River House Arts, formerly located in a historic building overlooking the Maumee River in Perrysburg, Ohio, has moved to downtown Toledo. The new space (or I should say spaces) are located in the Secor Building, a former luxury hotel at 425 Jefferson. The former Secor Hotel, built in 1908, is also the home of the Toledo Opera and the Registry, an upscale gourmet restaurant. The main gallery on the ground floor features high ceilings and grand baroque-style windows. Gallerist Paula Baldoni says that in addition to providing a larger space to display more ambitious work, River House Arts is now located in a busy urban setting with lively street life.
River House Arts also has a smaller, more intimate space on another floor of the building to accommodate works on paper and smaller artworks.
Artworks by various artists represented by the gallery are displayed in the spacious lobby of the building and throughout the common areas.
The inaugural exhibition is a solo show by Cuban artist Augusto Bordelois. His work is an example of the more ambitious scale and scope of work that will be featured in future shows in the gallery.
The show is entitled Immigrants, Outcasts and Other Heroes. Immigration and war, insecurity and fear, romantic and familial love and the absurdity of the modern age are some of the themes addressed in these colorful and intricate compositions. Mr. Bordelois’ style can called a kind of magic realism, a visual counterpart to the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Filled with symbolism and allegory, the paintings give the viewer plenty to contemplate.
The exhibition will be open April – June 4. Call 419.441.4025 for hours, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org