The sign on the door said “Closed during August,” but there was a lot of action inside the San Antonio Art League & Museum.  Downstairs, volunteers and board members were carefully sliding out paintings by the Onderdonks, William Merritt Chase and Jose Arpa from their storage spaces as they documented and tagged the 600+ artworks in the League’s Permanent Collection.  Meanwhile, the old Gift Shop was being scaled down to provide more exhibition space.  Upstairs, SAAL&M members were putting together a salon-style Members Gallery that will showcase work by nine different artists every two months.  

Adding to the mix was excitement and anticipation about the blockbuster September exhibit, a solo show by James Wyatt Hendricks, the Art League’s Artist of the Year for 2017. If you haven’t seen it, it’s up until October 22, and it’s not to be missed.  Hendriks’ interpretation of Myth and Hero in metal, resin, paint and Prismacolor fills the gallery with magic. 

As the new President of the San Antonio Art League & Museum, I am in awe of the fresh energy and creativity that’s resonating in this old house on King William Street.  Plans are in the works for a three-day Tricentennial Event in June of next year as well as expanded workshops, informal lectures and artists’ talks. 

Admission is free, the upstairs Members Gallery has an ever-changing selection of the best work by San Antonio artists, and the seasonal gallery exhibitions provide something for everyone’s taste.  

We may be the old kid on the block, but we’ve got a lot of new ideas (and a newly restored fountain in the front garden).  Please visit us in person at 130 King William Street, and on the web at saalm.org – you’ll like what you see. 

- Lyn Belisle, President, San Antonio Art League and Museum