Southtown is primarily known for three things:
The King William Historic Neighborhood. Southtown’s role as the epicenter of contemporary art in San Antonio, and Southtown’s high-quality restaurants. The Blue Star Arts Complex is proud to be the home of several great art galleries, retail spaces and amazing restaurants, but we also recognize that we’re a part of something much bigger. So we thought we’d offer a glimpse of some of Southtown’s noteworthy achievements.
South Flores and Lone Star
Ten years after Blue Star opened its doors, local artists Andy Benavides and Alberto Mijangos purchased a warehouse at the corner of South Flores and Lone Star, about a 15 minute walk from Blue Star. This warehouse became home to Benavides’ and Mijangos’ galleries and studios, as well as Benavides Framing. Joe Lopez purchased a building across the street for his Gallista Gallery, and a grassroots art center was born. While art is created, discussed, framed, bought, and sold here every day, it comes alive on the second Saturday of every month, when about ten galleries open to the public, often with live music on the loading dock.
South St Mary’s and Stieren
In 1972, Michael Casey bought a house on South Alamo Street, in the heart of King William, and has been an anchor of the community ever since. In 1990, he was approached to purchase four duplexes on Stieren Street, just off South St Mary’s. Over the years, he slowly turned these homes into a small art community. In 1995, Alejandro Diaz decided to turn the front of his apartment into an art gallery. Sala Diaz exhibits became known as must-see events, and the shared yard between Casey’s homes became one of the art community’s most vital spaces. The gallery is still running today.
Photo Credit: JV Shots