Mendez SoHo

A site dedicated to the creative legacy of Louis Mendez: Artist, Educator, Bon Vivant

Artists, Friends of the Arts, Curators and Interesting People Mingling at a Mendez SoHo Salon 

Mendez SoHo Salon Series


Louis and Dianne Mendez shared 45 eventful years together, showcasing not only Louis' work, but also the work of many talented artists working in a wide variety of media.  Initially sponsoring shows and receptions at the Pot-Pourri Gallery in upstate NY, they began hosting charitable events and exhibitions in their artist's loft in SoHo.  To honor this legacy, Dianne launched the Salon Series in 2015 to create an intimate, informal and engaging environment featuring a  "guest of honor" who present their work and are available for Q&A with Salon attendees.  Guests during the 2015-16 season included a collector of mid-20th Century studio pottery, a photographer, two installation artists, and two painters.   The Salons are scheduled at 3PM on selected Sunday afternoons.  While there is no charge for admission, reservations are required.  RSVP HERE or Contact Dianne for further information.  

Fall 2016 / Spring 2017 Salon Schedule



September 18: Richard Haas, Internationally Acclaimed Trompe L'Oeil Muralist; Reflections on a Career in Public Art

October 16: Laura Schechter, Brooklyn-Based Still Life and Cityscape Painter

November 13: Michael Haleta, Multimedia Artist and Sound Designer; 2016 Recipient of the Louis Mendez Award for Arts Related Travel at Alfred University

March 19: Harry Pincus, Award Winning Illustrator, Social/Political Commentator and Fine Artist

April 23: Margaret and India Evans, Collages of John and India Evans,  A Father and Daughter Capturing Life and Issues on the Lower East Side

May 21: Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Transforming Ideas into Form and Movement; Arranging Patterns of Motion to Communicate Beauty

Spring 2016 Salon Series

March 13 - Emily Fuller: painter and collage artist (; 

April 17 - Sara Garden Armstrong: sculptor, installation artist and print maker (; 

May 15 - Paul Carluccio: artist, writer and filmmaker (

Thanks to the generosity of The Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation, videos of all three Spring Salons are available on YouTube:

Fall 2015 Salon Series

The inaugural Salon in October 2015 featured Paul Kowalchuk showing and speaking about his collection of Mid-20th Century American Studio Pottery.  Featured artists the in November 2015 Salon, included work by glass installation artist, Michelle Cooke, and photographer, Joan Luciano, who spoke about their use of shape, shadow, light, and illusion to achieve their artistic objectives.