Women Who Dare



Exhibition Dates: November 5 – November 27, 2015

The Carver Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry

Co-Curated by Anel I. Flores and Sarah Castillo

There is art in everything. Our home, our phone, our car, and even something as complex as our physical body. And, in the rat race that is life, there tends to be very little art that causes us to stop and implore the lines, functions, and story that lie within it. How Dare You? will exhibit works of art by San Antonio women artists who stimulate, provoke, and capture her viewers; allowing space for the movement and speed of the competing world to fall away.

Fourteen women photographers will be featured in the show: Claudia Zapata, Leticia Rocha Živadinović, Audrya Flores, Tk Tunchez, Raquel Zawrotny, Linda Arredondo, Kristel Puente, Kat Shevchenko, Stephanie Torres, Adriana Garcia, Maria Vasconcellos, Amanda Bartlett and Ashley Mireles.

Stephanie Torres. Take One. Just Begin. 2015.

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Take One. Just Begin. is an interactive art project that was inspired by my own creative struggles and the idea of waiting for the “perfect” moment to begin something new. In one of those moments, I read a quote by the Abstract Expressionist painter, Mary Abbott, describing what it was like for her as an art student in late 1940s New York: “First you had to learn to take a chance, a line, a brushstroke, or some dabs – and then keep pushing it so you’d know it was real.”

By letting go of the fear of the blank page and pushing through the paralysis of perfectionism, I created a series of abstract mixed media paintings. I then cut them down to create dozens of mini journals, each one representing my own willingness to take a risk.

With this project, I encourage the viewer to pause, take one of the journals, and immediately use it to make a mark, draw a line, write one word, a song lyric, a memory, a plan. Whatever it is they have been waiting for the perfect moment to start, I dare them to take one of these books and just begin.

Stephanie Torres is San Antonio, Texas based artist. Torres earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Our Lady of the Lake University, where she specialized in painting and mixed media, She later studied Art History and Criticism at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Torres has been involved in the local art community for over 12 years as an artist, educator, and curator.

Kat Shevchenko. La Mystica. 2015.

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Old Masters mixed technique: oil paint over egg tempera/pigment/self made emulsion. 18” x 14”.

Being inspired by tragic personal losses I have started to meditate more fully on the fleeting essence of life in a way to accept its transitory nature and to celebrate the beauty of all its paradoxes.  My current body of work consists of narratives that are my own interpretation of the theme: memento mori (remember you will die).  My paintings feature symbolism from the natural world to in an effort to communicate the urgency of embracing the ephemeral moment.

Kat Shevchenko was born in San Antonio, Texas.  She studied Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA and painting at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  In 2006, she ventured to Austria to study the Old Master’s/mixed technique of painting with oils over egg tempera underpaintings.  She continues to explore this technique, driven by inspiration from the natural world, dreams and life experiences which are interwoven into a personal mythology that has influences ranging from surrealism to symbolism and at times infuses a delicate touch of dark humor.

Maria Luisa Carvajal de Vasconcellos. Tequila.

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In every one of my paintings, each woman is saying something. Behind everything I paints there is a reason, a story, a story of the woman, the hurt woman, the passionate woman. You will always find my brushes and my canvas slick and wet to the touch.  

I am a self-taught artist from San Anto’s West and South side, who used art as part of my healing process. After my 9-year depression that involved food deprivation, isolation, much silence and extreme pain, I was lifted by the story telling power of the paintbrush.  What began with a pencil and paper, during the second half of my life, has exploded into pulsating visions on canvas. Weaving settings such as San Antonio, Mexico, Brazil, Spain and Portugal together, I tells the tales of the Mujer, the woman – sometimes sweet, sometimes tragic and sometimes seductive.  

91 year old, Maria Luisa Carvajal de Vasconcellos was born in San Antonio Feb 11, 1924 on the South Side’s then Simpson Street, more commonly know today as Lone Star Street.  She spent 14 years on Simpson before the Great Depression hit and her mother, Reinalda Linares Leal Carvajal, and father, Athos Perez Carvajal, relocated the family to the West Side’s Alazan Courts. Vasconcellos attended Brackenridge High School until her senior year when she was awarded a vocal scholarship to attend the Incarnate Word College music school, but denied the opportunity upon realizing times at home were difficult. Instead, Vasconcellos dropped out of school and joined a government work program for students, where she soon after met her husband, Carlos Manuel Vasconcellos, a foreign student from Portugal.  After being married by the Justice of the Peace in 1955, the couple traveled throughout Latin America before calling Portugal their home. At the young age of 39, on October 1, 1964, she received tragic news that her beloved husband died in a car accident.  Immediately after his death, she returned to the United States only to fall into a deep depression. After being repeatedly admitted and discharged from the Santa Rosa psychiatric ward many times for 9 years her psychiatrist gave her only two choices for survival.  First, Vasconcellos would have to admit herself into the State Hospital and second, she would need to practice a hobby.  Her eldest brother refused the first order and instead took Vasconcellos to an art store where he would purchase her a few painting supplies. After their shopping her brother Joe went to her apartment and left her alone for the first time.  This day was the beginning of her art career.

Adriana M Garcia. Self Portrait. 2015.

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I create as a way to document the lives I’ve shared in, it provides a way to honor a person’s existence and make visible the marks they have imprinted upon me and the environment- a legacy left as well as those still to come. Intimacy abounds in lives encountered. I aim to extract the inherent liminality of a moment before action as a way to articulate our stories.

Adriana M Garcia, an award winning artist, muralist, and scenic designer. She has been invited to present and speak of her work at national conferences such as 2013 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), the Roots and Remedies conference and el Mundo Zurdo. She has created community murals with SouthWest Workers Union, Bill Haus Arts, San Anto Cultural Arts Center and Casa de la Cultura in Del Rio, Texas, so as to give voice to mental health and immigrations issues. She has exhibited work in San Antonio, Austin and Houston Texas, California and Phoenix, Arizona. Garcia has also created scenic work with el Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista California as well as organizations in San Antonio such as the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

Claudia Zapata. Dedicated to Hazel Scott. 2015.Digital video with original score by artist. Framed digital print, 18×24. Zine handouts.

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As an academically-trained art historian specializing in U.S. Latino and Chicano art work, the focus of my investigations include revisionist art histories and the reimagination of the art canon. My newly-created artist-role has extended my reclamation-based inquiries and created an alternative visual dialogic to discuss issues of race, political space, and experiential memory in the context of Texas. The Dedicated to Hazel Scott project is a dedicatory multimedia installation related to the jazz pianist Hazel Scott. This media undertaking is a result of independent research found in the Austin History Center detailing Hazel Scott’s cancellation of a live concert at the University of Texas in 1948 as a result of the segregation of the audience.

Claudia Zapata is a queer Chicana artist currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University in Art History. She received her B.A. and M.A. from University of Texas in art history, specializing in Pre-Columbian and U.S. Latino/Chicano art. In 2012, Zapata co-created the Puro Chingón Collective, a Latino arts collective focusing on zines, designer toys, prints, and design.

Audrya Flores. Seer. 2015. Fabric, Lace, Ribbon, Pins, Wire, Seedpod. 45” x 20”. (Below)

I find the dream world liberating. Free from my physical body, I am able to navigate my own fear, shame, bliss, sadness, and pleasure without witnesses.  Without time. Without weight. These feelings present themselves as images: vivid and haunting. I can see them. I can name them. And they are me.

This self-portrait is part of a series of assemblage work that seeks to explain my artistic process. I create tactile representations of my dream symbols as a way to decode their meanings and resolve the conflicts they represent.

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Audrya Flores. Hand Talker. 2015.Fabric, Leather, Lace, Yarn, Pins, Cactus. 28” x 40”. (Below)

Years of battling anxiety have taught me this truth: I possess the ability to harm or heal myself. The choice is mine. Often, my anxiety manifests itself in my hands through fist clenching, fidgeting or sweating. And still, I choose to purpose these nervous hands for cultivating, for mothering, for making.

This self-portrait is part of a series of assemblage work that seeks to explain my artistic process. I create tactile representations of my dream symbols as a way to decode their meanings and resolve the conflicts they represent.

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Audrya Flores is a Tejana artist, educator, and mother living in San Antonio, Texas. Her work is a means for intrapersonal exploration and is influenced by dreams, visions, the occult, and her roots in the bordertown of Brownsville, Texas. Flores repurposes discarded materials and found objects for her collage and assemblage work.

Leticia R-Z. Psychopomp Altar I. 2015.Wool, Bone, Fabric, Human Hair.

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The Psychopomps series is an exploration of a mythical creature from a made-up world; a female-sexed animus that guides souls from and into the beyond. Something between a specimen and a worship totem, thread-bound to circular canvases, these figures sit at the beginning and end of life, but not in between. Wool, bone and traditional female crafts go into their construction. Their poses, both inviting and defiant, evoke familiar religions while rejecting the prevailing use of the female divinity as a fertile, nurturing entity. Like with the milagritos of Mexican Catholic tradition, these figures take offerings of hair in exchange for blessings or favors.

Leticia R-Z is a transplant from Mexico that took root in San Antonio. She has a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, which she has mostly used to make wool sculptures. She has had pieces in various shows in NY, Seattle, and locally, and has taught several needle felting workshops across Texas.

Linda Arredondo. Medusa Series. 2015.

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“When you ask Johns why he did this or that in a painting, he answers so as to clear himself of responsibility.”– ­ Leo Steinberg on Jasper Johns

I have been interested in watercolors ever since I had read that watercolor was a ‘ladies’ hobby’ and that real “painter’s” i.e. men, used real paint like acrylics or oils, or perhaps the distinction was more about the seriousness of the painter? or the assumption that women could not commit to being “real” painters? That of course is a discussion that has been held by better people than myself, but my interest in watercolor and other water­-based media has some to do with the way it is described and understood: feminine, loose, delicate, light, etc. It’s not a material that is controlled or dominated but one where some of its best parts are fueled by serendipity and compromise. I find the unpredictability of water-­based media attractive, along with its unforgivingness. Watercolor is kind of the cat in the (mostly) dog world of painting.

In terms of subject matter I often go with flowers, monsters and portraits especially of women with children. They are soft vehicles that carry ideas I have about unease and uncertainty, loneliness and vulnerability minus the relentless pride or promise of solution. I’m not comfortable with giving a specific orientation to the viewer to a painting and truthfully most artists should be considered unreliable compasses, especially with their own work but I can say sincerely that it is the hope that you will look and find a private atlas and take some comfort in it.

Linda Arredondo was born in Taegu, South Korea in 1975 and currently lives San Antonio, Texas.  Being very adorable, she was kidnapped as a baby and was almost taken to a remote mountain village by her new ‘mother’. Luckily the police recovered her and she left Korea to live her life as an American. During her early years, Arredondo gained some recognition for drawing unicorns and dragons, to which her Mexican father was known to remark, “Not bad for a hobby but there’s no money in that”. On the other hand her Korean mother was more encouraging because being artistically inclined was considered “high class”. Sadly, Linda Arredondo no longer draws publicly, unicorns or dragons. She is also no longer adorable, kidnapable and is usually broke in an unclassy way, even if she did go to a classy school.

2008 BFA University of Texas at San Antonio. 2010 MFA YALE University.

Raquel Zawrotny. Melanin in Gold, Series 1. 2015. Acrylic, Ink Collage, Gold Leaf, and Handmade Paper on Canvas.

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This series is a social commentary inspired by  the racially driven treatment of current Miss Japan. Her multi-ethnic background opened up a conversation of hatred and compassion from people all over the world. I started to investigate the concepts of primitiveness and prestige in the strata of ethnic world cultures and found various stigmas, oppressive practices and systemic oppressions in our global community.  I started to ask myself, why is it that communities/cultures who are “technologically advanced” or “financially wealthy” assume they are the dominant culture and believe that the community/culture living in the “old, traditional” ways is behind and therefor less than. The goal of this series is to first, provide the viewer an opportunity to question  society’s views of women, particularly black women; and second, to celebrate black women, their heritage and their lives.

Raquel Zawrotny is a fine artist who obtained her BFA from UTSA and studied Fashion at University of Incarnate Word.  She teaches at Southwest School of Art (SA,TX).  Arty Valentine is a persona that Raquel Zawrotny uses because her works are inspired by sociology and psychology.


Ashley Mireles …..And To All Those Who Died, Scrubbed Floors, Wept, And Fought For Us. 2015.


My abstracted portraits are representations of myself and my culture and the organic pieces found from outside my home and the lines given by the people around me are used to wholly form this composition.  The paper is made by hand using common materials found in my environment: Texas soil, debris, and fallen pecan trees.  The drawings are derived from portraits of significant figures as relayed to me through stories told by friends and family; memories of extraordinary people who have come ahead of us and without whom, others and myself would not exist.

Ashley Mireles has exhibited in national group and juried shows at the San Antonio Art League Museum, the Appalachian Center for Craft, Blue Star Arts Complex and various colleges and universities. Ashley has also led creative art workshops and generated murals and exclusive print designs for local organizations. Presently, Ashley focuses her time on producing community-based art for local non-profit organizations exploring the connection between the creative process and community concerns.


Kristel A. Puente. Disambiguation of the Introverted Megalomanic. 2015.


This work is a continuation of an earlier series of self-portraits. It is inspired by “Frida This”, a painting by Ismael Salinas. Each element is purposefully symbolic and is blending juxtapositions of cultures. As often is the case for Mexican Americans, I stand on a line I did not draw. Neither side of the proverbial fence fully accepts the validity of our journey – we are either too much, or not enough. Frida was defiant, strange, purposeful, militant, intelligent, sexual, strong, flawed, unafraid and vulnerable. Her image is now iconic and is easily being stolen from us and sold on t-shirts and canvas bags. I am taking her back, MY WAY, with all my strangeness and messiness and confusion about who you think I am or should be as a Mexican American woman.

Kristel Puentes’ work draws from history, civil rights issues, San Antonio culture, gender studies, feminism and cultural appropriation. She has a been a professional photographer for seven years and specializes in commercial, fashion, runway, and artistic photography. Her photography work has naturally overflowed into conceptual and installation art. She uses her work to dissect herself, and her place in the world which has led to many new unexpected challenges. She currently sells her  Alamo Series at the Alamo gift shop.

Amanda Bartlett.  2015.


  “The only one I cared for was the one who made me cum.”  – GG Allin

Amanda Bartlett is a metalsmith studying and working out of San Marcos, Texas. She investigates the uncomfortable and the odd. Bartlett draws from themes of the Cult of Domesticity, B-rated amateur pornography, and the place of women in our society.





Women of San Antonio: A Tribute Show

Women of San Antonio: A Tribute Show

Women of San Antonio

The Women of San Antonio​ are healers, artists, revolutionaries, mothers, politicians, teachers, philanthropists, health care professionals, athletes, entrepreneurs, and forward-­thinkers. Each of these women represent the most powerful narratives and most riveting movements in San Antonio. Anel I. Flores of ARTery Studios and Sarah Castillo of Lady Base Gallery have collaborated to give you a peek through the lens of San Antonio’s best women photographers at the Women of San Antonio​: A Tribute Show​​exhibition. Nine women photographers will be featured in the show: Katherine Brown, Sarah Castillo, Lauryn Farris, Anel I. Flores, Mari Hernandez, Destiny Mata, Kristel Puente, Daniela Riojas, Tk Karakshian Tunchez, Laura Varela and Magdalena Yznaga.

Each portrait explores the Women of San Antonio in unconventional and conventional styles and techniques, as their energy is the driving force behind each photo. “San Antonio was and still is being built by the hands of women. I dreamt up the vision for this show because of a longing I have for these women to be honored and showcased in the elegance and rawness of photography.” Co­Curator Anel I. Flores of ARTery studio states. “And, who better to take the pictures then the women photographers who are also building this city with every snap of their lens.” Flores and Castillo have teamed up to curate an intimate spectacle of striking images that will evoke emotional connections, nostalgic memories, and enlightening experiences. “This exhibit represents the strength, mentorship, and bond women of varying generations cultivate and these relationships can be observed between the photographer and the sitter.” Castillo believes. “I chose to be a part of this exhibition because it’s important to actively participate in reframing the strength women convey within their community. Also, this show is part visual storytelling and documentation which are important cultural platforms.”



Below is a list of all the woman, these photographers have chosen to photograph.

Graciela I. Sánchez, director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center is a native of San Antonio and a dedicated activista and cultural worker. After graduating from Yale University in 1982, Sánchez returned to her childhood neighborhood on the near west side of San Antonio, where she remains a dedicated community organizer. In the 1980s, Sánchez worked with the Southwest Voter Registration Project, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and Chicana Health Policy Development. As an organizer in the queer community, she became a founding board member of the San Antonio Lesbian Gay assembly, the San Antonio Lesbian/Gay Media Project, and ELLAS, a state and local Latina lesbian organization. In 1987 Sánchez joined other women in founding the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, which she still directs.


Michelle Claire Myers was president of Texas Association for Transsexual Support for many years, a retired chemical engineer who spoke three languages, knew several computer languages, served on the boards of several organizations and mentored, guided and advised many people who were embarking on their gender journey. The Trailblazing San Antonio Trans-leader passed away on June 17, 2013.  

Rev. Naomi Brown, LMSW is a Licensed Masters-level Social worker with over 20 years of experience in Social Services. Naomi organizes and delivers LGBTQIA Safe Zone Training throughout the San Antonio Community and works as a Trauma Therapist. Her clinical hours are spent seeing many gender-queer individuals who live with PTSD and other traumatic experiences.

Ruby Mae Krebs is the first transgender candidate to seek office in San Antonio for city council served many years as the president of the San Antonio Gender Association.  Krebs political career started when she was volunteering for the Hillary Clinton campaign and while serving as Chair for Precinct 4001.

Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez is a multimedia artist and educator from San Antonio who reimagines archetypal myths from a Xicana feminist lens. Her work in painting, ceramics, collage, installation, and film have been shown in over 100 exhibitions worldwide, and include cartoon character Citlali, La Chicana Super Hero.

Mary Agnes Rodriguez, born and raised in San Antonio’s Westside, is recognized throughout the community for her beautiful and iconic artwork. Her murals and canvases are known locally and nationally for the deep ways they reflect the artist’s personal, historical and cultural connections to the Westside community. She has exhibited her work in numerous museums and cultural centers. Through her organizing work, personal engagement with community, and most of all through her arte, Mary Agnes has worked tirelessly and unselfishly for her community over the years.

Carmen Tafolla is a poet, author, teacher, educational consultant, and sought-after speaker and performer. A native of the West-Side barrios of San Antonio, Texas, Tafolla earned a BA, MA, a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin.  Tafolla has published five books of poetry, eight children’s picture books, seven television screenplays, one non-fiction volume, and a collection of short stories. She also co-authored with filmographer Sylvia Morales a feature-length film comedy entitled REAL MEN… and other miracles. Her works are archived at the University of Texas Benson Latin American Collection. The recipient of many honors, she  served as the Inaugural Poet Laureate of San Antonio in 2014 and currently serves as the Texas State Poet Laureate for 2015.

Veronica Castillo-Salas, the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow,  is a  third-generation clay artist, born in Izucar de Matamoros in the Mexican state of Puebla. Castillo’s family is known for their creation of Arbol de la Vida (Tree of Life) and candelabra sculptures, an art form which originated in Mexico’s Puebla area. Ceramicist and Clay Sculptor, Veronica follows in her family’s artistic footsteps while redefining the tradition and making it her own.  She is owner and founder of Galeria E.V.A.: Echos Y Voces de Arte.

Norma Cantú, Professor, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&I at Laredo and Kingsville, respectively, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She was a senior arts administrator with the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC and was Acting Chair of the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dr. Cantú has published articles on a number or academic subjects as well as poetry and fiction. Her publications on border literature, the teaching of English, quinceañera celebration and the matachines, a religious dance tradition have earned her an international reputation as a scholar and folklorist. She has co-edited four books and edited a collection of testimonios by Chicana scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Her award winning Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera chronicles her childhood experiences on the border. She edits the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Culture and Traditions book series at The Texas A&M University Press.

Elaine Ayala is a prominent figure in the newspaper industry. Over the past 33 years, she has been a reporter, an editor, a blogger, and a columnist. Over the course of her career, she has worked for 6 different metropolitan dailies. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the Arizona Daily Star, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, the Austin American-Statesman, the El Paso Times, and most recently, the San Antonio Express-News, where she has been for the last 16 years. In 2009, Ayala was the winner for the Philip True Award for Reporter of the Year, which was given by her peers at the Express-News. Also in 2009, she was honored as a role model by the Martinez Street Women’s Center. Ayala has also received the IMAGE of San Antonio Award, the Governor’s Yellow Rose of Texas Award was also presented to Ayala. In 2005, Ayala was inducted into the Edgewood Independent School District’s Hall of Fame

Dolores Zapata Murff and Magdalena Alvarado are a feminista power in San Antonio. Dolores, or Dee, is a Feminist Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. A graduate of Our Lady of the Lake and Texas A&M Universities, she has achieved her lifetime dream to help wymin heal from domestic violence and rape using Expressive Arts with an emphasis in Journaling and visual arts. Dolores is currently working at Enlightened Behavioral Services, where she shares her passion for art with patients who suffer from severe mental illness and chemical addiction. She is a visual artist, sculptor, poet, and activist. In the 1960’s Magdalena called herself a “wild-haired activist” as she block-walked to encourage her latino community to vote. Soon after, in college, she began her journalism career with an opinion column titled Juana Gallo. “I thought I could change the world. But then I realized in Journalism you report events you don’t change events, and I wanted to be a change agent.” From that day forward, Magdalena plunged herself into careers with over 30 non-profits, making change.

Patricia Castillo leads the P.E.A.C.E Initiative (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts) as executive director with the goal of eliminating domestic violence. She has worked more than two decades to end violence against women and children. As the Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, she continues to do this work as well as serve as an advocate, educator and technical assistance resource to many sectors of the community, including civic, legal, medical, religious, educational, human resource and media groups; and directs citizen coalitions and networks. Ms. Castillo has also done casework with inmate women and their children through the Bexar County Adult Detention Center, and with crime victims and their families at the San Antonio Police Department, where she was the first social worker ever assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit of the Homicide Bureau. Nationally, she has trained and educated at numerous domestic violence conferences in the past 13 years. Internationally, she has trained in Honduras, Brazil, China, Russia, Guatemala, and Mexico. In Mexico, she has worked with the National Network of Shelters, Alternativas Pacificas, a battered womens’ shelter in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and done trainings in Mexico City, Cancun, and Monterrey.

María Antonietta Berriozábal was born in Laredo, Texas, in 1941 just one block north of the Rio Grande. She writes that this “sealed [her] fate as a proud woman of the borderlands.” In 1981 she became the first Latina to be elected to the City Council of San Antonio, where she served for a decade. In 1991 she narrowly lost a race for Mayor of San Antonio. In 1994 she received a presidential appointment as the U.S. Representative to the Inter-American Commission on Women of the Organization of American States (OAS). She represented her country at United Nations Conferences and at the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing, China in 1995. For most of her adult years María Berriozábal has been committed to the empowerment of Latinas and she founded several Latina organizations. Today, María continues her community activism on issues of social justice, peace and the environment. She continues to work on behalf of the immigrant community and remains committed to the work of mentoring the young.

Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion,” is one of a few women accordionists who have become professionals in a style that has traditionally been dominated by men. When she was 4, her father presented her with a small accordion. Migrant laborers, but also musicians, her parents were thrilled that Eva took interest in the accordion and now had an alternative to working in the fields. At age 6, she began performing with her parents around town, helping them earn extra money. By her late teens, she had mastered the instrument and was proving many wrong about the capabilities of a woman accordionist. She recorded two CDs on Rounder Records A Mi San Antonio (1994) and Romance Inolvidable (1996). Most of the songs are written by Eva and demonstrate her virtuosity and creativity. In 1997 she went to the University of Washington as a visiting artist in the Ethnomusicology Department. Currently, she teaches at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio and works on various projects with Smithsonian Folklife.

Antonia Castañeda, Tejana born feminist historian received her Ph.D. in U.S. History at Stanford University. Now retired, she taught in Chicana/o and Women’s Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and in the Departments of History at UT Austin and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Castañeda’s scholarly publications include the prizing winning “Women of Color and the Re-Writing of Western History.” She is co-editor of the Chicana Matters Series, University of Texas Press; is a founding member of MALCS (Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social); is a member of the Scholars Advisory Board of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project; serves on the Board of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center; and is former Chair of the San Antonio Commission on Literacy. Castañeda received the 2007 National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Scholar of the Year Award.

Petra Mata, Viola Cazares and Ernestina Mendoza were three of the many women that mobilized the women to form the non-profit cooperative Fuerza Unida. For 25 years their community center  at 710 New Laredo Hwy has spent its days empowering women through their women’s leadership center, their  sewing cooperative, a catering business, their teen leadership summer program and with their community food bank- just to name a few. I have seen them for 20+ years marching proud in numerous marches and protest through the streets of San Antonio, cheering and chanting, “Mujeres unidas, jamás serán vencidas,” and waving signs demanding justice and equality for all women. Viola is a recipient of the prestigious Ohtli award given by the Mexican government for her dedication in helping organize local, national and international communities for the past 20 years. Petra Mata is the recipient of the Alston/Bannerman Fellowship for longtime activists. Ernestina Mendoza passed away at the age of 62 after working tirelessly with Fuerza Unida.

Deborah Myers & Nickie Valdez, on June 26, at 10:41 a.m., after a 30 year relationship, were a few of the first LGBTQ couples in the United States to receive their marriage license at the San Antonio Bexar County Courthouse.They are Co-Founders of Dignity San Antonio, Long TIme LGBTQ Activists, Stonewall Democrats, Organizers of First Gay Pride Parade in San Antonio, among many other events.

La Cleopatra – Cleopatra has had so many cancer procedures and never complains. I admire her for her uniquely positive endurance and strength as a Survivor.

Melinda Brown – I chose my mother as she has always been an inspiration to me even through my rough ‘cancer’ years.




Michael Martínez and Charlie Young


Michael Martínez.  Know Nosotrxs

Focusing on the erasure of diverse gender identities from the cultural narrative of Chicanismo, Know Nosotrxs is a videoinstallation that questions heteronormativity within struggles for equality, uplift, and acceptance. Taking cues from the gender neutral spellings of Chicano and Latino, which become Chicanx and Latinx, Know Nosotrxs sheds light on those who are omitted,



Charlie Young.   Entrada: Cincuenta Centavos

When you picture la pulga, you can almost hear the scuffle of feet across the dirt floors and the fast talking exchanges between customer and vendor as la música norteña plays in the background.  You can see the blurs of people as they hurry past you,  looking to find the best deals possible. There’s an unconventional beauty about it, about the way things move so quickly, yet effortlessly. This unconventional beauty was the inspiration for my series, Entrada: Cincuenta Centavos.

These photos were taken this summer during my visits to the Rio Grande Valley. Each image provides a closer look at the thriving environment found in the Barley Mercadome Flea Market from a fresh perspective, my perspective.

Visiting la pulga was a normal part of life growing up in the valley. I remember thinking that there was nothing special about it, la pulga was just there. But now, several years and college degrees later, I     returned, hoping to capture this aspect of my culture, the Rio Grande Valley culture, that I once took for granted. My goal for this series was to bring this culture to Lady Base Gallery and share it with others.

When I pick up my camera and look through the viewfinder, I aim to tell a story.  Even if I am just walking around downtown San Antonio or through the streets in the Rio Grande Valley, I look for new stories to tell with the click of my camera. These stories become my stories.

When I am not shooting portraits, I enjoy exploring new spaces that allow my imagination to take over. It is my goal to inspire others to go out and create something, anything, that is important to them, just as I have done in my last 10 years as a photographer. I hope to continue to grow as an artist and look forward to working with other artists in the future.


Lady Base Gallery

 An initiative to support the artistic educational practices of women artists and LGBTQ artists. Founded February 2013.


Call for Female Photographers: Due March 15th


Dear Artists,

The Women of San Antonio are healers, artists, revolutionaries, mothers, politicians, teachers, philanthropists, health care professionals, athletes, entrepreneurs, and forward-thinkers. Each of these women represent the most powerful narratives and most riveting movements in San Antonio. Your job in this exhibition is to use your keen eye to tell these stories that have more often than not, been left behind, buried or excluded. And as you know, many of the best stories are told in one good picture!

The Women of San Antonio: A Tribute Show in collaboration with the Carver Community Cultural Center and San Antonio Fotoseptiembre, will exhibit these women in all of their glory with stunning photography that captures their spirit and energy, seen through the photographic and personal lens of women photographers. The vision of this exhibition is to capture, liberate and inform her viewers of the “she” in San Antonio history.

We are asking San Antonio photographers to capture these narratives in a collaborative process between themselves and the woman they admire. Below is a list of suggested women to choose from and you may suggest your own. You may also choose to work with more than one woman too. There are no fees to apply.

We are asking San Antonio photographers to submit:

1. 250 word max. proposal outlining the process you hope to take in capturing the identity of women of San Antonio through portraiture. For example, a process might involve a walk with her in the park, time for tea, a visit to their office, inside the courtroom with them, your photography studio or any place you feel will illustrate their story best.

2. up to three examples of your photographic work and/or examples that illustrate your proposed photograph to ladybase210@gmail.com.

Artists selected for the exhibition will present portraits that depict the nature and soul of the woman they believe profoundly represents the Women of San Antonio: A Tribute Show.

Proposals Due: March 15th
Notifications: April 1st
Artwork Requirements: 2D work must be mounted and framed. Size Max: 48” X 60”
Exhibition Dates: September 2015

Here is a list of some of the woman working in our community and through their gifts; inspire younger generations. Please take a look and remember; you’re suggestions are welcome and will be accepted too. This is by no means the absolute account of the women making a difference in San Antonio.

Mary Agnes Rodriguez- Local Artist and Muralist

Gloria Ramirez- Activist, Co-Founder of Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and Editor of La Voz

Isabel Sanchez- Activist, Co-Founder of Lanier Scholarship Fund

Dr Josie Mendez-Negrete- Activist, Author and Professor @ UTSA

Petra Mata and Viola Cazares- Activist, Co-Founders of Fuerza Unida

Patricia Castillo- Executive Director of Peace Initiative and Activist

Araceli Hernandez- Activist for Domestic Workers in San Antonio

Gloria Uribe- Democratic Party Volunteer, Political Activist, Art Preservationist

Dr Carmen Tafolla – 1st San Antonio Poet Laureate, Author, Poet, Professor

Dr Ellen Riojas-Clark- Professor, Author, Activist, Scholar

Patie Radle- Former City Council Person, Co-Founder of Inner City Development, SAISD Board Member

Elena Guajardo- LGBT Activist, Former City Council Person, Small Business Person, Social Worker

Autumn Summers- Board Member Pride San Antonio, Drag Queen Performer, Fund Raiser

Dr Antonia Castaneda- Co-Founder of MALCS, Editor of Chicana Matters, Historian, Professor, Activist

Loli Reyna- Local Artist

Maria Berriozábal- First Mexican American SA Board Member, Author of “Daughter of Immigrants,” Co-Founder of Hispanas Unidas, Activist

Veronica Castillo- Salas, 2014 National Education Association Award Winner, Ceramic artist from Alfonso Castillo Family working in traditional tree of life candelabras

Maria Luisa Carvajal de Vasconcellos- 91 Year old Artist

Maria Salazar- San Antonio Attorney, Activist

Dr. Norma Cantu- Poet, Professor, Activist, Chicana Scholar, Mentor

Raquel Saldana Centeno- Manager of Bakery at Centeno Grocery Market

Rita Vidaurri- International Singing Star from San Antonio

Ruby Nelda Perez- Playwright

Naomi Nye- Author, Poet, Award Winner

Norma Flores- Retired Edgewood ISD Counselor, Original Owner of Telemundo (first Spanish language station), Past President and Member of Sembradores de Amistad

Magdalena Alvarado- Activist, Founder of The Inferno Magazine in 70’s

Deborah Myers and Nicki Valdez- Co-Founders of Dignity San Antonio, LGBT Activists, Organizer of First Gay Pride Parade

Yolanda Torres- Retired Edison HS English Teacher and Mother of Tina Torres

Lauryn Farris- Transgendered activist, Photographer, business owner, activist, former Professor at San Antonio College

Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez- Artist, Professor, Activist

Laura Parra Codina- Activist Mother of Dream Act

Sweet Savage (Freddy Cortez)- Ms. Gay USA, Community Member

Rosie Valdez- HIV/AIDS Activist, Nurse, Member of the The International Court System

Maria DeLeon- E.D. NALAC, Appointed by Obama to National Council on the Arts, one of nations 2012 Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts

Malena Gonzales CID- Director of Centro Cultural Aztlan

Peaches (Johnny George Harper)- Drag Performer

Janie Barrera- President & CEO of Accion Texas Inc/LIFTFund

Donna Brazile- Democratic Political Strategist

Jackie L Gorman- Executive Director of SAGE “San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside”, President of Girl Scout Board of Directors

Dr. Marie Thurston- St. Philips, Recieved Phd at 71 yrs old, Historian, Oral History, Mother

Vilma Socorro Martínez- Attorney, Played a role in Affirmative Action and Bilingual Education in the Schools

Rose Spector- The first woman ever elected to the Texas Supreme Court

Susan Blackwood- Executive Director of the San Antonio Sports Foundation

Jelynne Burley- Executive VP and Chief Delivery Officer – CPS Energy; former San Antonio Deputy City Manager

Aaronetta Pierce- Humanitarian

Ruth Jones McClendon- Politician

Katie McKinney- Jones,Educator & Girl Scout Leader; the Girl Scout Administration Building in San Antonio is named for Mrs. Jones; she was recently honored by the United Negro College Fund

Dr. Adena Loston- President of St Philips College; formerly with NASA

Dr Arcelia Johnson Fannin- Dean of the University of Incarnate Word Fiek School of Pharmacy

Dr. O. Raye Adkins- Educator & Children’s Book Author

Karla D. Broadus- President of Commonwealth Computers; Educator- Adjunct UTSA Professor

Harriet O’Banion Kelley- Art Historian/Collector, San Antonio Art Museum Board Member

Evelyn R. Scarborough- Educator; has a NISD School named in her honor

Please keep in mind that this exhibitions’ aim is to focus and elevate the might of the elders in our community. Artists, we encourage you to wholeheartedly reflect every ounce of their vigorous light.

Please send all inquiries to ladybase210@gmail.com

Thank you,
Anel y Sarah

Call for Female Artists Living in San Antonio-Due March 15th


We are accepting proposals for 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work.

Dear Artists,

There is art in everything. Our home, our phone, our car, and even in something as multi-layered as our physical, spiritual and sexual body, are works of art. But with everything around us moving at a million miles an hour, it is your art that causes us to stop, look and explore.

How Dare You? will exhibit works of art by San Antonio women artists who stimulate, provoke, and capture her viewers; allowing space for the movement and speed of the competing world to fall away.

We are asking San Antonio women artists to submit:

1. a 250 word max. proposal for new or existing artwork (please include dimensions)

2. up to three images of your artwork that support your proposal

Please submit your proposals to ladybase210@gmail.com.

If selected, your work will be included in the How Dare You? exhibition at the Carver Cultural Community Center Art Gallery in November of 2015. There are no fees to apply.

Proposals Due: March 15th

Notifications: April 1st

Artwork Requirements: 2D work must be mounted and framed. 3D work must be self-supporting.

Exhibition Dates: November 2015

Please send all inquiries to ladybase210@gmail.com

Thank you,

Anel y Sarah

THE ONE AND ONLY Closing Reception


Saturday, August 30, 2014


Sabrina Alfaro

Phillip Avila

Amanda Bartlett

Giovanna Carrola

David Zamora Casas

Chris Castillo

Vanessa Centeno

Carol Cunningham

Fabian Alejandro Diaz

Audrya Flores

Sarah Fox

Gustavo Adam Garcia

Jessica Garcia

Jane Madrigal

Destiny Mata

Will Muniz

Maricela Olguin

Ernesto Olivo

Kristel Andrea Orta-Puente

Ashley Perez

Loli Reyna

Daniela Riojas

Diana Rocha-Fitzgibbons

Elizabeth Rodriguez


Diana Santiago

Rebecca Seiler 

Josie V 

Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez

Claudia Zapata

Viva Zapata

Raquel “Arty Valentine” Zawronty

Magdalena Yznaga

More from the artist:

Sabrina Alfaro
Sabrina Alfaro is a Printmaker and Mixed Media artist from San Antonio, TX. Alfaro often deals with the whimsical and empowering traits of being a Hispanic female. Her pieces are visually striking and use bright vibrant colors. Alfaro is currently attending UTSA and expects to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking in 2015.

It Picas!
This work is based off experiences I have encountered, interacting with strangers. Ever since I became independent back in high school and was able to ride the bus, strangers felt the need to catcall out to me. This has continued all the way into my adult life and sometimes even when I have my daughter with me. For this print, I have become the martyr for fellow women and men that understand being objectified by strangers. It picas is slang for it hurts which refers to the pain you feel from these individuals undressing you and possibly having inappropriate thoughts about you.

I created this print for the San Anto Cultural Art’s block party they affectionately named Chupachanga. Chupachanga translates to suck/lick party but was originally named after the nearby street, Chupaderas. This was my first woodcut and shows female figures getting ready in a dressing room.  The figures are printed on red handmade paper. The women’s bodies are feminine but their faces are not as enticing. I liked the idea of being able to explore the life of a dancer/performer and their ability to seduce patrons for cash and material possessions. Even though this print displays the opposite message from It Picas!, I still appreciate our ability as humans to be sexual when we feel it is necessary. 

Phillip Avila

(Reference: form of poésie concrète)

Amanda Bartlett
My name is Amanda Bartlett. I am local artist native to San Antonio. I am lover of graphite, but I mix my work with various mediums and found objects.  My work tends to have a macabre flair and a feminine look. Bright colors and glitter accent my black and white portraits. All my work is adhered to wood that I spend days cutting by hand and sanding.  I try to defy myself and my own expectations. I work off of what I find in my dreams. People continue to ask me where my inspiration comes from, and it is a bigger question mark to me than it is to you. I try to define myself through my artwork. My work is a labor of love, and I love every second of it.  I am also the curator and founder of Sweet Peach Collective. Sweet Peach was founded in an attempt to give more women-identified artists an opportunity. 

Giovanna Carrola

David Zamora Casas
David Zamora Casas is a Painter, Curator, community culture worker, Installation and performance Artist. A San Antonio Native working in the Public Forum since 1985 under the Name Nuclear Meltdown.

Chris Castillo
I’m interested in the genealogy of the mass produced image, postmodern photographic strategies, and presenting transparent stratification as a documentarian. The flattened compositions are imbued with my own interests and biography. These documents represent my navigations of homosexual pornographic print media and male-oriented marketing. The male gaze is reframed for the male gays. I find that playing with the construct of the male model can be subversive, political, and resistant. By presenting the magazine page as transparent, I want to bring awareness to underlying problematic representations. In using the cyanotype process, invented in the 19th century, I wish to insert these studies into a subset of photographic history, used traditionally to illustrate scientific and medical texts and as architectural blueprints. The two most influential artists for this body of work are, arguably the first female photographer, Anna Atkins, and American photographer Robert Heinecken.
Chris Castillo lives and works as a fine art photographer in San Antonio, Texas. He obtained his B.A. degree in Art from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. He draws inspiration from print media and documentary photography. He has interned for artist Adriana Lara and the artist collective Perros Negros in Mexico City, interned for Unit B(Gallery) in San Antonio, interned and currently works at Artpace. Castillo is a member of the artist collective The Lullwood Group.

Vanessa Centeno

Carol Cunningham
I love the cute.
I love the absurd.
I love the oddity.
I love the sweet.
I love the animal.

My work is about reconfiguring scenarios and compositions shining light on everyday occurrences. I am fascinated with human animal interactions and its reflection of the world we live in. Seeing myself as a collector, I find curiosities in my everyday environment and reconfigure scenarios sparking emotional reaction within myself. My stylistic choices are whimsical and often take on quietly violent natures. I specifically focus on juxtaposing natural elements such as dirt and flora next to the artificial- faux fur and plastics. I do this to emphasize a harsh contrast created in the mass market by mankind, along with exploiting our emotional connection to inanimate objects from an early age. I strive to elicit self reflection and realization by playing the role of a trickster. Using relatable everyday content I transform it into new compositions to create an altered reality and forced perspective.

Fabian Alejandro Diaz

Audrya Flores
Audrya Flores is a Latina artist, educator, and mother living in San Antonio, Texas. Her work is a means for interpersonal exploration and is influenced by dreams, visions, the occult, and her roots in the border town of Brownsville, Texas. Flores repurposes discarded materials and found objects for her collage and assemblage work.

I’ve Made My Home
wasp nests, yarn, paper, ink, 2014, not for sale
I have observed the life cycle of paper wasps as they form their nests around my home. The careful precision of the queen when choosing a location and building her nest is remarkable. Every fall, the wasps die and the nests are left for me to collect. I have filled each empty chamber of these abandoned nests with a tiny roll of paper. The rolls state reasons why San Antonio, Texas was the ideal place for me to build my family and home.

Protection Ritual
cactus, yarn, 2014, not for sale
This bouquet of multiple hands is a symbol of protection created for my home. The use of this difficult (and painful) medium is meant to emphasize my devotion to my family. 

Sarah Fox
I have always been interested in stories. Specifically, stories that we as human beings tell ourselves in order to understand our existence, and the struggles and joys we inevitably experience. These stories come in the form of fables, myths, or seemingly little things like secrets.My work explores humanity through story telling.The materials used in my work hold a relevant meaning. My work is created with a strong feminine viewpoint, and I like to use things that are considered female craft materials or products. I think these sometimes kitschy things that have filled our homes and memories are important and contribute to our identity. I draw from the imagery that fills glamour and home magazines, or old portraits. I embroider, use pieces of scrap book paper, glitter or red nail polish to sew new stories from this seemingly insignificant detritus. They allow my work to feel like a part of a memory or something from our past while also blurring the lines between what is good and bad art and creating something uniquely modern.

Gustavo Adam Garcia

I see art as a way to spread a message or enlighten others of issues they may not know about. My work exists to raise awareness about injustices in the world and provide an opportunity for the viewer to do something about the issue being presented. People can live their everyday lives not knowing about the issues that surround them both near and far. Perhaps if they only knew they might be able to play a part in resolving these issues. Sometimes people know about an instance of injustice, but they don’t do anything about it because they aren’t inspired to take action or given
the opportunity to help. Whatever your situation is, here is your information, your inspiration, your opportunity.
This work depicts images inspired by one of Africa’s longest running conflicts. For 28 years, a rebel leader named Joseph Kony and his rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), have abducted innocent children to be child soldiers; they have raped girls forcing them into a life of sexual slavery; and, have killed and mutilated innocent people. Due to fear of being abducted, hurt or killed, thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. What originally started in remote communities in Uganda has spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Southern Sudan. What if this was your life?In creating my artwork I used photographic images of people affected by the conflict and the information learned about this issue to inspire the hand-drawn imagery I then used to create prints. One of the printmaking processes used allows for the charcoal drawings I created to be photo transferred onto plexiglass plates, developed through a chemical process and printed to resemble the original drawing. The dark and muddy colors relate to the horrific and dark nature of the issue being represented in the pieces. There are also subtle images in some of the pieces that serve as clues to help the viewer get a better understanding of the subject being shown. How can one man and his army now terrorize four countries in Africa and for so long? Unfortunately, it is because too few people knew about what was happening or too few cared enough to do anything about it. Luckily, in recent years there have been a couple of organizations who have dedicated themselves to bringing a permanent end to LRA atrocities, one of them is Invisible Children. Through media, mobilization, protection and recovery this organization has made amazing progress in bringing this issue to light, getting people involved, protecting those who are vulnerable to Kony and the LRA, and helping communities that were previously affected become sustainable. Invisible Children’s protection programs have proven to be extremely effective in encouraging victims and members of the LRA to peacefully surrender causing Kony and the LRA to become weaker, but it’s up to us (people like you and me) to keep these initiatives going. Learn more at http://www.invisiblechildren.com and be a part of the solution by giving whatever you can. A small portion of my artwork sales and 100% of any donations I receive will go towards funding these life-saving programs. It’s up to you. I challenge you to do something.
“Do more than just watch.” – Invisible Children-

Jessica Garcia

Jane Madrigal

Destiny Mata

Will Muniz

Maricela Olguin

As an artist, I like to transform photos of everyday people and things into papel picado, hand cut out of tissue paper.

Ernesto Olivo
Ernesto Olivo is a contemporary visual artist and art educator born in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila Mexico.
As an art educator, he believes that bringing art and artists into schools and neighborhoods is vital to the growth and development of our communities.
The last series of wall sculptures consist of recycled wood panels,stencils, spray paint, 12” & 7” vinyl records, cassettes and cd’s. These sculptures, not only have a visual aesthetic, but tell a story and a history of our relationship with music and the social impact it has on us as a consumerist society.

Kristel Andrea Orta-Puente
My name is Kristel A. Puente and I am an artist and photographer.  I began taking photos casually over 10 years ago. The more I played with the camera, the more I fell in love with it. Photography is my life now, it has become my oxygen.
My goal as a photographer is to take photos that make the viewer feel an emotion. My photos focus on art and beauty. My range and interest move between family, history, art, events and everyday life. I am constantly learning new techniques, trying new equipment, and new locations to capture life in ways that have not been tried. When I take a new client I like to get to know them, and who they are, and what they represent. That is the only way to capture who they are honestly in a photo. I own Kristel A Puente Photography and my work has grown to cover national and local events.  Everything I do I put my soul into it. Every photograph is a piece of me. Anyone can take a picture, but art is made in a photograph.

Ashley Perez

Loli Reyna
My name is Teodora Reyna. I was born in Pharr, Texas; in the Rio Grande Valley.

Prose written by Loli Reyna
Ever since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by dreams. I was only seven years old and I remember having nits and I had a lot sores on my head. I felt so much itching on my head and I would scratch my head until I bled. The only thing that would stop the itching was a can of hairspray. I used to wake up in the middle of the night because I could not stand the itching. I would do this like, four times a day. I knew in my self conscious mind that this was wrong to do but it would help me stop the itching.
Then I remember, one night I had a dream. I dreamt that I had woke up in the middle of the night because I could not stand the itching on my head and I got up from the bed and I went straight to the spray can. I openend the can and I began spraying it very desperately on my head. I remember standing right in front of the mirror while I was doing this…and the room was dark. But somehow there was a light over my head and I could see what I was doing. I was well aware that I wasnt supposse to be doing this, sneaking and getting my oldest sisters’ hairspray but the itching was unbearable. It was then that I heard a tapping on the can. I did not think nothing of it but then the second tapping happened. So I looked at the can and it was no longer a tin can, it was a bottle of glass. Inside the the bottle were small vampires with pale faces, pointy teeth, black circle eyes, their eyes were bleeding and they had long black hair. I thought how could this creature be inside this bottle? They were screaming at me to let them out of the bottle, they would yell at me saying, “Please Loli get us out of here “, while they were hitting on the glass. I did get scared at first because they were so horrible looking but then I thought, “I can do whatever I want to do with them, I have the bottle in my hand already”. All I have to do is cover it up and throw the bottle wherever I want. Then the vampires read my mind and said, “No, Loli! Please don’t do that, we want to live! Can you please let us live?” And, I just kept on looking at them. They were so depearate to get out, they were banging on the glass very hard as if they were trying to break it. I just stood there, thinking of one hundread ways of getting rid of the bottle. I thought of throwing it in the river or smashing it on the street or just keeping the bottle to myself and just torture them, by keeping them inside forever. The genie to my command, I loved hearing them calling my name for help. But I did not get to do none of those sorts because it was then that I woke up from my dream.
Eventually, I did get caught by my sister the next day when I was itching again. I’d taken the bottle of hairspray inside the closet and began spraying it on my head. And my sister opened the door and caught me spraying it on and she took me out of the closet and took me straight to the bathroom and cured my sores forever. Thanks to my sister I did not have another vampire dream even until this day.

Daniela Riojas
From her series entitled BloodHistory, Baby Go Boom is a third perspective self-portrait, that documents a descent into miztlan, the underworld, after an encounter with mortality and the passing of a baby. Bracing herself for struggle, pain, and the death happening within, a kinship between her dual selves is created. Pictured here, the duality find themselves reaching outwards for solace as nature takes its course.
For more information: 830.776.1883 || www.danielariojas.com

Diana Rocha-Fitzgibbons

Rocha-Fitzgibbon is a self-taught, Abstract Painter who was born in San Antonio, Texas. Although, Rocha-Fitzgibbon has not had any formal training in painting, Rocha-Fitzgibbon did start her artistic roots in a very different way. Rocha-Fitzgibbon has been involved in the arts at a very young age, starting in the mid 90s at San Anto Cultural Arts; first, submitting poetry and art work to the community newspaper “EL Placazo,” eventually becoming an “Editor-in-training” during high school. Rocha-Fitzgibbon’s main focus was writing; however, Rocha-Fitzgibbon was asked to participate in a local mural project called “Flower Power.”
In 2008, Rocha-Fitzgibbon feeling the need for creative expression decided to give painting another try, fondly remembering how much of a passion she has for painting. Currently, Rocha-Fitzgibbon’s work is based on her unique ability to apply both traditional & innovative painting techniques using bold and bright colors to create wondrously unique paintings.

Elizabeth Rodriguez


Diana Santiago

Rebecca Seiler 
Rebecca Seiler is a Texas born and based artist out of the city of San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting at the University of Texas at San Antonio in May of 2013. Seiler’s work is known for her vibrant color palettes, textile, and multiple mediums. Her work is based upon childhood memories incorporated into narrative landscapes and sculptures. Some of her early works exhibit the human figure using vibrant palettes. Seiler’s work had been exhibited at Souk Home Decor, Espresso Gallery, and R-Gallery in San Antonio, Texas.

Josie V 

Josie V. is a San Antonio based artist that utilizes a variety of experimental techniques to achieve the vivid texture found in her work. Most of her work has been created while painting live at different local venues in the city. She is inspired by nature, music, and metaphysics. Josie works with a range of media mainly focusing on Acrylic and Gauche. 
Artist Statement: The focus of my Art is to elevate the spirit and to awaken my mind, those around me, and my environment.

Claudia Zapata
The illustration and color explorations of my current work are largely thematic compilations of Mesoamerican references, reflections on stress, and linear studies of motion and repetition. My current alebrije action figure series are color and line studies based on alebrijes, Mexican, wooden zoomorphic figures.
Claudia Zapata is an art historian and Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas in Art History, specializing in Pre -Columbian and U.S. Latino/Chicano art.  Her recent projects include the co-founding of ChingoZine, a Latino art zine, and the Latino art collective, Puro Chingón Collective.  Zapata has curated over a dozen exhibitions at the Mexic-Arte Museum ranging from subjects such as the commercialization of the Day of the Dead holiday, Mexican dance masks, and lucha libre in popular culture. She will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Art HIstory at SMU this fall.

Viva Zapata

Raquel “Arty Valentine” Zawronty

Magdalena Yznaga


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Lady Base Gallery is a site for the artistic practices of Women and LGBTQ artists in our community.

Lady Base Gallery also supports the professional development of performance-based artists and installation-based artists.

Contact us at ladybase210@gmail.com

Thank you for supporting local artists.
Sarah Castillo