New insights…

Having been involved with open studios since 2006 here in Cyprus, it has become abundantly clear why it no longer resonates with local artists. It’s like comparing an 8mm film (us) with a 3D version (the world) – we are a tiny bit of the market.

Of course, it’s a great pity that the appreciative public will no longer have the opportunity to see artists in their own environment, to discuss their processes, and to buy pieces that they love. BUT, all is not lost! You can continue doing it very comfortably from either your studio, your kitchen table or your bedroom – everyone is doing it! Learn how, and know from which angle you look your best! All you need is a laptop, tablet or PC. Yes, you will have to learn to use them too if you haven’t yet!

I have just finished watching a webinar entitled “How to buy art online with confidence”. They were talking about art and artists with a price range in the thousands and even millions. Here on our little island, we know that those prices are way out of our league.

However, there is hope for each and every artist on this Island of Love. I strongly suggest that, if you want to make sales online, research… and research… and research! There will always be charlatans in this world who will try and take advantage of what you have to offer.

Learn about “Branding”. Yes, something I was not familiar with until it became abundantly clear in the course of this webinar. I don’t want to do advertising on here, especially not when I’m not being paid for it! But, if you Google the above title, it will lead you to hundreds of pages for you to explore… A word of advice: Study EVERY angle before selling something online and then finding out the buyer was not what you expected them to be.

There are numerous online opportunities – go for the firmly established institutions.  Artsy is a good place to start, by the way. It may be a bit daunting at first, but it’s totally rewarding in the end. The process is not a quick-rich scheme; you need to firmly establish yourself on the scene as a trustworthy artist.

Learn about pricing, shipping and insurance. You will need to know all about it if you want to talk with confidence to a potential buyer. However, if you choose to go with an established online platform, they will advise you.

We are entering the winter months – what a great time to get into the cave and hide away whilst doing something really useful. I know what I will be doing… painting, and website building, and researching everything I can lay my hands on; there is an abundance of resources.

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Good luck!

Contact:  info@cyprusopenstudios.com

Website: www.cyprusopenstudios.com     —- artists’ work will always be available to view in the archives.

R.I.P. Cyprus Open Studios

Yes, sad as it may be, we have come to the point where our beloved Cyprus Open Studios could no longer stay alive. The funeral will be on 31 December 2020.

October used to be the month of the year in which we flung open our doors to the public, enjoyed stimulating conversations, and explored new horizons. And that is why this post is coming to you at this time as I personally mourn the demise of all that. It has not been an easy decision!

The Cyprus Open Studios website will continue to be available to view, with all of the past participants’ information accessible in the ARCHIVE by year. This year’s participants will be added at the end of this year.

The Facebook page will also continue to exist and open to conversation.

I will personally also continue to be available for conversations about art and artists and I trust that I will see you frequently! Obviously we also have to cope with the protocols of the dreaded virus, which is another reason for this decision.

Marina Emphietzi and Nora Hadjisotiriou, my two partners, have both gone their separate ways and are pursuing their individual careers. I would like to say a GIANT thank you to them both for all the hard work that they have put into the years that we have stood side by side. I wish them both every success in the future, with whatever side of Culture they engage in.

This is then not goodbye, just au revoir – until we meet again.

Maria Etheridge.

+357 99 512 959

2020 is here!

Happy New Year everyone – let’s make it an arty one!

We would like to invite you to be part of our new and exciting regime, and invite you to register as a Member – a really great opportunity! At an incredibly low price – at anytime during the year! No deadlines – the fee will remain the same throughout the year.

Membership will expose you to galleries and collectors world-wide. Yes, several of our members can testify to that.

No need to open a studio or work space at a specified time!

International exposure all year round!

A full-page listing on our website will provide you with a page of your own featuring:

  • your contact information
  • your CV
  • your artist statement (if you wish)
  • as well as 10 images of your work. These images will showcase your brand; they will show the world what you do!

Registration for membership will open on 6 January 2020 and will run on an annual basis, by calendar year, renewable each January.

We will offer individual guidance to members only if you need or want it. We want the world to know about you! You are special – no one in the whole wide world does what you do!

Right now, we are really excited and hope you will join us in assisting Cypriot-based artists to become as well-known as they should be!

If you would like further information, please contact Maria at info@cyprusopenstudios.com or use the Contact Us form on the website. Our Privacy Policy ensures your privacy. We will never share your information, except that which is readily available on the website.

REGISTER  ONLINE  AT

www.cyprusopenstudios.com

from 6 January 2020 – no deadline

Members of Cyprus Open Studios (COS) no longer need to open their studios at specified times. Instead, YOU choose when you wish to invite visitors to view your work – the choice is now in your hands! Make your art your business.

>>>  During the year we intend launching specific pieces of art on-line during special promotion events, but  more about this later. We are fine-tuning the ways and means right now.

Studios and work-spaces will open all year round as and when YOU, the artist, choose.

***IMPORTANT***

Inform us of exhibitions that you participate in and we will promote them

on our EVENTS page

Some images from 2010 and 2011 open studios:

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The 2020 Vision for the creative YOU

Are you living to paint or are you painting to live?

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If you cannot exist without the need to create, you are my kind of person! We would like to invite you to be part of our new and exciting regime, and invite you to register as a Member – a really great opportunity! At an incredibly low price – at anytime during the year! No deadlines.

Membership will expose you to galleries and collectors world-wide. Yes, several of our members have been approached from all corners of the globe! And that simply happened because their names were listed on our website.

No need to open a studio or work space!

International exposure all year round!

A full-page listing on our website will provide you with a page of your own – no annoying advertising to distract viewers!

Your listing will feature

  • your contact information
  • your CV
  • your artist statement (if you wish)
  • as well as 10 images of your work. These images will showcase your brand; they will show the world what you do!

Registration for membership will open on 6 January 2020 and will run on an annual basis, by calendar year, renewable each January.

We will offer individual guidance to members only if you need or want it. We want the world to know about you! You are special – no one in the whole wide world does what you do! In the famous words of Frank Sinatra: You do it YOUR way! And that is what we want to show the world.

Right now, we are really excited and hope you will join us in assisting Cypriot-based artists to become as well-known as they should be!

If you would like further information, please contact Maria at info@cyprusopenstudios.com or use the Contact Us form on the website. Our Privacy Policy ensures your privacy. We will never share your information, except that which is readily available on the website.

REGISTER  ONLINE  AT

www.cyprusopenstudios.com

from 6 January 2020 – no deadline

Members of Cyprus Open Studios (COS) no longer need to open their studios at specified times. Instead, YOU choose when you wish to invite visitors to view your work – the choice is now in your hands!

Studios and work-spaces will open all year round as and when YOU,

the artist, chooses.

Inform us of exhibitions that you participate in and we will promote them

on our EVENTS page

Cyprus Open Studios (COS) is alive and well and we want to help you thrive!

Maria Etheridge – Founding Partner

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Cycles of Life

The last blog post that was done was to announce the start of the registration process for the Cyprus Open Studios (COS) 2019 event. We have now reached the deadline of 30 June – plus another month – and…

… it is with a heavy heart that we have to make another announcement: There will be no studios opening in 2019 in Cyprus as it was decided to suspend the event for this year.

It seems as if the local open studios events have a life cycle all of its own.

In 2006, there was enormous excitement when Open Studios CY was brought into the world. The first year there were 50+ participants, in the second year there were 80+ and then it declined until the 2011 event which had less than 30 participants. At the end of that year, it came to its natural end.

I was an enthusiastic participant in all of those years and felt sad when it no longer existed. Due to a few years of personal upheaval, I could not do anything to assist artists of Cyprus to gain greater acknowledgement for their work. After my husband’s passing in 2012 and all the paper mountains have been climbed, I was left quite deflated.

Instead of twiddling my thumbs, I first started an artists’ directory which was called www.art-en-route-cyprus.com (it no longer exists) and it went well for some time. But then, one fine morning, I woke up with the thought of starting another open studios ‘movement’ in Cyprus and I did a test weekend in September 2014. It was welcomed with open arms by both artists and visitors and it was decided to GO for it!

In January 2015, my two partners came on board and it was full steam ahead. Year on year, we made great headway and in addition to the local open studios events, we also assisted artists fully with exhibiting abroad, under the banner of Open Galleries Abroad (OGA).

Up until June 2019, we have given it our all, but this year the numbers simply did not warrant forging ahead.

Obviously there are many who will be disappointed – especially the visitors! What the future holds, we cannot tell as our crystal ball is malfunctioning a bit right now. However, as soon as we have put our heads together again, we shall see what we can dream up for the future.

Our website, our Face book pages, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts will all continue and we hope you will keep in touch to see what happens next. We will also continue with blog posts and share interesting bits of news with you – stay with us!

Until next time – keep on creating!

Website                                                           www.cyprusopenstudios.com

Facebook                                                        Cyprus Open Studios

AND                                                                  Open Galleries Abroad

Instagram                                                       cyprusopenstudios

Twitter                                                             @CosPromoter

LinkedIn                                                          Cyprus Open Studios – COS

Email                                                                 info@cyprusopenstudios.com

 

P.S.  Please note that this is a more personal note from the editor, Maria Etheridge, but also on behalf of the COS Team.

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Yes! It’s that time again!

Announcement:

Registration for the Cyprus Open Studios 2019 event in October opens on

Monday, 1 April

Artists and artisans, please visit our website:

www.cyprusopenstudios.com

and familiarise yourself with the process.

Click on the “Register here” button and select your option 

GO FOR IT!

 

Here are some benefits of becoming a member of Cyprus Open Studios (COS)

  • A website entry – a page of your own – on the site with up to 8 images of your work, directions and a map to find you (if you open your studio), your artist statement, as well as your detailed CV if you wish it to be included
  • Publicity over all media, newspapers, magazines, radio and television, but above all else, extensive social media coverage!
  • Being featured in the COS printed catalogue with 1 image, again on a page of your own – not only distributed locally, but also published on a global publishing platform … the entire year of your membership – and then archived indefinitely. Valuable beyond measure!
  • Gaining recognition is critical to being or becoming a professional artist or artisan
  • If you are already a professional artist or artisan, this gives you the opportunity to meet collectors, locally and abroad
  • Signage to guide visitors to your open studio or workshop – and much more
  • Networking opportunities with fellow members
  • You gain EXTRA exposure to the art-loving and art-buying public
  • You take 100% of the direct sales of your artwork at your open studio, as well as the proceeds of any commissions you gain.
  • Be a part of the larger community and meet other artists from all over the island and abroad
  • You have the opportunity to build your vein of gold: your mailing list!
  • COS serves as an inspiration to create new work every year and to interact with a deeply admiring public – yes, they love it! Hundreds of open studio events worldwide are proof of that!

Cyprus Open Studios have negotiated with galleries in Limassol, Nicosia and Paphos to host Cyprus Open Galleries in 2019 – please click on “Register here” and select your option under the “Members Plan”. You stand a chance of being part of a curated exhibition in one of three well-respected galleries in Cyprus. The gallery fee is incredibly low for curated exhibitions!

Over and above this, we also assist artists – physically – to exhibit abroad. Five hopefuls applied for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show 2019, and whilst they were not accepted, they now go on (by special arrangement) to the Salon des Refuses exhibition, also in London. Marina Emphietzi works tirelessly to promote you and your work in London.

At the Salon des Refuses show in 2018 – see more on the OGA page on our website.      Marina on the left, Aristi Hadjisavva on the right and Celia’s Potoudis MacPherson’s  pot    at centre stage

Please select YOUR option on the registration page under “Membership Plan” and we will provide you with the specific venues on offer. Another option is to register your interest in exhibiting abroad, also an option on the same page and under the same heading.

PLEASE NOTE that if you opt for exhibiting abroad, you will automatically become a “Member Only” of the Cyprus Open Studios (COS) website with all the benefits included; the usual fee is €35,00 but it will be yours for free.

Lastly, but certainly not least, the winner of the 2018 COS Prize Draw was presented with his prize. Mr. Peter Gehrer from Switzerland – a swallow between there and Cyprus – chose the free art lessons offered by Stephen Oliver Postgate and sponsored by Cyprus Open Studios. Stephen will give Peter his full attention in September when Peter returns to our beautiful island. Here are some happy faces in Stephen’s studio in Kamares Village, Tala, Paphos.

Peter Gehrer, Stephen Oliver Postgate, and Maria Etheridge in Stephen’s studio

Read more about this Prize Draw on our website, and also in our catalogue which is published every September. This year we offer TWO prizes – not a choice between them! That means the public will stand TWO chances to win. Isn’t that great?

 

What are you waiting for?

Go to www.cyprusopenstudios.com and let us help you grow!

Any questions? Please ask for our “How does it work?” booklet by email: info@cyprusopenstudios.com 

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We begin again…

We trust you have all had a splendid festive season and are ready for the work of the new year. We certainly are!

As a starting point, we would like to thank you for each and every LIKE we have had on our Facebook page  –  You will also find a button just below the cover image of this page that says LEARN MORE – click on it and it will take you to our website

There is also a huge amount of information on our blog, accessible on the website under the button BLOG – Have fun reading all about what we do, how we do it and the biggest question of all: WHY we do it!

That is a very good question… We do what we do because we are besotted with art and artists – of almost every kind! The Cypriot market is pretty small in comparison with the rest of the world markets for art and, essentially, that is the reason why we are trying to help expose our local creators to the local market and also to the international domain.

To this end, we have an international division that assists 2-dimensional artists with exhibitions abroad under the banner of Open Galleries Abroad (OGA)  To this end we would like to invite interested parties to contact us in order to be added to our database for future communication about opportunities locally and abroad. Just drop us a line at info@cyprusopenstudios.com and we’ll keep you up to date with what cooks.

2019 OGA submissions have closed now… you need to be an early bird for these! But don’t despair!  There is 2020 and all the years to follow! Create, create, create! And send us your name, email address and details – just contact us!

Our local operations under the banner of Cyprus Open Studios (COS) will once again be staged in October, between the 11th and 20th, in the studios and work-spaces of our participants, either individually, in groups or at selected gallery spaces. We are in the process of negotiating with gallery owners who would be interested in hosting such activities. Watch this space – we will let you know as soon as we have concrete news. However, the point has always been to open individual studios to the public.

Doesn’t this inspire you to start creating? Some of these are pieces of art in themselves!

We could not give credit for these images  – no copyright infringement intended!

We have also been invited by the Paphos Municipality to participate in cultural activities – again, this is very much under discussion at present. We would like to hear from other municipalities around our beautiful island so that we may work together to give our creative people a wider audience. They certainly deserve it! The talent we have here is phenomenal!

Registration for this year’s open studio event will open on 1 April with an absolute deadline of 30 June. This year’s website entries will go live after that date but in the meantime you can view last year’s participants – AND previous years’ participants under the ARCHIVE button – click on the year you wish to view.

Please note that all material on the website is subject to copyright! Permission to use material from the website can be obtained from each artist whose information is listed on their individual pages – be kind and play fair, please.

Until next time, keep on creating!

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Christmas 2018

Only two items this time… we are closing for Christmas from 17 December 2018 until 3 January 2019! And you thought we only worked for 10 days of the year! No, we dedicate ourselves (almost) full-time to YOU! But, we couldn’t leave without wishing you…

Our Christmas card

We are still taking care of the registration processes for the Open Galleries Abroad (OGA) – the deadline has been reached. Please contact Marina for any further information: marina@mmarinaharris.com

The second item of importance is to announce the winner of the 2018 Cyprus Open Studios Free Draw! His name is PETER GEHRER who is a swallow between Cyprus and Switzerland! He will be coming back for his four free art lessons and we will be showing you images when that happens in the autumn of 2019.

Congratulations, Peter!

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Peace on Earth!

The Soundbite Era

We live in an era where everything is ruled by the impact it makes; if it doesn’t catch your drifting attention within 3 seconds, you’ve had it…

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This makes me wonder just how many people actually read our blog posts. It has come to my notice that instructions sent out to participants and potential participants for a certain event or occasion do not get read! At least not with great attention… and what happens afterwards is that questions are asked about something that was specifically set out in the instructions!

Nowadays, they say it’s much better to do video clips and stick it on YouTube. Hmm… what happened to real communication? Stress levels soar and we wonder why. I’ll tell you why: it’s because each individual feels that they need to be in touch with everything in the world all at once! Screens, big and small and multiple seem to fill our lives. Such a shame.

The world will not end if you don’t check your screen… Well, let’s discard the Trump man… the world, as we know it, could end!

For all the artists out there, try this one:  Do a self-portrait in whatever medium and style you prefer but sit close enough to the mirror so that you can see your own eyes. Look into them deeply, and then create what you see. I can see you objecting! Oh, you haven’t met the person in the mirror? Well, isn’t it time?

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We won’t go on… but please read the instructions for participation in the Open Galleries Abroad (OGA) in 2019. The absolute deadline for submission of your registration form is 15 December 2018 – do not miss it! You never know if your time has really come at the Royal Academy of Art in London without trying! Wouldn’t you just love to be part of this?

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May we wish you the most creative and inspirational Festive Season ever! Keep it as stress-free as possible and have a bucket full of fun.

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We’ll see you again in 2019!

The COS Team

Tick Tock – start again!

The daylight savings date always depresses me. Not sure why, as it is an entirely man-made thing, as is time…

Our ancestors worked by seasons and moon phases – not sure why we have to have that darn clock! Tick tock…

2018 Event

The participants of the 2018 Cyprus Open Studios (COS) event have all done a marvellous job of creating greater interest in the art of our Island of Love. We salute them all. We encountered a few challenges, but nothing we cannot overcome in the future.

Open Galleries Abroad (OGA)

Nine of our members participated in activities in London during 2018. Each year hundreds and hundreds of artists attempt to get into the Royal Academy of Arts in London without success… We at OGA are there to assist you with your effort while you continue working in your own studio back home. Read more about our activities on previous blog posts.

After the selection process at the RA each year, we take you to other exhibitions in and around London where Marina Emphietzi Harris keeps a close watch on opportunities that arise. The real work will once again start in December 2018 in preparation for your 2019 exhibition opportunities.

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 If you are interested in exhibiting abroad and you have not yet let us know,  you should do this immediately!

If you have not yet done so, start preparing your Artist Statement and your Biography.

Contact : Marina  at  marina.emphietzi@gmail.com BEFORE 30 November 2018                                             No charges until you sign the agreement!

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Cyprus Open Studios (COS)

Many people are under the impression that we only exist for 10 days of the year.

This is very far from the truth!

When you register on 1 April each year to open your studio in October, your fee is paid not just for those 10 days that you open your studio to the public. Oh, no – you remain very visible to all the people who look at our website during the course of the year! And… that’s not all. After the annual event comes to an end, your entry remains on our website in our archives and can still be accessed by viewers.

If you do not wish to open your studio in October for a variety of reasons, you have the option to become a “Member Only”, giving you a web page of your own featuring your contact details and up to 8 images of your work.  You may do this at any time during the year and pay a nominal fee for the year (or part of any year) with a renewal date on 1 April each year.

During the 2018 event, the artists who opted for a different audience exhibited their work at a gallery in Limassol.

We are planning on doing this in each large centre, i.e. Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos for our 2019 event. In order to use this facility you do need to be a “Member Only” as mentioned above. Gallery costs will be separate.

We respect the choices our artists make and will continue to serve them to the best of our abilities.

Social Media

We have a lively Facebook community where facebookers are kept informed of our activities, news, as well as posts about other interesting happenings.

We also have Twitter and Instagram accounts where we share and care.

A cat is peeping out of the bag…

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We have discovered that there are many artists who were born to be artists. That means that their right brain thinking is far more advanced than the left brain function, the latter being more appropriate for geeks of a kind – especially the digital kind.

Send-Responsive-HTML-Emails-from-Outlook-2-1  You will love your keyboard like you love your art equipment!

We are developing a tutorial programme whereby artists (of all kinds) can learn how to handle their own art business. And yes, if you have ever attempted (and been successful) to SELL what you produce as an artist, then you have an art ‘business’… or should have!

We will teach you how to reach out to people you want to attract to your business. And yes, opening your studio to the public is all part of it.

This cat is only peeping out now and when the time is right, that cat will jump out of that bag! We just wanted to let you know that we are working on something quite exciting for the future.

Our people

In Cyprus we have a very large variety of creative people covering emerging, established and hobby artists.  We have young ones who have just finished their formal education, others who have been doing the job for many years, and also the retirees who like to keep themselves occupied with a great hobby.

We cater for them all.

It’s not easy as each one’s desires are different from the next person’s; the fame and fortune seekers are completely different from the ones who use the garden shed for some peace and quiet after a life of long hours on the day job. The young ones have stars in their eyes wanting to get a foot on the first rung of the ladder of greatness.

We serve them all.

Blood, sweat and tears are familiar in our creative spaces, wherever that may be.

If the first attempt doesn’t work, chuck it – start again.

 It is not how many times you succeed, but how many times you start again!

That is the core of a great artistic creator.

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Till next time, keep on creating – again and again and again…

The COS Team

Ed: Maria Etheridge

Featured image: The Persistence of Memory – Salvador Dali – at the MOMA in New York