STC exhibit features colorful, abstract artworks


South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library presents “Innocent Rhythm,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Anthony Rivera. The exhibit opens Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 with an opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The artist will also be demonstrating a live painting session on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6pm in the painting studio room 115, Art building B. The gallery is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. The exhibit will be on display through May 9. Admission is free and open to the public.

 Rivera, 41, is an emerging, self-taught artist who is living with autism. His mother, Diana Rivera, helps prepare him for painting and assists him with monitoring his Facebook page and website. 

 Rivera paints with his hands while listening to music and his work reflects the music he hears. The result is “beautiful abstract expressions in vibrant colors,” said his mother, Diana. 

 He loves all genres of music, from Willy Nelson to Vicente Fernandez, BB King to Metallica. Rivera also has quite an extensive rock band t-shirt collection of about 1,000 shirts. 

 “Anthony Rivera’s exuberance and spirit are seen within his works,” said STC Art Gallery Associate Dawn Haughey. “He creates abstract paintings in a bold color palette that can resemble fireworks, angels or glassy, moonlit water. The amount of work that Rivera creates is also astonishing; he is someone who can inspire us all.” 

 STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region. 

 For more information, contact Dawn Haughey at 956-872-3488 or via email at dhaughey@southtexascollege.edu, or visit http://lag.southtexascollege.edu.