San Antonio Museum or Art

Matisse Paints the Town

June 14 through September 7

San Antonio businesses are getting creative this summer in recognition of Matisse: Life in Color.

Visit area businesses to find flavorful macarons, seasonal cupcakes, special menus inspired by the flavors of Matisse’s native France, one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, special window displays, music of the era, French cooking classes, cocktails, and more.

Bakery Lorraine

The Museum Shop

Uptown Flowers

Mockingbird Handprints

Baker Tatum
5924 Broadway St., 78209
(210) 829-5637


This lovely home design shop pays homage to the painting Interior with Dog. Look for their Matisse re-creation in their window display mid-June through July.

Bakery Lorraine
511 E. Grayson St., 78215
(210) 862-5582


Special Matisse-inspired macarons this summer: lavender honey butter and apricot saffron. “The lavender honey is so French and the apricot saffron reflects the North African influences in Matisse's work,” say Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell, owners and pastry chefs extraordinaires.


Look for the colorful Matisse B-cycle around town all summer. Take a photo of someone riding the Matisse B-cycle, post it to B-cycle’s Facebook page, and tag San Antonio Museum of Art to enter a weekly drawing for two tickets to the exhibition.

Bird Bakery
5912 Broadway St., 78209
(210) 804-2473


Enjoy “The Matisse,” a special seasonal summer cupcake available from mid-June through July.

219 E. Houston St., 78205
(210) 472-2600


Inspired by the spirit of Matisse’s Jazz, Bohanan’s is shaking up a bright cocktail aptly named “The Jazz Cocktail” with gin, campari, and Carpano sweet vermouth.

Chez Vatel
218 E. Olmos, 78212
(210) 828-3141


Chef Damien Vatel has designed a nostalgic dish for the painting Young Woman at the Window, Sunset. “The young woman is looking out at the sea in Nice. The look on her face is one of longing. I imagine she is waiting for a boat to return from fishing,” says Vatel. “So, I am making a Provençale seafood cassoulet.”

Central Market H-E-B Cooking School
4821 Broadway St., 78209
(210) 368-8617


The Cooking School pulls out all the stops with multiple classes in July: Food and Wines of Paris, Parisian desserts, and Kids in the Kitchen: French desserts.

Dough Pizzeria
6989 Blanco Road, 78216
(210) 979-6565


Inspired by the painting Purple Robe and Anemones, chef/owner Doug Horn and his staff are creating a ceramic canvas for Dough’s Matisse summer Burrata. Look for a plate full of design and color with their signature fresh, cream and cured filled mozzarella as the focal point.

Esquire Tavern
155 E. Commerce St., 78205
(210) 222-2521


Try the two Matisse-infused cocktails, “Le Fauve” and “Madame Conservateur,” at the Museum’s Art Party on Friday, June 13. Ask for their off-menu “Le Fauve” by name at the bar on East Commerce Street and receive a special price. Available all summer long.

Feast Restaurant
1024 S. Alamo St., 78210
(210) 354-1024


For chef Stefan Bowers, Ballet Dancer on a Stool evokes this colorful allusion: Pavlova with Fresh Kiwi, Strawberry and Blueberry Sauce. This classic meringue-based dessert (pavlova) is named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. "It was created after she toured New Zealand," said Bowers, "hence the kiwi fruit."

Julian Gold
4109 McCullough Ave., 78212
(210) 824-2493


This July keep a look out for the Purple Robe inspiration behind their window display.

KRTU Jazz 91.7


Experience the playful art of Matisse through music. Hear the Matisse-inspired compositions in Portrait in 7 Shades by Ted Nash, performed by the Lincoln Center Orchestra. Tune in to FM 91.7 FM or stream it from KRTU’s website or free smart-phone app on June 27.

Lily’s Cookies
2716 McCullough Ave., 78212
(210) 832-0886


Enjoy artfully decorated cookies inspired by the shapes found throughout Matisse’s Jazz portfolio and collages.

McNay Art Museum
6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., 78209
(210) 824-5368


Visit the McNay Art Museum to see Matisse and Picasso: A Friendly Rivalry from June 14 to August 10, 2014, an exhibition from the McNay’s rich holdings of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and theatre designs will juxtapose the two visionaries’ unique styles.

Mockingbird Handprints
Blue Star Arts Complex
1420 S. Alamo St., Bldg. B, Ste. 108, 78210
(210) 878-5711


See the colorfully patterned fabrics decorating their shop window. Present your exhibition stub to receive a free handmade card created specifically for Matisse: Life in Color.

Neiman Marcus
15900 La Cantera Pkwy., 78256
(210) 558-8000


It's All About Lines...Learn to do a line drawing from a local artist; and learn tips on lining your lips while getting the latest scoop on linear fashion from Neiman Marcus beauty and fashion experts. Friday, June 13, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Cosmetics, Level One. Limited seating. Call (210) 694-3577 to reserve. Also, look for beautiful merchandise from this style-setter, throughout the summer, in a Matisse window vignette.

San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Pl., 78209
(210) 207-3250


Discover your inner artist in a Watercolor Painting Class inspired by the colorful and exuberant paintings of Matisse. Its for beginners and painters with some experience Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $45 includes supplies.

San Antonio Magazine


The June 2014 issue of the monthly city lifestyle magazine will feature an article in the Eat and Drink department by Julia Celeste featuring Matisse-inspired chefs and dishes. Find it on newsstands at HEB and other grocery and booksellers.

San Antonio Museum of Art Shop
(210) 978-8100
Cowden Hall Exhibition Space


The Exhibition Shop will be colorfull. Great finds include handmade Mary Rose Young pottery from England and a one-of-a-kind upholstered chair from Mockingbird Handprints in San Antonio.

Saveurs 209
209 Broadway St., 78205
(210) 639-3165


Matisse is easy inspiration for native French chef Caitline Nykiel and family. She will create a summer dessert evocative of Still Life with Peaches.

Uptown Flowers
202 Broadway St., 78205
(210) 224-9888


Treat yourself to a painting with flowers—a floral design that interprets Matisse’s artwork.

Wild Beast: A Pop-up Restaurant at the San Antonio Museum of Art
200 W. Jones Ave., 78215
(210) 978-8100


It’s simple summer fare overlooking the San Antonio River by The Monterey. Museum members receive a 10% discount.

Wyndham Garden Riverwalk/Museum Reach
103 9th St., 78215
(210) 515-4555


Guests at the Wyndham Garden Hotel Riverwalk Museum Reach, a five-minute walk from the Museum, who sign on for the hotel’s Matisse package receive a copy of the exhibition catalog, two V.I.P. tickets (good anytime), and a bottle of French wine. Santé!