photo by Arturo Almeida
photo by Arturo Almeida
Photos from "Baila" exhibit

Blue Star hosts photography exhibit by Arturo Almeida

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(July 5, 2006)--The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center presents the photography exhibit, "Baila" (or "dancing"), by Arturo Almeida, UTSA art collection curator.

The exhibit, free and open to the public, runs July 7 to July 30 in the center's Gallery 4, Alamo and Probandt streets in downtown San Antonio. Exhibition hours are noon-6 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday.

An opening reception, free and open to all, is 6-9 p.m., Friday, July 7.

The photos in the exhibit were taken during a family gathering at Christmas and feature 11-year-old Alan Lomeli showing off his hip-hop dancing. The luminous young dancer in a Spiderman shirt was coaxed into performing, and his furious dance moves in front of a blue big-screen created visually interesting elements.

"We convinced Alan to shed his inhibitions and he sprang to his feet," said Almeida. "The images in the exhibit have not been enhanced or manipulated, and the unusual configurations and phosphorescent effect are simply the result of capturing the boy's movements in front of a big-screen TV."

A native of Brownsville, Texas, Almeida attended Del Mar College and studied photography at San Antonio College and the Southwest School of Art and Craft. His photography has been displayed in Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and Corpus Christi.

For more information, call (210) 227-6960.

The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, a nonprofit, noncollecting organization, works to advance the growth and understanding of contemporary art, artists and the curatorial process. Through exhibitions and a variety of programs, Blue Star helps develop regional, national and international contemporary art and provides a lively forum for the visual arts dialogue.

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