Rene Honored with CT Arts Hero Award

Rene Honored with CT Arts Hero Award

To honor and celebrate individuals who are doing extraordinary things in, for, and through the arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) established the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards in 2016.

This year, nine artists were honored with this prestigious award, including our very own Rene Soto. The awards were presented as part of COA’s annual Connecticut Arts Day, an annual event designed to inform, inspire and celebrate Connecticut’s investment in the arts.

All Connecticut Arts Heroes were presented with a framed print of the original art — Small State, Big Heart, Great Art —which was created by Hartford Prints! for the Connecticut Office of the Arts. See Rene posing with his print in the image gallery below.

“I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.”

– Maya Angelou

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

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! 

“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.

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