Rex Hausmann, 2013

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As part of the City of San Antonio’s first Center City Open House, X MARKS THE ART collaborated with the Center City Development Office to commission Rex Hausmann to create vibrant window displays on the facade of the Melrose Building, located at 201 W. Commerce St. The installation titled Every Town is a Topic, presents Hausmann’s experience of San Antonio as a “little big town” with influences from all over the world.

Hausmann brought in fellow Hausmann Millworks artists David Almaguer, Kyle Martin, and Mark Gelatt, to contribute art work to the event. David Almaguer painted colorful lace patterns on the upstairs windows and exhibited his paintings. Kyle Martin hung his portrait paintings in the interior and in the east facing windows.  Sculptor Mark Gelatt filled the space with sculptures. The event was last Tuesday, May 28th, but the window installations will remain on view through June, and possibly longer.

The Center City Open House was the first in a new quarterly series hosted by the Center City Development Office.  The Center City Open Houses provide a unique networking opportunity and showcase underutilized spaces, encouraging investment in San Antonio’s vacant historic buildings. The event was made possible with partnerships between the Office of Historic Preservation, and the Department for Culture and Creative Development.

In addition to the visual art installations, Ballet San Antonio lit up the evening with dance performances and  San Antonio fashion designer, Agosto Cuellar, coined “Wild Card Cuellar” by Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, glammed the evening up with his signature spin on fashion. The event featured complimentary drinks from Freetail Brewery and international hors d’oeuvres by Ming’s Thing.

Stay posted for the next Open House, and check out the window installations next time you’re downtown. The building is directly across the street from City Hall on the corner of Flores and Commerce Streets.

Read more about it, and view photos from the press:

Open House Attracts 300 to Empty Building , Benjamin Olivo, MySA Blog, 5/29/13

SA CURRENT, Photos by Rico Gomez, 5/28/13 

Artists and Developers Eye Historic Buildings, Imagine Possibilities, Iris Dimmick, The Rivard Report, 5/29/13

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