Thursday, January 13, 2011

Carol Cisneros

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

Music and art, art and music, for San Antonio native CAROL CISNEROS, who has been making both all of her life, there are no boundaries between the two. Come celebrate both with us at Bihl Haus on Friday, January 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the opening reception of Falling. The evening includes a special premiere performance at 7:30 to introduce Carol's new CD “Falling,” a 21st Century jazz sonata, with Jay Fort’s Nuclear Hamsters, including Chuck Glave, George Prado, and Joe Gonzalez. (The CD will be available for purchase ($15).)

Carol’s saturated palette, colors on the retro side—Aquamarine, Caribbean Green, Electric Lime, Magenta, Pink Flamingo, Scarlet, Wisteria . . . the best in Crayola’s box of 64—combines with a rich surface made up of fragments of torn musical notation, foil and fabric scraps, and other crinkled bits. Splintered poetry and jazz refrains tumble in and out of one another, making acrobatic leaps across these confettied paper and canvas grounds. Jiggly plastic bubble eyes, glued here and there, inject an eerie humor. Smaller works on paper, also brilliantly colored, round out the exhibit.

Joy, a child-like joy, and pain too—of falling, of growing older, of opportunities lost and found—reverberate through this body of work and echo in the original music that Carol will perform on opening night. The hauntingly beautiful centerpiece of this performance, titled “Falling,” namesake of the exhibit, is dedicated to the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001.

A little more about the Artist: An accomplished guitarist, jazz vocalist, composer, educator, writer, and visual artist, Carol holds an MA in Music from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). She began her professional musical career at the age of 17 at San Antonio’s Hilton Palacio del Rio. She went on to perform at the Monterrey Pop Festival with Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. She has sung her way across Texas, spent three years in Las Vegas, and played with Jay Fort’s Nuclear Hamsters in Europe. She has exhibited her artwork at venues throughout San Antonio, including San Pedro Springs, One9Zero6 Gallery, and Bihl Haus Arts. Debilitating hip surgeries in 2003 almost put an end to her public career, but continuing to make art and music in her studio has, as she states, “literally saved my life.” Through this exhibit and performance, the artist celebrates the power of the arts to heal.

We hope to see you there!


P.S. Coming in February: the 4th Annual On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour, scheduled for Feb. 19th and 20th, rain or shine. More soon!

P.S.S. Please free as always to forward this mail to friends and relatives.

Bihl Haus Arts is a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery located at 2803 Fredericksburg Road inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments. Bihl Haus Arts is the only professional non-profit art gallery on the premises of senior affordable housing in the U.S. The gallery, open Fridays and Saturdays, 1-4 pm, is made possible with the generous support of The Potashnik Family Foundation and Primrose. This exhibit is funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts through the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs.

Kellen Kee McIntyre, PhD
Executive Director
Bihl Haus Arts
P.O. Box 100806
2803 Fredericksburg Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 383-9723 (cell)
(210) 732-3502 (off)