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New ‘Fostering Toby’ Exhibition at Presa House Gallery Features Monstrous Traveling Doll | Things to do | San Antonio

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Ana Laura Hernández

Artwork by Ana Laura Hernandez included in “Fostering Toby”.

Rotated between over 40 artists in 4 cities for 52 weeks, the monstrous Toby doll has spent time in the creative hands of many.

Opening May 7 at the Presa House Gallery, “Fostering Toby” is an exhibition featuring the eponymous doll set up by three San Antonio collaborating artists: Powdered Wig Machine, Mauro de la Tierra and Loot Achris. Presa House Gallery is an artist-run house space gallery in Southtown.

“[Fostering Toby] highlights the best moments from Toby’s adventures alongside new Toby-inspired artwork. The project gives us a rare inside look into each artist’s life, spirit, sense of humor and creative process during what will hopefully be the waning of a global pandemic in the 2021s. and 2022, respectively,” according to the exhibit description.

Click to enlarge Photograph by Bekah Porter and Toby by Christopher Paul Cardoza.  - CHRISTOPHER PAUL CARDOZA

Christophe Paul Cardoza

Photograph by Bekah Porter and Toby by Christopher Paul Cardoza.

During his travels, Toby passed between San Antonio, San Marcos and Austin, with an additional detour to New Orleans, LA.

artists who guarded Toby and whose work is included in the show include: Abby Billingsley, Alicia Coatl, Amanda Gordon, Ana Laura Hernandez, Andie Flores, Anthony Rundblade, Attic Ted, Bekah Porter, Blaise The Seeker, Caroline Gonzales, Charlemagne Scarlett, Chris Sauter, Cristina Mauri, Connie Chapa, Edward Harris, Fernando Lopez, Glory West, Hannah Purvis, Jasmine McMasters, Jojodancer Photos, Joshua Anthony Rodriguez, Lana Guerra, Laura Galore, Lewsr, Louie Chavez, Madeleine Adler, Megznglitter, Michelle Delgado, Nicole Geary, Paradox Rei, Pinkie, Rachael Oelsen, Raeann Alcorta, Rigo Ortiz, Sabrina Alfaro, Sarah Fox, Sonya Marie Sky, Tim Olson, Tink Castillo, Ursula Zavala, Walden Booker and Wildhoneypot.

All My Love by Loot Achris, included in "Witches, weirdos, perverts and the ridiculousness of childhood" at the gallery Not for you.  - WITH THE COURTESY OF NOT FOR YOU GALLERY

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All my Love by Loot Achris, included in “Witches, Weirdos, Perverts, and the Ridiculousness of Childhood” at Not For You Gallery.

Loot Achris, one of the “Fostering Toby” collaborators, also has a solo exhibition opening May 6 at Not For You Gallery (N4U). Entitled “Witches, Weird, Perverse, and the Ridiculousness of Childhood,” the exhibition explores otherness, normalcy, and humanity with portraits of invented characters. The N4U gallery is directed by Ursula Zavala, who also participates in “Fostering Toby”.

“Fostering Toby,” free, Saturday, May 7, Presa House Gallery, 725 S Presa St,

“Witches, Weird, Perverse, and the Ridiculousness of Childhood,” free, Friday, May 6, Not For You Gallery, 1420 S. Alamo St., Studio 215,, and

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