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Posted: March 29, 2013


Works from Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 40 under 40, Joshua DeMonte; and  Suzi Nash, Noted LGTB Activist and Film-Maker

PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 25, 2013) —  Art and wine are a natural pairing. To celebrate this relationship, Vivant Art Collection, will present Art Enology Philadelphia, featuring the works of celebrated and local artists along with a full roster of art and wine events for the newly installed First Friday Weekend. Opening April 26th, the show will feature the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 40 under 40, Joshua DeMonte; and Suzi Nash, noted LGTB Activist and celebrated Film-Maker along with twenty-one other visual artists interpreting wine and wine bottles. Art Enology is curated by Souleo, who is known for his recent series at the New York Library, curatorial work with Danny Simmons, and AARP. The exhibit will be on view from April 26th2013 – May 6th, 2013, with opening reception, Friday, May 3rd.

“Wine has been celebrated and stored artistically for centuries for spiritual rituals, religious ceremonies, medicinal purposes and social occasions,” relates curator Souleo, “Art Enology artists have tapped into this linked history and transformed wine bottles into statements that simultaneously advance the aesthetic properties and possibilities of bottles and inspire a new dialogue centered on historical and contemporary concepts.”

The exhibition will include paintings, photography, new media, sculpture, and mixed media by artists including: Beata Drozd, Beau McCall, Celestine Wilson Hughes, Charles O’Rear, Chompunutt Mayta, David Hollier, Dianne Smith, Emily Cobb, Fernando Carpaneda, Giancarlo Colaianni, Greg Frederick, Harry Anderson, Jeffrey Allen Price, Jeremiah Drake, Jerry Gant, Joshua DeMonte, Kulture Krochet, Madeline Rile Smith, Robin Antar, Nina Boesch, Ryan Smith of the House of Spoof Collective, Suzi Nash, and Todd Fry.

EXHIBITION DETAILS: Vivant Art Collection is located at Sixty North Second Street, Philadelphia Pa 19106. The opening event is Friday, May 3rd, 2013 from 5 pm to 10 pm. The gallery telephone is 310-612-4636 and the email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Length: Wednesday, April 26th, 2013 – Monday, May 6, 2013
  • Opening Night Reception: Friday, May 3rd, 2013 @ 5 - 10PM
  • The

    exhibition’s wine sponsor is the celebrated brand, Mouton 

    Noir Wines.


  • Philadelphia 4th Friday Wine & Cheese Reception: Friday, April 26th, 6 – 9pm

Philadelphia premier networking event series for business owners and entrepreneurs

  • Philadelphia First Friday Art Gallery Crawl Reception: Friday, May 3rd, 5pm – 10pm

Old City art gallery crawl with street artists and over 40 participating galleries

  • Look Like a Collector, Drink Like a Connoisseur: Saturday, May 4th, 2 - 5pm

Is Philadelphia a viable market for “luxury goods?” A panel of art and wine experts examines these two industries in relation to the Philadelphia market.

  • From Picasso to Pablo Neruda: Wine, Art & Poetry Sunday, May 5th. 19th, 2 - 5pm

Wine experts, visual artists and poets will analyze, critique and celebrate wine as a fluid source of inspiration in form of an open-mic session and wine tastings.


About Vivant Art Collection:

Vivant Art Collection is located on Gallery Row in the heart of the Historic District of Old City, Philadelphia. Vivant features international cultural focused art from the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America while specializing in Haitian art. Vivant serves as consultant to numerous artists and institutions curating art exhibitions, cultural programs, and cultivated audiences. The mission of Vivant is to educate, entertain, empower, and enlighten the public with the stories and messages of indigenous art and the people. Vivant is a bridge between the art world, business sector, and the community as it is a meeting space for various social receptions, fundraisers, and lectures.

About Souleo Enterprises, LLC

Souleo Enterprises, LLC creates and produces entertaining and informative events, media and artistic projects by founder, Souleo. A journalist who has written for Newsweek, Ebony, New York Press, Black Enterprise, XXL, Sister 2 Sister, Rolling Out, Souleo has also been featured on CNN’s The Nancy Grace Show, MTV’s FNMTV Premieres, the New York Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, Access Hollywood, CBS’s The Insider, NPR’s News & Notes,, and in the Boston Globe. Known as the “Proletariat Curator” his partnership with the Harlem Arts Alliance and column, “Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the ‘A’ w/Souleo” is now syndicated online and in print via,, New York Amsterdam News, Rolling Out, and more. Notable exhibitions include eMerge: Danny Simmons & Artists on the Cusp and the first-ever  AARP exhibition, Lasting Legacy: The Journal of You.

About Mouton Noir

Mouton Noir is a two-fold lifestyle project

producing both a T-Shirt line and Oregon wines. Founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, both ends of Mouton Noir incorporate a trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture. The wines are unique and distinctive garage wines, initially

created for some of New York‘s best restaurants for whom Mack was a sommelier and now available nationwide. Mouton Noir apparel is inspired by WINE LIFESTYLE/STREET CULTURE of skateboarding, punk and hip-hop cultures. The design is also reminiscent of independent skateboard

company apparel of the 1990s.