SANG Visits “Embroidering the Old Spanish Trail”

l-r: Artist Laura Gibson, Marilyn Veach, Marsha Boysen, Joan Vanderbrink, Diane Williams, Joyce McCoig, Pat Sweet, Beverly Moltz, Mary Layman, Ruth Krimsky

I’ve lived here over 30 years, and San Antonio is still surprising me! Beverly Moltz read of an interesting art exhibit and passed it on during a stitch in … next thing I knew, SANG had arranged an impromptu outing to see “Embroidering the Old Spanish Trail,” by artist Laura Gibson. I had never heard of the gallery which held the exhibit (Bill Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Road, across from Tip Top Café. The Gallery is only open Friday and Saturday from 1-4. The gallery is located behind the gates of the Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments.)
On November 18th, we gathered outside Bill Haus Arts and were met by the artist herself! Laura Gibson was gracious enough to take time out of her schedule to talk with SANG and answer any questions we might have about the Exhibit. It was a bit like going to the Sistine Chapel and having Michelangelo docent the tour!

Laura created hand-embroidered and drawn works on 1920s era player-piano rolls that portray vignettes of her observations or stories learned on her travels on the storied roadway. Laura is an extraordinary multimedia artist. The piano rolls are an unusual canvas to work on. After telling us how she prepared the rolls — Laura offered us some of her unused rolls to create our own art. I think we should take her up on it!
The exhibit is well worth seeing, and will be showing through mid January. There is a very nice article about Laura and her art in the Nov/Dec issue of San Antonio Woman. The article is also available online at:

by Joan Vanderbrink and Mary Hodges