I passed by this sign hundreds of times and never noticed it. One day I happened to look up as I drove by and I was so surprised and excited to "find" it. I'm glad I looked up that day, and especially glad I went back to take photos. Soon thereafter, there was a fire that demolished the building. Thankfully, the sign was recovered and it is now in storage. This is one of the photos in my Fotoseptiembre exhibit, "What Once Was."

It’s been nearly a year since I last wrote as The Groovy Gringa.

Shame on me.

The blog was always in the back of my mind as I traveled or went to concerts and enjoyed live music. I kept thinking, “Oh, I’ll get back to it soon,” and I never did.

So what better time to revive my blog than this week as I await the opening of my second solo Fotoseptiembre exhibit? A bit self-serving? Perhaps, but at least it got me writing again!

This year’s exhibit is named “What Once Was.” I focused my camera on buildings, signs and other architectural elements that have been forgotten or neglected. Most of the photos were taken in the San Antonio area, but others are scattered throughout Texas and there’s even a couple from South Dakota and Nebraska.

Please join me at the opening reception Thursday, Sept. 10, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Travis Collaborative Building, 237 W. Travis, in downtown San Antonio. It’s free, but please RSVP here: 2015 Fotoseptiembre: “What Once Was” Exhibition Opening.

The exhibit and opening are sponsored by Debra Benditz of Debra Benditz Art Studios. She has been an amazing mentor and dear friend in helping put this show together. BONUS: Her studio is in the same building so you’ll also be able to view her beautiful work!

Hope to see you there!


By the way, I did keep busy this past year even though I wasn’t blogging! Took a ton of photos. Since I started shooting for Sam’s Burger Joint in November 2010, I’ve posted more than 7,000 photos to their Flickr site. And as of today, I’ve started posting once again to my own Flickr site for The Groovy Gringa. There you’ll find photos from my travels, and live music at the always-cool Luna Music Bar and Lounge, the Aztec Theatre and the Majestic Theatre.


Unknown said…
So important to acknowledge and embrace the good and beautiful (as well as lessons learned) from the past. Isn't that, at least in part, why we have the expression "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water"? lol Thanks for your time and effort in this regard!
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