“Remember that guy that used to paint at Rio?” We sure do. If you ever walked through Rio between 2000-2016, you probably spotted George Petridis working on one of his beautiful paintings with a lot of his other artwork on display in the atrium of Rio just outside of the movie theater. For over 15 years, Petridis displayed his art and worked on new pieces surrounded by the bustle of the Rio crowd– often interacting with those who stopped to enjoy some of the work he had on display.
You’d be surprised to learn that Petridis didn’t actually live in MoCo, though he spent much of his time here while his art was on display at Rio. He was born and raised in Athens, Greece and didn’t pick up art until later in life while he was looking to become a cardiologist and fell in love with the daughter of a prominent artist in Belgium, who introduced him to painting. After participating in a show in Paris, he decided his passion would become his career and he joined his brother in Toronto, Canada.
After that, he spent some time back in Greece and then made his home in Slippery Rock, PA with his wife Melanie. Melanie has written a book on George’s life as an artist. The book it titled Destiny of an Artist and is available on Amazon. George unfortunately took sick in January of 2016 and passed away in July 4th of that year. His legacy will live on through his paintings and the fond memories we have of seeing him around Rio.
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Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services (MCFRS) responded to a multi-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 5pm on Wednesday on southbound I-270 prior to exit 9 (Sam Eig Hwy).
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The Montgomery County Commission for Women and Montgomery Women will host a free virtual fair for middle and high school female students from 7-8:30pm on Thursday, March 21.
AC Milan Academy is hosting a soccer camp at Maryland Soccerplex from March 1st through March 3rd for girls and boys aged 5 to 16 from any club who want to develop their soccer skills and learn the unique methodology of AC Milan directly from AC Milan coaches.
March 1st (Friday) 6pm-7:30pm
March 2nd (Saturday) 6pm-7:30pm
March 3rd (Sunday) 10:30am -12pm and 3:30pm-5pm
Location:18031 Central Park Cir, Boyds, MD 20841
Price: $349 + AC Milan Junior Camp Kit