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The first opening reception at the newly opened Zen Dog Gallery will feature a collection of works by Franck de Las Mercedes' in addition to works by masters Petar Tale, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

Zen Dog Gallery presents Franck de Las Mercedes Exhibit

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 18th
From 2pm to 7pm

Zen Dog Cafe Gallery
6367 Mill Street
Rhinebeck, NY, 12572

The exhibit features Franck's original work and an impressive collection of original drawings and lithographs by masters Petar Tale, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

Located in the heart of Rhinebeck, New York in the beautiful Hudson River Region, the Zen Dog Cafe and Upstairs Gallery are new gathering spot for those interested in stimulating all of the senses through music, art, literature and food.

Franck de Las Mercedes a New York based visual artist who has emerged as one of the country's most prolific visual artists in recent years. From his provocative portraits to his large scale abstract paintings, Franck de Las Mercedes' work has been featured on numerous national and international television and radio shows including, LatiNation, CNN En Español, Noticiero Telemundo and Univision's "Aqui y Ahora." He's also been featured in prestigious publications including, Selecciones (Reader's Digest), Art Business News, Hispanic Magazine, SoulPancake, Museum VIEWS, American Style and The Artist's magazine. For more information:

With labels that read "Fragile Contains: Peace, Freedom or Justice", visual artist Franck de Las Mercedes sends abstractly painted, seemingly empty boxes to anybody, anywhere in the world, for free.

The "Priority Boxes" project is a public art series that makes people reconsider their ability to influence change and question the fragility, value and priority of entities like peace. Each box, sent by mail to anyone who requests one, is both a canvas for a unique abstract painting and a platform for communication through art. A mixture of art and activism, the boxes are sent free to show that something of such priority as peace should not have a price and that art can be both inclusive and accessible at all.

The project which started as an experiment and is funded by the artist and donations from supporters, has evolved into a movement that has been embraced by popular culture, the mainstream media and schools and art educators across America. From his small New Jersey studio, the artist has sent over 8500 boxes around the globe, to countries in every continent.
With his boxes, de Las Mercedes is in the process of creating a phenomenon that is as visceral as it is visual. The boxes fuse elements of painting, sculpture and conceptual art that transform the exhibition space into a broader environment than that of a gallery. By having the art on the outside for all to see, the addressees and spectators are incorporated as part of the work and the concept.