Member Art & Bios

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“As a kid growing up in a military household, I traveled a lot, collecting and hoarding stones, shells, and other cool stuff I would find in random places. In 2014, I started to experiment with jewelry-making in order to bring my treasures to life. Today, I love working with leather, stones, metal, and whatever else I can get my hands on that inspires me at the moment.” Alethia’s creations are “Afro-Curious”, as each piece symbolizes a desire to understand both modern and ancient elements of Black cultures, all while throwing some doses of fantasy in the mix. Ultimately, her goal is to reveal Color outside the lines—to recognize wearable Black art as not just another throwaway fashion trend, but as the endless spring of possibilities it deserves to be.

A’mie Alexander is a native of strategically located Baton Rouge, Louisiana, progressive passion and diversity are in this expressionist’s blood. From the time that she could hold a pencil or a crayon, the dynamic world of art and poetry beckoned her to come and play. In childhood, she was overjoyed when teachers allowed her to create bulletin boards and various drawings for handouts. Privileged to have had the opportunity to write for and to have her artwork displayed on the cover of several school newspapers, A’mie’s love for both writing and creating works of art grew and as she went on to work on the yearbook staff and commissioned works of art. Working with anything providing an opportunity to create, this young lady was usually right there in the middle of it. Several art projects and writing projects later, including a couple of murals, she was fortunate to design and implement the construction of two miniature houses for a showcase gallery. Miss Alexander’s latest project being the start of “Simply Mie”—- a soon-to-be unique gift gallery showcasing original one of a kind artwork, crafts, and gifts “because every individual is created a unique treasure, refined with unique tastes.”

Barbara Felix, a San Antonio native of African American and Chicana descent, is a rising voice in contemporary figurative and multimedia art. A graphic artist by day. Barbara earned a BFA in Graphic Communication from Texas State University, where her love for fine art and the figure began. She later received a certificate in drawing, painting and printmaking from the Southwest School of Art. At SSA she developed her signature
style of fluid gesture line drawing to create unique monotypes for her ongoing body of work, Bailando con Mi Misma-Dancing with My Self. Barbara also creates images with physical movement through stop motion animation. In 2016, she participated in Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival as part of a collaborative multi genre and media installation, The Proximity of Being. Barbara’s most recent work is a performance art/experimental film, I Belong Here, that uses movement combined with poetry and sound effects, to examine belonging and the plight of DACA recipients.

Claudette Hopkins has been an active member of SAEAS since 1990. She sat as President for 15 years and served as secretary twice. Although she has completed many works of art using acrylics and pen and ink, her medium of choice is pastels. Most of her work is focused on portraying the beauty of women of color, a subject she has been drawn to for most of her artistic life. Her subjects include women from all walks of life. Claudette likes to intensify
life as she sees it in her realistic portraits. Emphasis on facial details and the sensuous lines of bodies distinguishes her work and maximizes the personalities of the figures she creates. Claudette, originally from Dallas, Texas, attended Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas before moving to San Antonio. She has enjoyed many one-woman shows and exhibited extensively with SAEAS. Through the years, she has received numerous awards and accommodations for her work. She created the 2007 poster for San Antonio’s Jazz’s Alive festival, illustrated a children’s book written by Dr. Raye Adkins “When a  Deer Rings Your Doorbell” and is currently teaching pastel drawing and acrylic painting to students in the SAEAS Scholarship Program.

Gracie Poe was born in Giddings, Texas, and raised and educated in San Antonio. After retiring as a Sears executive, she began dedicating herself to her passion: art in the clay medium. She had always been an art enthusiast and poet. Although self-taught, she has studied and developed her art with some of the finest artists in San Antonio. She focuses on sculptural forms of African influence, inspired by ceremonial masks and Africa’s rich textures and symbols. They are depicted in her masks as well as her figurines and vessels. Many of her art pieces are based on the concept that all we do and all we are, has to do with the natural order of our life history from the beginning of time. Some of her sculptures inspire poems, while at other times a poem inspires a sculpture. In these instances, her ultimate goal is to externalize and fuse her literary art with the visual. Most of her artwork is a sculptured form of bia-relief, which is her main and preferred style. She finishes most of the projects with “cold” paint techniques of oxide washes or acrylic paints to provide a “patina”. “I try to interpret and reflect from my research, my ideas and beliefs that Africa evolves and is the axis of my life. I am centered.”

Howard Rhoder is basically a self-taught artist. He has admitted that although he practiced some form of art most of his life, it was after he completed some painting courses that he became confident in his skill. His realistic representations move from inviting landscapes to scenes of people with a story to tell. His choice to create in oils brings it all together. He attended Victoria College, San Antonio College and the Southwest School of Art. He has a degree in 2 Dimensional Art from St. Philip’s College.

A few of the highlights of Howard’s art career are:
• Interview by Victoria Television News Victoria, Texas
• Riesta Arts Commission Scholarship
• Huntington Art Prize Finalist
• Commissioned portrait of Dr. William C. Davis for the William C.
Davis Science Building, St. Philip’s College

“Born and raised in San Antonio, I have had an interest in Art all my life. My middle school teacher notice my potential and placed me in Advanced Art.
From the age of 12 to now, I have occasionally been commissioned for my work, but delayed advancing in my work while serving in the military from 2009
through late 2013. During my senior year in High School, I was a student in the SAEAS scholarship Program. I am back where I belong, and as a member of SAEAS I am ready to show my work, and what art means to me.” – Isaiah Thomas

Kimberly Hopkins is a native Houstonian and has lived in San Antonio since 2011. Kimberly received a B.S. in Architecture from Prairie View A&M University and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from UTSA. Kimberly’s photography explores and chronicles the poetic and lyrical nuances of daily life; city streets, people and public transportation are her visual language. Her passion for photography ignited when she picked up her first digital camera in architecture school, where she applied this passion by mixing her design influences to create her unique style. Kimberly believes every photo has a story behind it that allows viewers to see her outlook on everyday life. Kim says she has a specific passion for visual literacy and photo sequencing and value the power images have to inform and enrich one another. Each photograph is an independent moment, as a collection, a narrative is built, guided by emotion rather than linear time.

Paul is a native of Phoenix, Arizona where he was first exposed to art after being “booted” out of the high school band. After completion of high school he entered the United States Air Force, which he retired from after 30 years of service and obtaining the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Paul Hurd is a self taught sculptor and above all a story teller. His artistic interest spans from clay-sculpture to woodcarving. Paul has a particular passion for furniture making in which he incorporates one-of-a-kind artistic motifs and religious iconography. His work fuses his own style with the influence of southwest and Latino themes that derive from his many years in San Antonio. His clay arrangements, which consists of both single and multiple groupings, convey narrative themes that range from commentary on social mores to representations of cultural heritage. Paul is very precise with his imageries, every thing he creates, whether in wood or clay, is done to scale.

Timothy Lister is a portrait artist in San Antonio. He is realistic in form and media. While his approach is cross cultural, his paintings depict a deep interest in Africa American culture and history.

Mr. Lister is a native of Texas. He grew up in the Rockport-Fulton area. He was inspired by Mrs. Hunt, his seventh-grade teacher, who taught about the artists of the Renaissance period (Leonardo Da Vinci, Matisse, Michelangelo, and others.) It was in his middle school years that he received basic training in art.

In 1996 Mr. Lister and his family moved to Tucson, Arizona. While in Tucson, Mr. Lister took four years of art class (2 years at Pueblo High and 2 years at Cholla High). He took an art correspondence course from ICS (International Correspondence Schools) of Scranton Pennsylvania from the years 1992-1993. From this course, he received an art certification.

Over the years of art study Mr. Lister has been inspired by the works of Jacob Lawrence, Ed Loper, and Henry Tanner. He has also been inspired by contemporary artist John Coleman of San Antonio, Texas and Guy Sheppard of Houston, Texas

“My lifelong passion for archaeology led my art to reflect the cultural diversity found in the human figure, masks and jewelry. As a sculptor of the human figure for 20 years, I decided five years ago to switch to welding and metalsmithing as a continuation of sculptural expression through texture, color and movement. I am currently working in metalsmithing, producing jewelry and ethnic masks. Both forms can be a means of body decoration where in older cultures, they could be used in ceremonies or rituals that marked various passages of life. Because of the pressures of modernization and westernization, some governments have deflected artists away from the so called ‘primitive’ ornamentation of those rich cultural/historical traditions to more sophisticated forms and new traditions. Unfortunately many of these forms are being lost. It is my hope to preserve and celebrate the past creative spirit and talents of those artisans, by interpreting or duplicating those traditions before they are lost and to remind the wearers or collectors of this rich cultural diversity of lost art.” – Trudy Rafelson

Allee Wallace

Allee Wallace was born in Sugarland, Texas. When he was eight years old, his mother paid $10 for his first camera so he could be the family photographer. He always had his camera ready for special events at school, church and family reunions. Allee graduated from Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas in 1952, and went to Texas Southern University where he majored in Music Education and Dance. Allee was drafted by the Army in 1958 and trained to be a Laboratory Technician and Photographer. He retired from the Army in 1979. He provided music ministry in most prisons in Texas and detention centers in San Antonio with Prison Fellowship and Texan Do Care. Allee worked for the University of Texas at the Institute of Texan Cultures as staff photographer for 22 years. Other activities included being photographer for the MLK March, Second Baptist Church and documenting other marches and parades in Texas. He worked as City Photographer for 10 months. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America and Professional Photographers of San Antonio. At present, he is documenting the San Antonio Riverwalk, the Missions and other Texas icons for exhibits and greeting cards.

Angela N. Weddle

 

Angela N. Weddle is a professional visual artist with autism, cerebral palsy, and congenital right hemisphere brain damage. Weddle is a neurological anomaly and savant, who is not supposed to have any artistic ability, but always has. She has taught students ranging from young children to adults art privately in San Antonio, TX. She is a published poet and a contributing blogger for the international blog The Art of Autism Weddle is known for her sketchbooks, in particular, and has been mentioned in the San Antonio  Current.

 

Glen Franklin

Glen “Frank” Franklin’s pictorial emphasis features real African American living: a lifestyle that is dying and the struggle, which began on plantations in the Deep South and continued after the Emancipation. Frank’s mediums of choice are pen & ink, watercolor and oils. He combines his commercial art training with fine art, rendering the finely detailed characters expressed in the full range of his work. Frank has a full library of work, one favorite being “The Last Hobo” that suggests narratives of independent lives, hard work and optimism. Frank has participated in and been honored with awards in numerous exhibits. “Art is an expression of self, past experiences and an expression of a culture. True art should involve feelings of emotions to the observer. This is the unique essence of my work.”

Landrell Scurlock

Landrell Scurlock is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, with influences from Charles Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. As a child, Landrell watched in amazement while the street artists practiced their artistic skills. In high school, she took Art History as an elective for four years to expose herself to the various mediums and types of art. Through that exposure, Landrell was drawn to abstract art working mainly with acrylics and watercolors. About two years ago, Landrell helped develop an online gallery titled “Circle of Color Creations, LLC”, which not only showcased her handpainted work but also her recently developed experience in digital art “To be an artist and a poet are gifts from God. He has given me the means and opportunity to express the essence of the beauty He has set before us. He has introduced the world to various forms of art through my eyes, which entitles them to experience life through a different perspective. I will forever be grateful for such gifts as these.”

Rita Sutton

Beaded Jewelry Designer and Online Shop Owner My passion for jewelry began at a very early age. I remember watching my maternal grandmother, Lille Lochridge, craft earrings and necklaces, also spending hours crocheting shawls and bedspreads. Growing up, I could never pass a jewelry store without looking in the window and occasionally buying a piece of jewelry. One day, while window shopping, I saw a necklace that I thought was overpriced. At that moment, I told myself, “I can make that”. In 2001, I launched Rita’s Jewelry Designs and Gifts, an online store. That same year, one of my first creations was featured on the website, The Artist Within. A year later, I began hosting various vendor shows around San Antonio, promoting small retail business owners and artists. In the next few months, I will launch an online site, The Lillie Belle Shop, featuring jewelry, gifts and collectibles.

Roger Price

The early artwork of Roger Price, a student of history and an Army veteran, reflected the combination of experience and knowledge of our past. Today he is best known for his paintings depicting historically “all Black” U.S. Army units including; the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments “Buffalo Soldiers” and the Tuskegee Airmen. Roger also enjoys creating paintings that inspire him to force viewers to think as they consider what they are viewing. His paintings of Jazz and Blues artists are an attempt to capture and reflect the power of music using paint colors, shapes, shadows and brush strokes. Roger is a former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, and a member of the 1990 U. S. Army “Art Team”. While assigned to the team he created paintings which became part of the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History Collection and with two images in the National Archives. He has been commissioned to create works of art for private collectors and corporate clients including the San Antonio SPURS, U.S. Postal Service and several U. S. Army units. Over the past 30 years, Roger’s paintings have shown and placed in juried
shows and exhibitions in the United States, Germany and France. His limited edition reproductions
are in private and public collections.

Ronney Stevens

Ronney Stevens graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1974. Shortly afterwards, he moved to Los Angeles, California to attended college. Ronney attended Otis Art Institute and the American Animation Institute, where developed a love for portraiture. Upon moving back to San Antonio in 1999, Ronney studied oil painting at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Even though he studied at these institutions, he still considerers himself to be a self-taught artist, from the trial and error that was required to gain hands-on experience. Ronney currently displays his work at the African Market Place in Los Angeles. He has been on display at the State Capital of Texas. He currently volunteers time to community youth at a local shelter. In addition to SAEAS, he was a member of the Austin Pastel Society. Ronney has displayed his work at Prairie View A&M University on several occasions, most recently in February 2016. Ronney also displays on a regular basis at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA.

Wardell Picquet

“I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, having moved here to San Antonio in 2005. I am a fine artist, graphic designer, illustrator and teacher. My Fine Art interests include drawing, illustration, painting, collage, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, sequential art and 3D design. I like dealing with color, pattern, texture, shape, contrast, abstraction and the overwhelming magnificence of the human form. My personal quest continues to blend all of these artistic pursuits into a cohesive and aesthetic whole.” Wardell, a graduate of Xavier University in LA, studied under the famous late artist, John T. Scott. His degree in art uniquely included multiple areas of concentration in drawing, graphic designs and printmaking.

Xavier Gilmore *Curator

“My work currently focuses on exploring pluralism and identity. Appropriation of video, images, and the use of collage as well performance are the tools I currently use to create my work. I find myself intrigued by the seductive nature of advertising imagery and the ways that images are used to create visual and social hierarchies. I also realize many of us actually have acquired our own identities through these mediums. Modern society typically experiences information very quickly through flicks and flashes in everyday life through magazines, billboards and digital media. I rely on intuition as a way to mimic how the brain reacts to superfluous information that forms the norms of society. I attempt to bring out hidden subtleties by re-presenting them or completely nullifying the hierarchy of imagery all together.”“My work currently focuses on exploring pluralism and identity. Appropriation of video, images, and the use of collage as well performance are the tools I currently use to create my work. I find myself intrigued by the seductive nature of advertising imagery and the ways that images are used to create visual and social hierarchies. I also realize many of us actually have acquired our own identities through these mediums. Modern society typically experiences information very quickly through flicks and flashes in everyday life through magazines, billboards and digital media. I rely on intuition as a way to mimic how the brain reacts to superfluous information that forms the norms of society. I attempt to bring out hidden subtleties by re-presenting them or completely nullifying the hierarchy of imagery all together.”

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