The All Women Artist Auction and Riverside Party to Benefit The Artist Foundation of San Antonio

August 22, 2011 (San Antonio, TX) – Pearl Brewery and The San Antonio Convention and Visitor's Bureau to co-sponsor Aguas Frescas, a celebration featuring the curated collection of 30 San Antonio women artists benefiting The Artist Foundation of San Antonio. Aguas Frescas will be held on Saturday, September 17th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Pearl Amphitheatre where a trail of artwork will be installed outdoors and displayed throughout Pearl. Tickets are $75/person; there will be an art auction, music from DJ XXX and delicious bites from Chef Johnny Hernandez of La Gloria.

"What could be more natural? A collection of 30 female artists, some well known, some earlier in their careers, and all outstanding and fresh." said Andy Benevides, artist and co creator of SMART (Supporting Multiple Art Resources Together) who curated the event and came up with the idea Aguas Frescas. " Their work will be exhibited by the cool, flowing San Antonio River. This conjures up the idea of freshness that we are all desiring at the end of this long summer."

"We're thrilled to co-sponsor Aguas Frescas with the SACVB at the Pearl Amphitheatre. This will be the first of what I hope are many fine art events we host," said Elizabeth Fauerso, Chief Marketing Officer Pearl. "As an admirer of the wealth of women artists in our midst, it's a pleasure to feature them here. "

The Artist Foundation (AF) is celebrating its sixth consecutive year of awarding $5,000 grants to outstanding artists in Bexar County. USA Artists, a national organization that makes grants to individual artists, by selecting the AF as a Partner, recently recognized their work.

"Thanks to our funders and supporters we have been able to award $340,000 to 64 San Antonio artists in the past five years," said Patricia Pratchett, Chair and Co-Founder. "We are also seeing the impact that these awards are having one the depth and breadth of artistic creation, presentation and diversity. This makes our city more vibrant, alive and desirable place to live and visit."

Visit to learn more about the AF including information on all award recipients. For more information about Pearl go to


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About the Artist Foundation of San Antonio:

The goals of the Artist Foundation include not only identifying outstanding area artists through a juried process and granting them monetary awards, but also raising awareness about the vast artistic talent in our community. The Artist Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is supported in part by The Cultural Collaborative of the City of San Antonio, The Tobin Endowment, The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, the estate of George Cortes, Lifshutz Foundation, The Liberto Family, Graham Weston and Friends of Chuck Ramirez.



Pearl, a former brewery that operated from 1883 until 2001 and a landmark just north of downtown, today is a groundbreaking culinary gathering place where you can eat, live, learn and play on the banks of the San Antonio River.  

The 22-acre Pearl site is home to the Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio and Aveda Institute San Antonio, the year-round Pearl Farmers Market and the Pearl Wednesday Marketplace.  Pearl restaurants include Il Sogno Italian Osteria and the Sandbar Fish House and Market, both by CIA graduate and James Beard Award-nominated chef Andrew Weissman, and La Gloria Ice House by CIA graduate chef Johnny Hernandez.  Pearl is also known for the Melissa Guerra Latin American kitchen store, the Twig book shop, Adelante Boutique, Run Wild Sports, The Synergy Studio and Bike World.  The Center for Architecture houses the AIA San Antonio and the Architecture Foundation of San Antonio.  Office tenants at Pearl include the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, the Nature Conservancy, the CE Group, WestEast Design Group and other creative firms.  Event space includes the Pearl Stable, the Pearl Studio and the newly completed Pearl Park, a community gathering space, which includes amphitheater seating overlooking a stage alongside the San Antonio River Walk.


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