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Painting by Faith Fisher, courtesy of the Artist

Imagination is the Only Weapon 

(in the war against reality)

Walden Booker . Faith Fisher . Tirzah Lawson . Leroy Winter

Curated by Kimberly Garza

Four young artists, Walden Booker, Faith Fisher, Tirzah Lawson and Leroy Winter come together to display their most recent work in an art exhibit during San Antonio’s yearly Contemporary Art Month (CAM) opening March 18th at the Leal Art Gallery titled “Imagination is the Only Weapon (in the war against reality)” curated by Kimberly Garza.

In this exhibit, the talented young artists negotiate between the formal academic structure they have experienced the past four years and the inevitable shift as they transition from Senior’s at the North East School of the Arts (NESA), a competitive Fine Arts magnet program, to their post graduation educational goals. The work covers a range of interpretations of traditional/non-traditional portraits and still lifes that engage the viewer on a creative journey through the visual language of a generation of artists confronted with inevitable growing pains that segue into adulthood.

“Imagination is the Only Weapon (in the war against reality)” is a quote from Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland that illustrates a common thread woven in the work of these four artists. Although the styles vary, the dedication to the development of their skills combined with a creative innate talent is a testament to the power of the imagination and the exploration of art in a contemporary and sometimes skewed social reality.

Opening Reception

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Work on view thru May 2017

Closing Reception TBA

Leal Art Gallery

16011 University Oak

San Antonio, TX 78249

Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm

Gallery Contact:

Frank J Leal Jr. (210) 416-8938

Curator Contact:

Kimberly Garza (210) 542-0936

About Leal Art Gallery

Leal Art Gallery is an exhibition space located within the professional office building of Leal & Carter p.c. in Shavano Park. The Leal Art Gallery is dedicated to promoting local artists, supporting community based nonprofit organizations and providing the general public with an opportunity to see new, authentic, contemporary art.

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About North East School of the Arts (NESA)

The North East School of the Arts is a gifted and talented program in the arts, structured as a magnet program on the campus of Robert E. Lee High School.  NESA provides a rigorous academic environment, with a sequential, customized curriculum designed to encourage artistic excellence, integration with multiple arts disciplines, and authentic assessment.  NESA students study daily with our unique staff of professional educators who are also working artists with significant training and experience in their individual disciplines.  NESA students also participate in master classes and seminars with professional artists, and have multiple opportunities to showcase their talents.

NESA’s new director, Ernest Ramirez is a dedicated advocate of Fine Arts Education in San Antonio. His goal is to expand opportunities for interaction between the student artists and the community in order to encourage, provide experiences and support young artists in their journey towards becoming professional artists.

For more information on NESA visit thier website: http://www.neisd.net/nesa/index.cfm

About the Curator

Kimberly Garza is a Texas artist and curator who grew up on the US/Mexico border in Laredo.  With strong South Texas/Northern Mexican roots her artwork is influenced by a rich bicultural artistic sensibility which continuously fosters a commitment to multicultural expression.  She completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts Painting with a minor in Art History from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2005; and in 2014 completed a Masters in Bicultural and Bilingual Studies presenting a multidisciplinary auto-ethnographic research project engaging art and research.  Committed to the promotion of visual literacy and art as research she aspires to encourage the use of art in all aspects of education and reference the cultural landscape South Texas.  

Artist Blog: kgarzacampbell.wordpress.com

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