On December 5th from 6-9pm, the Artion Gallery, located on 275 Water Street, in New York City, held the VIP opening reception of Columbian artist, Carmen Molina's Undercurrents photo exhibition. The show also serves as the opening of the South Street Seaport’s newest gallery, the first in the area, which will run from December 6th - December 31st. Guests toasted to the 17 unique pieces in the series.
Molina's exhibit features various components, from the ambiance created by an interior designer that reflect her atelier in Brooklyn, to the multiple photographic layers technique Carmen developed in the images. The photos go deep into Molina's personal life, channeling a very dark period. In the artistic images you will see and feel the pain, acceptance, surrender and release from her past. Through the work, Molina exposed her deepest feelings as a way to liberate herself from them, “When I transfer my emotions onto paper, they become clear and visible, allowing me to return to a state of emptiness that allots space for healing and growth” says the photographer.
Notable people in attendance that came to show their support were Columbian Consulates Laura Montoya and Adriana Aristizabal, Greg Yale, Ryan Nessing, Simon Lewis, Artion Galleries owner Konstantino Manolakis, Gigi Maquinay from Caring for Columbia, Bill Beckley, Marcia Lippman, Rebecca Desman, Solly Granastein, Valerie Veatch and Xander Ferreira. Carmen's show and opening of Artion Gallery comes at a time where businesses in the Seaport are beginning to reopen after the devastating destruction of Hurricane Sandy.
The new gallery will bring light and culture back to the area. A portion of the proceeds from all sales will go to Caring for Colombia, a New York based nonprofit that mobilizes resources to support vulnerable populations through, art, health, and education programs in Colombia. The Caring for Colombia foundation will channel these funds to the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation, which provides health services to vulnerable infants and empowers young mothers in Cartagena, Colombia.