Think there's nothing cool being made in San Antonio? Think again. We scoured the city (and even the internet) and found stacks of quirky items by local artists we'd be thrilled to unwrap. Consider this your cheat sheet.
Photos by Bryan Rindfuss
Clockwise from top left: Vintage tea tin bracelets: FatCat Jewelry by Kari Stringer: $70-$182 from the Gallery Shop at the Southwest School of Art (300 Augusta, (210) 224-1848, swschool.org). Chuck Ramirez "Minimally Baroque" exhibition catalog: $30 to order from Blue Star Contemporary Art Center (116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarart.org). Diana McKelvey recycled metal ornaments, retablos, and jewelry: $29-$64 from the Gallery Shop at the Southwest School of Art. Laura Q Designs by Laura Quiñones vintage Lucite necklace: $146 from the Gallery Shop at Southwest School of Art. Hand-painted "Carnitas," "Mala Lover," "Cariño Nuevo," and "Mala" signs by Cruz Ortiz: $100 at David Shelton Gallery (1115 S. Alamo, Ste. 2211, (210) 787-0260, davidsheltongallery.com). Hand-painted railroad tie by Aaron Hans Forland: $100 at FL!GHT Gallery (1906 S Flores, (210) 872-2586, turnitoff.tv). Lorena Angulo silver skull earrings: $120 from the Gallery Shop at the Southwest School of Art. High Pink: Tex-Mex Fairy Tales - Collector's Edition by Franco Mondini-Ruiz: $50 to order from (210) 363-9096.
Clockwise from top left: Material Recovery pillows ($64-$158) and recycled sari yarn ($12) from MaterialRecovery.etsy.com. Lairs of the Unconscious by Michael Velliquette: $48 from David Shelton Gallery. Arte Latina: Roar exhibition catalog: $37 from Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. Giraffeman Goes to the Doctor by Dr. Walter Bain with illustrations by Joey Fauerso: $22 from Devi Book (devibook.com). Yarn Dawgz hats ($30) and cell phone cozy ($20) to order from Facebook.com/YarnDawgz. Robin Renee Hix giclées in handmade frames: $65 from the Gallery Shop at the Southwest School of Art. "I Own You" T-shirt: $10 from FL!GHT Gallery.
Borosilicate glass and wood "Spores" by Jake Zollie Harper and Reagan Johns: $250-$550 from Zollie Glass (1428 S Presa, Ste. 1, (210) 601-3883, zollieglass.com). "Gold Rush" paintings by Bryson Brooks and Holly Hein Brooks: $50-$400 at AnArte Gallery (7959 Broadway #404, (210) 826-5674, anartegallery09.com).
Material Recovery vintage Ikat lampshades: $165 at MaterialRecovery.etsy.com. Hand-painted "Carnitas" sign by Cruz Ortiz: $100 at David Shelton Gallery. Jennifer Ling Datchuk ceramic cake topper ($50) and bird bowl with floral decals ($45) from etsy.com/shop/dimandsum. Wesley Harvey porcelain skull mug with stand: $60 at wesleyharvey.com. Hand-blown glass marbles by Justin Parr: $50-$200 at FL!GHT Gallery.
"Gilded Wasp Nests" by Kelly O'Connor: $50-$800 at David Shelton Gallery. Wesley Harvey porcelain boot with butterfly detail ($30) and bunny soap dish ($45) from wesleyharvey.com. Hand-blown glass marbles by Justin Parr: $50-$200 at FL!GHT Gallery. Large and small "Gold Rush" horses by Bryson Brooks and Holly Hein Brooks: $50-$300 from AnArte Gallery. Material Recovery vintage Ikat fabric: $38/yard from MaterialRecovery.etsy.com.
Customized album covers by Katie Pell: $30 to order from facebook.com/1kpell. Wesley Harvey porcelain bud vases: $15 from wesleyharvey.com. Diana Kersey ceramic platter: $84 from the Gallery Shop at the Southwest School of Art. Sugar cookies: $7/dozen from Lily's Cookies (2716 McCullough, (210) 832-0886, lilyscookies.com). Wesley Harvey porcelain Tom of Finland tumbler: $40 from wesleyharvey.com. Mixed media Nesquik "Mexi-Can" by Alejandro Diaz: $99 at David Shelton Gallery.