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'Anthos' opens in December at library

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"Antho," an exhibition of paintings by Margaret Tsirantonakis, will be on display at the New Canaan Library from Dec. 8 to Jan. 12.

"Anthos" means flower in Greek, and flowers in all their stages and glory are the subjects of Margaret Tsirantonakis' upcoming exhibition of paintings at New Canaan Library.

"The flower is a springboard as well as an actor in the ensemble of each of my paintings and works on paper," said Tsirantonakis, a native of Greece who lives and works in Stamford.

"Anthos" will be on display in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery from Dec. 8 to Jan. 12. An opening reception takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

"Anthos" announces the importance of the flower in the artist's work, often reflecting the sun-washed colors and Mediterranean mood of her native Greece. From the bougainvillea blossoms picked in Chania, Crete (the artist's birthplace), to the vivid pink roses of her Stamford garden, from tiny sketches to large-scale paintings, flowers find their way into the works, often claiming center stage.

Tsirantonakis' most recent solo exhibition was in March at the Prince Street Gallery in New York City, where she exhibited large-scale paintings of interiors with still-life arrangements, as well as intimate watercolors done in Crete. Tsirantonakis has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Northeast. She has had two previous solo shows at the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery, in 2002 and 2004. Her paintings have been included in the Mead Art Museum in Amherst, Mass., in "Off the Beaten Track: Contemporary Mindscapes," as well as in "The Elements: Earth" show at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

Her paintings were recently included in "Chaniart 2013-Home Sweet Home" exhibition in Crete. Tsirantonakis' work is in corporate and private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Art Committee, Friends of New Canaan Library. The curators are Diane Kerner and Ann Barua.

For information, call Susan LaPerla at 203-594-5007 or visit newcanaanlibrary.org.

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