Junk or Jewel: It All Depends on You (Art Exhibit by Richard Stankiewicz)

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Honestly, I was not thrilled to find that as part of this class a "field Trip" was required to complete an assignment. Several factors played into that; first, the only opportunity I would have to squeeze in a cultural event would be on a weekend, and second, given the propensity of Murphy's Law to lay-in wait, I was certain something would happen which would effect my ability to complete the assignment; like the exhibit being cancelled or a flat tire on the truck. I was also a tad anxious because although I have lived in San Antonio, Texas for almost three years, I had no idea what cultural events this city had to offer besides rodeos, Country and Western concerts, or trips to the Alamo. My goals were, (1) to find something I thought I would enjoy rather than just going for the sake of going, and (2) to find something within an acceptable time frame that would allow me to see and write about it.

Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised, as was my husband, because I was compelled to drag him with me. The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum provided an art exhibit that was unusual and interesting; my goals were met. On Sunday, 16 May 2004, I attended the art exhibit Miracle in the Scrap Heap by Richard Stankiewicz.

I had called ahead and asked if cameras were permitted in the museum, in retrospect I should have been more specific. When I pulled out my digital camera at the exhibit, I was immediately informed that pictures were not permitted of the Stankiewicz exhibit. So you see, Murphy's Law was hard at work already.

I attempted to research Richard Stankiewicz, but was unable to find any significant biographical information other than the facts of his...