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
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

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

ARTernative designs available at IZAIA shop ~~~ Find a selection of new Arternative bags at IZAIA shop in Limassol. Choose a one of a kind design for  any special occasion! Drop in at: Andrea Kalvou 1 & Ayias Phylaxeous, 3085, Limassol.

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

Would you like to share some art news?

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

timmkiara@hotmail.com

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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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

 

 

 

 

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2018 Cyprus Open Studios event!          We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us again this year.Publication4

In order to make your “treasure hunt” as pleasant as possible, we would like to recommend that you follow these links:

  1. This is the link that will take you to our page on the website where you can download our 2018 COS catalogue. Please click HERE
  2. This link will take you to the READ ONLY catalogue on issuu.com (click on the address).
  3. In order not to be disappointed as sometimes artists change their minds… please download the UPDATED Open Days Schedule HERE
  4. Remember to look out for the banners outside each venue and directional signage to guide you in.

There are a few points we need to bring to your attention:

  • This year, we are doing open studios for 10 consecutive days instead of the four weekends as in the past.
  • Opening hours: 11:00 until 17:00 each day (except Limassol gallery – see note below)
  • The members at each venue have elected certain days out of the 10 to be open; some have elected all ten whereas others have chosen only two or three out of the ten. PLEASE consult the individual member’s entry on the website to avoid disappointment: cyprusopenstudios.com > Members.
  • If possible, we would also recommend visiting our Facebook page to see an ongoing dialogue between us and the public – it’s a fun place to read all about it: HERE

Limassol town

  • A group of artists who either do not have studios or who are out of the country at present, have decided to make use of a gallery in Limassol where you will be able to see their work during the 10 days of Cyprus Open Studios.
  • The gallery is called Art Studio 55 / Pegasus Foundation and is located at

23 Andreas Drousiotis Street, Plateia Heroon (Heroes Square), Limassol, Cyprus

  • PLEASE NOTE that the opening hours at the gallery are different from the open studios, e.g. 18:00 until 21:00 daily between 5 and 14 October 2018.
  • Some of the exhibitors will be on hand from time to time to receive you, have a chat and make you welcome.
  • The gallery will be manned during opening hours each day.

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We wish to take this opportunity to thank Andreas Makariou of Pegasus Art Foundation for the use of this gallery – Andreas and his son, Demetris, will both be exhibiting as members of Cyprus Open Studios 2018.

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A few of last year’s open studios… they are all fun to visit!

Come and join us!

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Taking a breath

Many years ago – 2011 actually – it was suggested by a then open studios member that, since the old one folded, I should take on the task of starting a new one. I shook my head in total denial – a little like Miranda and Homer combined.

After my husband passed away in 2012 and all the paperwork was done, I was twiddling my thumbs and wondering what I should do with the rest of my life.

Well, here we are in the third year of the CYPRUS OPEN STUDIOS (COS) operation! It was a bit of a struggle in 2017 with Pafos2017 grabbing the spotlight. This year, Larnaca is having their first Bienale and thus the eastern part of the island is otherwise occupied.

Nicosia region is, well… something else; a sort of separate entity. Are the artists and artisans so happy with their own marketing and promotion, and the way they do their own thing that they don’t need an extra string to their bow? Or is it because they are inland? Is it because they are the capital city? Is it because it is the only divided capital in the entire world?  I don’t know, but they seem to distance themselves from Cyprus Open Studios although there have been a couple of interested people who… eventually decided not to go for ahead.

I would be interested to know the answer, as I am as confused a Hillary. Dunno

We have come to the end of our exhibitions abroad for 2018 and it has been a giant learning curve! But, every lesson learned is valuable. The Royal Academy of Arts also seems to be on a different planet. If you don’t preserve lambs or sharks in formaldehyde or paint naked in a wooden cell where the public can glimpse you, or make outlandish installations, it seems that your goose is cooked. Is this showing cultural ignorance on my part? Probably. Again, I would love to know the answer. (No images because of copyright).

We shall continue to try and get our members into the RA summer exhibition. You can read all about it here.

Attempting to become an RA exhibitor is part of our agreement with the Salon des Refuses in London. They are responsible for exhibiting the refused RA art – very traditional since 1863 in France, by command of Napoleon III for those artists whose works had been refused by the jury of the official Salon; he did love a good painting!

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You can see the top 12 Salon des Refuses artists here – and we are delighted to say two of our COS/OGA members were amongst the top 12! Now that’s something for one’s CV.

Marina Emphietzi Harris is the person responsible for Open Galleries Abroad (OGA), the international division of Cyprus Open Studios (COS). Contact information is on our website.

We would like to invite you to have a look at our Facebook page and while you’re there, give us a LIKE, please – if you haven’t done so already!

Our website is also up and running where you will be able to see this year’s participants (and non-participants) – the latter do not open their studios to the public but are available to visit at any time, by appointment.

Oh yes!!!  – you can become a member of the COS community and have your very own listing on our website with up to 8 images of your work… WITHOUT opening your studio. Check out the website: “Register here > members only” at a very small subscription with big exposure and, there is no deadline for joining as a Member Only.

If you are looking for something to read, have a look at this blog post – you will find out why artists are important. And they are!

The COS Team wishes everyone an excellent summer break – stay cool!

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Ed: Maria Etheridge