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Mendez SoHo Salon Series

Louis Mendez and his wife, Dianne, 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 their Pot-Pourrri Gallery in upstate NY, they later began hosting charitable events and exhibitions in their artist's loft in SoHo.  To honor this shared legacy, Dianne launched the Mendez SoHo Salon Series in 2015 to create an intimate, informal and engaging environment featuring "guests of honor" who present their work and are then available for Q&A with Salon patrons.  The Salons are scheduled at 3:00 PM on selected Sunday afternoons.  

We are delighted to announce the Third Season of our well-received SoHo Salon Series: occasional Sunday afternoon gatherings of collectors, curators, artists, writers and art enthusiasts who meet and mingle in an informal setting to show their works of art, discuss their sources of inspiration, and share their perspectives on the development of their artistic endeavors, as well as their choice of subject matter and medium.  

September 17: Hannah Moon, Recent Paintings 

Describing her work as a visual realization of her daily meditation, Moon’s images combine bold color and texture with found objects, echoing the quietude of her meditative practice amidst an otherwise cacophonous and stressful city life.

October 29:  Trudy Craney, Bel Canto Soprano

Trudy Craney has performed bel canto, baroque and contemporary repertory in opera, oratorio and song in the US, UK, France, Italy and Russia.  She is also a dedicated and passionate teacher, cultivating consistent, healthy techniques for students of classical, jazz, folk and R&B genres.

March 11: Yukie Ohta, SoHo Memory Project

Yukie Ohta founded the SoHo Memory Project (“SMP”) to celebrate and preserve the history from colonial days through the present of the neighborhood now known as SoHo.  With a focus on the decades between 1960 and 1980, SMP incorporates a mobile museum, blog, oral history, library of source documents and digital archive.

April 22: Vassia Alaykova, Paintings and Illustrations  

Born in Bulgaria where her father was a prominent Eastern European artist, Vassia Alaykova now lives and works in Manhattan.  Finding correlations between reality and imagination, order and chaos, science and art, geometric shapes dance with organic ones creating a chaotic harmony in Alaykova’s paintings, drawings and illustrations.

After giving a short talk about their lives, work and inspiration, each featured artist will be available for one-on-one interaction with Salon attendees.  There is no charge for admission, but reservations are required for each Salon event.

Videos of Prior SoHo Salons have been  generously underwritten by the  Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation.

Hannah Moon

Trudy Craney  

Yukie Ohta

Vassia Alaykova