The Alamo Kiwanis Club will host its annual Western & Heritage Art Show on Friday, Jan. 22 to support regional artists and to raise funds to support children’s charities throughout Bexar County.

Original paintings, etchings, sculptures, and works in other mediums by artists from all over the Southwest region will be for sale starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center’s Lonesome Dove Room will open at 6:30 p.m. for guests to preview the work at 7 p.m.

General admission tickets are $150 and come with $200 in casino vouchers and valet parking. Click here to purchase.

During its 53rd year, the Western & Heritage Art Show will also feature a casino party and raffle, catering by The RK Group, live entertainment, and a brief performance from the club’s Fiesta Noche del Rio dancers.

Fiesta Noche del Rio dancers perform at the 2015 Western & Heritage Art Show. Photo by Paul Casanova Garcia.
Fiesta Noche del Rio dancers perform at the 2015 Western & Heritage Art Show. Photo by Paul Casanova Garcia.

“The show originated during rodeo season, and it used to be simply Western art pieces, natural settings, or animal-type pieces made up of watercolors, oil, pencil, and acrylics,” said Alamo Kiwanis Club Executive Director Heather Akkerman. “But now we’ve kind of revamped it into the Western & Heritage Art Show and so with that we have artists from across the Southwest region.”

The club has also brought in abstract pieces, Akkerman added, in an effort to appeal to those who may not collect Western art.

Standout artists such as Clay McGaughy and Raul Gutierrez are among some of the many individuals who will be showcasing their artwork at the event.

“(Raul Gutierrez) has been with the show since the very beginning,” Akkerman said, “so he has been (exhibiting) with us for 53 years.”

Abstract artist Brother Cletus Behlmann, whose artwork completely sold out at last year’s show, will also be featured.

Onlookers gaze at the artwork on display at the 2015 Western & Heritage Art Show. Photo by Paul Casanova Garcia.
Customers gaze at the artwork on display at the 2015 Western & Heritage Art Show. Photo by Paul Casanova Garcia.

The Alamo Kiwanis Club was founded in 1947 and was organized to help children’s charities through two major fundraisers: The Western & Heritage Art Show and Fiesta Noche del Rio.

To date, the club has donated more than $2.75 million to San Antonio area children’s charities, including Any Baby Can, Kinetic Kids, The Children’s Shelter, St. PJ’s Children’s Home, Child Advocates San Antonio, and the YMCA.

Fiesta Noche del Rio, presented at the historic Arneson River Theater on the San Antonio River Walk, claims to be the oldest outdoor dance performance in the U.S. and takes place during mid-May through mid-August every year.

The art show is one of several events that lead up to the San Antonio Stock & Rodeo Show. It officially kicks off with an opening ceremony at the AT&T Center and on the Freeman Coliseum Grounds on Feb. 11. But rodeo season in San Antonio really begins with the Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive downtown.

The sight of 110 longhorn cattle with only a flimsy plastic fence between you and the livestock can be somewhat intimidating. Photo by Page Graham.
The sight of 110 longhorn cattle with only a flimsy plastic fence between you and the livestock can be somewhat intimidating. Photo by Page Graham.

*Top image: An artist shows off his work during the 2015 Western & Heritage Art Show. Photo by Paul Casanova Garcia.

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Rocío Guenther

Rocío Guenther worked as a bilingual reporter and editorial assistant for the Rivard Report from June 2016 to October 2017. She is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico and holds a bachelor's in English...