Vanishing – Penrhyn & Rod Cook

Vanishing – Penrhyn & Rod Cook

African Wildlife Photography Exhibition

January 11th to February 12th

Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
African wildlife is vanishing.
The reasons are numerous and manifesting themselves as if they were choreographed to occur in unison. They include overpopulation of humans which requires more farmland which creates a rapid reduction in habitat; greed which feeds the rationale for poaching and allows markets for ivory and trophies to thrive; local tribal customs and cultures that were once noble and now are turning into impediments to adaptation to changing times; global warming which is already affecting habitats around the world and will eventually completely destroy the delicately balanced ecosystem that supports life in the cradle of civilization; and lack of empathy and weakness of leadership that seems to be rampant on the whole planet.
We are not experts on the incredibly complex issues that threaten the region and can’t speak to what solutions, if any, there are to alleviate the situation. We can only attempt to visually represent what we saw and how we felt about it. Words are inadequate to recreate what it feels like to be close to such magical creatures that exist in only one place in the world. There are many reasons for humanity to feel shame as the species who are the stewards of the planet. The disappearance of these animals and the experience of observing their demise, is perhaps the most visible example of that shame.

We are indeed the top of the food chain and we are eating all that is below us into extinction.

Penrhyn and Rod Cook

Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook
Vanishing - Penrhyn and Rod Cook

January ’19 Featured Artist: Nancy Breakstone

January ’19 Featured Artist: Nancy Breakstone

On January 5th, we celebrated the New Year, and a new feature exhibition by Nancy Breakstone Photography, with a fabulous opening reception attended by Norwalk’s finest. Even News 12 showed up! Click here to see their coverage. If you missed it, don’t worry! Nancy’s photos will be up through January 25th, including two that are up for a silent auction benefitting the Surfrider Foundation Connecticut Chapter.

“Rene Soto Gallery a place where you can experience art through all of your senses. The atmosphere is so peaceful and inviting, thanks to Rene’s down to earth personality. How can anyone regret stepping into such a gallery?” – Romy Alvarez, January Opening Reception Guest

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.

Happy Birthday to our greatest mayor Harry W. Rilling God bless him. Cheers

Posted by Rene Soto on Monday, August 6, 2018
Rene Soto Gallery Grand Opening

Rene Soto Gallery Grand Opening

Norwalk’s newest art space is now officially open! On May 26, 2018, we joined Mayor Harry Rilling, and his wife Lucia, alongside dozens of GNHCC and other community members; for the Grand Opening ceremony of Rene Soto Gallery. The gallery will highlight artists from outside the US, providing the community a chance to see art that might otherwise be inaccessible.

At the Grand Opening, we met the RSG’s first featured artist, José Miguel Muñoz, a Guatemalan painter and clothing designer. He sold several paintings and treated guests to a live painting demonstration. Forthcoming featured artists include: Miguel Puga, Cesar Ovidio Alvarez, Juan Ramiro Torres, and Rich Patton IV, who were also in attendance.
There’s nothing better than watching a person’s dream become reality. Rene Soto’s dream was to provide emerging and established artists a venue to show and sell their art. With the Grand Opening now behind him, and being a large success, he has achieved it, but his work has only just begun. Look forward to more exhibits, events, and educational opportunities at Rene Soto Gallery. Until then, the gallery is open from 12-9pm daily.
 

Thank you, Rene, for your significant contributions to the community; and to the community, for showing up to support local artists! If you would like to see more photos of the Grand Opening, please visit and *like* Rene Soto Gallery on Facebook. This is where the latest news and events will be announced. If you are not on Facebook, sign up to receive email updates.

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