Upcoming “Strength Showcase” Featured in CT Post

Upcoming “Strength Showcase” Featured in CT Post

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

. . .

“Strengths Showcase” Recognizes Perseverance Against All Odds

“Strengths Showcase” Recognizes Perseverance Against All Odds

An architect, Zumba instructor, and artist, Weverson Ponte recently organized “Emotion Explosion,” a community event and fundraiser for Kids in Crisis, a nonprofit organization that gets kids and teens out of dangerous situations, and restored to a state of healing and growth. For a donation, community members watched as Ponte, and more than 40 graffiti artists, tagged a house with their fears, before it was demolished, along with their fears. Search #demolishyourfears on IG to see more photos.

“We’re calling this a movement of sorts. We’re trying to encourage people to face their fears and improve their lives,”

We, too, believe in the ability to transcend fear through art, and so we have partnered with Ponte on “Strength Showcase.” This fine art exhibit is a continuation of “Emotion Explosion,” featuring 12 of the artists who participated in the event: Kim Joy, Five Fingaz, Rene Soto, sugarcane Danger, Fiyabomb, Werpeps, Derty Skynerd, Hands of Picasso, Marissa Scipione, Jesse Alejandro, Caroline Kirk, and Weverson Ponte.

We are the first in a series of community-based installations of the exhibit, which will be on display through the month of September. See photos of the Opening Reception below.

A Special LIVE Performance from Geoffrey Doig-Marx

A Special LIVE Performance from Geoffrey Doig-Marx

What makes Rene Soto Gallery special is our commitment to expose viewers to art in all its forms. For example, the upcoming September Opening Reception will feature performance art by NYC-based GDM. He is bringing us a live body painting experience! To get an idea of what this looks like, click to view the video below.

About Geoffrey Doig-Marx

Geoffrey Doig-Marx (GDM) grew up in the Albany area. At age fifteen, he was removed from his home and left to live in runaway shelters and group homes. In the mid 1980s, he moved to New York City and began to pursue a career in dance, musical theatre, and choreography. Since, he has appeared in national tours of the Actors’ Equity Association, and regional productions of West Side Story, Pippin, A Chorus Line, Dames at Sea, Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, and many more.

For his day job, GDM teaches at Marymount Manhattan College, Montclair State University, and ARB’s Princeton Ballet School, but he still finds time to be active in the dance community. He is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, an associate member of The Society of Directors and Choreographers, and founder of The Mantis Project Dance Company.

Additionally, he has made a name for himself as a visual artist. He specializes in abstract portraiture, creating figures with prominent facial features, set off by bold colors — from warm tangerine to cool chartreuse — and thick black and white borderlines.

“I don’t like a lot of art. I only have two pieces in my home. A GDM and a Hirschfeld.
– Chita Rivera

August ’18 Featured Artist: Cesar Alvarez

August ’18 Featured Artist: Cesar Alvarez

César Alvarez has been with us from the beginning, with his painting Pure Love showing up in the background of almost all of our photos. This month, we were so happy to welcome him into the club of featured artists, who are given a solo exhibition and their own opening and closing receptions. His opening reception was last Saturday, and we are still smiling on such a special time. It was particularly special for Mayor Harry W. Rilling, and his wife Lucia, who were also celebrating his birthday. Watch Rene lead guests in singing “Happy Birthday!” in the video below. The closing reception, which is your last chance to see the exhibition in person, is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th.
Three New Artists Join Our Community

Three New Artists Join Our Community

A warm welcome to Suzana Jovanovic, Shannon Fannin, and Juan Luis Cando, whose paintings were recently added to the gallery. Next month, look forward to a featured exhbit by Suzana. Shannon and Juan Luis’ work is available for purchase now! Inquire here.

Looking for a place to exhibit your art? Email us a short bio and attach 5 images of your best pieces.

About Suzana

Suzana Jovanovic is a self-taught Serbian born artist based in Holland. Her studies in philosophy and psychology have a great influence on her creative process. Most of her work is figurative art, which symbolizes lots of phenomena such as human behavior, inner monologue, and interaction with nature. She enjoys creating her own mythical characters, who aren’t divine beings, but humans gloried by their good nature. Read more >

About Shannon

Shannon Fannin’s large paintings are primarily created in acrylics (pens, spray, hard/soft body, and ink), and will occasionally incorporate gouache, ink, or water-soluble graphite. She is a great fan of color, and enjoys bringing chrome and carbon fiber to life. She strives to connect with her viewers on a personal level, by depicting vehicles from their past, or their dreams. Her goal is to be one of the finest vehicle artists in the world. Read more >

About Juan Luis

Juan Luis Cando was born in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. In 1997, he emigrated to the United States to be able to fulfill his dream of being an artist. He considers himself a self-taught artist, since his knowledge was acquired from an early age, by means of books, without receiving any formal instruction until 2008, when he began taking classes at the Art League of New York. There, he focused on the human figure, which was the beginning of his career as a portrait artist. Read more >

Pin It on Pinterest