Neighbors Gather for an Eastonite’s Art Show

by Nancy Doniger

Artist Louise Astorino with Geri Gould and Kit Briner at the reception for Astorino’s show, “Raccogliere: To Gather.” — with Louise Astorino, Geri Gould and Kit Briner at Greiser’s Coffee & Market.

A hearty crowd of friends and neighbors braved the arctic vortex to gather at #Greiser’s Coffee & Market, 299 Center Road, Easton, Conn. to view an art exhibit created by one of their own.

Local artist Louise Astorino attended the Jan. 31 reception to greet guests and talk about her collection of watercolors and ink on cold press paper, titled “Raccogliere: To Gather.” The theme fit the intimate space and friendly ambiance of the upscale market.

“Raccogliere is a representation of the ways in which Florentine people gather in spaces to savor time and the company of others,” Astorino said in her artist’s notes. “During my field research for my IDEA Grant in Italy, I kept a visual diary of pictures, drawings and paintings. When I returned home, I produced a series of paintings that reflect the social interactions and habits I observed in Florence.

“While the world continues to move faster by the day, Florentines have almost unanimously rebuffed the ‘to-go’ culture and remained insistent on gathering in places to enjoy the time and company of others.”

Astorino grew up in #Easton, Conn. and graduated from Joel Barlow High School (#JBHS). She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in painting in 2017. She now lives in Stamford and works for a creative firm in Manhattan.

Astorino’s artwork will remain on exhibit and available for purchase in February. The guests at the reception ventured out on the bitter cold winter’s night not only to admire the artwork but also to enjoy the company of others. The gathering captured the essence of what Adrienne Jane Burke has sought to encapsulate in her upscale market.

Burke describes her new business, which opened Nov. 1, on the shop’s Facebook page: “Greiser’s is the rustic and charming community hub of Easton, Conn. We serve perfectly crafted coffee and espresso drinks, wholesome panini and grab-n-go sandwiches, and artisanal baked goods.”

Burke invites people to meet up with friends, relax over tasty food and conversation, stop by for coffee and … on the way to work, and to shop her market for staples and fine foods, local products and specialty items.

Dick Greiser owns the iconic building where the coffee market is located and could be a Norman Rockwell painting. For many years Greiser operated a deli and antiques shop at the stie, which has belonged to his family for generations. He decided to lease the space to Burke last year for her coffee market and continues to sell antiques and pump gasoline.

NANCY DONIGER WAS THE EDITOR IN CHIEF OF THE EASTON COURIER. SHE LIVES IN NEWTOWN.

Article Reprinted with Permission from Easton Neighbors.