“Gold Rush” Art Exhibit Gilds AnArte Gallery
By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Juliana Day Huff
San Antonio’s AnArte gallery glittered and sparkled this fall, as its “Gold Rush” painting and sculpture exhibit by wedded artist couple Bryson Brooks and Holly Hein Brooks wowed patrons with their hand-made gilded objects. The gilded extravaganza displayed over 1500 sheets of gold leaf and at leaset150 paintings and sculptures. The glam art show explored a variety of themes from gestural westerns, iconic stars, and figurative abstractions.
Ana Montoya founded AnArte in 2001, establishing it as one of few contemporary art galleries in San Antonio. She moved to its Broadway location two years ago, serving to cultivate and curate for both residential and corporate art collectors of any level. Following the exhibition, this winter it’s been difficult to “keep up the Brooks’,” as they jet set to Berlin to record Bryson’s “Booty Jam Art Raps” with famed producer Gordon Raphael, thanks to the Art Pace Travel Grant he received. Look for recordings soon. The Brooks’ were Austin artists who met while working on murals and both are graduates of the University of Texas at Austin. Fast forward to eleven years later to now where the couple continues to happily paint and live in the Blue Star Arts Complex in Southtown San Antonio.