By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Iconic handbag and accessory designer Gilson Martins, known for work that incorporates the Rio landscape, will host another art showing at his store in Ipanema, starting today, July 20th at 4PM. This time, designer and artist Silvia Coelho will exhibit her patchwork canvases showing scenes from Rio with a playful touch.

Gilson Martins Hosts Rio Art Showing, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News
Coelho depicts scenes from Rio in vibrant colors using a patchwork style, photo courtesy of Gilson Martins.

The exhibition is themed “Silvia Carioca de Marajó,” a play on the artist’s origin in the Ilha de Marajó, an island located in the state of Pará, in northern Brazil and her current hometown, Rio de Janeiro.

“Figures with shadow and reflection, a set of vibrant colors, the symbolism of night and day are all features of this work that reinvents and celebrates the new look at the contours of the Zona Sul [South Zone] of Rio,” said the Gilson Martins’ press release about Coelho’s work.

Silvia uses a lively patchwork approach, creating forty mini-canvases in the typical Gilson Martins’ style depicting the silhouettes of Rio’s monuments and mountains. She also added new images to her designs, such as kites, balloons and street cars, as well as sewing lines, which represent electric wire and gondola cables that connect the city.

The opening of the exhibit today will be celebrated with the store’s signature caipirinhas, as well as a new drink creation containing Açaí liquor, from Pará state, the biggest producer of açaí berries in the world.

“Everyone is invited,” Marcelo Barros, store manager, told The Rio Times. “The show with free entry is a great tip for those who want to know more about reusing materials and symbols of Rio, plus a good choice for lovers of art, creativity and, above all, Rio de Janeiro,” according to the press release.

Gilson Martins has hosted a series of exhibitions intended to bring the people in Rio together over artistic creations. The innovative designer is always looking for new ways to incorporate Rio into his designs and frequently encourages his staff to engage in the creative process as well.

What: Exhibition “Silvia Carioca de Marajó”
Where: Galeria de Arte Gilson Martins, Rua Visconde de Pirajá 462, Ipanema
When: July 20th – August 9th, Monday to Saturday 10AM-8PM.
Entrance: FREE
Contact: Tel: (21) 2227-6178

Read more (in Portuguese).

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