Whenever I travel, in addition to looking for bead stores, I also search for galleries, shops, and studios that feature contemporary art and craft. It is a special treat to find work from the hands of people that live in the area. I also try to walk as much as possible when I visit a place. On foot, I find I get the feel of the city and its people better and can notice subtleties and nuances that would remain unseen if I whisked by in a cab.
And so, I set out to find the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio, TX. I knew it would be a bit of a walk from the hotel. But then, after walking quite a ways and being in what I thought was the right location, I couldn’t find it. I walked and walked, checking the map I had, checking street signs, not seeing anything that looked remotely close to a school of art and craft.
I saw a place that was an artists in residence gallery and work space. Immediately upon entering, I felt a calmness and quietness within. It is always like this when I enter a place of art and artists. I feel a sense of grounding, connection and belonging. The young lady at the front desk was kind enough to look up directions for me. After still more walking, I found it. They were between exhibits. Such is life. I did get to visit the gallery shop with exquisite handcrafted items and walk the peaceful and lovely grounds.