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Success C ult ur e BUTTERED UP! A must-stop during Second Saturday meanderings, Francisco “Paco” De La Torre and his hit art enclave Butter Gallery continue to make waves in an ever-changing arts scene. TEXT BY RYAN JARRELL A step to the left from your more typical commercial arts space, Butter Gallery and its curator Francisco “Paco” De La Torre IV understand that evolution is integral to remaining relevant in the creative sphere. “Since launching in 2006, our mission has changed over the years,” he says. “I like to think of Butter Gallery as a contemporary exhibition space of wide curatorial parameters.” Currently showcasing Jeffrey Noble’s haunting painting collection — A Magnetic Shelter — Butter’s stark curatorial space well highlights the elevated esoteric notes of poignant portraiture that add a much-need mystic aura to our rationalist age. Next on the agenda for this thought-provoking powerhouse? “I’m looking forward to curating a group art show with the recent works of those who have exhibited at Butter Gallery over the last 11 years,” says De La Torre, mentioning the exhibit could premiere as early as this year’s Miami Art Week; Butter Gallery, 2930 NW 7th Ave.; ButterGallery.com. 30