MARY TOMAS GALLERY // APR01 // 5.30-8.30PM
1110 Dragon Street
Dallas, Texas 75207
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Featuring artists Chong Chu, Juan Alberto Negroni,
Ellen Soffer and Thomas Zanz
April 1, 2017 through  May 6, 2017
FRESH—a group show featuring stimulating work with vibrant visuals, playful compositions, and
lyrical storytelling. FRESH displays the work of four mid-career artists who express their individual
artistic language that comment on heritage, personal stories,
or country of origin.

Opening reception for the artists, Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Exhibit runs
through Saturday, May 6, 2017

Korean-American artist Chong Chu utilizes a lively painting style to express memories and faith.
Korean and Western Folk Art along with postmodern cultural society inform his work. "Viewers
can sense the storytelling aspects of Chu’s work that feels both modern and historical," describes
gallerist Mary Tomás. Chong Chu is a professor of art at Brookhaven College. His work is collected

Puerto Rican artist Juan Alberto Negroni renders playfully exuberant compositions. Working
primarily on paper with mixed-media collage, Negroni uses a variety of shapes, textures and
colors to articulate his deep thoughts and feelings about his native origin, Puerto Rico and
his multicultural experience living in Dallas. “Negroni is currently completing his second MFA
degree in studio art at SMU and his work has been noted by our gallery patrons. The pieces
are exciting and uniquely Latin in feel. Each collage invites you to come and play with him
in the sandbox of ideas,” explains Tomás.

Louisiana artist Ellen Soffer is fearless in her use of color. Large works in oil or acrylic on canvas
or paper are vividly abstracted, ambiguous, and intuitively executed. Overlapping color
combinations appear to dance within the space and strike a lively conversation between
warm and cool tones. “As a painter myself, I find Ellen’s confident and masterful use of color
challenging and thrilling,” exudes Tomás. Ellen Soffer obtained her MFA from the School of
Art Institute of Chicago and actively pursues her fine art career with the same vigor evident
in her painting style.

Michigan-based artist Thomas Zanz believes that “the happiest place is right here right now.”
Zanz has tirelessly explored color theory and its effects by forming a body of work that is uniquely
his own. Each piece is constructed from scratch using handmade tools he has fashioned to create
the colored surfaces and finished frame. Every work in the Happy Place Series comes with it’s own
handmade box with a handle. Thomas Zanz wants you to take “Happiness with You” and every
work comes complete with it’s own special message. Zanz work is found in collections across the
Ellen Soffer 2. Happy Things, acrylic on white linen,
12.625” X 17.75” X 2.5”,