Newly Minted: Peveto

Change in the art word is always good. And nothing revives a stalwart lineup of dealers like a new arrival. Enter Peveto on Colquitt%26rsquo;s Gallery Row. The man at the top, Scott Peveto, has been in the Houston art world for more than a decade, most recently at one of the key players at McClain Gallery, where he brought a focus on Texas artists and emerging talent to that Richmond Avenue power player. Now Peveto has branched out on his own, tapping recent colleagues Leigh Manley and Felipe Contreras to join him. The trio has taken over the former New Gallery/Thom Andriola digs (where did Andriola go? More on that on these pages). Architect Shane Cook was enlisted to revive the space, the key and pivotal anchor of the Arquitectonica-designed all%26eacute;e of galleries. The result? A front window that was formerly boarded over is now revealed to flood a viewing room with light. The fluid and more pleasantly open 4,000-square-foot floor plan also features zones of privacy, as well as a cool office area where sleek desks suggest the efficiency of a visual hive. At Peveto%26rsquo;s grand opening %26mdash;%26nbsp;owner director Peveto bills himself as a fine art resource management company and plans to %26ldquo;transform the idea of an exhibition%26rdquo; %26mdash; a bevy of next-generation collectors rubbed shoulders with respected talents such as CAMH-exhibited Jason Villegas (one of Peveto%26rsquo;s discoveries) and two-time Whitney Biennial talent Trenton Doyle Hancock, whose NYC-based friend William Villalongo was included in the opening show %26ldquo;Game On%26rdquo; (through April 7). Also on our radar from their stable: the late Virgil Grotfeldt%26rsquo;s son, Andy, whose deft mixed-media and foil canvases are compelling and concise; Alejandro Diaz%26rsquo;s buoyant neon phrases; and long-time Peveto pal, West Coaster Andy Moses, whose paintings recall the L.A. Light and Space movement. 2627 Colquitt, 713.360.7098;

IMAGE:%26nbsp; Scott Peveto, Leigh Manley, Felipe Contreras with Greg Miller%26rsquo;s The Searcher, 2011. Photo by Nash Baker.

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