23 Sep Be an active participant in the art around you! Welcome to Hopscotch.
The strongest trend forecast of the moment: On October 2nd, the newest hotspot to take all your social media photos will open in San Antonio, Texas. Hopscotch is an immersive and experiential brand that brings together artists in collaborative environments to create distinctive shared experiences. Co-founded by entrepreneurs Nicole Jensen and Hunter Inman, Hopscotch provides distinct experiences through the curation of local-centric, immersive, and experiential art. Hopscotch creates platforms for local, national, and international artists to experiment with a wide spectrum of mediums and technology. Hopscotch’s aim is to elicit a sense of joy and wonder in the curated spaces, where guests may explore beyond their day to day reality.
The 20,000 square foot gallery will feature immersive exhibits from artists ranging in location from San Antonio to Moscow. While the collection showcases the works of artists from all over the globe, Hopscotch’s home in San Antonio allows it to highlight and celebrate the work of local artists and collectives like the San Antonio Street Art Initiative, Gary Sweeney, Amada Miller and more.
Some of the new announced installations and artists include installations like Secrets by Wide Awake Creative, a room that encourages participants to anonymously tell their secrets all the while whispering the secrets of those who have come through before them. Hopscotch will also feature VJ Yourself by Playmodes, a collective based in Barcelona, Spain. VJ Yourself is an interactive dance installation that allows users to dance with their past selves using a contagion effect that mirrors their actions on screen for the user to see. Exhibits will eventually rotate and change to highlight new installations.
Built over the last month from salvaged plastic bags and fishing nets, Rainbow Cave glamorizes our waste and invites us to reconsider our relationship with it by making the discarded precious. This beautiful and change inspiring installation was created using 40,000 plastic bags, the same amount of bags used every 2.5 minutes in Texas.
In addition to the displays in the various rooms throughout Hopscotch, the gallery incorporates the works of artists and artisans into the framework of the space, including stairwells, bathrooms, tilework and more. Leslie Fossler Interiors out of Austin, TX, is credited with helping create the design and flow of Hopscotch. As guests enter they will be greeted with artistic design at every turn, including a mural and rabbit sculpture that leads visitors “down the rabbit hole” to the rest of Hopscotch’s gallery. More information can be found in the link to artist bios above.
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To add to the overall experience of Hopscotch, founders Nicole Jensen and Hunter Inman felt that the gallery needed to boast an impressive and unique food and beverage program. The local popular food truck, Smack’s Chicken Shack – owned by Keenen Hendricks – will be moving its truck to Hopscotch’s patio. As part of the collaboration, Smacks has created the #LetsHopscotch sandwich, a decadent combination of fried chicken, powdered sugar, honey butter and donuts, that will only be served at Hopscotch.
Hopscotch will also have a bar program in its main lounge that is inspired by the installations throughout the space. The menu will feature specialty cocktails, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages that were carefully selected and created for the gallery with the help of former Deep Eddy Vodka Hospitality Director Tracy Beachman. The bar’s design was also a collaborative effort with C.K. Chin, who has partnered on many projects in Austin like Native Hostel, HOPE Outdoor Gallery and more.
Guests may take beverages with them throughout the gallery space or they can enjoy them in Hopscotch’s lounge on its main floor. Hopscotch’s lounge is open to the public so that non-ticket holders can also enjoy it, including the patio, food truck, bar, and gift shop, which are all open during regular operating hours. Hopscotch will also serve certified fair-trade and organic Main Root Soda, Topo Chico, local favorite Pulp Cold Brew in addition to featuring a monthly Mocktail. Hopscotch’s beverage program will feature a variety of local Texas spirits including Desert Door Sotol, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Treaty Oak Bourbon.
“Having a career that has been rooted in hospitality and experience creation it was very important to me that the ‘Hopscotch Experience’ extend throughout every corner of the space so that every single detail was intentional” said Hopscotch Co-Founder Nicole Jensen. “We wanted to create a holistic environment where food, beverage and community were an integral part of the overall offering.”
Hopscotch will also offer an onsite gift shop where gallery guests, locals and tourists alike will be able to find unique gifts and custom curiosities. Along with selling Hopscotch merchandise, the gallery will be partnering with local artists to offer unique items. Many of the installation artists will also sell their other works in the gift shop, like Matt Elson’s Custom Tabletop Infinity Box, a selection of prints from the artists, postcards from Gary Sweeney, jewelry inspired by Amada Miller’s sculptures and many more.
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The gallery is also committed to sustainability and has implemented sustainable measures into its daily operations. Hopscotch will be using straws and stir sticks that are made from natural plant stems and are 100% biodegradable, which means they won’t linger in landfills, polluting the land or oceans. They are long and slide comfortably under guests masks. Guests can keep their Tossware glass or leave it for Hopscotch to recycle. Tossware is made from repurposed and recycled water bottles. Hopscotch is a cashless and paperless facility, rather than selling bottled water there will be a water fountain refill station onsite and guests are welcome to bring their own refillable water bottles or purchase one from the Hopscotch gift shop. Lids and hay straws are also available upon request.
Tickets can be purchased online at letshopscotch.com. Advanced ticket purchasing is strongly encouraged to ensure guests can attend on their desired date and avoid wait times. Prices are as follows:
Adult Tickets: $23
Senior, Student, Military Tickets: $20
Children’s Tickets (4-13): $15
Children (three and under): free
Fall 2020 Hours of Operation
Friday: 2pm – 11pm (last ticket sold 9:30pm)
Saturday: 11am – 11pm (last ticket sold 9:30pm)
Sunday: 12pm – 9pm (last ticket sold 7:30pm)
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Hopscotch will offer guests complimentary three-hour parking validations for the Travis Park Plaza Garage, which is adjacent to the gallery. Hopscotch is located at the Travis Park Plaza Building at 711 Navarro St. in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
COVID-19 Enhanced Precautions
During the era of COVID-19, Hopscotch will be taking enhanced precautions to make sure the experience is safe for both staff and guests—including state of the art automated air decontamination systems, limited touchpoints, mandatory masks, and temperature checks for guests and employees, HEPA HVAC filters, professional deep cleans, hand sanitizer stations throughout, limited venue hours and strict capacity limits. More information about Hopscotch can be found at letshopscotch.com and for ever more fashionable events and hotspot news, keep checking back to StyleLushTV.Com.