Art Studio News – January 2022

Staying in touch with art… by Kiara Timm

Dear Friends,

We start the first month of the year with some fresh, creative and, of course, artsy ideas to get you going!

We hope that all of you had a great and enjoyable holiday season and may your new year start full of positive energy and good spirit!

Our new year’s resolution is to continue to provide our readers with positive art news through these online  newsletters, share them around and of course spread creativity around as at this point, to quote James Baldwin: “The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.”

As always, stay well, stay positive and enjoy your reading!

It must be spring…

Meeting a  local  artist…KATTYA Glavina!

Full of energy and passionate about art, Kattya Glavina, is a native Colombian Jewelry Designer and Painter who grew up in an artistic environment. She has extensive experience within the visual world in the USA and Europe. She always has more works of Art in progress which is how she likes it. Her philosophy about life is that our visions become artistic expressions of who we truly are.

Today she considers herself a Visionary Artist and resides in the breath-taking island of Cyprus where she has expanded her creative mind through several group and solo exhibitions as well as her ‘Intuitive Tree Art Readings’ which she uniquely created. She has also been featured in dozens of magazines, websites and other platforms.

Kattya has the passionate heart of an artist. Her artwork is a harmonious balance of elements seen and unseen. While her art is mainly of a monochromatic palate, it expresses her inner world with an interaction of lines, forms, textures and rhythm. She mainly favors silver and gold leaf with heavy acrylics as well as adding  her own sculpturing technique to give dimension to her paintings.

Art for this painter is a dose of imagination, knowledge, a sense of exploration and recognition of belonging, much like a declaration of awareness.

To view more on Kattya’s art works check out below:

FB @Kattya Glavina’s Art

Instagram @KattyaGlavina

FineArtAmerica.com/profiles/kattya-glavina/shop

Creativity is contagious, pass it on!
Albert Einstein

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Catching fireworks!
… Finding your creative path

There is a point in a creative person’s life where inspiration or the creative process may reach in a dead-end or as we say, have a ‘writer’s block’ which does not necessarily involve only writers; it may happen to any creative mind: songwriters, visual artists, performers, choreographers, storytellers, you name it.  When this happens, the creative mind or person, often doesn’t know where to turn to in order to overcome this situation and find inspiration again. Well, here is where Catching Fireworks fits in!

I was so thrilled when I first heard of Deborah Henry Pollard and I was looking forward to talking to her. As an artist, I was very fascinated to hear about her creative coaching and was interested to know more about it. Deborah Henry Pollard is a creative coach, trained and accredited by Performance Coach Training Ltd and Relational Dynamics 1st.  She had set up Catching Fireworks® to coach creative people from all over the world, including Cyprus while her vast experiences through her life and the world of art involving books, films, art, music, theatre led her to use her skills to support creative people.

Deborah has worked with English National Opera, Siobhan Davies Dance, Society of West End Theatre, Chester Gateway Theatre, Oxford Concert Party, Chester Literature Festival, Studio Voltaire.

Apart from her coaching sessions, Deborah has also written and published a few books to help creative people in different ways. Her book ‘What is your excuse for not succeeding as an artist?for instance, is an excellent start in order to overcome excuses, explore, reflect and nurture the creative potential in order to succeed.

Her passion for her work has also led her to have regular coaching sessions herself and go on coaching retreats to enhance her skills, learn new techniques and continue to develop professionally and personally.

To learn more about Deborah’s creative coaching and Catching Fireworks, as well as about her books and all related information, check out the information below:

http://www.catchingfireworks.co.uk

instagram @fireworksdhp
twitter.com/fireworksdhp

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DID YOU KNOW?
THERE ARE TECHNICALLY FIVE SEPARATE VERSIONS OF
‘THE SCREAM’
BY THE ARTIST
EDVARD MUNCH

Art Studio News – November 2021

Staying in touch with art… by Kiara Timm

Dear Friends,

November is here and made its appearance with the first light rain of the season.  A moment of fresh joy that the season will finally change to a ‘cooler’ fresh air and a scent of Fall will come along but it did not last long. While many of us are craving for some cooler weather, the window displays seem to have started getting ready for the Christmas season, already putting together Christmas scenes and goodies. Christmas chocolates and sweets appear to be all over the grocery stores, creating a big temptation for the ‘sweet tooth’ ones.  Nevertheless, whether you are ready or not for the upcoming holiday season, we try to keep your creative art spirit up!  Some exciting events are coming up next!

So, as always let your creativity flow and drive you to exciting outcomes! As always, stay well, stay positive and enjoy your reading!

Among the Guto Ajayu Culture Art Anthology III

Very excited to be part of the Guto Ajayu Culture project with their  Art Anthology part III, a book  representing over 200 artists from around the world and which was presented at the Fine Arts Circle Madrid-Casa Europa (CBA) last month.

The book will also be part of the Spanish National Library in Madrid!

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

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Andrea Kalvou 1 &
Ayias Phylaxeous, 3085,
Limassol.

 

Meeting A LOCAL  artist… Kelly Norman

Living in a village outside Limassol with her Cypriot husband and 3 children Kelly paints most days in her home studio. She holds art workshops for children and has coordinated community Art Projects. She has had 4 solo shows in Limassol and Nicosia and has participated in several group shows in Cyprus, UK and Bulgaria.

Currently Kelly has had a drawing selected for the upcoming The Lido Store Open Exhibition in Margate, UK, opening on December 1, 2021.

In September 2021 she had a painting selected for 2021 RA Summer Show in London. In June 2021 her new painting series on newsprint was selected for The London Paint Cub International Open Call, ‘TOGETHER THROUGH PAINTING’. In March 2021 her work was selected for the First Newsprint Open Call at The Three Works Gallery UK. Also in 2021, she participated in the online Turps  Banana Correspondence Course End of Year Show,  ‘In Absentia’ at the online platform http://www.cohortart.com.

Her current work continues to explore the topographical landscape but in a more abstracted form.

“They are not conventional representations of rocks or cliffs or the sea; they are landscape-informed semi-abstract pieces. I use a wide range of materials including oil paint, oil pastels, oil sticks, charcoal and ink. I draw most days in and outside my studio. These drawings are simultaneously representational and abstract, static and dynamic. The drawings communicate tactile qualities embedded in the landscape exploring mark making and texture. I find during this research and production new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work. “

You can follow  Kelly and her artworks and projects at:

Instagram: @artistkellynorman

Website: http://www.artistkellynorman.co.uk

KIDS FOR KIDS ART EXHIBITION

Art can be a means for self expression, a personal satisfaction, a way of living, a source of income but also Art can mean solidarity; a way to support one another and a way to bond a community.

‘Kids for Kids’ art exhibition was born from our children’s love for art and our wish for them to learn the importance of hard work and helping others.

The exhibition will be held at Exhibit 8 Gallery at Georgiou Gennadiou 16 & Themistokleous, on 27 & 28 November from 15:00-20:00 hrs and it’s open to all ages!

Part of the proceeds of sales will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Some of the sponsors include Cablenet, Kean, Christis Charalambides, Eurogate, Associated Agencies Ltd, Laiko Cosmos, CXC Toys.

Pick & choose and MORE

EXHIBITIONS

Kids for Kids Art Exhibition / Exhibit 8, Limassol / 27-28 November 2021

The Makers Space Christmas Market, Tala, Paphos / 27-28 November 2021

Larnaca Biennale continues until 26 November 2021

Valentinos Charalambous Exhibition /Apothikes Papadaki, Limassol / 10 Nov —11 December 2021

Take me, I’m yours / Kelly Norman / Open Studio / 5-6 December, 10am-7pm / Eleftherias 1, PENTAKOMO, Limassol / 99 904 710

Pop up Art for Christmas / House of the Latins, Omirou Street, Nicosia / 11 -12 Dec. 2021

Did you know that

‘The Ballet Class’, By Edgar Degas was an imaginary scene in a rehearsal room in the old Paris Opéra?

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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

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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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Staying in touch with art

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!

Customized mugs for any occasion! Looking for a unique gift? Get your special artful mug with a one-of-kind picture of a painting. Makes a great gift for any special occasion!

For more details, contact Kiara Timm Art Studios : timmkiara@hotmail.com

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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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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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