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Inside the Ultimate Texas Art Caravan — Lottie Mae Lounge

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INSIDE THE ULTIMATE TEXAS ART CARAVAN — LOTTIE MAE LOUNGE

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Mobile art gallery to feature San Antonio's Jorge Villarreal in pop-up exhibition at Phil Hardberger Park
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LOTTIE MAE LOUNGE POPS UP IN SAN ANTONIO DURING CONTEMPORARY ART MONTH
FEATURING JORGE VILLARREAL
SAN ANTONIO, TX - For San Antonio's Contemporary Art Month, Lottie Mae Lounge is pleased to present the work of artist Jorge Villarreal in partnership with Blue Star Contemporary and the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy in a special pop-up exhibition, March 6-7, 2021 at Phil Hardberger Park. This two-day exhibition inside Lottie Mae Lounge, a fully renovated 1979 Airstream Sovereign, highlights Villarreal's participation in BSC's Berlin Residency Program in 2019, featuring artworks inspired by three months spent at the renowned Künstlerhaus Bethanien artist residency in Germany. Bridging communities through art, this program has sent 28 San Antonio artists to Berlin for three-month artist residencies since 2014, including artist Anne Wallace, whose Golden Age is permanently installed in Phil Hardberger Park.
WHEN + WHERE
March 6, 10 am – 5 pm
March 7, 10 m – 5 pm
Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy
8400 NW Military Highway
San Antonio, TX 75230
In keeping with COVID-19 regulations, we are asking that attendees sign up for timeslots on Blue Star Contemporary ’s website through this link:
https://bluestarcontemporary.org/calendar-events/lottie-mae-lounge-pop-up-exhibition-featuring-jorge-villarreal/

Jorge Villarreal is a multidisciplinary artist who has studied architecture, fine arts, and ART photography at the University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio College, and Palo Alto College. As a first generation Mexican American, growing up in McAllen, Villarreal was immersed into two distinct cultures. A sense of in betweenness and not belonging influences his process during his frequent travels between Mexico, Cuba, and recently Berlin, Germany. His work is inspired by this liminal experience and sense of discovery without a singular frame of reference.
 As an architectural photographer color and history are central to his image making. Villarreal has exhibited in New York City, San Antonio, Miami, Seoul, Berlin, Paris, and Havana. He was awarded a residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien through the Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program and has participated in the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Villarreal currently maintains a studio in San Antonio, Texas.

ART WALK

To fully experience Phil Hardberger Park, take an “art walk” past Anne Wallace’s Golden Age to the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge. This bridge unites the east and west sides of the 330-acre Hardberger Park and its 7.5 miles of trails, creating a safe passageway for wildlife above Wurzbach Parkway. Part of this major project is a public art installation of two wildlife viewing blinds featuring imagery by collaborative San Antonio artists Ashley Mireles and Cade Bradshaw.
In addition to being a connection between art and nature, these blinds serve many purposes, with opportunities to view wildlife from a safe distance as well as the potential for programming focused on art and the outdoors. The blind designed by Bradshaw is title Lightbox, and features elements inspired by the topography and fauna of Phil Hardberger Park. "Innature" by Mireles features the flora of the area.

ABOUT LOTTIE MAE LOUNGE

Declared “Fort Worth’s hottest new art gallery” by CultureMap Fort Worth, Lottie Mae Lounge is a contemporary art space in a fully renovated 1979 Airstream Sovereign. A roving showcase of highly collectible works by both emerging and established artists, Lottie Mae Lounge defies traditional gallery models and reimagines the traveling exhibition. While Lottie Mae’s interior viewing capacity is three people at a time (masks required), additional Covid-related safety measures include an interior UV Light Sanitizer used daily and a state-of-the-art ventilation system. A percentage of online/website sales from Villarreal’s work will benefit Blue Star Contemporary's Berlin Residency Program. www.lottiemaelounge.com

ABOUT BLUE STAR CONTEMPORARY’S BERLIN RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Blue Star Contemporary provides artists residing in Bexar County three-month residencies in Berlin, Germany in partnership with Künstlerhaus Bethanien. While in residence, the artists are given a studio and living space, as well as access to Berlin’s art community, tech support, video editing lab access, KB’s publication library, and studio visits with international curators. Upon completion of the residency, BSC hosts public programs that highlight Aheir experiences and shares the impact on their work through exhibitions, educational initiatives, and collaborations. The residents often have the distinction of being the sole U.S. artist in residence. This residency remains an unparalleled opportunity for San Antonio’s artists, making a lifelong impact on their work.

ABOUT PHIL HARDBERGER PARK CONSERVANCY

Mission Statement – To advocate renewal, recreation, and learning through nature in an urban setting for all in accordance with the Master Plan for Phil Hardberger Park. Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy creates opportunities to enhance the connection to nature through education programs, nature walks, and by protecting its 330 acres of wildlife habit.

CONTACT: Libby Tilley (libbytilleypr@gmail.com - 512.420.3050 (cell)