5 Fabulous Abstract Women

5 Fabulous Abstract Women

Abstract Expressionism is a movement that started in New York in the 1940s. It was a largely male-dominated scene, and remained that way for decades, as its legacy solidified around individual male “celebrity artists,” such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Mark Rothko.

In exhibiting the works of women abstract artists, we aim to address their underrepresentation then and now, and celebrate their political will to occupy and disrupt unwelcome territory. Like all genres, abstract expression has evolved, and witnessed a rise in interest, in no small part because of increased diversity.

The women featured in 5 Fabulous Abstract Women (November 16 – December 26, 2019) adhere to the codes of abstract painting: richly colored and textured images, fluid shapes, nontraditional handling of paint; while integrating feminine energy, power, and joy.

“When I go to my studio to paint, the first thing I do is put music on. While I mix paint and create color swatches, I need to have a clear mind, so I put on classical music; but once I’m ready to paint, I put on music that gets my blood pumping and feet moving. It helps me tap into that joyful place. Sometimes, there’s mighty singing and dancing!” — Jen Moné Hill

5 Fabulous Abstract Women includes more than 20 works by five artists: Kristen Ambrosi of Fairfield, Yvonne Claveloux of Westport, Eugenie Diserio of Stamford, Kat Evans of Westport, and Jennifer Moné Hill of Danbury.

Dreams Juried Exhibition Opens October 12th

Dreams Juried Exhibition Opens October 12th

October 12 — November 10, 2019

Dreams

We are excited to present our first juried exhibition, judged by Juan Ramiro Torres (November ’18 Featured Artist). We received hundreds of entries and he was assigned the challenging task of selecting 35 pieces.

Thank you to all artists who submitted their beautiful art for review, and congratulations to the following selected artists:

Nicole Bricker, Nancy Bronson, Miggs Burroughs, Eric Conrad, Katherine Draper, Patti Goldberg Ettinger, Harold Grimes, Charles Gulbrandsen, Joanie Landau, Elisabeth Levy, Kerry Long, Egils Matiss, Kenneth Ricci, Barbara Ringer, Lydia Rubio, Sudyut Sinha, Jessica Tepora, Lubomir Tomaszewski, Jose Torres, Dominique Vitali, Duat Vu and Cindy Wagner.

At the opening reception — Saturday, October 12th @ 6-9pm, awards will be given for Best in Show, Second and Third place, and we will have our usual selection of wine and light bites for you to enjoy.

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Dreams. Everyone has them — stories while sleeping, goals, fantasies — show us your interpretation.

Art Across Borders Highlights Immigrant Artists

Art Across Borders Highlights Immigrant Artists

For several months, Rene worked with the Arts and Ministry Committee of Saugatuck Congregational Church to create an art exhibit to celebrate and welcome the immigrants in our local community. “Art Across Borders” includes visual art by 18 artists, from 6 countries, including RSG artists Rene Soto, Cesar Ovidio Alvarez, Benjamin Casiano, José Miguel Muñoz, and more!

The opening reception featured art, music, fashion, food, and happy faces. Thank you to performers Ariel Cardenas, D’Prana, Yaguarandi Guate, and Santiago Cabrera. The show will remain hanging in Hoskins Hall at Saugatuck Church until March 18, 2019. Please contact the church office at 203.227.1261 for more information.

“Rene Soto is an amazing man. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much soul in a person, except for maybe in a 90 year old, and he’s a whole lot younger than that!” – Priscilla Laine Long.

Thank you to Lidia Monrroy Photography for preserving this beautiful night on film! 

October ’18 Featured Artists: Stown, Riss, Molina, Velgot

October ’18 Featured Artists: Stown, Riss, Molina, Velgot

Thank you to those who came out to the October Opening Reception, either to support your local arts community, to have an awesome night on the town, or both! And congratulations to those who went home with a FREE, limited edition sticker designed by Spencer Stown, or a soul painting by Skye Riss. We are proud to offer art and art products for every budget. Pieces in the fall collection will be available for purchase all season, in person or online (here); so please come back and bring a friend!

“A wonderful addition to the Norwalk cultural scene. Amazing pieces, especially the wearable art. A rising gem!” – Chuck Presbury

Live Soul Painting by Skye Riss - "Rene Soto"

Watch Skye Riss Studios perform her "Soul Painting," where she draws her subject without looking at the paper; LIVE this Saturday at our October Opening Reception.

Posted by Rene Soto Gallery on Tuesday, October 2, 2018
“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.

Pride Show

Pride Show

The Event

Pride Show
Date: Saturday, July 28th
Time: 5pm – 10pm
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Our first two months in business were so all-consuming, with back-to-back events and interviews; that we missed the opportunity to acknowledge Pride month. In an effort to commemorate Pride, and to keep the momentum for the advancement of LGBTQ rights going, Rene Soto Gallery will present an exhibition of art by LGBTQ community members and allies.

The Cause

Connecticut is taking very important steps toward the consolidation of LGBTQ rights, which include marriage, parenting, military service, etc. To celebrate, there will be several events in the Greater Norwalk area all summer long! Last month, we hope you didn’t miss Fairfield County’s Pride in the Park 2018. If you did, the Bridgeport Pride Celebration is coming up quick on July 19th. And then comes our Pride Show! To keep informed of local events, programs, and resources benefitting the LGBTQ community, we recommend following the Triangle Community Center on Facebook.

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