Valentine’s Day is maligned as a desperate, commercialized, heavy-handed excuse to pressure your loved one into declarations of devotion and adoration they simply may not feel, in a manner which they normally would never express themselves. The backlash is fierce but often trite, with websites such as “Love Sucks Month” and “LIE (Love is evil)” sounding like a bunch of sour grapes, even when compared to gas-station flowers and sappy Hallmark cards. If you’re single, you’re supposed to be bitter; if you’re coupled, either you cave to the pressure or self-consciously try to rise above it, with passive-aggressive results. For example, my spouse and I never go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day, as if that would somehow suggest that we are easily influenced and never behave romantically towards each other at any other time of year. I don’t know why we feel this way, but we do. Maybe its all the unhappy people at dinner that evening that brings us down.
Right. So how does this relate to shopping? Finally, some San Antonio favorites are celebrating Valentine’s in a way we can all appreciate. If you’re looking for a gift — for yourself, your mom, or your lover — the women of the RockPaperScissors Collective have you covered. Artists Jane Bishop, Paula Cox, Georgia Cunningham, Pat Guerrero, Diana Kersey, and Rhonda Kuhlman have worked together for years, but are only now making the leap to a shared gallery space.
“We already enjoy showing together,” Bishop says. “We really enjoy each other’s work and seeing what’s new with each of us artistically. Plus, it’s exciting seeing all of our work grouped together — it works really well.” Hence, a new gallery space to highlight the synergy between these diverse
February’s new pieces include Cunningham’s small woven artworks, precious-metal rings by Guerrero, Kuhlman’s handstitched corazons, and ceramic cups and saucers by Kersey. Cox will be showing new paper works that are folded into accordion books with linocut hearts, and Bishop will feature lavender-scented holiday sachets and richly dyed scarves.
The collective’s sunny new “clubhouse” is on the Southtown strip at 716 S. Alamo (the former Southtown Mainstreet Alliance building), breathing the same rarefied King William air as La Frite and Al Rendon. New gifts in waiting will be on display on V-Day itself, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sweets will be served. (“We all have our strengths; mine is making delicious punch,” jokes Bishop.)
Given the location, one can assume RPC sees the traffic advantages of joining the South Alamo walking party that is First Friday. The gallery will be open first Thursday (for the art insiders), Friday (for the masses), and Saturday (for the lunch crowd) of every month — beginning tomorrow evening (February 5) from 5:30-9 p.m.
“Launching our new gallery space as a four-month, short-hours commitment will be a good exercise for us, to see if we want a gallery. It will be like living with someone,” Bishop says. “The next step will be marriage or having a gallery full-time.”
Sounds like romance to me. •