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Published on March 01, 2024
San Antonio Welcomes 'In the Eye of The Beholder' - City's First Black Art Gallery Spurs Local PrideSource: In the Eye of The Beholder Art Gallery & Studio Website

Maria Williams, the force behind San Antonio's inaugural Black art gallery, 'In the Eye of The Beholder', has been basking in recognition from city honchos, including nods from the mayor's office. Her project has transformed a local initiative into a cultural landmark at 1917 North New Braunfels Avenue, a stone's throw from Fort Sam.

"Pride," Williams declared, per an interview with KENS 5. "A lot of pride and being able to encourage artists and have a space." Her gallery, evolving from 'The Art of Four' to an expansive showcase, now boasts a roster of over 40 artists hailing from San Antonio and far beyond.

Williams has been clear about her mission to provide a venue free from constant cultural justification. "I wanted them to have a place," Williams told KENS 5. "I wanted them to be comfortable walking in with their art and knowing that they can they can display their art without cultural explanation all the time."

It isn't just paintings, but various art forms take center stage within the gallery. Williams has extended an invitation to the public, urging those who haven't yet visited to experience the warmth and welcome the space exudes. "A sense of pride and belonging that's what I want my community to have," Williams said, emphasizing the gallery's role in nurturing a community's self-esteem and inclusivity.

Visitors looking to support and enjoy the works of San Antonio's Black artists can find 'In The Eye of The Beholder Art Gallery' at its North New Braunfels Avenue location, where the doors are open for inspiration, celebration, and appreciation of artwork that tells a story through Black perspectives.