Minerals: A show of a different nature
April 10, 2019 6:30 pm - April 10, 2019 8:30 pm
Cinnabar Gallery is pleased to present for the first time ever in San Antonio a solo exhibition of museum quality mineral specimens.
Minerals are the first form of art. Offered from the Earth and adorned by every culture on the planet ancient and modern, Greeks drank from Amethyst quartz vessels, Native Americans painted pictures of crystals and made relics with quartz and other minerals, Pharaohs were buried with treasures, malachite, lapis, and cinnabar were used to create pigments that painted ornaments and jewelry, and stories of gemstones and minerals line the libraries of the world.
Susan Oliver Heard, Graduate Gemologist (GIA Carlsbad, CA) and Dr. Rob Lavinsky have collaborated to bring a museum quality exhibition of minerals to San Antonio, TX for the first time.
Two previous projects by Dr. Lavinsky include the mineral collection at the Perot Museum of Art in Dallas and the Houston Museum of Natural Science mineral collection.
The collection consists of mineral specimens from around the globe.
The formations are natural and include Pyrite cubes from Spain, large pieces of Lapis Lazuli from Afganistan, a Chrysocolla and Malachite stalactite from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fluorite formations large and small from Illinois and China, Liddicoatite Tourmaline slices “butterfly wings”, Azurite from Bisbee, Arizona (collection dated 1890-1910), Amazonite with smoky quartz from Pike’s Peak, CO, Smithsonite in two color varieties from Mexico, gem quality watermelon tourmaline growing in quartz from California, Galena with green quartz growing on it, a rare “grape cluster” botryoidal Amethyst quartz (verifed) from Indonesia, Mesolite spikes on red brick Stibnite, a huge sparkling Apophyllite plate and stalactite with translucent pink Stibnite from India, a perfectly clear quartz point from the McEarl mine in Arkansas, a 480 million year old Othoceras fossill plate from Morocco, Chalcopyrite from China, Spessartine garnet growing on smoky quartz, Cinnabar from China, and a stunning phantom quartz point fitted to a bronze lamp base by world renowned lapidary artist Lawrence Stoller.
In total, forty-one museum quality specimens are available to view at Cinnabar by appointment. I discuss with each visitor formation, chemical composition, metaphysical properties, rarity, and identifying properties.
I hope you will join me to view the collection and encourage a future in San Antonio where we have a permanent place to view these important pieces of history. Most of the specimens are available for acquisition.
Exhibition runs until April 30, 2019.
Wednesday April 10, 2019 6:30 pm come view the collection, 7 pm conversation.