NEW YORK – Greek-American artist Andrea M. Smith presented a selection of her new paintings in a show titled “For Georgia” at 27 Orchard Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on August 11.
The heat and humidity did not deter art lovers, family and friends from attending the show which featured Smith’s evocative paintings. Among the artwork on display was the painting titled (Annunciation) Triptych was influenced by Annunciation paintings by various artists through the centuries. Other enchanting works in the show featured reflections in glass which called to mind Byzantine icons and ghostly images.
Born in Minneapolis and now based in New York, Smith is a third generation Greek-American. Her great-grandparents had settled in Minneapolis early in the 20th century. She told The National Herald in a previous interview: “Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers' families were from the village of Niata in the Peloponnese. My maternal grandfather's family was from the island of Samos, and otherwise the Smith in me comes from an American great-grandfather who met his Greek wife in Constantinople. When he brought her back to the states, she met my other two great-grandmothers in Minnesota, and these three women became friends. My paternal great-grandmother is my maternal yiayia's nouna.”
Among those present were the guests of honor at the event, Smith’s yiayia Georgia Boosalis George and her great-aunts Barbara Pappajohn and Marina Cholakis, Georgia’s sisters, all of whom were in New York for a family wedding as well as the art exhibition which was held for one night only.
Smith’s cousins David and Marcella Hastings were also in attendance, with documentation of the event by Danielle Aphrodite Nemet.
Smith told TNH, “my family has always supported my pursuit of the arts — I feel very grateful for that.”
More information about Andrea M. Smith and her artwork is available online: https://andrea-smith.co/ams.
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