CULTURE

Depy Chandris opens jewelry exhibit at Manhattan museum

Once again, New York has proved to be a lucky city for the gifted designer Depy Chandris, who has just opened an exhibition of her unique jewelry designs that «blend past grandeurs with an acutely futuristic vision,» according to the museum. Precious stones and modern synthetic materials such as plexiglass in the shape of butterflies, flowers and hearts are on show at Manhattan’s Dahesh Museum of Art on Madison Avenue in the IBM building. New York’s Greek community was out in force for the opening by Greece’s Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis. Avramopoulos was in New York to speak at a symposium dedicated to the great Greek-American medical researcher George Papanicolaou. Valinakis was in the US to take part in a special session of the UN Security Council on Sudan. Both found time to honor the Greek designer. «Baroque References, Tomorrow’s Vision» is the title of the exhibition, which is front-page news in the Greek community press, including the National Herald. Depy Chandris experiments with apparently contrasting elements in style and form that are a unique blend of baroque exuberance and a sharply contemporary minimalist whiff aimed at an aesthetic balance. Depy’s superb artistry is expressed in charming compositions, like every new idea based on the attraction of opposites in art, according to the New York press. The exhibition has the support of the Tourism Ministry, the Greek National Tourism Organization, represented at the opening by Giorgos Tambakis, Chrysanthos Petsilas, along with the Consul General of Greece in New York, Katerina Boura. The dean of Greek jewelry, Ilias Lalaounis, and his wife Lila were also there, along with architect Constantine Kondylis, Ambassador Loukas Tsilas and his wife Penelope (Tsilas is also director of the Onassis Foundation subsidiary in New York), Panos and Dane Mania, and Aliki Perroti, the sister of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Marjory Tiven, and photographers Ellen Graham and Calliope. From The New York Times were Lou Fabrizio and Warren Ho. Before returning to her family home on the island of Cephalonia, Depy received an invitation to exhibit her new collection at The New York Times headquarters in Times Square.