The Perfect Enemy | Greenwich Art Society celebrates ‘Time in Place,’ an exhibit inspired by stasis of the COVID-19 era
December 9, 2022

Greenwich Art Society celebrates ‘Time in Place,’ an exhibit inspired by stasis of the COVID-19 era

Greenwich Art Society celebrates ‘Time in Place,’ an exhibit inspired by stasis of the COVID-19 era  Greenwich Time

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The Greenwich Art Society recently celebrated the opening of a new show in its gallery called “Time in Place,” featuring the work of artist Lina Morielli.

Early in the pandemic, many people spent their time staying in place, and Morielli’s series “Time in Place” is a reflection of the artist’s experience of stasis during COVID-19. 

Morielli began the series in March 2020, creating 250 works — a substantive output of drawings, paintings, monoprints and collages. Curated by Anna Patalano, director of the Greenwich Art Society, “Time in Place” includes a selection of acrylic and gouache paintings from the series.

According to the Greenwich Art Society, the exhibit is “simultaneously a reflection of and a working through of Morielli’s emotional states brought on by the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the turbulent and polarized U.S. political climate.”

Similar to jazz music, the abstract compositions in “Time and Place” are at once frenetic and structured, according to the art society. 

“Lina Morielli’s magical ability to fuse complex visual elements with a myriad of painting and drawing materials rises above the simply decorative and ‘pretty.’ Her works create wonderful tensions between the beauty of ordered chaos, doomed whimsy and balanced frenzy. Take a look — and think,” Patalano said. 

Morielli grew up in Darien and maintains a studio in Stamford, where she has lived since 1987.

The show will be on display through Sept. 30 at the gallery on the second floor of 299 Greenwich Ave. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, visit www.greenwichartsociety.org.

Local students enter Phi Kappa Phi

Five local college students were recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. 

The honored local students are: Jody Bell of Riverside, who was initiated at the College of Charleston; Henry Hittle of Greenwich and Alison Cox  and Andrew Schiff of Old Greenwich, who were initiated at Fordham University; and Margaret Williams, who was initiated at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

They are among 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. 

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, who wanted to create an honor society that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. 

New students enroll at St. Lawrence

Four local students are newly enrolled members of the Class of 2026 at St. Lawrence in Canton, N,Y., for the fall semester.  

The students are Mary Dowling of Riverside, Bo Grillo Jr. and Lindsay Hasapis of Greenwich and Evangeline Norman of Old Greenwich.

Local students honored at Washington U 

Five local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester at Washington University in St. Louis.

The honored students from Greenwich are: Jackson DaPuzzo, Autumn Kim and Sam Schwartz, who are all enrolled in the McKelvey School of Engineering, and Ryan Kahn, who graduated in May from the College of Arts and Sciences. 

The honored students from Old Greenwich are: Hunter Kemp, who is enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences; and Matthew Sullivan, who is enrolled in the McKelvey School of Engineering. 

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

Madison’s Niche opens boutique 

Long Island lifestyle staple Madison’s Niche has opened its first boutique outside of LI at the Rye Ridge Shopping Center in Rye Brook, N.Y. The boutique recently signed a long-term lease for 3,000 square feet in the space previously occupied by Dusty Rose.

Madison’s Niche was created by an entrepreneurial mother/daughter team committed to the concept of “small business.” The store offers an exclusive selection of unique items, including home décor, accessories, fashions, gifts and baby items.

“We are bringing Madison’s Niche Lifestyle Boutique to Rye Ridge because we want to share our passion for styling, fashion, home décor and gifts with the Westchester community,” said Karen McAvoy of Madison’s Niche. 

She started Madison’s Niche in Huntington, N.Y., in 2012 and named it after her daughter Madison. The Huntington boutique just celebrated its 10-year anniversary on June 17. Madison’s Niche also operates boutiques in Garden City, Sayville, Stony Brook and Plainview, N.Y. The Rye Ridge boutique is their sixth.

Celebrating the birth of a baby, an engagement or a wedding; a high school or college graduation; or an honor at work or through volunteering? Send information on celebrations involving Greenwich people or places to gtcitydesk@hearstmediact.com.