Community Program uses Art to Elevate Neighborhoods and Stimulate Business in Stamford

STAMFORD, CT –  APRIL 23, 2015  – As part of the contemporary art movement and community development they have generated in the city, the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery proudly announces John J. Bedoya’s new Sprouting Spaces studio opening on May 9th from 6–9pm at 485 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06901. On display will be a collection of new works in progress, tentatively titled Subsoil, that are being created in the studio.

When Bedoya arrived in Stamford from his home in Colombia, the snowy landscape was new to him, but as the landscape thawed, he watched fragments of earth emerge from the subsoil like a puzzle. These fragments grew into gardens, parks and forests, familiar to Bedoya and becoming his landscape. The densely rich and masterful works he was moved to create at Sprouting Spaces combine acrylic, sand, mulch and natural fiber. They are narratives of the earth and his relationship to it.

Inspired by the quote: “Eternal passers of ourselves, there is no landscape but what we are…” by Fernando Pessoa, Bedoya notes, “Places may change by their geography, but what is under the ground is known for me. Under snow or under fire, what’s left below are the remains of nature — the skeletons of trees, detritus of fallen leaves, the dry roots, ash and waste. Finally the landscape is the same.”

Through the generous support of Greg Lodato, President of MarLo Associates Inc. and owner of the building at 485 Summer Street—and Pyramid Reality, the property’s leasing company—Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery secured the space for Bedoya to create these new works via Sprouting Spaces.

To RSVP for the event contact Rebecca Hansen, Communications Director, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery at 888-861-6791.

About MarLo Associates Inc.
MarLo Associates is a Stamford-based real estate development company established in 1978, specializing in commercial and institutional building construction, and property management.

About Sprouting Spaces
Sprouting Spaces is a community program created and developed by the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery that solves a critical issue faced by most emerging artists: adequate studio space. Working with landlords and developers, the gallery occupies commercial, storefront vacancies and establishes active artist studios for emerging artists. For a six to twelve-month period, an artist uses the naked space as his/her studio, hosting events and open studio hours to encourage the community to visit. In addition, through social media, the efforts of the landlord are promoted throughout the gallery’s reach—establishing them as a supporter of the Arts within their community.

About the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in Stamford, Connecticut. Driven by its mission to build artists’ careers from the doors in and to build community from the doors out, the gallery has established crucial community programming that seeks to support the careers of emerging contemporary artists from the studio to the museum. The gallery recently earned citations from both U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and the General Assembly of Connecticut as one of the most innovative galleries in the country. With over 5,000 sq. feet of space, the gallery produces upwards of ten shows each year, from a stable of international, career artists. Current artists represented by and exhibiting in the gallery include Robert Longo, Louise Fishman, Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Sean Scully, Arturo Di Modica, John J. Bedoya, Nathan Lewis, Evelin Velasquez, Sam Tufnell, Jena Thomas, Rex Prescott Walden, Kirsten Reynolds and Damla T. Faro. In 2014, the gallery became the new sponsor of the famous conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth’s exhibition, ni apparence ni illusion, on display at the Louvre in Paris, France.