REPOST — Rene Soto is a gallery owner, a magazine editor and an artist. He’s also an immigrant, and a physical education teacher in his home country of Guatemala. He came to America only seven years ago and didn’t have access to simple supplies such as paint and canvas for much of his life. His mother died two years ago, a year after he lost two brothers. Soto’s taken a difficult and unlikely path to Norwalk, and through whatever hardships he has faced, art has helped him persevere.
Weverson Ponte shares Soto’s belief in the ability to transcend fear through art. An architect, Zumba instructor and artist, Ponte organized “Emotional Explosion. A Community Art Project.”
Thank you to The CT Post for a flattering interview of Rene and Weverson Ponte, curator of “Strength Showcase,” which will make its debut at our September Opening Reception. Read the full text here and view photos of the print edition below.
Using a soon-to-be demolished home in Westport as canvas, Ponte and a group of other local artists, including Soto, graffitied their fears onto almost every square inch of the house one day in April. Then, symbolically, the house and fears were torn down.
“Being courageous is not about not having fears, it’s about being able to face your fears. We’re calling this a movement of sorts. We’re trying to encourage people to face their fears and improve their lives,” Ponte said.” – Weverson Ponte.
The next step for the project is a series of community-based art installations of “Strength Showcase,” a fine art exhibit themed on personal growth. On September 1st, “Strength Showcase” will debut at Rene Soto Gallery.
“We want to encourage more artists to create. That makes people happy and we need more happy people in the world,” Soto said. “The whole idea is positivity.” – Rene Soto
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