If you’re driving too fast chances are you’ll pass right by it, so keep in mind that Green restaurant should be a reference point if you want to stop by San Pedro Springs Gallery. Located directly across from the vegetarian-friendly eatery, the gallery has been open since March of this year. It’s a quaint, five-bedroom house with a sprawling backyard that has a storied history dating back to 1738 when part of the old San Fernando acequia ran through it. The house itself was built in 1883, and pictures of the first owners adorn the entryway.
Current owner Michael Hyatt restored the house and the place now doubles as a business and a gathering place for anyone who enjoys artwork and a homey atmosphere. Among the items for sale are jewelry, artwork, and — since alcohol and art make a splendid combo — Texas beer and wine are also available for purchase at the bar. Free Wi-Fi access is offered and a potter’s wheel is on hand for people audacious enough to give it a shot.
An art aficionado, Hyatt opened up the gallery in hopes of displaying some of San Antonio’s finest artists — chief among them being 31-year-old Nemo. Taken with his richly patterned contemporary paintings and signature spirals, Hyatt has made him a regular artisan in the gallery and he was among the first to be shown there. Nemo’s art is in every room of the house, and his last 12-piece pencil-art exhibit, Miss Appropriations, Stolen Materials, Borrowed Time just closed out last weekend. Nemo patiently draws the hundreds of concentric circles that make up his pieces. Meticulously done, his artwork varies in completion time — some taking up to five weeks.
Upcoming shows of other artists are in the works, but Hyatt’s claim-adjusting day job prevents him from extending his current three-day operating hours at the gallery.
“My real passion is art, that’s why I opened up this place. I also have plans to do things out in the yard as well,” says Hyatt. “Right now it’s kind of small, but I do plan on growing.”
San Pedro Springs Gallery
1012 N. Flores
5-10pm Fri, 2-10pm Sat, noon-6pm Sun