Posted By Lorne Chan on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 11:20 pm
SAN ANTONIO — Spurs fans showed up at a Southtown art show on Friday as if they were attending Game 5 against the Heat, dressed in Spurs jerseys and shirts and ready to root for the home team.
The stars of the “Go Spurs Show” at Studio One Zero Three weren’t just the Big Three but also 25 San Antonio artists, including Vincent Valdez and Ed Saavedra, who created Spurs-themed work.
There were portraits of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard. Albert Alvarez made an ink painting of Manu Ginobili dunking over Chris Bosh. And Louis Chavez created a blue foam sculpture of the Spurs Coyote called “From the Primordial Slime Rises the Spurs Coyote.”
“I don’t know if artists in any other city would do this for their team,” said Laura Medellin, who brought her grandchildren to the show. “These are some awesome artists. Those portraits of the players look so realistic.”
Rigoberto Luna curated the show after he realized he spent much of the NBA playoffs discussing basketball with other artists. Luna, who created “Chenobili” and “Kawhi Believe” T-shirts during the playoffs, said he noticed artists began getting competitive about their work as the show approached.
“I’d get calls from one guy saying, ‘I saw David Blancas’ Tim Duncan,’ I have to make mine better,” he said. “I think the Spurs brought out everybody’s competitive spirit.”
Patricia Lujan, who runs Studio One Zero Three, said one man pulled up to the studio about an hour before the show to see if some of his homemade Spurs art could be added to the gallery.
The exhibit opening also featured Spurs-themed slam poetry by Anthony “The Poet” Flores and Amanda Flores.
Friday also was the first night of Luminaria, and some artists presented works at both events. Avi Avalos, known as “Mr. Piñata,” had a Spurs piñata at “Go Spurs Show” and a larger, lighted one at Luminaria.
Even Luna said he had to stop by Luminaria.
“It’s a busy day, but there’s always something going on in this city now,” he said. “I just made sure it wasn’t the same night as a Spurs game.”
Although no Spurs ended up attending, Luna said one of the main reasons for the show was to make art fans out of San Antonians who normally wouldn’t attend a First Friday show in Southtown.