The Storyteller's Art

While conducting research for a novel-in-progress set in the 19-teens, Gayle Brennan Spencer became fascinated and distracted by the stories old postcards have to tell – resulting in a series of collages, “Postcards from San Antonio.”

Gayle maintains the original, intimate scale of postcards and period stamps to force viewers to come closer to read these messages from earlier times – to ponder how they relate to life today.

The first of what she termed her “kitschen-aide” series because it revolved around subjects such as tortillas, salsa and pralines opened in March 2004 for a year-long show at Zinc Bistro. Through the years her themes have ranged from cowgirls to Frida y Diego, and her collages evolved to to include other ephemera calling for attention - including sheet music, playing cards, holy cards and San Antonio's infamous Blue Book, a 1911 visitors' guide to San Antonio's red light district.

Gayle's work has been included in group shows at Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, El Sol Studios, Bihl Haus Arts, Centro Cultural Aztlan and SAY Si benefits. Solo shows were held at C4 Workspace in 2010 and the King William Gallery in 2011.

The postage stamp-buttons above on your left will deliver you to her stories.