. Since then, the gallery has taken on a life of its own and become an integral part of our diverse programs; hosting art openings, gallery talks, chamber concerts, poetry readings and book signings. In January 2016, Julya Jara joined the MBAW family as our first dedicated gallerist. After a three-year tenure, Julya became our Director of Development as long-time San Antonio curator Diana Roberts took over as Gallery Director in January 2019. As the only major fine arts entity on the IH-10 Corridor between downtown San Antonio and the city of Boerne, the MBAW Art Gallery is positioned to help bring our mission and vision to the larger community through its culturally and artistically diverse programs. Artworks are available for sale and a portion of all proceeds benefit all of our programs directly.

Exhibition Archive

Click the exhibition titles hyperlinked below to view the full exhibit page with artworks (2022 to present). 

 

 

Exhibition Title Artist(s) Date(s)
Natural Order Robert Michaelson, Kyle Petersen, Barbra Riley (San Antonio, Texas) 9 September – 17 November 2023
Looking for Spring Gwen Rhea Cowden (G. Rhea) (San Antonio, Texas) 15 April – 31 July 2023
The Quilt: Behind the Scenes Robert Michaelson, Sarah Jane, Manuel Alejandro Hernández Cardona of CMC Studios, MBAW Staff, Coral Díaz, & Noelle Artigue (San Antonio, Texas) 21 January – 31 March 2023
JUBILEE: An Anniversary Exhibtion 36+ Artists who exhibit in the past 25 years (see full list) 20 August – 17 December 2022
Fragments of Landscapes Maya Sokovic (San Antonio, Texas / Belgrade, Serbia) 23 April 2022 – 11 June 2022
Recent Works & Organic Continuity Tim Beard (San Antonio, Texas) & Conan Chadbourne (San Antonio, Texas) 23 October 2021 – 15 March 2022
Partituren | Time Stands Still – Fotoseptiembre 2020 Michael Matthews (Montreal, Canada | Berlin, Germany) & Michael Kruscha (Berlin, Germany) 4 September 2020 – 30 September 2021
Within and Without Norma Jean Moore (San Antonio, Texas) & Brian Wedgworth (McAllen, Texas) 14 March – 21 August 2020
Alterations, Interventions, and Other Manipulations Jill Bedgood, Carra Garza (San Antonio, Texas), Gerald Lopez (Corpus Christi, Texas), Paul Valadez (McAllen, Texas) 16 November 2019 – 7 February 2020
Bygone Texas: Photographs by John Mattson and Karen Zimmerly | Fotoseptiembre 2019 John Mattson & Karen Zimmerly (San Antonio, Texas) 31 August – 3 November 2019
Summer Visions: Landscape in the Mind’s Eye Sylvia Benitez, Sabra Booth, Caroline Korbell Carrington, Lorraine Shirkus, & Brian St. John (San Antonio, Texas) 15 June – 16 August 2019
Jean Edelstein: In Tune with Music & Nature Jean Edelstein (Los Angeles, California) 7 April – 18 May 2019
Multi-Colored Universes Paul Martin & Symone Kiyanna Elliott (San Antonio, Texas) 26 January – 31 March 2019
Luchadores Fabian Lainez (Spain | San Antonio) 29 September – December 2018
Celebration of the Art of Calligraphy: Messages of Peace and Reassurance Salma Arastu (India | Berkeley, California) 21 April – 20 August 2018
Puerto Rico: Ritmo del Sol | Dream Week 2018 Antonio Carrion Torruellas (Puerto Rico) 21 January – 13 April 2018
Master of Mystical Scenes Rubén Reséndiz (Guanajuato, Mexico) 9 July 2014
A Few of My Favorite Things | Fotoseptiembre 2017 Rodolfo Choperena (Mexico City, Mexico | San Antonio, Texas) 26 August 2017 – 13 October 2017
Whispers of Wuxi Chen Hao, Ge Qiang, Geng Minxia (Wuxi, China) 13 May 2017 – 18 August 2017
Social Consciousness Bernice Appelin-Williams, James Wyatt Hendricks (San Antonio, Texas) 11 March 2017 – 5 May 2017
From Moussor to Tignon: The Evolution of the Head-tie Juliana Kasumu (London, UK | Lagos | New Orleans) 7 Jan 2017
Chicken Soup Jill Bedgood, Danville Chadbourne, Mark Cheikhet, Alyssa Danna, Albert Gonzales, Rex Hausmann, Paul Martin, Ben McVey, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Kevork Mourad, Justin Parr, Louis Vega Trevino, Tanya Rachickaya, Kathleen Silva, Natalia Sun, Gary Sweeney, Lauren Browning, Sarah Sauer, Ricky Armendariz, Nate Cassie, Chuck Ramirez 19 Nov 2016
Of Lace & Steel | Collaboration with Dock Space Gallery Laura Mijangos, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga (San Antonio, Texas) 8 Oct 2016
¡Puro San Antonio! | Fotoseptiembre 2016 Darren Abate, Billy Calzada, Mark Greenberg, Josh Huskin, Mark Sobhani, Natalia Sun (San Antonio, Texas) 27 Aug 2016
Northern Lights Louis Vega Treviño (San Antonio, Texas) 18 Jun 2016
Fusion of the Arts Mark Cheikhet (San Antonio | Moscow, Russia) 22 Nov 2015
Land & Sea | Fotoseptiembre 2015 Robert Michalson & Jim Sparkman (San Antonio, Texas) 4 Sep 2015
Fireworks Rex Hausmann (San Antonio, Texas) 26 Jun 2015
Metamorphosis Kevork Mourad (Syria | New York) & Mahdi Vali (Iran | San Antonio) 30 May 2015
Unfolding Dimensions Sandy Whitby & Lauren Browning (San Antonio, Texas) 13 Feb 2015
Sculptures & Paintings Danville Chadbourne (San Antonio, Texas) 4 Apr 2015
Silent World | Fotoseptiembre 2014 Robert Michaelson & Jim Sparkman (San Antonio, Texas) 29 Aug 2014 (Fotoseptiembre)
Dream Worlds Tania Rachytskaya 5 Apr 2014
Feel the Glow Susan Dunis (Blanco, Texas) 25 Jan 2014
On the Way to Work Rex Hausmann (San Antonio, Texas) 5 Oct 2013

Sponsors & Partners

Department of Arts & Culture
Ford Foundation
Kronkosky
National Endowment for the Arts
H.E.B
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Texas Commission on the Arts
Joan & Herb Kelleher
H.E.B
Joan & Herb Kelleher
Texas Commission on the Arts
Alice Kleberg Reynolds