Greenwich Historical Society: Local artists to display Impressionist influences

The Greenwich Historical Society is preparing to celebrate the work of local artists Maria C. Friscia, Perry Robinson and Margaret Esmé Simon in a Community Artists series exhibition, entitled Inheriting the Impressionist Tradition, beginning June 5.

With still life paintings and landscapes rendered in colorful painterly strokes, the work represents a modern reflection on the American Impressionism that evolved at the Cos Cob art colony early in the last century.

“The artists have put together a show that is in sync with both the season and the artistic legacy of Bush-Holley Historic Site,” said show organizer Carol Dixon.

The exhibition will run from June 5 through July 31 with an opening reception on June 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Riverside resident and artist Ms. Friscia was born in Sicily and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Lehman College in New York. She is a member of the Stamford Art Association, the Greenwich Art Association, the Greenwich Arts Council and the Art Society of Old Greenwich.

Dr. Robinson studied art and design in New York and attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His career took a turn when he decided to attend medical school at Columbia University, completing a surgical internship and landing in the business/medical world and Wall Street. Now a biomedical consultant, this is Dr. Robinson’s first art show.

Architect Ms. Simon, who has painted all her life, attended New York City’s High School of Music and Art (now La Guardia High School) as an art major. Graduating with a BA in English from Cornell University, she went on to receive an MA from Columbia University. In 2008, she decided to dedicate herself to the study and pursuit of art full time.

The Community Artists series was established to support and encourage contemporary local artists by offering a welcoming venue for the exhibition of their work in a unique and historic setting.

All works on display will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to the Greenwich Historical Society.

The show is on view at the Storehouse Gallery Museum Shop Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. and admission is free. To attend the opening reception, call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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