MAD Lab Art Space Opens in Wall Street District

MAD Lab Art Space Opens in Wall Street District

Congratulations to Weverson Ponte, who brought Strength Showcase to the gallery in September; on this HUGE win for the Norwalk artist community, which will enable us to collaborate on the creation of a vibrant art and music scene in the Wall Street area!

REPOST from The Hour — The vacant front of a commercial building on Leonard Street will soon reopen as a potential hub for Wall Street’s artistic community. The Mad Lab will be a communal workspace for artists located at 22 Leonard Street, in the front half of the Front Page Upholstery building in an industrial stretch of downtown, next to Sono Studios and across the street from Factory Underground.

It’s the invention of Weverson Ponte, an architect, artist and Zumba instructor who, in the past two years, has organized gallery exhibitions, staged an art installation at a soon-to-be demolished home, and raised thousands of dollars toward various charities.

“The whole point is we’re trying to establish an artist community in the area that really promotes artistry and uniqueness,” Ponte said, “where artists can be empowered and have a collaborative space.”

Ponte came across the space by chance. “I was driving around Norwalk, looking for a garage I could rent where I could paint for myself,” Ponte said.

When he first passed by 22 Leonard St., he was intrigued. He called the property owner, developer Jason Milligan, who responded enthusiastically to Ponte’s vision.

“The Wall Street area, especially back in Isaac Square, is a budding art and music scene,” said Milligan.

Ponte designed the space himself and build out began roughly a month ago. Based on Ponte’s rendering, there will be couches, desks and a kitchen space. Ponte referred to it as a “fantasy factory.”

“The way we’re setting it up, it’ll be a shared studio space. Artists can rent out a desk, can run their brand and artist business out of there,” Ponte said. “It also becomes a space where they’re collaborating with each other. Multiple minds work better than one.

“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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