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Campus galleries visualize new art scene through virtual exhibits

Artwork framed on white walls in an open space with three sculptures placed on white tables in the middle of the room.

Sarah Hernandez, Life and Arts Contributor

August 5, 2020

The art gallery scene took a hit after the COVID-19 pandemic began, forcing galleries to close their doors in compliance with social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders. Now, gallery directors are having to make a decision to either postpone showcases or virtualize exhibits. While some feel...

Downtown street banners feature vibrant paintings by local artist

Rene Perez smiles in front of a banner featuring his artwork downtown.

Sarah Hernandez, Life and Arts Contributor

June 26, 2020

With displays of signature places and icons special to the city, the newly-installed street pole banners featuring artwork from local artist and San Marcos native Rene Perez are adding excitement and color to downtown San Marcos. There are four banners in total, each featuring a different place or...

Local tattoo artist illustrates positivity in San Marcos

Three painted yellow sunflowers align on a mailbox, outside, with tree bushes in the background.

Trinity Dayton, Life and Arts Reporter

May 19, 2020

Swapping ink for paint, a local tattoo artist paints pastel floral designs onto mailboxes to secure income and promote creativity while her tattoo shop remains closed due to COVID-19. After Gov. Greg Abbott originally ordered the closure of non-essential businesses, tattoo artist and owner of Classic Tattoo, Morgan Egan began paintin...

Local museums remain closed despite Abbott’s plan to reopen economy

Below a brightly colored mural is an open gate, leading to the museum.

Trinity Dayton, Life and Arts Reporter

May 17, 2020

While San Marcos businesses were swarmed with customers following Gov. Greg Abbott's May 1 executive order, some local museums decided to keep their doors shut and artifacts put away for the foreseeable future. Throughout a normal year, museums serve as locations for visitors to learn previously unknown facts about Sa...

COVID-19 outbreak challenges Texas State art community’s success

Hayley McGaugh working on a ceramic sculpture inside the ceramics studio. McGaugh is painting blue lines on the bottom of the sculpture. The work space is surrounded by ceramic tools and paint brushes.

Brianna Benitez, Assistant Life and Arts Editor

April 4, 2020

Usually wandering the halls and studios of Texas State’s Joann Cole Mitte building are creative minds and colorful palettes. For many students, this is the place where they are able to create freely while surrounded by encouragement and inspiration. Since online classes have become a reality,...

Colorful murals take over city traffic boxes

A traffic box decorated with a face, Thursday, March 5, 2020, on the corner of Sessom and N. LBJ.

Brianna Benitez, Assistant Life and Arts Editor

March 17, 2020

San Marcos intersections are getting a makeover. What are now plain, metal traffic control boxes will soon be transformed into colorful artwork that is bound to make traffic jams more tolerable. San Marcos announced a contest for the city's Traffic Control Box Art program December 2019. The contest...

San Marcos gallery showcases artwork from Texas cities and towns

A sculpture on display at 218 Co-op Gallery's

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Assistant Editor

November 19, 2019

Against the white walls, detailed drawings and intricate paintings express individuality, while handcrafted ceramics and three-dimensional sculptures sit together to showcase the creative artists of Texas. Located just a block from the San Marcos historic downtown courthouse, 218 Co-op Gallery sh...

Local artist awakes ‘Intuition’ at The Gallery of Common Experience

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Assistant Editor

November 14, 2019

A carton of milk, flowers and naked bodies layer together to unfold the creativity of The University of Texas at Austin alumna, Maddie Mondshine, in the new exhibit "Intuition." Mondshine graduated from UT with a BFA in studio art and a bridging discipline in media, cultural and identity studies in M...

New website builds community around pursuing passion

Perez and Castro sit at booth and smile at each other.

Kyle Chitwood, Life and Arts Reporter

August 27, 2019

New website Wezmer features local artists specializing in all mediums and was founded on the idea of developing a supportive community around the aspirations of each artist featured on the website. Mass communication senior Christina Castro and Adrian Perez co-founded and launched Wezmer June 2019. What ...

Metaphysical and holistic community offers spiritual guidance at monthly fair

Vendors at a past San Marcos Metaphysical and Holistic Fair. Photo courtesy of Sheryl Martin.

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Reporter

June 26, 2019

Each month a series of mediums, psychics and tarot card readers visit San Marcos to provide healing and guidance for individuals interested in the metaphysical and holistic world. The San Marcos Metaphysical and Holistic Fair is held on the last Sunday of every month, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Holiday...

Students sing national anthem at athletic events

Ivy Sandoval, Life and Arts Reporter

February 19, 2019

It is actually quite simple to audition to sing the national anthem at an athletic event. All students are required to do is send in a video submission to the Texas State Athletics department via email and claim their spot. Mady Buchanan, marketing assistant for Texas State athletics, said every student...

The Wittliff Collection hosts book release for “The Devil’s Fork”

Book release panel, Oct. 21, with David Coleman, Bill Wittliff and Edward Kerry.

Nathanael Lorenzo

October 23, 2018

Bill Wittliff, founder of the Wittliff Collections, released a new book and had a free signing event at his collections in Alkek Library. Wittliff released, “The Devil’s Fork,” the final book in the Papa trilogy that began with “The Devil’s Backbone” and followed by “The Devil’s Sinkhole.” The...

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