River House Arts hosts Chilean artist’s worksWritten by Brent Daggett | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A local art gallery is set to showcase the work of an internationally award-winning artist.
From April 30 until June 4, River House Arts in downtown Perrysburg will display Chilean artist Veronica Leiton’s paintings, illustrating the images of her adopted home of Ciudad Juarez, which is known as the murder capital of the world.
Since its opening in November, River House Arts has shown collections from World War II veteran and co-founder of Arts of the Round Table, Clay Walker, and “Absolut Europa: original prints.”
“Art speaks the truth and can bring to light ideas and concepts we can’t express with words,” said River House Arts co-owner Paula Baldoni. “We’re not wedded to any particular style, though our focus is on modern and contemporary, rough late 19th century to present.”
While River House Arts has a plethora of selections, the main focus is providing an environment for local artists.
“We want to provide a source of inspiration and stimulation in the community,” said co-owner of River House Art, Bill Jordan. “This small intimate space makes art more accessible, understanding and creates more opportunity for engagement and questioning.”
For an artist to get their works shown, they first have to go through a submission process. The procedure consists of the artist sending an e-mail with a description of the work they have an interest in displaying along with a cover letter and resume.
An artist may submit three to five samples in a one megabyte or less JPG file.
Additionally, the artist has to submit the title, size, price and media information.
“We have a great deal of talent here and want to provide a venue that has strong work to promote local artists who haven’t been exposed yet. It’s like the old adage, you are never recognized in your own backyard,” Baldoni said.
The submission process is highly selective.
“If we don’t choose someone’s work, it’s not an indictment against the artist, we have to feel good about promoting it,” Baldoni said.
Since the opening of River House Arts, the public continues to be receptive, she said.
“We have been impressed with the community response and nothing makes us happier than people coming off the street and buying a piece that speaks to them,” Baldoni said.
As with any form of art, the purpose is to feel a personal connection and River House Arts hopes to epitomize the vibrant spirit of a person’s serenity when discussing a particular piece or promoting the works of an artist.
Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit the Web site www.river-house-arts.com.
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