Art Studio News – September 2021

Staying in touch with art – by Kiara Timm

Dear Friends,

Getting back on track from Summer to Autumn can be something to look forward to! Having a fresh start, back to the studio or your kitchen table, outdoor space or wherever your creative spot is and materializing creative ideas in any art form that you enjoy working on can be a very exciting feeling.

Autumn in the island can be inspiring in itself with it’s more bearable temperatures, beautiful sunrise and sunset colors and sunlight.

So, let your creativity flow and motivation to drive you to an exciting outcome! As always, stay well, stay positive and enjoy your reading!


‘Waiting for the Sun’ series paintings gone virtual!

The virtual exhibition called “Beauty of Nature” organized by the Bougie Art Gallery in Canada is still on! Three of the paintings from the series ‘Waiting for the sun” are part of this amazing, international exhibition!

If you did not have the chance to check it out yet, you can do so by clicking on  the link below to view the exhibition for free!

artsteps | Beauty of Nature

MEETING A LOCAL ARTIST… IRINI KLOKKARI

This month we are excited to introduce the artist Irini Klokkari who is originally from Athienou, Larnaca. Irini has obtained a BA in Interior Design and an MA in Interdisciplinary Design.

She has created her own studio space, the ‘Klokkari Design Studio in her birth place Athienou, Larnaca, where she mainly focuses on character illustration. Her inspiration is mostly coming from the Cyprus traditions as it is so rich and has much to offer where each person perceives it in their own way.

According to Irini, the roots, history, culture and civilization are part of what makes us unique, thus we have to respect and appreciate it.   Through her modern design and style Irini has created characters which are presented on different items in order to offer a special moment to each person, may this be anniversaries, weddings or baptisms.

Her characters collection includes traditional folklore art of Cypriot ladies and men, bakers, embroiders, Greek gods and goddesses as well as other characters from the Greek mythology.

Apart from the traditional illustration of the various folklore characters, Irini is also involved in the illustration of beloved ones, creating humoristic portraits to offer a unique gift to any home environment.

You can check out Irini’s collection of illustrations and characters at her on-line shop on Facebook at Klokkari Design Studio.

Creativity is contagious, pass it on!
~ Albert Einstein

ARTERNATIVE DESIGNS
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Pick & choose events

OPEN CALLS

After;noon / project

Social Awareness Project / Nicosia

S:A Project is calling for Artists and Creators that could exhibit artwork or projects based on Social Awareness such as equality, diversity, nature, activism and any other sector that could be included.

You don’t have to be a professional/established artist to submit your application.

Deadline for Applications: 30th of September 2021

For further information check out the FB @ After;noon / project or www.afternoonproject.net/opencall

ON GOING EXHIBITIONS

‘VENICE IN CYPRUS’– CVAR FOUNDATION/ On Line Photo exhibition / on going until 28/9

‘YOU NEED MORE’ -ART STUDIO 55 — Art exhibition by Katerina Mashir  — tel. 99 382 388

24/ 9 – 7 to 11pm and 25/9 – 4 to 8pm.

OTHER EVENTS

NICOSIA BOOK FEST / 9 and 10 October / Acropolis Park, Nicosia / free entrance / safepass required

For further information:

http://www.nicosiabookfest.com/programma2021

LARNACA BIENNALE  /  opening 13 October 21—26 November 21

Did you know that?

The largest horse statue in the world, the Zizkov Monument,

is in Prague – 9 metres tall.

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Setting the record straight – again

It has been brought to my attention that incorrect information was posted sometime in March 2021 as part of a newsletter. I thought I would make a new post to correct things.

Originally I stated:

Way back in 2006/7 two pioneers from Cambridge in England, living in Cyprus, teamed up and started Open Studios CY. They were David Lester (RIP) and Sue Harding, and they used the Cambridge formula to run the local open studios. The 2007 event kicked off with a grand opening at Tekni Art which, at the time, was run by Nic Costa. It was a roaring success and we loved every minute of the next three years.

Apparently, what I should have said was:

The setting up of Open Studios CY in Paphos in 2006 was an idea originally promoted by Sue Harding who had taken part in such events in the UK.  She suggested the idea to Nic Costa who, at the time, was running the Tekni Art School in Paphos. He was keen on the idea and together they worked to make it a reality. In due course others came on board not only as participants, but also as helpers and organisers. Most notable amongst these were Mary Beth Trotter and Grietje Goedkoop. (Edit: Nic Costa)

I then went on to say: After some time had passed, Sue Harding was fully replaced by Nic Costa and this situation stayed in place until the AGM in December 2011 when no volunteers came forward to continue the work.

Open Studios CY went into hibernation where it still remains although the entire framework and platform no longer exist.

I apologise for any misunderstandings in the original post. However, that is now all history as it was replaced by:

In January 2016 Cyprus Open Studios (COS) was birthed but also due to lack of continued support and COVID19, closed its doors in 2020.

The website and the Facebook page still exist and all COS past participants are still listed under the heading of ARCHIVE on the website: www.cyprusopenstudios.com – you can still contact them.

The COS Facebook page features a monthly newsletter produced by Kiara Timm, an artists who lives and works in Limassol, Cyprus. She would appreciate your support with news and images of happenings on the art scene in Cyprus. Please see the previous blog post for her contact information.

I trust that this will clarify things.

Maria Etheridge – founder of COS

Art Studio News – August 2021

Staying in touch with art – by Kiara Timm

Dear Friends,


Are you getting ready for summer holidays? August breeze, month of the summer vacations, relaxation or artist‟s procrastination? Whatever it is, it’s time to recharge batteries and get ready for Autumn.


With most days at 35 ْC+ it is often a challenge to be creative. So, if you are an artist and experiencing “a funny mood‟, boredom or disappointment because of the heat or whatever other reason, here is a suggestion for you…


As art is often a state of mind directly connected to our emotions, then use these emotions and transform them onto
your canvas for a positive outcome. Use your emotions and convert them into a beautiful and colourful palette to create something amazing and unique. The end result can be stunning! Converting an unpleasant feeling into a positive result may not be easy or always successful; however, you could give it a thought and try it out.


Stay cool, stay creative and enjoy your reading!


‘Waiting for the Sun’ series paintings gone virtual!


Very excited to announce that 3 of the paintings from this series where accepted and went on a virtual
exhibition called “Beauty of Nature” organized by the Bougie Art Gallery in Canada!
Check out the link below to view the exhibition for free!
artsteps | Beauty of Nature

MEETING A LOCAL ARTIST… JULIE MENELAOU!


Julie Menelaou is a visual artist born in London, UK but has been living for many years in Limassol, Cyprus. Julie studied Art & Design at Amersham Art College (1982-84) City & Guilds Royal Academy of Interior Design London.

Captivated by the human figure and facial expressions, her art works explore different aspects of human life, expression and the impact of the society around it. Her, “Miniature Muses‟ are part of her latest art works where these collective portraits were inspired by the Victorian miniatures from the late 18th Century as tokens of friendship and love that were captured in the miniature paintings. Amorous gazes or hands of the person mentioned in the painting and then framed in a locket or a broach or hairpin as part of the jewels.

Julie began this collective portrait study by using observations of friends and family. Painted in oil and bespoke frames found from off-cuts of ornate and contemporary styled wood.

Julie has participated in various solo and group exhibitions on the island of Cyprus as well as in the United Kingdom.
To view more on Julie‟s artwork, check out the below website:
Website: www.juliemenelaou.com

Creativity is contagious, pass it on!
~ Albert Einstein

ARTERNATIVE DESIGNS
AT IZAIA SHOP

Looking for a unique gift? Stop by and check out the Arternative bags
at IZAIA shop in Limassol
while still available!


Andrea Kalvou 1 &
Ayias Phylaxeous, 3085,
Limassol.

UNDERWATER MUSEUM ON THE ISLAND
Want to combine art and pleasure? Do you enjoy the sea? Then here is a one of a kind museum that was just inaugurated this month.

The Museum of Underwater Sculpture Ayia Napa or M.U.S.A.N. is the latest installation of the reef artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The museum is built in the marine protected area, Pernera and the site was selected by the Cyprus Government to underline its protected status.

With more than 130 figural and botanical sculptures just off the Eastern coast of Cyprus, the underwater site is designed to tell a story to the visitors. The Underwater Museum was a project that started around 2013, and the aim is to improve the artificial reef and to increase its biodiversity. Furthermore, the idea is to create a unique underwater landmark that will attract diving tourism and promote it globally.

It’s the first underwater museum in the Mediterranean!
Just a few images:

Enjoy your summer holidays!!!

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Art Studio News  –  July 2021  –  by Kiara Timm

Dear Friends,

Materializing ideas or even starting to create something new is not always easy. Writers often get the ‘writer’s block’, and the same can happen to artists. There are times that the creative flow gets into a dead-end and does not really ‘flow.’

I often get the question: ’Where do you get your inspiration from?’ I have to stop and think before I can give an answer… It can be from anything really. From a walk to the coast, site seeing, travels, reading a book and often from listening to music. If this does not help, at times I go to a DYI shop. While most people go there to get their tools and supplies to fix their gardens and homes, I go there to stare at tools and supplies to get inspired for art ideas and on how to apply a tool into some new and exciting art technique.

At the end of the day, I take the ‘risk’ to invest in a funny brush or so in order to play around at home on my canvas like a little child. Well, this creative process usually happens around summer time for some reason. So, summer time can be the time to explore creative art ideas and getting ready for Autumn.

As always, enjoy your reading, stay cool from the heat,  keep your positive vibes and stay in touch with us!

‘Waiting for the Sun’ series is now done!

Started this past year, a series of 10 small paintings with the theme of sunsets and sunrises, as every day is special and unique! DM for details.

Meeting a local  artist… MARINA POLYCARPOU ‘CHRYSAVGI’!

Born in the Congo, Africa, Marina was inspired by the images of nature, the colors and different animal species where she started to draw enormous trees and various kinds of flowers with black pencils giving to her creations shades of dark and light.

Once back in her parents’ motherland, Cyprus in the 80s, she used any camera she could lay her hands on until she got a professional one to capture all sorts of flowers, plants and amazing sunsets. Her photography was also expanded into bringing to life logs of trees that resemble birds, waves of the Mediterranean sea that looked like melted gold, leaves, wild nature and moments of her various travels in Europe.

In 2015, together with 5 other artist and a landscaper, they brought to life the colorful and so inspiring exhibition “Blossom”. Marina exhibited a vibrant and versatile series of her photographs of Cyprus’ wildflowers, giving a very special touch to the exhibition, complemented with real plants added by the landscaper.  Marina’s photos with their crisp colors and details take the viewer into the beautiful world of nature with its wonders.

In 2017, Marina participated with her photography and part of the Blossom group in Norway.

Marina keeps her Instagram by the name of “Chrysavgi” which is also the name of her mother figure, who inspired her to be always herself: her grandmother. With her smart phone or camera, she shares her unique images that she captures into her Instagram account.

To view Marina’s work, check out her  Instagram:  @chrysavgi17

Creativity is contagious, pass it on! ~ Albert Einstein

ARTERNATIVE DESIGNS

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AYIA NAPA SCULPTURE PARK

Located on the way to Cape Greco, the 20.000 square metres sculpture park together with the adjoining cactus park offer an interesting setting for a walk with beautiful panoramic views and benches along the way to sit and enjoy the art pieces.

The sculpture park consists of a large collection of art works by over 50 artists from around the world together with local artists who have participated in the annual Sculpture Symposium held by Ayia Napa Municipality some time ago. The expansion of the collection is an ongoing project that is continually being added to and in 2015, artists from around the world created their sculptures on-site over a period of three weeks, turning the park into an open-air workshop.

The park is hosting an amazing variety of sculptures with themes influenced from mythology to nature and beyond.

The park is open all year around and it is free entrance. 

Tip: Given that the park is mostly exposed to the sun, it can be very hot during summertime thus it is suggested to pick a cool hour of the day to visit the site.

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Did you know… ?

It took 12 years for Leonardo da Vinci to paint the Mona Lisa’s lips only!

Staying in touch with art

Art Studio News – June 2021 – by Kiara Timm

Dear Friends,

With June already stepping its footsteps, summer is officially here! Time for some summer breeze, summer vibes together with some exciting summer art news! In this month’s edition, we would like to share street art news, projects and more! Time for some outdoors activities and action.

During this time, enjoy the sunny days and charge your ‘creative batteries’ and mind with new ideas and projects in order to get your inspiration going. If you are looking to combine holiday time together with some ‘art get-away’ time, we have some interesting information for you to check out.

As always, enjoy your reading, keep your positive summer vibes and stay in touch with us!

Summer Offer on Art-ernative designs!

Enjoy a 20% off on any ARTernative design!

Get your unique hand-made and hand painted design on bags or scarves at a special price on this

summer offer! Drop a message for details. Offer is valid until 15/7/21.

MEETING A LOCAL ARTIST… MATHIEU DEVAVRY!

Humanitarian, multi talented artist inspired by everyday social challenges is this month’s edition dedicated to Mathieu Devavry.

Mathieu’s art has no boundaries. Working mostly as a street artist, he has worked with homeless people, children with autism, refugees and more. His art embraces everyone, while his source of inspiration is mostly driven by contemporary social issues such as recycling, wars, refugees and overall how humanity has been detached from society.

In 2017, together with the French school in Nicosia, he worked on a book with 11 year-old children and 2 refugees in order to address the issue of ‘Exile.’

In the past years, he has been working on different mural projects. While his art involves abstract/expressionistic style, he also likes to collect what he calls ‘garbage’ by the sea, involving pieces of driftwood and any natural waste which then he turns them into sculptures and installations.

Currently together with “Inner Space” an art group, he is involved in a European project including workshops with children and people who lost their sight addressing the themes on peace, justice and corruption. The project is in collaboration with the Municipality of Strovolos and the NGO called CARDET.

For more details on Mathieu’s work, you can check out below:

FB page: Mathieu Devavry

Instagram: @devavry

Website: https://matidevavry.wixsite.com/devavry-mati

Creativity is contagious, pass it on! ~ Albert Einstein

ARTERNATIVE DESIGNS

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Choose a one of a kind design for any special occasion!

Andrea Kalvou 1 & Ayias Phylaxeous, 3085, Limassol.

INNER SPACE – A DIFFERENT WAY

The artistic group “Inner Space” was created in 2019 to discover different ways of communication through the contribution of creation – art.

The group is aiming at continuous artistic activities – social interaction, hoping to spark new paths for the human kind.

Linking street art and education, the team deals with murals/graffiti murals, creating educational projects based on the combination of arts and the correlation of knowledge and experience. Through the creation of murals, artists express central social issues, always having a direct interaction with the world.

Through workshops, Inner Space promotes the idea of an alternative way of learning, emphasizing collaboration, interaction, experimentation and discussion.

So far, Inner Space has collaborated with the Municipality of Nicosia, the Community Council of Lythrodonta, the French Cypriot School, the French Institute, Pallouriotissa High School, Faneromeni School and many other entities.

To get more details about INNERSPACE and their projects check out below site https://www.facebook.com/AnthiMathieu/

ON-GOING EXHIBITIONS

AMATHOUS– OLD LIMASSOL

LIMASSOL MUNICIPAL ART CENTER / Apothikes

Papadaki, tel. 25367700 / on-going until 26/6

ART STUDIO 55

LIFE DRAWING SKETCHES EXHIBITION

 Tel.  99 382 388  –   25-27/6

DID YOU KNOW THAT…

ART USED TO BE AN OLYMPIC EVENT WHERE BETWEEN 1912-1948 MEDALS WERE GIVEN OUT FOR SPORTING-INSPIRED PIECES INCLUDING ARCHITECTURE, MUSIC, PAINTING, SCULPTURE AND LITERATURE.

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Art Studio News – May 2021 – by Kiara Timm

Dear Friends,

May is here with its warm sunny days preparing us for the summer together with a feeling of optimism. Personally, walking to the beach after the recent lockdown was a liberating feeling with a sense of freedom; a freedom which tingles all the body and leaves a wonderful sensation of being alive. I could fill my nostrils and lungs with a fresh and salty sea breeze without worrying about restrictions.  A stress-free feeling from messages and constrains on time movements.

I wish to all of you to be able to experience this sensation of freedom where it drives you to create wonderful things and feeling contented.

At this point, I would like to share with you a recent art work which is dedicated to this concept: ‘Freedom.’

Enjoy your reading and keep your free spirit alive!

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Meeting a  local  artist…KATJA TONJA!

This month is dedicated to a special artist who finds inspiration in our island with its light and colors: Meet Katja Tonja!

Many years ago, at an exhibition, an artist whose painting she was admiring told her: color is everything…

It’s almost entirely her mantra. Moving to Cyprus made it possible to explore that assertion. The island, she says, “is astonishing! Seasons are bright; light and colour intense. The abundance of sunshine reveals the prettiest yellows, purples, blues and greens of spring and then the colors turn to gold in summer. This truly is an artist’s heaven!”

There is almost no subject or art form that she wouldn’t pursue. She uses acrylics and multimedia.  New methods, subjects and techniques interest her. From time to time she throws her energy into portraiture only to find abstracts, landscapes and still life winding their way in. Art is an evolving and liberating activity. This island, with its rich history, mythology and colorful folklore, is a constant inspiration for Katja.

Katja participated in Cyprus Open Studios and numerous exhibitions in Cyprus, UK, Belgium and Dubai. She is presently a member of Makers Space Studios in Tala, Paphos. There, she shares space and ideas with a group of very enthusiastic and talented  painters, ceramicists, fabric designers and glass artists.

Website: http://www.KatjaTonjaArt,com

Facebook: Katja Tonja, Katja Tonja Art

Instagram: #Katja Tonja, #Katja Tonja Art

E-mail: katja.tonja@gmail.com

Tel: +357 26 622 019

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Painted designs hand-printed on silks, jute and other fabrics

PEGASUS ART FOUNDATION

Founded in 2007, Pegasus Art Foundation is a non-profit institution aiming to show the work of artists to a greater audience, getting in touch with galleries abroad and to showcasing in various Art events and Art fairs locally and abroad.

The Foundation seeks to cover all areas in Arts, such as Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Cinematography and Choreography / Movement and to offer new dimensions and different opportunities to artists of all fields.

Further, among the principles of the foundation is to provide a modern platform of collaboration among artists and to support contemporary art.

Since its establishment, Pegasus Art Foundation has successfully organized numerous innovating proposals, installations, seminars, exhibitions, international artists’ presentations while it has also supported other cultural institutions on the island.

In 2020, Pegasus Art Foundation began its collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Institution ‘Vienna QuartiereArtistico’, in order to promote the collaboration between Austrian and Cypriot artists from all Art areas including Music, Theatre, Cinematography and other.

Situated on Heroes Square, Limassol, Cyprus.

Did you know that Kim Dong Yoo created this portrait of Albert Einstein with tiny Marilyn Monroe portraits?

Creativity is contagious, pass it on!” ~ Albert Einstein

ART MOVIES
If are looking to chill out on the sofa with a nice glass of wine or a cup of tea, watching a good art related movie, here are some suggestions for you:

  • ‘Loving Vincent (2017) directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman
  • ‘‘Woman in gold’ (2015) directed by Simon Curtis
  • Modigliani’ (2007) directed by Mick Davis
  • ‘El Greco’ (2007) directed by Dimitris SIatopoulos
  • ‘Frida’, (2002) directed by Julie Taymor

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Drop a message – Kiara will be very happy to publish interesting news about art, artists and other cultural events!

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STAYING IN TOUCH WITH ART… by Kiara Timm

Dear Friends,

Spring time is here with March setting its foot on the ground. A feeling of fresh sunshine and flowers! A time for spiritual and creative rebirth.

With the spring air now in the island, it is slowly lifting the spirit up and the need for positive energy and change is floating around. So, it’s a good time to escape in nature and enjoy the fresh spring colours and scents. If you are a plain-air artist, this is a nice time to paint outdoors. There are lots of nice spots to choose from. Choosing between the sea shores and the little rural, traditional villages by the mountains or exploring a spot in the natural parks… the options can be many.

If you like to paint in your studio, this is the time to enjoy the Spring sunlight as well as take advantage of the longer daylight as it starts by the end of the month.

Spring colours in paintings are often represented by light turquoises and blues, soft yellows and terracotta not to exclude off course the rest of the colour schemes. Whatever you choose, so long it comes from the heart, it’s special and for sure beautiful!

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Creativity is contagious, pass it on!.. Albert Einstein

MEETING A LOCAL ARTIST…PHOTOULLA KYPRIANOU!

Cyprus is full of wonderful artists, wanting to share their unique creativity and talent. This month we are introducing Photoulla Kyprianou, an inspiring photographer and a landscape admirer! She is a Cypriot amateur photographer who was always impressed when she saw photos of all kinds. For her, each photo has a whole story to tell without a single word. A portrait photo doesn’t only show a face; for her, it shows also feelings and emotions.

A landscape photo captures the immense beauty of our planet; all the beauty around us, mountains, rivers, lakes, flowers, birds, animals….

Photos of archaeological monuments, old buildings are also something that attracts her attention as they have an historical story to tell apart from their beauty.

Generally, Photoulla believes that a photo can freeze the moment and make it a moment to last forever, a memory, an information, a story. All these are what makes her photography so special and inspires her to photograph anything that through her eyes looks beautiful, interesting, amazing and worth to click the button and capture the moment. Furthermore, as she loves exploring and seeing new places, landscape photography is the main theme of her photos.

To view Photoulla’s Kyprianou photos you can visit her account on:

Instagram: @photoullakyprianou

Website :   http://phocy.picfair.com  

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CYPRUS OPEN STUDIOS (COS) – – – ONCE UPON A TIME... by Maria Etheridge

As you know, many fairytales begin with those words. My world always includes fairies and fairytales and even at my ripe old age I still believe in magic.

Let me start at the beginning. A very good place to start!

Way back in 2006/7 two pioneers from Cambridge in England, living in Cyprus, teamed up and started Open Studios CY. They were David Lester (RIP) and Sue Harding, and they used the Cambridge formula to run the local open studios. The 2007 event kicked off with a grand opening at Tekni Art which, at the time, was run by Nic Costa. It was a roaring success and we loved every minute of the next three years.

I fully participated in these annual events and loved to welcome visitors to my home studio. I was also a volunteer taking on the job of media publishing. Each January we started preparations for the October event; believe me, it entailed a lot of hard work! We loved it though.

Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, someone suggested that the organisation should be registered as an NGO. This was done and it involved establishing a Board with Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and so forth, with books to be kept and accounting to be done and… at the AGM in December 2011, it fell flat as no-one wanted to stand for election for the future. Thus, it went into hibernation.

At that time I had an ailing husband who needed more care. He passed away in 2012 and after all the paperwork and stuff were sorted out, I was at sea without a rudder. My art had also taken a place on the back burner and I was stumbling around trying to find my path forward.

In 2015 I did a test run with a new open studios event and it was welcomed by artists and viewers alike, with great enthusiasm. In January 2016 two friends came on board and we formed a partnership. They are well-known here in Cyprus: Nora Hadjisotiriou whose love is literature, and Marina Emphietzi whose art most of you know well.

Again there seemed to be a lifespan of three years as registrations started tapering off in 2019 and by 2020 they were well down. We decided to call it a day and the decision was reinforced by Covid-19.

It was with great sadness that I had to put a notice on our website announcing that Cyprus Open Studios (COS) had gone into hibernation. At this stage, it doesn’t look as if she will wake up again… perhaps the sleeping beauty needs a handsome prince.

Cyprus has a very small art market and without tourists doing the travelling around the various studios island-wide, it was a foregone conclusion: no more open studios. Another reason is the internet and the vast number of online sites where artists are able to sell their products. Opening a studio is also really hard work, but I always found the rewards so satisfying.

The website will remain in operation as all the past participants between 2016 and 2020 are still to be found in the ARCHIVE – the website is www.cyprusopenstudios.com  and anyone is welcome to visit it.

The opening ceremony at the Palia Ilekrtiki of the second year of Open Studios CY – the first open studios organisation

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I salute Kiara Timm for the Art Newsletter which she is planning to publish monthly. She is a one-woman show and would love to hear from you if you are able to make a contribution for the publication. I fully support this effort – it is admirable! Thank you, Kiara!

I will from time to time provide my little nuggets and hope they will help in furthering your own art and/or craft business. Who knows – it may lead somewhere!

If you would like to subscribe to this Art Newsletter, please add your name to the mailing list by contacting Kiara by email on timmkiara@hotmail.com  or by messenger (SMS) or Whatsapp (+357 99 402180) – she would love to hear from you. END

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DID YOU KNOW THAT

THE TERM ’IMPRESSIONISM’ WAS BORN AFTER CLAUDE MONET’S PAINTING “IMPRESSION – SUNRISE” WAS SHOWN AT AN EXHIBITION IN 1874?

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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