Purrsona anime, pop culture art gallery opens this weekend in San Antonio – mySA

A new anime art gallery is opening its door on Saturday, April 9 in San Antonio. 
After hosting many anime pop-up shops and events, pop culture enthusiasts Samantha Orozco and Eddy Rios are finally opening an art gallery to showcase the talents and creations of local artists. The new space, called Purrsona Gallery, will be ready for the San Antonio public starting this weekend.
“We wanted to do something that we can kind of tie in the community and showcase their artwork,” Rios, co-owner of Purrsona Gallery, said. “It’s a place where their artwork can have a home, especially those who love amine and pop culture stuff just as much as we do.”
The couple is hosting their grand opening from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at their shop location at 1621 Blanco Road. There will be free pizza and beverages, as well as baked goods vendor Dewdrop Bakeshop. Orozco said the shop will also have a live art element where artists will make their masterpieces during the event. 
The new gallery will feature artwork and creations from various local artists.  
It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
Over the years, the pair have hosted a few pop culture shows in San Antonio like Ghibli (a Studio Ghibli/Anime Inspired Art Show) at Blue Star and their Kaiju show (an immersive event showcasing over 40 artists) at the Vibes Event Center. At the shows, Rios said the community always asked if they had a physical space, which led to the gallery idea. 
“We wanted to do something that was year-round,” Orozco said. “And, you know, sometimes you hear, ‘Oh anime isn’t really art,’ but I feel like I really want people to see the beauty of it. There’s so much more out there than like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! It’s really beautiful, especially seeing what people can do with it.”
At the shop, it won’t be just artwork. There will also be jewelry, bookmarks, candles, cups, and other handmade items for sale. 
On opening day, there will be free food and opportunities to see artists create their work in real-time.  
Samantha Orozco and Eddy Rios have always wanted to open an anime gallery, they told MySA.
The couple named their gallery Purrsona after watching a show together where it explained the definition of persona and having a vision of what you want yourself to become. The Purr comes from their purple cat logo. After figuring out a name, the rest fell in place, especially after local multi-media artist Paul Garson finished his artwork on the outside walls of the store. 
The pair says there’s now an anime community in San Antonio after hosting their shows over the years. Orozco said she hopes it becomes a space where everyone can come together and talk about their passions and artwork.
“I remember being into anime when I was in high school and it was very hush, hush because everyone thought it was a little weird to talk about it,” Orozco said. “But, now, it’s being celebrated more and that’s so awesome. It’s not just for kids. It’s for everyone.”
After opening day, the gallery will be open from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit its Facebook page at Purrsona Gallery.
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Priscilla Aguirre is a general assignment reporter for MySA.com | priscilla.aguirre@express-news.net | @CillaAguirre.


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