The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) has issued a call for artists to participate in its inaugural River Arts Fest, a celebration of nature and sustainability at the future site of Confluence Park on the Mission Reach.
The application deadline is Aug. 25.
“This exhibit is designed to make people rethink our throw-away society by sharing the local community’s innovative and often surprising use of reused and recycled materials,” a SARA spokesperson said in a press release.
Exhibitors, vendors, educational tents, and food trucks will set up from 12-6 p.m. on Sept. 13. Planning is still underway for several different activities for art and nature lovers of all ages, said Matthew Driffill, SARA’s education specialist. A fashion show featuring designer Ruth Waddy and pieces designed with natural, recycled, or reused materials will be one of the day’s main events. A DJ will be on hand for the fashion show, expected to draw several hundred people.
At least 90 percent of paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photographs, jewelry or any other artistic medium artists display in their tent are to abide by a theme: “Nature-related subjects, natural sciences and landscapes.”
Fundraising for the $10 million Confluence Park, the proposed living, learning laboratory on the Mission Reach, is still in progress but programming for the three-acre lot has already begun with the River Arts Fest. Construction on Confluence Park could be completed by 2017.
“In an anticipation of the park, (the River Arts Fest) is about supporting local artists and raising the profile of (Confluence Park), showing activity, excitement, and energy in the space,” Driffill said. “Public art ties in very well with the conservation message.”
Artists work should be submitted to Angela Camarillo, SARA recreation events coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to download application and submission guidelines. There will be a $25 fee for those that wish to sell items, artists will selected through a jury (panelist) process.
*Featured/top image: Use your imagination: the River Foundation’s Estela Avery gestures over an empty expanse that one day will come back to life as Confluence Park. Photo by Robert Rivard.