Gallista Studio Gallery is the new home for Chicano artist Joe Lopez. Gallista a smaller studio then before it features original oil and watercolor paintings by Lopez. A Gift Shop that sells Gallista products ( Note cards, prints and t-shirts of Lopez's art) Chicano art products, and Chicano literature. Gallista features a monthly guest artist every Second Saturday /Segundo Sabado.
We are proud of continuing to promote our Mexican American/Chicano culture...Puro Gallo Y Que Viva La Raza!
107 Lone Star Ave
San Antonio, TX 78204
Gallista Studio Gallery is now located in the Lone Star Art District that in cludes Dock space Gallery and Lone Star Gallery . Our monthly art happening, Segundo Sabado, finds the gallery alive with visitors, Live music featuring local bands.
Joe Lopez' first gallery opened in 1996. He says: "The main idea was to have a place where I could feature my own work, since I had difficulty showing work in any of the other galleries in town. Every First Friday all the studios in the area would open up and feature a different artists, so I decided to start inviting my Chicano artist friends to exhibit as a featured artist. I would dedicate one wall to the guest artist. After a while, the word began to spread that I was promoting Chicano art, and I started getting approached by other Chicano artists I didn't know. After 2 years on Alamo street, I was encouraged by Andy Benavidez, to come join him on South Flores St, where he had bought and started One9Zero6 Gallery. My response was that he was crazy, and that I would never be able to afford a building of that size. His response was, 'The only thing they can say is no, what have you got to lose?' One of my collectors opened the door for the bank loan, and as they say, 'the rest is history.' The building was rundown, beat up. Even the ceiling was falling down. It took a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears to turn it into the place it is today"