Greek myth inpsires new show in Greenwich

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Above: Patricia Arnillas’ ‘Point of No Return,’ an oil on board. It is one of nearly two dozen paintings by the artist that will be on display at the Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich through July 1, as part of a collaborative exhibition with Ana De Orbegoso, a photographer who also creates in mixed media. One of De Orbegoso’s work, ‘The Rise and Fall,’ a photgraph on canvas, can be seen below.

With his wings of wax, Icarus’ brush with the sun turned out to be a quick and tragic one. But this Greek myth has inspired an art show that will linger for many weeks at the Greenwich Arts Council’s Bendheim Gallery.

“Icarus and the Myth of the Fallen Angel” is a collaboration by two prominent Latin American artists, Patricia Arnillas, a painter, and Ana De Orbegoso, a photographer who also creates in mixed media.

This is how the show’s organizers’ described the artists’ work:

(They) graphically illustrate the tragic consequences of the quintessential human temptation to try to push beyond the limits of one’s capabilities  —  prideful overreaching and its downfall.

Twenty of Arnillas’ oil paintings are in the show, mostly on board rather than canvas. Arnillas, who is a native of Peru, is the founder and creator of Contraposto Art Studio, a decorative painting firm and artist space based in New York City.

Along with De Orbegoso, Arnillas founded the artists collaborative Me Thinks Creative Group. It was out of this group that the concept for the Icarus collaboration was formed.

De Orbegoso also will be showing 20 of her large-scale photographs for the show.

The centerpiece of the show, found at the entrance of the exhibition, is the installation of a wall of falling water through which video images are projected, according to show organizers.

The show will run through July 1, with hours as follows: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. Free admission. The gallery is located at 299 Greenwich Ave., on the second floor. For more information, call 203-862-6750 or visit the arts council’s website.

Christina Hennessy

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