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I first met Minas Konsolas in his eponymous storefront in Fells Point, which later moved to The Avenue in Hampden, where vintage Levis, funky jewelry and original art created an enchanting experience for even the pickiest shopper. Over the years, Minas, with the help of his wife and business partner, Peggy Hoffman, added a second gallery space to their retail establishment where literary readings, yoga and even belly dancing flourished and an organic community coalesced. After they closed their shop in 2014, the arts community mourned a great loss but also reaped a simultaneous benefit in that the artist has been able to devote himself full time to painting in his Charles Village studio, with a solo exhibit planned for fall 2015 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.

“I’m influenced by the Mediterranean landscape where I was raised and by the American landscape where I now live,” says Konsolas, who was born in a small village in Greece. “Those two aesthetics come together in my paintings.” These two paintings come from the artist’s “Nature Walk” series, and function as a vehicle for memory and metaphor, rather than depicting a specific place or time.

“I’m making a poem about nature with my brush, an impression of a private moment with nature,” the artist confides. “When people tell me they get a familiar, nostalgic feeling from one of my paintings, it makes me happy. Even though the viewer and I have different experiences, we connect because we have similar emotions and memories.”

See more of Konsolas’ paintings at minaskonsolas.com

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