Purrsona Anime, Pop Culture Art Gallery Opens This Weekend in San Antonio

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After hosting numerous pop-up shops and buzzing 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 San Antonio audiences starting this weekend.

“We wanted to do something that we could kind of connect with the community and showcase their artwork,” said Rios, co-owner of Purrsona Gallery. “It’s a place where their artwork can have a home, especially for those who love the Amine and pop culture stuff as much as we do.”

The couple are hosting their grand opening from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at their store at 1621 Blanco Road. There will be free pizza and drinks, as well as the Dewdrop Bakeshop bakery vendor. Orozco said the store will also have a live art element where artists will create their masterpieces during the event.

The new gallery will feature artwork and creations by various local artists.

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It will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

It will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Over the years, the couple 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 featuring over 40 artists) at Vibes Event Center. At exhibitions, Rios said the community always asks if they have a physical space, which led to the idea for the gallery.

“We wanted to do something all 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 than Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! It’s really beautiful, especially to see what people can do with it.”

At the boutique, it won’t just be works of art. There will also be jewelry, bookmarks, candles, mugs and other handmade items for sale.

On opening day, there will be free food and opportunities to watch artists create their work in real time.

On opening day, there will be free food and opportunities to watch artists create their work in real time.

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Samantha Orozco and Eddy Rios always wanted to open an anime gallery, they told MySA.

Samantha Orozco and Eddy Rios always wanted to open an anime gallery, they told MySA.

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The couple named their gallery Purrsona after watching a show together where she explained the definition of personality and had a vision of what you want to become. The Purr comes from their purple cat logo. After finding a name, the rest fell into place, especially after local multimedia artist Paul Garson completed his work on the exterior walls of the store.

The pair say there is 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 their artwork.


“I remember I was in anime when I was in high school and it was very quiet, quiet because everyone thought it was kind of weird to talk about it,” Orozco said. “But, now it’s more celebrated and it’s so awesome. It’s not just for kids. It’s for everyone.”

After opening day, the gallery will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit her Facebook page at Galerie Purrsona.




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