Performance Art and Installation Art. Second Saturday in April.

This exhibition is a focus on performance and installation art that integrates the body with narrative.

Join us Second Saturday, April 12th for an exhibition featuring PINK LECHE & ANGIE RIOJAS. This is one of three in a series of installation and performance-based exhibitions being highlighted by Lady Base Gallery for 2014.

PINK LECHE (Eric Cavazos) is a Queer Xican@ Feminist Electro performance artist creating unique experiences combining live music and contemporary art. This performance pushes Pink Leche’s persona into new heights and will be a true San Anto experience.

WABI SABI, an installation of found and lost jewelry collected by ANGIE RIOJAS is displayed in its new form to share its new life with the viewer. This jewelry has had multiple owners. Where has it been? How long has it been around? Was it ever loved? Angie considers each piece of jewelry in this installation to represent a different story and a different journey that finds a new home in WABI SABI.

PINK LECHE & WABI SABI Performance/Exhibition Schedule

6:30-6:45pm Begins

6:45-7:00pm Artist Talk (7 Minutes Each)

7:00-7:3pm Pink Leche (Gallery doors will be closed during these times)


8:00-8:30pm Pink Leche (Gallery doors will be closed during these times)


8:45-9:00pm Pink Leche (Gallery doors will be closed during these times)

9:00-9:30pm Ends

Opening Reception is April 12th. Evening begins at 6:30p until 9:30PM with scheduled performances by PINK LECHE every half hour until 8:30pm. Closing Reception May 10, 2014 6:30pm-9:30pm.@ Lady Base Gallery (Inside Gallista Gallery) 1913 S Flores 78204

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Eric Cavazos refers to his music as queer bass which blends R&B, Electro Post Punk, and Chopped and Screwed. Cavazos was inspired by other performance artists like Tracy + the Plastics and Jimmy James Canales who blend culture, identity, and music in their performances.


Riojas states that using a person as a canvas is the most common way she uses her technical skills to create art. She is a hairstylist and makeup artist, collaborating with photographers and fashion designers to interpret their vision as she produces her own work presented through installations and fashion shows. Her mediums include fashion design, styling, painting, photography and curatorial projects.


A site for the artistic practices of Women and LBGTQ community. It is an experimental initiative supporting the creative practices of those interested in practice-based research within their field and those artistic practices that cross disciplines using installation or performance-based work.Founded February 2013. Lady Base Gallery (Inside Gallista Gallery) 1913 S. Flores San Antonio., Texas 78204. More Information at



SHORT STORIES curated by Lady Base Gallery through a collaboration with Spare Parts Mini Museum


SHORT STORIES reflects personal tales shaped as portraits from surreal to ethereal and from rasquache to retrospective. Lady Base Gallery presents artists who have never before exhibited artwork this miniature in a museum.

Chris Castillo
Giovanna Carrola
Jenni Cutrer
Celeste De Luna
Dani Dickinson
Jenelle Esparza
Anel Flores
Audrya Flores
Josh T. Franco
Suzy Gonzalez
Shannon Gowen
Antonio Lopez III
Andrew Leo Stansbury
Fabiola Torralba
Rosalynn Warren
Claudia Zapata

Anel I. Flores
BuXa Nerd, 2014
Mixed Media
Gift of the Artist

“BuXa is on a gender travel exploration through our universe.

It was a challenge fitting a Mujer with such a large stature, story and presence in such a small space but when it was all done was a rejuvenating to prove size doesn’t matter to the BuXa.”

Claudia Zapata
Mini Stress, 2013
Pen and Ink on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“This work is a brightly-colored composition of various shapes and sizes. There is a repetitive pattern of movement, eyes and occasional Maya hieroglyphs.

Working small was more challenging due to the fine details.”

Rosalynn Warren
Only she herself, 2014
Mixed Media, Photography, Ink, Paint on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“My portrait is a black and white printed photograph that I took of myself and cut out very closely around my face to focus on the light and dark contrasting areas. It’s layered on top of printed words from a classic short story written in the 1920’s by D.H. Lawrence because the paragraph and words resonate with me, with and without of the context of the story.  The piece is lightly embellished with gold ink and red paint across the words and face.

It felt easy to work this small because I have done it with other mediums such as polymer clay and I enjoy the focus that it brings to my work.”

Josh T. Franco
LlCKable wallpaper or, injun huntin’ in 2D rasquache (How Many Licks Does It Take To Get To The Center Of The Center Of A Racism Pop?), 2013
Tootsie Roll Wrappers and Beeswax on Sheet Aluminum
Loan, Courtesy of the Artist

“The canvas is aluminum, 1/16 inch thick. Little Indian figures shoot bows into a star are arranged in a grid and attached with glue (they are cut from Tootsie Roll wrappers). There is a coat of beeswax over the whole thing (the beeswax smells like honey).

It was a relief to work this small! I think it was good timing. I just finished working on a big piece, so it was fun to come down by working on this. It worked a different part of the brain.”

Jenelle Esparza
Take my hand, 2011
Framed Silver Gelatin Contact Print
Loan, Courtesy of the Artist

“What you see here is a tiny 1×2 inch black and white image of a lady’s glove that is floating in the sky; it was made in the aesthetic of the surrealists from the 1920’s. As there is no hand to fill this glove, it appears deflated. It represents a slightly dreary yet uplifting portrait of femininity and beauty.

As a photographer I found it easy to work with tiny images.”

Audrya Flores
I Still See Bobby’s Face, 2013
Acrylic and Ink on Recycled Paper
Gift of the Artist

“This is a tiny portrait of a young red-headed boy with freckles and mischievous baby blue eyes. He is drawn in scribbles, the way a child would draw.  His name, Bobby, floats above his head.

It was easier for me to work this small because I was able to manipulate my tools and materials with more control than I am able to when I work on a large scale.”

Giovanna Carrola
Ghost Dress, 2014
Fabric and Collage on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“My portrait represents woman. It is made with a delicate fabric showing both soft femininity and female strength in a dress – a symbol of women through generations.

It was more difficult because my piece was actually sewn on a sewing machine.”

Chris Castillo
Potrait of Ken taken when I was 16, 2001-2014
Gelatin Silver Print
Gift of the Artist

“This is a black and white photograph of a Ken doll from the clavicle, neck and shoulder up to the top of the face. His smile is permanent and he is not looking toward the camera. Because his plastic hair and rest of the body are not in the photo, it almost looks like a real person.

It was more difficult to have  compelling image at this scale. What if this photo was life size? How would that change how you interact with it? What if a Ken doll was life size instead of doll size?”

Celeste De Luna
Medusa, 2014
Ink on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“This is a portrait of Medusa, a mythological monstrous woman. She has green eyes and would be considered beautiful if she didn’t have snakes and wings growing from her head. She looks mysterious.

It was difficult for me [to create this artwork] because I’m not used to working on such a small scale.”

Dani Dickson
Cosmonaut, 2014
Acrylic on Canvas
Gift of the Artist

“[Here is] An astronaut floating through a pastel universe, which makes him wonder if everyone sees the same colors…

It was more difficult [working] smaller. [There is] less space for you to be able to express yourself or tell the story of your painting.”

Jenni Cutrer
Swallowtail, 2013
Graphite, Primsacolors, and Water Color on Illustration Board
Gift of the Artist

“It is a portrait of a woman with butterfly wings for ears and she is surrounded by butterflies.

I would say it is about the same [to make art this small], but probably a tad bit easier since I am use to working with very detailed stuff on a small scale.”

Andrew Leo Stansbury
Head Needs Further Explanation, 2014
Pencil, Prismacolors on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“Colorful protrusions explode from the left temple on my decapitated head. This is the same place a baseball bat hit when I was young.

Yes and no [working this small], since it makes me realize I should invest in a magnifying glass.”

13, 14, 15, 16
Antonio López III
Piggy, Chef Sohocki, The General and I, Eighth Birthday, 2013
Colored Bic Pens on Thermal Printer Paper
Loan, Courtesy of the Artist

“These portraits are figurative works that feature people engaged in everyday activities. I have reproduced a selfie I really liked, an old birthday candle blow out, and loved friends.

I found working in this scale was liberating. I worked faster and did not over think.”

Fabiola Torralba
Corazon, 2014
Paper Clay, Sand and Acrylic Paint
Gift of the Artist

“My piece is a model of my heart or at least where my heart belongs; by the ocean, amongst the sand, floating and exposed.

[It was] harder [for me to work this small] but I thought of keeping it simple, making the process easier and direct.”

Suzy Gonzalez
Center Of A Racism, 2014
Markers on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“This portrait illustrates the female gaze, recognizing that, regardless of gender, most of us are guilty of sexual consumption.

I felt like it was easier because [to work smaller]. This is more like the kind of doodle I do in my sketch books rather than works on large canvases.

Shannon Gowen
The Gentleman, 2014
Mixed Media Collage on Paper
Gift of the Artist

“My work is very small and includes a variation of textures and materials. The focal point is of a found portrait of a well-dressed man dated somewhere between the 1940’s and 1960’s. Text, numbers of importance and a carefully placed montage of imagery surrounds the man to tell a story of the past.

It appreciated it more in the end [working in small scale], but I struggled in the beginning wanting to include too many details. A combination of great texture re-occurs in my work and it was hard to decide what elements to use.


Follow SHORT STORIES on the Lady Base Gallery and spare parts Facebook pages closely for SHORT STORIES’ Contemporary Art Month installations.

spare parts founded its MINI ART MUSEUM in 2013 to bring the fine arts museum experience to schools and the community (from ages 6 through adult).

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About Lady Base Gallery:
A site for the artistic practices of Women and the LBGTQ community. It is an experimental initiative supporting the creative practices of those interested in practice-based research within their field and those artistic practices that cross disciplines.

About spare parts:
Main Objective: Connect with various agencies/businesses & provide a steady supply of materials (otherwise thrown away) for the artistic community & educators. This will increase the creative & cultural energy of San Antonio.


Resurrection. Detail. Joyous Windrider.

Reflections by Joyous Windrider

I don’t think I will ever fully recover from my experience of childhood sexual abuse. That’s a hard insight to acknowledge but an important one. I have 30 years of recovery work under my belt, providing me enough insight and healing for mild success at being a contributing member of society. However, that same 30 years has also seen a simultaneous and subconscious perfecting of an internal protective system created to shut down authentic, vulnerable expressions of pain, leaving me isolated inside my own silence. Like someone who is dealing with a severe physical illness but looks and prefers to act fine, I spend a lot of energy acting like “it doesn’t hurt.” Just like so many other abuse survivors do and just like so many other important, relevant issues; it just seems so much easier NOT to talk about it.

I was fortunate to participate in a group exhibit last June at Lady Base Gallery, a fresh new artist space located in the Gallista complex on South Flores St. The owner Sarah Castillo had a vision to provide a platform for women and members of the LGBTQ community to bring forth the stories and issues that are relevant and important to them. When Lady Base first opened, the question was brought forth about whether or not a separate space was really necessary. The artists of the inaugural exhibit gave a unanimous Yes! Each one agreed that they would have presented different work had it been in a different space. Suzy Gonzales explained it this way, “There are things you say in your home and things you say to a stranger.”

For the group exhibition, I decided to focus on the ugly story that had been the backdrop of all my subsequent experiences but something happened in the creative process. As I worked towards an authentic and honest contribution to the conversation by speaking from my truth, I subconsciously made sure to cover up the very thing I wanted to say. When the pieces finally emerged, I knew what they revealed: The damaging effects of childhood sexual abuse on every one of my important relationship, including the one with myself. But what I managed to do was to fill every space with every other life experience BUT that one. In fact, the center of the piece entitled “People I’ve Lost: Myself” contained a blank spot labeled “Secret of Secrets,” which was my main statement; empty and vacuous. At the time of the show I comforted myself with the thought that it was at least a personal victory, even if a silent one. That experience was an important one for me because as I reflected on it during the following months, I realized that I had silenced my own story and my need to reintegrate this exiled part of myself back into community. This was clearly confirmed for me was when Sarah herself said, “Really? Was that what it was about? No, I didn’t know.”

I could blame myself but I know that clinging to silence comes from the reality of experience. I recently supported a friend through a painful jury trial where she had to present her horror story of abuse before a room of strangers. Every time she came out of the courtroom she wept at the humiliation and disrespect of a system that demanded she succumb to antagonistic scrutinization in order to prove that the event had really happened. It makes me think that there should be a sign above the courtroom entrance: “The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” I know some of what she felt. I endured a similar humiliating experience as a child in a courtroom with a painful story to tell. How many of us mourn that it requires such bravery to tell the truth?

This is why Lady Base is important to me. Lady Base is not a space or a person, but a community of people who are investing what they can to provide a platform where the imperfect but very real stories of an important segment of our populations will be heard and taken seriously. If you also believe this is important, then join the conversation.
-Joyous Windrider

Joyous Windrider will present a performance piece which explores the experience of remaining silent about childhood sexual abuse at Lady Base Gallery’s, Ten Minute Sessions on Saturday,Feb 22, 2014, at 1913 S. Flores St.

One night only, so join us from 5:00PM-6:00PM for a reception, followed by performances from 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM at Lady Base and Gallista Gallery, both located at 1913 S. Flores in San Antonio, Texas.

Parking available directly in front and in the back lot behind Gallista Gallery.

Lady Base Gallery
A site for the artistic practices of Women Artists and LBGTQ Artists.
Lady Base Gallery is an initiative supporting the creative practices of those interested in performance-based art and installation-based art and those artistic practices that cross disciplines.



TEN MINUTE SESSIONS echos the new focus on Installation-based art and Performance-based art at Lady Base Gallery. Curated by Fabiola Torralba, this is an exhibition of short performances that will introduce a new body of work by local Women artists and LBGTQ artists and is also a benefit event for Lady Base Gallery, celebrating our 1 Year Anniversary! So come and have a cupcake with us, provided by Sweet Chela’s!
One night only, so join us on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 5:00PM-6:00PM for a reception, followed by performances from 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM at Lady Base and Gallista Gallery, both located at 1913 S. Flores in San Antonio, Texas.

Purchase Here Entrance fee is $20.
Cocktails and Appetizers will be provided.

Ten Minute Sessions Performance Schedule

5:00-6:00 p.m. Reception. Join us for cocktails & appetizers.

6:00 p.m.

1. Opening Words by Sarah Castillo
2. Unravel, Danielle Dean
3. El Horror/El Amor, Victoria Garcia-Zapata Klein
4. untitled, Marisa Gonzalez
5. often I still am / Intent of Alignment by Michi Fink

7:00 p.m. Intermission 10min

6. She is Not, Sarah Tijerina
7. (un)pattern, Rebel Mariposa, Annmarie Corea, Alyson Alonzo
8. Excerpt of Glam Bear, Dino Foxx
9. Psyclico by Melanie Davis
10. Aleluya, Ernesto Olivo
11. Polly, Zombie Bazaar

8:00 p.m. Intermission 10 min

12. Sleeping in the Shadows, Joyous Windrider
13. Shower with change, Esmeralda Trevino
14. Evolution of my Intuition, Rosalynn Warren
15. Jezebel Spirit & The Devil in You: Excerpts from Southern Discomfort, S.T.Shimi
16. The Wrestlers, Pink Leche
17. Llama de las Artistas Femenistas, Giomara Bazaldua

Ongoing Performance-based Installation
Title: …
By: Eleonor Maciel & Allison Ozornia

Artists/Performer Bios

Danielle Dean
Danielle Dean grew up in Schertz,Texas. She started dancing at the age of 14 at Mary Lou’s School of Dance were she trained in jazz,lyrical, hip hop, and modern. After graduating from Samuel Clemens High School in 2006,Danielle started majoring in dance and joined PacDance Performance Group.In 2010 she joined Erison Dancers till 2013.Danielle is currently teaching Jazz at Image Dance Company and Academy.
El Horror/El Armor
Victoria Garcia-Zapata Klein
Victoria Garcia-Zapata Klein is a poet from San Antonio’s west side. She is the author of two chapbooks, Peace in the Corazon & Another Water Bug is Murdered While it Rains in Texas. She was a member of the poetry performance group Women of Ill Repute: Refute! She is currently working on a poetry book, Te Prometo. She is grateful to her beautiful family & friends for their loving support.

Marisa Gonzalez
As a queer Xicana, I find it extremely important to express myself. For me, dance is my outlet, and my passion. I’ve been dancing for over 20 years; mostly Mexican folkorico, and Flamenco. I’ve dabbled in modern and in the last few years, belly dance. Through dance I am able to transmit culture, myself, influences, and create something new from my past and present.

often I still am / Intent of Alignment
Michi Fink
Michi, being a nickname from her sisters of the San Anto community, and Fink being of her rested Mothers maiden name, Michi Fink is a Vegan who lives for, and with the Universe. Her focus in the Arts is with words, and to the movement of body with a concentration in dance. She is a Queer Womyn whom spends most of her free time as a Yogi, attending, helping and being the Arts and volunteering her efforts as an Activist.


She is Not
Sarah Tijerina
High School Freshman, SAY Si’ ALAS Youth Theatre Company Member, interested in writing, strong advocate for equality.

Melanie Davis
Melanie Davis is originally from San Antonio, Texas where she studied Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Cheerleading. She was both a Lasso and Head Cheerleader at Thomas Jefferson High School and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from Texas State University, where she was a Strutter and Strutter Officer. In 2001 she moved to Mexico where she performed, trained (adding the Circus Arts to her repertoire) and worked as a dance educator for eleven years. She traveled to Guinea West Africa in 2013 where she received was certified to teach Guinean dance. She also recently returned from La Havana where she studied with the National Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba. Melanie holds a current Texas Teacher Certification in Dance and is a dedicated and talented self-employed artist in the San Antonio and Austin areas.

Excerpt of Glam Bear
Dino Foxx
Dino Foxx, born and raised in San Antonio, is a nationally presented actor, singer, dancer, writer, spoken word poet, hip-hop artist, arts educator and activist. He is a founding member of Tragic Bitches (a Queer Xicana/o Performance Poetry Collaborative), a company member with Jump-Start Performance Co. and an emcee with the band, The Push Pens. Andrés Duque of Blabbeando has described his poetry as following “themes of family unity and disunity, ethnic bonds and divisions, assimilation and displacement as well as sexuality and love.” His poetry has been published in such collections as Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press) the 19th issue of Suspect Thoughts: A journal of subversive writing (2007) and Queer Codex: Chile Love (Evelyn Street Press/allgo). Foxx also published his first collection of poetry entitled When the Glitter Fades through Kórima Press in July of 2013.

Rebel, Annmarie, Alyson
Rebel Mariosa is a Tejana who spent the last 7 years creating, learning and performing in Califas but has returned to her home town of San Antonio to continue the journey, reconnect and share with her homeland, family and community.

AnnMarie Correa is from Bryan/College Station, she is a performer, songwriter, and make-up artist who believes that art is a movement that gives one freedom in many forms.

Alyson Alonzo was born and raised in San Antonio. She is a singer, songwriter, visual artist and lead singer of Sugar Skulls.

Polly, Zombie Bazaar
Zombie Bazaar is a Panza Fusion Belly Dance Familia that can been seen performing their Tejana Politica blend of dance nearly every week en las calles de San Anto. Zombie Bazaar Belly Dance continues to transform the San Antonio arts scene. Community-minded, creative and inventive, the Zombies, under the direction of Giomara “Gio” Bazaldua bring together an array of influences within their own performances. This performance is a response to recent news about incidents of rapes both around the world and in the United States. From the horrible gang rapes in India and Egypt to dismissed rape cases for hometown high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio.

Ernesto Olivo
Ernesto Olivo is a contemporary artist and art educator born in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila Mexico. As a visual artist, he works with various mixed media. His work focuses on multi-cultural and ethnic issues as well as race and gender in popular culture.


S.T. Shimi is a foxy brown performance artist who has been living and making work in San Antonio for two decades. Born and raised in Singapore, her theater work examines the intersections and contradictions of multiple identities in irreverent, provocative and visually intriguing ways. Some of her solo works include Lost in Translation, Southern Discomfort and On the Island, which was staged at the first National Asian American Theater Festival. She also collaborates with other artists including Erik Bosse and Billy Munoz on multi-media experiences that have been seen around town, including several Luminarias. Shimi is a company and staff member with Jump-Start Performance Co.

Sleeping in the Shadows
Joyous Windrider
I am a working artist mother. Performance poet and theatre arts educator. I believe that every person has the innate ability to create meaningful art. My life is dedicated to breaking through imposed limitations in order to rediscover authenticity in expression and relationship.

Shower with change
Esmeralda Trevino

Evolution of my Intuition
Rosalynn Warren
As a queer, feminist, artist, woman of color, Rosalynn Warren strives to encourage, and motivate others to move towards progressive self and social existence through community organizing, spreading positive truth and education, creating art and sharing her own experience in her journey of exploring human connections.

Llama de las Artistas Femenistas
Giomara is a proud Queer Xicana. She is a dancer, a lover, a laugher, an artist, an agnostic. This piece is homage to artistas xingonas from the past. For it is their inspiration, their energia y fuego that has given present and future artistas the power and pathway to self-expression. Adeilitas (escaramuzas), Frida Kahlo, Gloria Anzaldua y Selena Quintenilla-Perez all broke through boundaries and stereotypes with alma y pasion. This is Gio with An Homenaje a Las Xingonas.

The Wrestlers
Pink Leche
Pink Leche is a queer bass music project created by Eric T. Cavazos in mid 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. Pink Leche proudly joins the ranks of other queer acts that came before him in San Antonio and adds a little sexy and smooth blend of R&B, Hip Hop and EDM, that he refers to as Queer Bass.

Eleonor Maciel
Eleonor Maciel (Laredo, Durango) Actriz de Teatro y activista social Mexicana. Inicio con el grupo del Teatro Isauro Martínez de Torreón Coah. Realizo varios montajes y su primera gira nacional. A los dieciocho años decide emigrar a la Ciudad de México para ingresar a La Casa del Teatro y continuar sus estudios profesionales. Ha sido Colaboradora para Casas de Cultura y Festivales de Arte en su ciudad de origen y ciudades vecinas impartiendo talleres de Teatro y presentado trabajos unipersonales. Trabajó en diversos montajes en la Ciudad de México. En el 2007 Se integra al montaje “Cada quien su Frida”, en el cual se desempeña como Actriz, Asistente de Dirección y Producción, bajo la Dirección y Dramaturgia de Ofelia Medina. Celebrando un siglo del nacimiento de Frida Kahlo en su casa y museo. Tour en México y en el Teatro Nacional de Cuba en La Habana Cuba. En el Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro, Gran Teatro la Falla, Cádiz, España. En el Festival “Face of the World”, en el Teatro The New LATC, en Los Angeles, CA. Gira por Dinamarca y en el Teatro Odin, (Holstebro, Dk) en la cual fue Becada. Actualmente radica en la Ciudad de San Antonio Tx. Ha sido parte del festival “Luminaria” en los últimos dos años.


TEN MINUTE SESSIONS echos the new focus on Installation-based art and Performance-based art at Lady Base Gallery. Curated by Fabiola Torralba, this is an exhibition of short performances that will introduce a new body of work by local Women artists and LBGTQ artists and is also a benefit event for Lady Base Gallery, celebrating our 1 Year Anniversary!

Entrance fee is $20. Cocktails and Appetizers will be provided.

Alyson Diana Alonzo
Rosalynn Warren
David Zamora Casas
Eric Cavazos (Pink Leche)
Danielle Dean
Joyous Windrider
Dino Foxx
Laura Beth Rodriguez
Fernanda Covarrubias
Eric Anthony Flores
Danielle Dean
Alyxzandra Theall
Esmeralda Trevino
Allison Angela Ozornia
Eleonor Maciel
Maddie Ramos
Victoria Garcia Zapata Klein
Michelle Simpson (Michi Fink)
Rebel Mariposa
Ann Marie Correa
Marisa Gonzalez
Sarah Tijerina
Lilith Tijerina
Kristina Watkins
Victoria Villasenor
Melanie Davis

One night only, so join us on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 5:00PM-6:00PM for a reception, followed by performances from 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM at Lady Base and Gallista Gallery, both located at 1913 S. Flores in San Antonio, Texas.

Lady Base Gallery

A site for the artistic practices of Women and the LBGTQ community. It is an experimental initiative supporting the creative practices of those interested in professional development as an artists and those interested in an artistic practices that crosses disciplines.
Founded February 2013.

Lady Base Gallery (Inside Gallista Gallery)
1913 S. Flores San Antonio, Texas 78204


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This exhibition features artists, MARICELA OLGUIN AND ANDREW LEO STANSBURY. Olguin works with the old school tradition of Mexican folk art paper cutting and Stansbury works with the aesthetics of accumulation and assemblage of sculptural objects. We hope that you will join us to honor the work of artists, Olguin and Stansbury. An opening reception will be held Second Saturday, December 14, 2013 from
6:30pm-9:00pm with an Artist Talk at 7:30PM. Their work will be on view until December 21st, by appointment. Lady Base Gallery, found inside Gallista Gallery, is located at 1913 S. Flores.

Maricela Olguin (San Antonio, Texas)
I like to use the old school tradition of Mexican folk art paper cutting with the recent photographs of everyday people. This is how I like to keep the memory of my ancestors alive in my everyday life.
Maricela Olguin, a Chicana artist, uses her cultural and creative expertise to enrich the community. Since her childhood days of dancing folklorico for an international ensemble, she has been devoted to creating artwork that stirs emotions and preserves cultura. She is the founder of Cochina and the owner and baker at Sweet Chela’s Bakery.

Andrew Leo Stansbury (Cuero, Texas)
I work in accumulation and assemblage, taking similar objects and grouping them together to achieve an alternate context that differentiates itself from their individual connotations. This fascination I have comes from my years training as a functional potter, where the beauty I find comes not from just a single bowl but from the grouping of fifty.

My work can range from haplessly romantic to overtly sexual in tone. I like to believe I’m the spiritual love child of George Ohr and Leigh Bowery. With that said, I should note that I have a weird sense of humor. The start of every project is that of a joke. (“Wouldn’t it be funny if I made this silly profane pink thing that people will insert their hand inside of and take the title from a line in the song Hokey Pokey?”) I don’t mean to make that sound shallow, but truthfully, that’s where the concept begins and starts to grow. The work evolves and becomes something more profound and intimate, even if it can be uncomfortable for me to share.

My goal isn’t to shock people, but rather it’s a humorous attempt to express who I am and what I put myself through. My work is informed by my childhood struggles of physical abuse by my father as well as my continuing dedication to care for my disabled mother. Those two are unrelated, but when combined those events have left me as self-labeled damaged goods.

My altered hollow forms are struggles for a normalcy I cannot obtain, an empty vessel waiting to be filled with something more profound. My more performance-based sculptures are representations of my desire for what I see as a mass-perceived state of normalcy. That type of work highlights my own abnormalities and insecurities in an act of therapeutic bondage; wearing the sculptures forces me to endure pain that I cannot physically get out of, yet I force myself into these sculptures. I consider my purely functional work merely as a way for my hand to reach out into that mass, leaving my maker’s mark in the home of an outsider.

I’m reminded of the opening intro to the obscure TV series “Monkey” from the 70s where the voice-over reads a Buddha quote: “With our thoughts, we make the world.” This is a strange reference, but because of that horrible show, those words remain in my mind. That’s why I create. I have to get my thoughts out, to share to the world, with the intention to grasp at least one person and connect. The sharing of a small tea bowl can connect strangers that words cannot. —Andrew Leo Stansbury

Andrew Leo Stansbury (b. 9 years after Elvis died, Cuero, Texas) is a traditionalist by training, focusing on the utilitarian aspect of clay when making his sculptural vessels. Subsequently, he is also a recovering prude, now understanding and semi-accepting the vastness of his own self-loathing. He completed his Associate of Arts and Science at the Victoria College in 2009 and his BFA in ceramics at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. His work somehow has been shown in galleries throughout Texas, including the 500X Gallery in Dallas and Blue Star Contemporary Gallery in San Antonio.

Lady Base Gallery
A site for the artistic practices of Women and the LBGTQ community. It is an experimental initiative
supporting the creative practices of those interested in
practice-based research within their field and those artistic practices that cross disciplines. Founded February 2013.

Thank you for supporting local artists.

Sarah Castillo
Lady Base Gallery (Inside Gallista Gallery)
1913 S. Flores San Antonio, Texas 78204
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My Intuition is an exhibition featuring artist, Diana Rocha-Fitzgibbon. Rocha-Fitzgibbon is an Abstract Impressionist painter from San Antonio, Texas and applies both traditional and innovative painting techniques in her process while allowing her intuition to determine the final development of her paintings.

We hope that you will join us to honor the work of artist, Rocha-Fitzgibbon’s. An opening reception will be held Second Saturday, November 9th, 2013 from 6:30pm-9:00pm with an Artist Talk at 7:30PM.

Lady Base Gallery, found inside Gallista Gallery, is located at 1913 S. Flores.

Lady Base Gallery
A site for the artistic practices of Women and the LBGTQ community. It is an experimental initiative supporting the creative practices of those interested in practice-based research within their field and those artistic practices that cross disciplines. Founded February 2013.

Sarah Castillo-Director
Lady Base Gallery (Inside Gallista Gallery)
1913 S. Flores San Antonio, Texas 78204
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Acholi Mother. (Detail). Gustavo Garcia. 2013.

Acholi Mother. (Detail). Gustavo Garcia. 2013.

Join us on Second Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Lady Base Gallery for an opening reception featuring artists Adela C. Arellano, Gustavo Garcia, Roy Martinez and Dolores Valles. 

Second Saturday, October 12, 2013
Opening Reception 6:30 PM -9:00 PM
Artist Talk 7:30 PM

Roy Martinez (Dallas,Texas) works towards bridging cultural and sub-cultural perceptions that band in solidarity latin@s, mexican@s, chican@s and other people of color, within heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual communities in order to further social change, acceptance and to reclaim our rich ancestral histories. 

Gustavo Garcia (San Antonio, Texas) depicts work inspired by one of Africa’s longest running conflicts involving rebel leader Joseph Kony and his rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)

Collaboratively, Adela C. Arellano (Photography/San Antonio, Texas) and Dolores Valles (Installation/San Antonio, Texas) visually capture the uncensored and unspoken anatomical billboard of the uncharted shapes, lines, scars and curves of a woman’s body.

Artists Statements

Adela C Arellano
I visually capture the uncensored and unspoken anatomical billboard of uncharted shapes, lines, scars and curves of a woman’s body. This is done in hopes of unveiling a new cultural and global perception of unedited beauty.

Dolores Valles
This installation works to break the stereotypes and barriers of what society, culture and our families say about what to look like and how we should act. The acceptance of one’s skin color, scars, stretch marks and body hair are not to be frowned upon but as a remembrance of strength, wisdom and our ancestors.

Roy Martinez
The initial inspiration to create art was my clash of cultures; being the 1st American born generation to Mexican parents, I always had this identity issue. My realization of the differences between both cultures and the source of it, didn’t come til my 20s. I looked back on my school career and couldn’t pin point any time my Mexican culture was mentioned in American history. [[besides the battle of the Alamo where they were portrayed as victimizers, instead of victims of American expansion.]] I took it upon myself to begin a long journey to correctly identify my Mexican heritage through personal experiences. I’ve taken trips to México these past years with the intent to analyze and internalize it. I’ve seen its unspoken beauty from Tulum, Guadalajara, DF, to Zacatecas. I’ve seen the faces of people who, like my parents, just want a better opportunity to provide for their families. I saw firsthand traces of the environment my parents were born in [[after decades filled with instability due to governmental corruption, a weak financial system, and, recently, mass murders attributed to ongoing drug wars]]. I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the thought of my parents leaving a place of such rich ancestral history for an opportunity in the U.S., whose payment, was/is cultural suicide. [[Which I was a direct product of]] Throughout my life, I’ve been exposed to slurs that I was always quick to debunk because of their demeaning nature being known as “one those people” came with embarrassment, shame, and thoughts of it being a personal flaw, or so I was lead to believe.
My art has evolved in the past year to include my sexual orientation and gender expression. partly through the use of imagery of bisexual/gay artists and writers, like Frida Kahlo, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Andy Warhol. I also included myself in a juxtaposition of traditionally feminine specific activities, by using crochet items made by my mom previously, and recently doing my own embroidery. Being homosexual, androgynous, and of Mexican decent in western culture has come with obstacles from trying to identify myself to myself to defining myself to others that haven’t been exposed to androgyny or atypical homosexuality. I’ve come to a point in my life, now, that i do not see these aspects of myself as a defect, and with my broader understanding of my Mexican heritage, combined, have been a source of great empowerment and inspiration. I’ve found great solace in creating radical xicanoqueer art that is a direct reflection of me within this society. I hope of bridging cultural and sub-cultural perceptions that bands in solidarity latin@s, mexican@s, chican@s, other people of color, within heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual communities to further social change, acceptance, and to reclaim our rich ancestral histories.

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me, and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde

Gustavo Garcia
I see art as a way to spread a message or enlighten others of issues they may not know about. My work exists to raise awareness about injustices in the world and provide an opportunity for the viewer to do something about the issue being presented. People can live their everyday lives not knowing about the issues that surround them both near and far. Perhaps if they only knew they might be able to play a part in resolving these issues. Sometimes people know about an instance of injustice, but they don’t do anything about it because they aren’t inspired to take action or given the opportunity to help. Whatever your situation is, here is your information, your inspiration, your opportunity.
This work depicts images inspired by one of Africa’s longest running conflicts. For 27 years, a rebel leader named Joseph Kony and his rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), have abducted innocent children to be child soldiers; they have raped girls forcing them into a life of sexual slavery; and, have killed and mutilated innocent people. Due to fear of being abducted, hurt or killed, thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. What originally started in remote communities in Uganda has spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Southern Sudan. What if this was your life?
My work includes both printmaking and mixed media. I used photographic images of people affected by the conflict and the information learned about this issue to inspire the hand-drawn imagery I then used to create prints. The printmaking process used allows for the charcoal drawings I created to be photo transferred onto plexiglass plates, developed through a chemical process and printed to resemble the original drawing. The mixed media piece is a compilation of various prints that I’ve done and reworked with some compressed charcoal. I wanted to recycle imperfect prints to create a new piece of work with them. The mixed media piece includes prints that were made using the process described above specifically, a lithograph made using a toner wash and charcoal. The dark and muddy colors relate to the horrific and dark nature of the issue being represented in the pieces. There are also subtle images in the pieces that serve as clues to help the viewer get a better understanding of the subject being shown.
How can one man and his army now terrorize four countries in Africa and for so long? Unfortunately, it is because too few people knew about what was happening or too few cared enough to do anything about it. Luckily, in recent years there have been a couple of organizations who have dedicated themselves to bringing a permanent end to LRA atrocities, one of them is Invisible Children. Through media, mobilization, protection and recovery this organization has made amazing progress in bringing this issue to light, getting people involved, protecting those who are vulnerable to Kony and the LRA, and helping communities that were previously affected become sustainable. #ZEROLRA refers to Invisible Children’s current campaign and a commitment to a world free of Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Invisible Children’s protection programs have proven to be extremely effective in encouraging victims and members of the LRA to peacefully surrender causing Kony and the LRA to become weaker, but it’s up to us (people like you and me) to keep these initiatives going. Learn more at and be a part of the solution by giving whatever you can. A portion of my artwork sales and 100% of any donations I receive will go towards funding these life-saving programs. It’s up to you. I challenge you to do something.

Please visit to help Gustavo raise money to help women, children, and kidnapped soldiers escape from Joseph Kony and the LRA.

“Do more than just watch.” – Invisible Children-


Adela C. Arellano

Adela is a single mother who finds stillness in writing poetry. A world music lover, she uses her lens of choice to capture poetical candid shots.

Dolores Valles

Dolores Valles is a full-time mom with a part-time job at the front desk of a hotel on the infamous River Walk. She is a volunteer, a mentor, Bonham Academy Booster President, a chaperone and a fundraiser coordinator. She has been involved with San Anto Cultural Arts for 7 years where she has discovered the importance of community and healing through the arts. She is a Chicana poet, artist, photographer, researcher, writer, jewelry maker and Zine maker. Her activism in the community involves efforts against domestic violence, violations of civil rights, educational inequalities and other local injustices. Last, she is a plus size model for Lorena Auguste Model Agency.

Roy Martinez
Roy Martinez was born in Chicago, Illinois to Mexican emigrants. My parents are from a town called Estancia de Animas in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. I spent my early childhood in Chicago, and moved to Dallas when I was 10. I’ve been living there ever since. I’m currently working towards a BFA in printmaking. I’m hoping to transfer to the California College of Arts in Oakland by Fall ‘14, then pursuing a MFA in Studio Art. I ultimately want to teach college level art, while also taking steps towards having my own gallery/studio space in DF, Mexico. I want to become a sort of bridge between Chican@s and Mexican@s and form a safe space where artists can work, exhibit, and hold open dialogues.

Gustavo Garcia
Gustavo was born in and currently resides in San Antonio, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BA in Art and a minor in Nonprofit Management. He is also a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Certified Nonprofit Professional. Gustavo currently works as the Development Associate at SAY Sí, a year-round, long-term, nonprofit multidisciplinary arts program that provides students opportunities to develop artistic and social skills in preparation for higher educational advancement and professional careers. His artwork is inspired by issues of social injustice particularly the issue of Joseph Kony and his rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Gustavo first learned about this issue in 2007 when he was introduced to Invisible Children, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring a permanent end to LRA atrocities through media, mobilization, protection and recovery. After watching Invisible Children’s first film, “Invisible Children: The Rough Cut” (2004), he continued to stay actively involved with the organization through the University of Texas at San Antonio and advocate for those that have been affected by this 27 yearlong conflict. In fall of 2012 Gustavo went on to work for Invisible Children, headquartered in San Diego, CA, as a full-time regional representative donating over 1500 hours of community service and speaking to over 18,100 people in formal high school, college and community assemblies throughout Texas, Louisiana and Mexico. Through his involvement with Invisible Children, Gustavo has had the opportunity to meet people that have been affected by Kony and the LRA and hear their personal experiences living through the conflict. His goal is to inform people about this ‘invisible’ war and other issues of social injustice through his work and inspire people to do something about it. Gustavo has exhibited with SAY Sí in Small Scale Works for a Larger Cause in 2012 and 2013. His work with SAY Sí and Invisible Children is proof of his dedication to making a positive change in both our local and global community.

We hope that you will join us to honor the work of these artists.  Artists will be given the opportunity to share more about their work during the opening reception. Artist Talk starts at 7:30PM. 

 Visit us on Second Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 6:30 PM- 9:00 PM at Lady Base Gallery, located inside Gallista Gallery at 1913 S. Flores where we will be hosting an opening reception presenting the work of Arellano, Garcia, Martinez and Valles.


Lady Base Gallery
A site for the artistic practices of Women and the LBGTQ community. It is an experimental initiative supporting the creative practices of those interested in practice-based research within their field and those artistic practices that cross disciplines. Founded February 2013.

Sarah Castillo-Director
Lady Base Gallery (Inside Gallista Gallery)
1913 S. Flores San Antonio, Texas 78204

Diana Rocha-Fitzgibbon, Fall 2013 Intern at Lady Base Gallery


Lady Base Gallery would like to welcome Diana Rocha-Fitzgibbon to our team.  She will be an intern during the Fall 2013 semester and we look forward to working alongside Diana.  Diana is an Abstract Impressionist Painter born in San Antonio, Texas. Diana has been involved in the arts from a very young age with the firm but guiding hands of some amazingly talented community leaders and peers and she greatly admires them for their guidance.

Diana started her artistic roots through community-based arts organizations. Starting with San Anto Cultural Arts, she contributed her poetry and art work to its community newspaper EL Placazo starting in the ’90s and eventually became an “Editor-in-Training” during high school. During this time Diana participated in their public mural projects and this is where Diana found happiness in painting.

In 2008, Diana decided to pick up a bottle of acrylic paint once again and she remembered how much of a passion for painting she had and therefore she continues to paint.  She uses a variety of techniques that range from using her fingertips to the back of paintbrushes to create wondrously unique paintings.

Contact Diana for more information about her work.




Thanks in advance Diana. 


Lady Base Gallery (Inside Gallista Gallery)

1913 S Flores

San Antonio, Texas 78204

A Photography Show

Destiny Mata. Black Out II. 2012.

Photographers Chris Castillo (SATX), Irene Lozano (SATX), Destiny Mata (NYC) and Magdalena Yznaga (SATX) will be exhibiting this Second Saturday, September 14th at Lady Base Gallery. Each artist approaches a different subject matter through photography. Castillo explores the “genealogy of the mass produced images” through the cyanotype photographic process. Mata brings to the forefront her personal experiences of Hurricane Sandy in New York City. Yznaga presents documentation of her recent travels to Peru during a graduate study abroad program this past summer.

Second Saturday, September 14, 2013
6:00 PM- 9:00 PM Artist Talk 7:30PM
Lady Base Gallery (located inside Gallista Gallery)
1913 S. Flores

Chris Castillo
I’m interested in the genealogy of the mass produced image, postmodern photographic strategies, and presenting transparent stratification as a documentarian. The flattened compositions are imbued with my own interests and biography. These documents represent my navigations of homosexual pornographic print media and male-oriented marketing. The male gaze is reframed for the male gays. I find that playing with the construct of the male model can be subversive, political, and resistant. By presenting the magazine page as transparent, I want to bring awareness to underlying problematic representations. In using the cyanotype process, invented in the 19th century, I wish to insert these studies into a subset of photographic history, used traditionally to illustrate scientific and medical texts and as architectural blueprints. The two most influential artists for this body of work are, arguably the first female photographer, Anna Atkins, and American photographer Robert Heinecken.

Chris Castillo lives and works as a fine art photographer in San Antonio, Texas. He obtained his B.A. degree in Art from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. He draws inspiration from print media and documentary photography. He has interned for artist Adriana Lara and the artist collective Perros Negros in Mexico City, interned for Unit B(Gallery) in San Antonio, interned and currently works at Artpace, and also currently works at the nation’s first bookless public library, BiblioTech. Castillo is a member of the artist collective The Lullwood Group.

Irene Lozano
My work depicts honest images of females and their insecurities about their bodies. I chose to explore this aspect because although every person has personal body insecurities; we rarely ever physically expose them. We might talk about them but when do we ever expose them, much less photograph them for display? Why would we expose something we dislike? “Shed” allows women to liberate themselves from the insecurities they have with their own body and empowers other women to feel comfortable in their own skin. The insecurities exposed and captured in the photographs are no longer personally connected to that female and her body. They have been shed.

Irene Lozano works as a fine art teacher in San Antonio, Texas. She obtained her B.A degree in art and art history from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008. She works as a high school fine arts teacher and freelance photographer. Topics of her photography include cultural identity and female body image.

Destiny Mata
Hurricane Sandy was an awakening experience of survival. I wasn’t expecting a disastrous storm since last years hurricane wasn’t brutal. The night before the storm we received a mandatory evacuation letter from Mayor Bloomberg since I live in Zone A, right across from the East River. I wasn’t planning on leaving my apartment.
The night before the storm hit police drove around my housing complex with megaphones repeatedly stating that we needed to evacuate our buildings by 7pm the next day. These are a series of photos from my experience. This became a life changing event, not only for me, but for many others affected by the storm.

My name is Destiny Mata and I’m a photographer. I grew up literally on the streets of New York City. My mother and I were homeless for most of my youth, slept in subway carts, park benches and in shelter homes. Although I had a misfortunate living condition, I was fortunate enough to see a side of the photo industry at a young age. I spent most of my childhood inside photo studios since my aunt was a fashion photographer. I saw a world of artificiality and materialism in the fashion industry that I grew up hating.
I took my first photo class in photojournalism at La Guardia Community College in Queens. It connected me to telling stories through photography. Every photo or video I’ve shot has been with whatever I could get my hands on, whether borrowed from friends, family members or checked out from school.
My utmost goal is to make a difference with my photography and videos. I believe that if I can impact one person’s life than I have done my job.

Magdalena Yznaga
I was one of thirteen students that was selected to study abroad in Peru, through the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Education, funded by Fulbright Scholarship. This travel experience led us to the exotic location of Machu Picchu (currently one of the Seven Wonders of the World). These few images are photographs of this ancient city of the Incas. It was the only stronghold that the Spaniards never found in Peru. The Inca believed the four mountains surrounding Machu Picchu were their principle gods protecting it. It is still considered the hidden city in the skies.

Madalena Yznaga is currently a graduate student at The University of Texas at San Antonio studying for her Master’s in Bilingual and Bicultural Studies, accomplished her B.A. in Art and is a local photographer in San Antonio, Texas. She concentrates her work on performance art and documentary photography. Topics of her photography include: cultural, political, and historical influences. Yznaga, is also a mentor for children and teens and under her mentorship she has taught art for Communities in Schools. She has interned for the San Antonio Museum of Art and is a member of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

Lady Base Gallery
A site for the artistic practices of Women and the LBGTQ community. It is an experimental initiative supporting the creative practices of those interested in practice-based research within their field and those artistic practices that cross disciplines. Founded February 2013.

Sarah Castillo-Director
Lady Base Gallery (Inside Gallista Gallery)
1913 S. Flores San Antonio, Texas 78204


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