109 days to lift-off!

Publishing is a painful experience… especially a website!

If you are an author, or have a friend who is one, you will either know – or have been told – that getting anything ready for publication is a painful exercise. Getting something ready for a website is no less painful – in fact, I think it is even more painful as you have to engage in combat with an electronic entity that only exists in the ether. And then there is the language that is entirely invented and has no roots anywhere. On top of that, those who claim to be experts use a jargon only known to the in-crowd.

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Another by-product is acquiring square eyes… not to mention the painful neck and back!                        Sitting-Giving-Man-Neck-Stiffness-Downtown-Chiropractor

 

Yes, I have been through the mill since January, the learning curve almost impossible to navigate as it was so steep. I have learned though! I’m quite proud for someone of my seniority to have accomplished the feat of preparing the Cyprus Open Studios website.

No, I didn’t do it alone – Daniel Economou prepared the ground and I am grateful.  Curling_pictogram_lip Especially sometimes when I felt like ‘curling’ up and dying…Without his help I would still be at the bottom of the hill… And next year, it will take on a whole new life – we have plans!

I would also like to say a huge THANK YOU to my two partners, Nora Hadjisotiriou and Marina Emphietzi-Harris for the translations and the work they have put in so far. We have a long way to go before we can sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labours in the form of watching visitors arriving at the artists’ studios in October.

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Right now, we are excited and fairly happy with the response we have had for this year’s event – you can view all the participants on the website in both English and Greek: www.cyprusopenstudios.com

There are still people out there who have no idea what we are about. This is now your job: tell people about us and what we do! Word of mouth is a wonderful advertising tool. We would like Cyprus to be abuzz with art talk, especially during the month of October. We want lots and lots of visitors to stream through our studios and work spaces and other venues where we are set up and working – we want to tell the world just how marvellous we are!

 

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A few technical points need to be covered:

1. Have you studied the COS Participant Handbook? Please do – there are numerous tips and tricks to help you make your event a better one.

2. Have you printed out the forms (advertising and sponsorship) and started approaching people who are interested in becoming involved in the largest art happening-to-be in Cyprus? If not, why not? The forms and in Greek and English and so is the handbook!

3. Have you checked your entry on the website to see if it is correct? If you find any errors in the text, you need to let us know as soon as possible, please! There are still a few bits that need translating and an intro to be written on the participants’ page.

I have been told that people’s attentions spans these days are becoming shorter and shorter which means that I will love and leave you now to get on with what you need to get on with.

Right now… tired-woman-300x229  we are ready for a break!

When the next post goes out, this old artist will have had a good rest and be ready for more!

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Enjoy the summer weather!

If you are considering sponsorship or advertising, please contact us on info@cyprusopenstudios.com – we would welcome you with open arms! If you jump on this bandwagon now, you will grow with us in the years to come… and there will be a lot of growth!

Keep on creating! See you next time.

~Maria Etheridge~

DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Registration for participation in the Cyprus Open Studios event in October has been extended until

15 May 2016!

If you haven’t already registered, now is the time to get going – the website is

www.cyprusopenstudios.com

Click on MEMBERSHIP and complete the form. Please note that the fee scale varies with the number of participants working in one venue: a single artist pays €95,00 and it comes down by €5,00 for every extra participant up to 5 or more, €75,00 being the lowest. Just click on the drop down menu next to “Membership plan” to see the scale.

You may also pay offline if you don’t like using the internet for financial transactions. Simply click on “Cash/Cheque” under the Payment button and we will supply you with an alternative method.

You will receive a notification that your form has been sent and after that you will receive an email, asking you to attach your images. Don’t forget to tick the box(es) to show which weekend(s) you will be open to the public.

There is still misunderstanding regarding the purpose and process of opening one’s studio/workshop – or kitchen table – to the public. The sole purpose is not (necessarily) to sell your work; the aim is to engage with the public on your home ground and make the viewers understand better what artists and artisans actually do. We, the organisers, will do everything in our power to bring those visitors to you and your work. To better understand how others do it, please Google open studios in other countries, for instance look at the fabulous Surrey artists here :  and also this one:  The networking possibilities are endless when you are a member of an open studios organisation.

We still have a long way to go to before we are that brilliant but, believe me, we are working on it!

 

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COLOURS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

When I went to Italy for lessons in Impressionism, Jerry Fresia, my tutor, used a palette of rainbow colours starting from the left with ultramarine blue and ending on the right with purple, covering all his chosen blues, greens, yellows, oranges and reds in between. Of course, white takes centre stage as it mixes with almost everything. Never use black! He teaches at Lake Como in Italy and his palette is perfect for the colours you see there.

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However, around the Med the colours seem to be more vibrant; not that his aren’t – they are just different. On the Med, we are influenced by the spicy colours of North Arica, the ochres and burnt orange, limestone and burnt sienna, mixed with azure blues of all hues of the Middle East, and verdant greens and colourful coastlines of southern Europe. It makes for a heady mix!

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I have come to the conclusion that Jerry is absolutely correct in that it is well-nigh impossible to put these colours on a painting surface using photographic images; you need to paint en plein air to do justice to Nature. One other thing I learned from Jerry was that one should never ‘paint like’ someone else; by all means use the role model’s methods, but paint like YOU. There is only one of you and you are unique; no one else in the Universe can do it quite like you. He said: “When you paint, you enter the zone where you do not see objects – you see shapes and colours. When you paint, you become more of who you are.” And that goes for any creative process, be it painting or sculpture or wood carving or whatever means you choose to express yourself in.

Now here’s the thing. All over the world there are people who cannot do what you do, the way you do it. Those people are interested in seeing the magic happening in front of their eyes. Yes, it comes back to that: an open studio is where you invite the world in to see how you make your magic. It’s like a visit to the circus or a magic show where things appear and disappear in puffs of smoke and people do amazing tricks. Do you remember how enchanted you were watching that? That’s what the visitor comes to look for in your studio! Magic!

Let’s give it to them – make them happy. In the process, you will be a much happier person as well.

 

For further information or any questions, please make contact on info@cyprusopenstudios.com, Facebook’s Cyprus Open Studios or give us a tweet or two on @COS_Promotor – we are here for you!

Remember, 15 May will come around in a flash – register now!

Getting there!

We have reached the half-way point for registration to participate in the 2016 Cyprus Open Studios. Registrations are coming in and that creates a welcome quickening of the heart. When one starts a new venture, it is always good to see that the toiling was worth it! Thank you to those who have already registered and also to those who have indicated their intention to do so. And we have reached Larnaca!

At this stage we are waiting for the website builder to complete the module that will be displayed on the “Participants” page on the site – we had a few hiccups… As soon as he comes through, the information will be displayed.

But, meanwhile, I thought you could visit a studio – the last opportunity:

Just in case you have missed the announcement, we are encouraging participants to invite a friend from abroad whom they would host in their own home at their expense, to share their studio or workshop space. The invited guest will not pay a COS participation fee and will be the guest of Cyprus Open Studios – this means that your artists friends from abroad could enjoy a visit at very low cost. If the visitors choose to present workshops or sell any of their product, they will be the sole beneficiaries of income derived from their activities whilst participating in Cyprus Open Studios. Any costs they may incur for alternative accommodation, transportation or materials will be for their own account.

As a small bonus, do you recognise this face?

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Thought you might! Oh, you didn’t? It’s Tracy Emin, of course – in her studio.

There have been a few questions from potential participants and I quote some here:

Q: What is the time period a participant is committing to?
A: COS is taking place over the FIRST FOUR weekends of October 2016. Participants will commit to opening their doors on both Saturday and Sunday of their chosen weekend(s) and be in attendance between 11.00hrs and 17.00hrs – or have a stand-in if they need to be absent for any reason.

Q: What do the numbers at the bottom of the membership form mean, i.e. 1&2, 8&9, etc.?
A: Those are the dates of the weekends you may participate. You need to tick the box(es) for the weekends you choose to open your doors to the public.

Q: Is the participation fee for one weekend?
A: No! The participation fee covers the entire event, no matter how many weekends you choose to participate.

Q: Does the participation fee cover the event only?
A: No. Your entry will remain on the website until the next Cyprus Open Studios event in 2017.

Q: I am not very computer literate – is there another way I can register?
A: Yes! Send an email to info@cyprusopenstudios.com telling us that you wish to register OFF-LINE and we will provide you with an alternative.

Q: I don’t know how to compress files for the images – how can I send them?
A: Please do not compress image files – we need them in High Density (HD) – also known as Resolution – for publicity purposes. A minimum of 1MB would be good but not essential.

If you have questions, please ask them – we will answer as best we can.

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WHAT IS ‘OPEN STUDIOS’?

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Surprisingly, there are still people who are not familiar with the Open Studios concept and for your convenience, here is a brief explanation.

What is Open Studios?

A studio or workspace is the place in which artists engage with the act of creation. This space can be sacrosanct to the artist and to be invited in is almost an act of exposing one’s deepest emotions in the village square. It can be uplifting but can also be crushing – it depends entirely on the reaction of the invited guests.

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The beautiful bohemian artist studio and Home of Fia Cielen, Antwerp

This place of creation – or studio – is the space where the artist fights those demons that constantly try to make one feel inadequate, worthless, disappointing, ordinary and downright useless! It is also the space where those demons are slaughtered and put in their place. This can be earth-shatteringly climactic and the artist wishes to share the victory with those who enter into the demon-slayer’s den.

Thus, the viewer is invited to share the artist’s space, to revel in the outcome of the battle and celebrate the victory. Sometimes these victories are small and at other times, the artists wish to shout their joy from the rooftops. It is up to you, the viewer, to assist in this celebration and the artist, in good faith, opens the studio doors to let you enter.

Newly created Cyprus Open Studios – www.cyprusopenstudios.com – replaces the previous Open Studios CY which operated between 2006 and 2011. The new Cyprus Open Studios is in no way related to or connected with the previous organisation or its organisers. It has been created, and is managed by, Maria Etheridge, Marina Emphietzi-Harris and Nora Hadjisotiriou. Maria was passionately involved in previous years, Marina has a rock-solid track record and Nora has a vast knowledge of Public Relations and Marketing.

Those interested in participating, please go to the website: www.cyprusopenstudios.com. Click the Membership, fill out the registration form and submit as soon as possible.

*** Registration will close on 30 April 2016. ***

It is also envisaged to create an on-line shop on the website where participants will be able to sell their art, but this will take a little time to set up – watch that space! It should all be in place by October.

For further information, please make contact on info@cyprusopenstudios.com
For English : Maria Etheridge – +357 99 512 959
For Greek : Marina Emphietzi-Harris – +357 99 341 726

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Παραδόξως, υπάρχουν ακόμα άνθρωποι που δεν είναι εξοικειωμένοι με την έννοια Open Studios και για την καλύτερη εξυπηρέτησή σας, εδώ είναι μια σύντομη εξήγηση.

Τι είναι τa Open Studios;

Ένα στούντιο ή χώρος εργασίας είναι ο τόπος στον οποίο οι καλλιτέχνες συμμετέχουν με την πράξη της δημιουργίας. Ο χώρος αυτός μπορεί να είναι ιερoς και απαραβίαστος για τον καλλιτέχνη και για να ανοικτει σε επισκεπτες είναι σχεδόν μια πράξη εκθεσης των βαθύτερων συναισθήματά του διαμεσου της πλατείας του χωριού. Μπορεί να είναι ενθαρρυντική, αλλά μπορεί επίσης να είναι σύνθλιψη – αυτό εξαρτάται εξ ολοκλήρου από την αντίδραση των προσκεκλημένων.

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Θαυμάσιος!

Αυτό το μέρος της δημιουργίας – ή στούντιο – είναι ο χώρος όπου ο καλλιτέχνης παλεύει τους δαίμονες που προσπαθούν συνεχώς να τον κανουν να αισθανθεί ανεπαρκή, άνευ αξίας, απογοητευτικο, αοπλο και εντελώς άχρηστο! Επίσης, είναι ο χώρος όπου αυτοί οι δαίμονες έχουν σφαγεί και μπει στη θέση τους. Αυτό μπορεί να είναι ακρως συνταρακτικο αλλα ο καλλιτέχνης επιθυμεί να μοιραστεί τη νίκη με εκείνους που εισέρχονται στο κρησφύγετο του δαίμονα-φονιά.

Έτσι, ο θεατής καλείται να μοιραστεί το χώρο του καλλιτέχνη, να απολαυσει την έκβαση της μάχης και να γιορτάσει τη νίκη. Μερικές φορές αυτές οι νίκες είναι μικρές και άλλες φορές, οι καλλιτέχνες θέλουν να φωνάξουν τη χαρά τους μεσα από τις στέγες. Εναπόκειται σε εσάς, τον θεατή, να βοηθήσετε σε αυτή τη γιορτή και ο καλλιτέχνης, με καλή πίστη, ανοίγει τις πόρτες του στούντιο του για να μπορεσετε να μπειτε στον κοσμο του.

Πρόσφατα δημιουργήθηκαν τα Cyprus Open Studios – www.cyprusopenstudios.com – που αντικαταστησαν το προηγούμενο Open Studios CY το οποίο λειτούργησε από το 2006 έως και το 2011. Τα νέα Open Studios σε καμία περίπτωση δεν σχετίζονται ή συνδέονται με την προηγούμενη οργάνωση ή τους διοργανωτές της. Έχει δημιουργηθεί και διευθύνεται από την Maria Etheridge, Νόρα Χατζησωτηρίου και την Μαρίνα Emphietzi-Harris. Η Μαρία συμμετείχε στα προηγούμενα Open studios και η Μαρίνα έχει δυνατες γνωσεις ως προς την οργανωση τετοιων εκδηλωσεων. Η Νόρα έχει μια απέραντη γνώση των Δημοσίων Σχέσεων και Μάρκετινγκ

Τα Cyprus Open Studios θα λάβουν χώρο κατά την διαρκεια των τέσσερων Σαββατοκύριακων του Οκτωβρίου 2016.  Όσοι ενδιαφέρονται να συμμετέχουν, παρακαλούμε επισκεφθείτε το δικτυακό τόπο: www.cyprusopenstudios.com. Κάντε κλικ το ιδιότητα του μέλους και συμπληρωστε το έντυπο εγγραφής το οποιο και πρεπει να υποβληθη το συντομότερο δυνατό.

*** Οι εγγραφές θα κλείσουν στις 30 Απριλίου το 2016 ***

Προβλέπεται επίσης να δημιουργηθεί ένα on-line κατάστημα στην ιστοσελίδα, όπου οι συμμετέχοντες θα έχουν τη δυνατότητα να πωλούν την τέχνη τους, αλλά αυτό θα πάρει κάποιο χρόνο – παρακολουθήσετε αυτό το χώρο!

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες, παρακαλούμε να έρθετε σε επαφή με το info@cyprusopenstudios.com

Για Αγγλικά: Μαρία Etheridge – +357 99 512 959
Για Ελληνικα: Μαρίνα Emphietzi-Harris – +357 99 341 726