Beautifully Apart
Jul
28
6:00 PM18:00

Beautifully Apart

New Paintings on view by San Antonio artist Cassie Gnehm.

"For centuries men have controlled the way women’s bodies have been represented in art and culture. By repainting these female forms, she is taking back control of the female figure. She works from installations of open books and post cards of historical figure paintings scattered on the studio floor and then paints them from life. These observational oil paintings comment on the male gaze of artist throughout art history while overlaying features of contemporary women."

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Print Exchange [Submissions Due]
Jul
16
1:00 AM01:00

Print Exchange [Submissions Due]

MANTLE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE OUR Second ANNUAL PRINT EXCHANGE

Theme: Disguise

Mantle will be accepting prints for a portfolio exchange. The complete portfolio will be exhibited at the gallery in San Antonio, TX in September 2018

What is a Print Exchange?

Artists commit to creating an identical (or as close to identical as possible) edition of their design and submit to the organizing group (Mantle Art Space). They will receive a full portfolio containing a print from each of the participating artists. For example: An artist creates 21 numbered prints and receives everyone else's number #4 from the other editions.

Basically; Submit a print, get 20 different prints back.

 

Guidelines:

  • Artists of all levels and print media accepted. We are looking for contemporary work with any interpretation on the theme. 

  • The print edition is 21 - If more than 20 artists are accepted, portfolios will still include 20 (randomized) prints. One complete set will be kept as part of the collection at Mantle Art Space following the exhibition. 

  • Final paper size is 11" x 14"

  • The entry fee is $40 - this includes a portfolio mailed back to the artist at the completion of the show. The fee is due upon acceptance and may be paid online.

  • Artists should apply with example prints and/or digital portfolio links. Artists may include a concept for a print, but this is not required. 

Application:

Please submit applications via email (mantlestudios@gmail.com). Accepted submissions will be notified on July 20th and then invoiced for payment. 

Deadlines:

Submissions: July 16

Notifications:  July 20

Prints Due By:  Sept. 01

Opening Reception: Sept. 15th

Portfolios Mailed: Oct. 28

 

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Curator Meetup
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Curator Meetup

Do you run, curate, or work at one of the many art galleries or art centers in San Antonio? Would you like to meet up with others in the area who share your same passion? Let's get together and talk. There is room for everyone to network and discuss San Antonio's art scene. Come and find your place at the table.

This event is free and open to the public and will be at a location that serves food and drink.

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Confluence - Works by Alex McKenzie
Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

Confluence - Works by Alex McKenzie

"The rate of information exchange today leaves many of us feeling powerless. It can be isolating and often force a sense of doubt in relation to our beliefs, ideology, and self-image. The information overload is much like semantic satiation; repetition can lead to detachment.

My recent work explores broader existential issues often concerning conviction, truth, and identity as they pertain to the rapidly evolving culture surrounding information exchange." 

Work by Knoxville artist Alex McKenzie. 
www.alex-McKenzie.com

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Wine & Critique
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

Wine & Critique

Bring anything you're working on - any medium, any subject, any stage!

Drink wine, talk about art, ask questions, get suggestions. Be involved with your local San Antonio art community, meet artists from all levels and backgrounds.

F.A.Q. -

Q. Is this studio time?

A. No, Critique is a chance to bring in art that is in progress and talk about challenges/successes you may or may not be having. This includes specific questions, technique help, opinions, etc. 

Q. Is this event BYOB?

A. Yes, and we will be providing light snacks. 

Q. My work is digital, can I bring it?

A. Yes, we have a projector and a laptop on hand. Please bring your work on a thumbdrive or have a URL ready.

Q. Can I come even if I don't bring work?

A. We encourage you to bring work to discuss, but artists are always welcome to join the discussion.

 

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UNLOADING | a mother's body
May
19
6:00 PM18:00

UNLOADING | a mother's body

new works by sara corley martinez


words from the artist:

Motherhood is loaded with all sorts of expectations and ideas of control.  Since the moment of conception as a mother you are not in control. You are at the mercy of your own body and bodily function.  This work seeks to discuss the irregularity and chaos of those bodily functions during and after pregnancy. I am specifically thinking about the relationship between what comes out of the body and fine art materials.  This work is not meant to idolize or vilify the experience of pregnancy. Beauty, discomfort, and ideas of absurdity are up for interpretation, much like the real experience and transformation of pregnancy.

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Artist Talk - UNLOADING | a mother's body
May
19
5:00 PM17:00

Artist Talk - UNLOADING | a mother's body

Hear from artist Sara Corley Martinez about her exhibition UNLOADING | a mother's body. She will discuss thoughts on content and materials used. It will go into further depth than her statement below. Opening reception immediately following talk.

words from the artist:

Motherhood is loaded with all sorts of expectations and ideas of control. Since the moment of conception as a mother you are not in control. You are at the mercy of your own body and bodily function. This work seeks to discuss the irregularity and chaos of those bodily functions during and after pregnancy. I am specifically thinking about the relationship between what comes out of the body and fine art materials. This work is not meant to idolize or vilify the experience of pregnancy. Beauty, discomfort, and ideas of absurdity are up for interpretation, much like the real experience and transformation of pregnancy.

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Excavations; Shindig
Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

Excavations; Shindig

Mantle is pleased to present our second annual juried art show —
Excavations; Shindig

 


We will be showing a selection of accepted works in all mediums. Best in Show will have a solo show at Mantle in 2019. 

Our juror this year is Saralene Tapley, from Houston, TX.

Exhibiting Artists: Chad Hines, Dan Armstrong, Elise Thompson, Ghislaine Fremaux, Glenn Downing, Krisitin Moore, Kristina Berrier, Rob Gordon, Ruth Burke, Sarah Rangel, and Simone Schiffmacher.

 

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Exploring the Non Objective: Workshop and Discussion with Mica Smith
Mar
31
11:00 AM11:00

Exploring the Non Objective: Workshop and Discussion with Mica Smith

Price: $45.00 | (Lunch included)

Feel like you need to loosen up or shake up your studio practice? Have you always been attracted to the Non Objective but unsure of where to start? Come and spend a day with internationally represented painter Mica Smith in a discussion and workshop on Non objective painting. Let this workshop take some of the mystery out of the process of painting in a nonrepresentational method. Open doors for something new but also strengthen the skills of those that want to continue painting representational but with a stronger knowledge of basic elements of design.

Lunch and some materials provided but you are welcome to bring any medium you are comfortable working with. A full supply list will be issued after registration.

Mica Smith has non objective work in Paint, Drawing, and Digital. More information can be found at MicaSmith.com

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The Light That Remains
Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

The Light That Remains

Join us for second Saturday - Mantle is pleased to present work from artist Dana Lynn Harper.

Words from the artist - "At the end of 2017, I lost my Dad to pancreatic cancer. Within the same 24 hours, my first boyfriend was lost to suicide. Since both of these traumatic losses, i have experienced astral dreams, dream states in which the souls of people that have passed come to visit. These dreams are stark white, placed in what feels like nothingness. Thoughts, ideas and communication are not completed with words but telepathy. It feels as if my spirit rises to meet my loved ones while they are lowering themselves back into the physical world to meet me. 

My exhibition "The Light That Remains," is as much about my emotional recovery as it is about these astral dreams and after-life communication. Light is explored as a literal concept through reflective and opalescent materials but also as an abstract idea of light as spiritual power and presence. The works that appear in the exhibition are abstracted visual representations of my metaphysical experiences where I am often thinking about portals that connect our physical and spiritual worlds."

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Figure Drawing
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Figure Drawing

Need an excuse to get out and draw? Want to work on your figure drawing skills? Mantle is now hosting Figure Drawing! 

We'll have a live model and be working short and long poses. 

What to bring: A drawing board/easel and supplies. We have limited drawing horses available, so also feel free to bring your own easel and paints, charcoal, whatever you feel like working with. This event is BYOB. 

There will be a $15 fee (cash or card) for venue and nude figure model. Light snacks will be provided.

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uptownFRED Collage Workshop
Feb
17
12:00 PM12:00

uptownFRED Collage Workshop

Please join us for the Uptown Fred Collage Workshop happening in partnership with the On and Off Fred Tour.

On Saturday February 17th, 12 - 2 pm join us for a casual collage workshop and discussion on Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, and urban cultural landscapes that inspire anyone attending. Materials will be provided to complete a collage at the event, but feel free to bring anything personal you would like to add to your piece.

There will be a community wall to display collages of any attendee who wishes to add theirs to the exhibition space. They will be on display through the Uptown Fred show until March 3rd.

Questions? Email us!

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Homebody
Jan
13
6:00 PM18:00

Homebody

Mantle is pleased to welcome back Saralene Tapley for "Homebody", a selection of works painted from life. 

A coordinating Artist's Talk will be held on Jan.13th at 5pm directly before the opening. RSVP Here --> Homebody - Artist Talk

"All of the work in this series are acrylic on paper I have been creating during the three years I have been living in NYC. All the works are from my home and school and from life. The theme centers around life as an artist trying to make it in New York City and painting everything you have available to you." 

Light refreshments will be provided.

"Homebody" is sponsored by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

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Homebody - Artist Talk
Jan
13
5:00 PM17:00

Homebody - Artist Talk

Join us for a discussion with artist Saralene Tapley directly before the opening reception. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Mantle is pleased to welcome back Saralene Tapley for "Homebody", a selection of works painted from life. 

"All of the work in this series are acrylic on paper I have been creating during the three years I have been living in NYC. All the works are from my home and school and from life. The theme centers around life as an artist trying to make it in New York City and painting everything you have available to you." 

"Homebody" is sponsored by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

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Paper Anniversary - Mantle's One-Year
Dec
16
7:00 PM19:00

Paper Anniversary - Mantle's One-Year

ONE YEAR OF ART.

Mantle is turning one & we're having a party - Come celebrate one year of exhibitions, figure drawing, critique, contemporary art and local discourse!

It's the Paper Anniversary so we're cramming as many local art vendors into our gallery as possible + featuring open studios from our resident artists! 

Food by Gastronautica Gourmet Mac and Cheese

Featuring artists...
Go Yonder Artworks 
D Armstrong  
Yondering Journals  
Sarah Rangel
Gnoshferatu  
Markus Ferris 
...and more!

More details to come...Questions? Want to help? Email us!

Want to vend at the event? Click Here!

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Warship Issue 3 Release Party
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Warship Issue 3 Release Party

Hey Horror heads! We're proud to team up with Mantle Art Space for our third issue release, the Stephen King issue! Come join us for some spooky fun! We'll be screening the Brian DePalma classic CARRIE! Come grab the latest issue! Hang out, and catch a flick! It's BYOB for those that are of age, and totally FREEEEEE!!!!!

We'll have a bunch of cool Vendors, such as:
Shelby Criswell Art
Markus Ferris
Gnoshferatu
Edna Gamboa
Brittany Longoria
AnaBellePepper
With more to be added!

Carrie will begin at 7:30(ish)

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT WARSHIP CLICK HERE

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The Ones That Are Here
Aug
12
6:00 PM18:00

The Ones That Are Here

Mantle is proud to present the work of artist Jessica Bingham for "The Ones That Are Here"

From the artist: "My work is focused on stereotypical childhood experiences, which tends to be overtly playful, filled with laughter and adventure. However, I pair happier moments with instances that can be viewed as melancholy, moments that reveal the harsh reality of the human condition. After the passing of my closest childhood friend, due to drug addiction, memories from my youth surfaced. Since his death I have been reflecting on our friendship as it developed from the innocent years of childhood to the complex and confused years in adulthood. Vivid memories of playing games, building forts, and exploring the cemetery across from our homes came to mind. As I wrestled with this new reality, I have made work as an attempt to preserve those memories, and through working on this body of work, I have willingly opened doors to the past."

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Scripted
Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

Scripted

Join us for Second Saturday - Mantle is proud to present "Scripted" from artist Scott Bell. 

From the artist: "The backbones of my ideas come from suburbia and the American Dream. I try not to take a one-sided approach to this investigation. I utilize narrative between objects and their relation to each other as well as pictorial space to make connections, and encourage contemplation of the domestic landscape. There are sub themes that reoccur in my work that lend considerably to my objective: boundaries, expectations, space, and waste. Each one of these topics is ingrained in my work and helps me to create the narratives that I use."

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Closing Reception//Excavations; in Yellow
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

Closing Reception//Excavations; in Yellow

Mantle will be hosting a closing reception for
Excavations; in Yellow

Our juror is Jessica Bingham, of Project 1612 in Peoria, IL. (http://project1612.com/)

Exhibiting Artists:

Alex McKenzie (North Carolina)
Art Morrill (Maryland)
Bridgette Bogle (Ohio)
Dana Harper (Ohio)
Erin Schalk (Illinois)
Elizabeth Williams (Texas)
Greg Swiger (Kentucky)
Ian Shelly (Illinois)
James Miller (Texas)
Kat Berrospe (Texas)
Kwanzaa Edwards (Texas)
Kathleen Thapa (Texas)
Linda Ding (Ohio)
Madison Cowles (Kentucky)
Marcy Koontz (Alabama)
Lenise Perez-Miller (Texas)

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Natural Abstractions
Apr
1
6:00 PM18:00

Natural Abstractions

Mantle Art Space is pleased to present fiber artwork from Kari Breitigam. 

From the artist: "Natural Abstractions is an ongoing series that began shortly after I moved to Texas from Ohio five years ago. Moving to a new place, or living in a large city, it can often feel as if one is passing through the world alone despite being immersed in a sea of people. I find this isolated sensation is not so distant from the experience of staring out into the ocean, wandering deep into the forest, or getting lost in the night sky. There is something beautifully melancholic and peaceful about feeling small and insignificant yet at the same time a part of something greater than you. Working with natural fibers - wool, cotton, and linen – provides an immediate connection to this subject of our natural physical world. The coziness of a fuzzy blanket is akin to the comfort of a lush bed of grass. My works attempt to capture little snippets of this serenity and create abstracted personal pieces of the overwhelming vastness of our world. There is something terribly lonely about nature, and I find that immensely comforting."

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Spatial Fragments
Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

Spatial Fragments

Mantle is pleased to present "Spacial Fragments", a collaborative show from San Antonio artists Sara Corley Martinez and Sarah Lawrence. 

The work strives to strike a balance between the micro and the macro, the cosmos and earthly plane. 

Sara Corley Martinez explores micro biology and macro ambiance. Her work explores things that can't be seen, energies and experiences on otherworldly planes. 

Sarah Lawrence works primarily digitally, creating large scale prints intended to confront the viewer and place them in the aetherial vastness of space.

 

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Ordinary Things | Saralene Tapley
Feb
4
7:00 PM19:00

Ordinary Things | Saralene Tapley

Mantle is pleased to present acrylic works by artist Saralene Tapley.

"Ordinary Things" is a show comprised of autobiographical self-portraits, painted from life. Tapley addresses themes like gender roles, sexuality, identity, mental illness, life as an artist, the absurd and the mundane. 

This exhibition will also have an interactive component, as guests are invited to participate with the work. Details TBA.

Join us for an opening reception Saturday, February 4th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.

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IMAGE/IN/KNITS | Lisa Urban
Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

IMAGE/IN/KNITS | Lisa Urban

Mantle is pleased to present an installation by artist Lisa Urban.

Her painted works typically consist of surrealistic landscapes made up of knitted forms. This installation will comprise of sculptural forms, paintings, and a painted mural, allowing the viewer to be completely immersed in the surreal environments Urban creates.

Join us for an opening reception Saturday, January 14th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.

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Open Studio
Dec
18
12:00 PM12:00

Open Studio

Wanna come try out a studio? Just need a short term place to work and try out an art community or get some support? Get motivated and inspired at Mantle Open Studio.

Bring your own supplies and easels or surfaces and whatever you need to work on. If you have any specific needs, please contact us. We have plenty of wallspace for projection, hanging large-scale art, etc. as well as limited table space.

$30 gets you full access to the space for the duration of the event - stay for an hour or the whole event! 

Hope to see you there!

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Shimmer Guise | Mica Smith
Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

Shimmer Guise | Mica Smith

Mantle is honored to feature painter Mica Smith for our inaugural show.

Please join us for an opening reception Saturday, December 3rd from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Light refreshments will be served. 

From the artist -


Embracing abstraction, my paintings uncover visual pulsations of space, color, and form that embody what I consider to be the indescribable aspects of intimacy and sensual memory. The title of this exhibition Shimmer Guise is derived from these facets I hold close within my studio practice:

  • Natural light and its important role in my decision making.

  • Enigmatic forms that call to lived-in experiences as an individual who both celebrates and seeks to witness softness and sincerity.

  • Never giving it all away.

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