Over the years, this neighborhood, which was home to starving and struggling artists, has been overtaken by those wishing to cash in on the funky cool vibe of this fabulous neighborhood. Mercury Project has been a refreshing addition to Southtown because they not only support local artists, but also provide a collaborative energy where artists and lovers of art can meet to discuss and share ideas.
Mercury Project — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
Mercury Project has already hosted numerous fantastic art exhibits, such as San Antonio phenom Robert Tatum and San Antonio photographer Lane' Pittard. A recent show featured Cande Aguilar and Jorge Puron, contemporary visual artists that emerged from the Texas/Mexico border.
While Cande Aguilar hails from the Rio Grande valley, Jorge Puron grew up in Piedras Negras, Mexico. Much like the volatile dynamics of the border region today, their work involves the frenetic use of media and a fusion of styles in paintings filled with their identities and feelings.
Often, the exhibits feature more than one artist at a time, sometimes including one of the owners herself, Antonia Richardson. The events are always a blast, typically showcasing some local musicians, such as Cryin' D.T. Buffkin and the Bad Breath.
In a MySanAntonio.com article, Antonia is quoted as saying, “I feel this area is percolating and about to blossom into a place to find good art here in San Antonio. The main goal and mission is to bring art and culture to the community and beyond. This place is our baby, and we're trying to raise it the best we can.”
Also, on the first Friday of every month, Southtown becomes an art walk, largely centered around the Blue Star Arts Complex on South Alamo. The entire street of South Alamo becomes an eclectic array of artists, vendors and sight-seers.
A great place to start is the food truck court, Alamo Street Eats Bar, San Antonio’s first urban gourmet food truck park where food diversity hits Southtown in a big way. Located at the historic Acapulco Drive Inn, Alamo Street Eats Bar provides gourmet eats and San Antonio draft favorites. Enjoy a couple of brews and tacos, burgers, sushi or whatever catches your fancy. You can sit in the shadow of HemisFair’s Tower of the Americas and walk to all your favorite downtown locations.
If you're in town, make sure to check out Mercury Project's website to see what exhibits and events they have coming up.