We have a great and important art event coming up the first Saturday in
March, March 6th from 2pm to 4pm. Its our annual 'SAY SI-LA VI
Watercolor Art Show and Sale. This is not just another run of the mill
art show, folks. This is an important show because the artists are all
very talented high school students from our inner city high schools.
They are enrolled in a program called "SAY SI" which stands for San
Antonio Youth - YES.
The entire month of March in San Antonio is a
Citywide month long celebration of watercolor painting. And the SAY SI
EXHIBIT is one of the ways the whole community of La Villita businesses
participate in Watercolor Month. You see there were several very
specific purposes for La Villita that were carefully spelled out in the
original ordinance of 1939 that established the restored La Villita.
These were: To promote Pan American Unity, To create an environment
where arts and crafts of high quality can be made and sold FOR A PROFIT.
And for the experienced artists and craftspeople here in the village to
pass down their expertise and skills to the next generation. In other
words to teach the children. Say Si is an organization that teaches,
encourages, and nurtures children with visual artistic talent with the
objective in mind that they can pursue the visual arts as a profession.
Since many of us here in La Villita are professional artists it is our
responsibility as mandated in the original ordinance to give these
prospective young artists a forum in which they can exhibit their work,
get the experience of having it gourd, get a taste of what its like to
compete against their peers, and to sell their work, and actually make a
little money. We have some of our best local professional watercolorists
judge these talented youngster's entries. Then substantial cash prizes
are awarded to the winners. All the entries are for sale and the money
goes to the student artist. On the first Saturday of March we have the
judging, award the prizes, and have an artist reception and celebration.
This will take place in the 2nd Floor of Bolivar Hall in La Villita.
Then the works will be of display in various La Villita galleries and
shops for the next two weeks. So if you are going to be in San Antonio
during this time we welcome one and all to attend, see for yourself what
Wonderfully talented young people we have here, and help us honor them.