2018 – is here!

If you have not seen the flyer that went out earlier, here is an updated version:

Flyer re registration

As you will see, Cyprus Open Studios will look a little different this year.  In previous years you had a maximum of 8 days to open your studio/workspace. These were always geared for the weekends. 2018 offers you a minimum of any TWO out of 9 consecutive days, e.g. from 6 to 14 October 2018. You could, of course, open every day!

It has come to our notice that most working people who live away from the coast make a bee-line for the sea during the weekends, especially since October is still very much in season. It is mainly for this reason that we have decided to cater for inland artists during the week. We have also discovered that this is the norm for open studio events across the world. This means that you will be able to choose your dates to be open, rather than your weekends. We are confident that this will suit artists and visitors better than diluting it across the whole month. We will also be able to throw more resources at it.

The other big change is that we have decided to give participants the opportunity to recover from the Christmas mayhem and open registration on 1 March, with a closing date of 30 June 2018. You will still have 4 months in which to register, finalise artwork and plan your space before the August holidays!

And here’s another plus:  If you really, honestly, truly do not wish to open your studio/workspace/home to visitors, we offer you a reduced membership of Cyprus Open Studios. As a ‘non-participating’ member, this will give you a page on the website with up to 8 images plus your biography, artist statement and other information. This will be featured as an option on the registration page when we open on 1 March 2018.

We are now in our third year and the initial logistics problems have mainly been sorted out. Of course, when we do new things, new things have to be learned!

One of those new things is the work that we undertake on behalf of the artists who wish to participate in exhibitions abroad. This year, there are 14 who have jumped at the opportunity to simply produce their work and let “Open Galleries Abroad (OGA)” take care of everything for them, ranging from registration with each gallery, submission of work for judging, transportation of the artwork, submission of the actual work for hanging at each venue, transportation in between exhibitions and safe storage when not being exhibited.

As usual, we will attempt acceptance at the Royal Academy of Art and after that comes the exhibition at the Salon des Refusés. There is a third venue lined up, name the Hellenic Centre – all of these in London.

 

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This is a huge learning curve as we research venues, procedures, and logistics. The person in charge of this operation is Marina Emphietzi Harris, one of the three partners of Cyprus Open Studios. One of the biggest headaches is this… resize

Yes,  transportation!

Another new idea we are toying with is to use a gallery in Limassol where all the artists who do not have their own studios or who, for personal reasons wish not to open their homes to the public, may showcase their work. This will be regarded as a gallery show and not an open studio. It will also be subject to a higher fee for the participant who chooses this path and there may well be a commission charged by the gallery. This is VERY MUCH in the planning stages at this point; we will update you as soon as we know more.

You may know that www.art-en-route-cyprus.com has now been incorporated in Cyprus Open Studios. This means that the sponsor of the Prize Draw that we offer each year no longer exists. However, we are working on something even better that should attract a whole raft of interested people to visit studios in order to enter. A small hint:  3 nights (maybe 5) free accommodation on a Greek island… we are working on it! 

There is just one final point we need to impress upon you:  If you are able to host an artist friend of yours from abroad, this guest will not be charged a membership fee but will still be featured on the website and in the catalogue. I’m sure you have many artist friends who would love to visit you in Cyprus for a few days! Let’s show them what hospitality looks like.

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If you are serious about your art, make it your business.

Till next time,

FINAL LOGO   The COS Team.

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The event of the year!

Way back in 2015 when there were rumblings about Pafos2017, we at COS were a little concerned about the effect it would have on our own preparations and our events.

We went ahead with our planning and groundwork anyway and, as you will no doubt know, the 2016 event was very satisfactory for a first-year attempt. And then, along came 2017 and we quivered and trembled as we discovered that there were numerous artists who felt they would be spreading themselves too thinly if they participated in both Pafos2017 and COS.

Of course, Pafos2017 was a once-in-a-lifetime happening and one would be rather thick-headed not to opt for the opportunities afforded by such an event.

What we found rather surprising were the numbers that did register for the Cyprus Open Studios event despite the stiff competition. It was unexpected, to say the least, and we in COS’s  virtual office were delighted! We wish to thank each and everyone who met the challenge head-on and helped us make COS 2017 the success that it turned out to be. It infused our resolve to make future years bigger and better!

In 2017, we have also introduced a further service to artists who are serious about their work: exhibitions abroad!

Work was duly submitted in digital format to the Royal Academy’s summer 2017 show but the competition proved just that little bit too tough. However, the artists then went on to be exhibited through the Salon des Refuses and, by a system of popular vote by the public, Aristi Hadjisavva came 8th out of the selected 12 artists. Well done, Aristi!

Marina Emphietzi Harris (left) with Aristi Hadjisavva at the Salon des Refuses show

In 2018, we will once again take participants to the Royal Academy’s selection – you never know when you might strike it lucky – and after that there is again the Salon des Refuses exhibition. Another exhibition is planned in May at the Hellenic Centre in London. Marina Emphietzi Harris is the person in charge of the

“Open Galleries Abroad” (OGA)

and if you are interested in getting your feet wet abroad, you need to contact her immediately! Judging for admission by the individual institutions is strict… and deadlines are very tight.

Marina can be reached on +357 99 341 726 or by email at marina@marinaharris.com

The 2017 Prize Draw proved very popular again and the winner was drawn out of the bag on 15 November 2017. Unfortunately we cannot upload the video but you may see it here.

The lucky winner is Meg Adamson and she will claim her prize when she returns to Cyprus in the new year. Congratulations, Meg! We are sure you will enjoy your lessons in sculpting enormously at Karen Betts’  Artemis Studios.

Here are a few images of this year’s event…

We have also introduced something exciting this year:  an ART BUS which, due to a shortage of funding, we could only utilise for one day. However, we must give a BIG thank you to Cyprus Tourism Organisation for the sponsorship of this bus for 2017. We are working on a greater, in-depth coverage of the art routes for 2018 with several buses and several weekends/days and hope that CTO will support us again. These images were taken at various stops along the way from Kato Paphos to Polis.

 

Planning the 2018 COS event has already started and it would be great if we could get more feedback from the 2017 participants so that we may improve the experience for members and the public alike – let’s hear your voice!

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You may know the ‘other’ sister website which came into being when we were not able to use the ‘open studios’ words in a name. When that hurdle was out of the way, www.art-en-route-cyprus.com became a bit redundant and it suffered neglect. In the last few weeks we have been forced to take action as we were not going to be blackmailed into paying for something we did not need, e.g. a security upgrade. It was decided to phase out art-en-route and link it to COS where members enjoy far greater exposure.

In addition to that, in 2018 we are offering an alternative membership to those who, for any reason, wish not to open their own studios to the public. Often studios are inside homes, which artists prefer to keep private. If you wish to register for COS 2018 but feel reluctant to open your private dwelling, please contact us and we will inform you of the alternative membership we offer.

And here is another little gem:  we are considering offering “alternative spaces” whereby artists may get even bigger exposure than ever before.  This is in the planning stages and we will keep you updated as plans progress. However, as exciting as that may sound, we must stress that the main objective of Cyprus Open Studios is to introduce the public to the creative process of each artist; they love it! That is why the events – worldwide – are called OPEN STUDIOS.

We are also considering offering venues where artists and artisans will be able to offer workshops and demonstrations – again something very popular with the public. And… we will get you in the loop as soon as the Festive Season is in the past.

And speaking of which… may we take this opportunity to wish you and yours a joyful Festive Season and the best ever year for 2018!

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Merry  Christmas!

Finally, for those of you who like to keep a finger on the global pulse, here is some reading matter which we found informative! There are some really good points here:

http://www.lot-art.com/auction-blog/The-Art-of-Appraising-Art-Answers-to-the-most-wanted-FAQ/41?mktname=blog_41_li

Thank you, Lot-Art.com!

Until 2018 – stay safe, happy and healthy!

balloonsThe COS Team.

NEARING DEADLINE TIME

 

The annual open studios events all over the world  provide the means for self-guided tours of artist studios and workshops, totally free of charge to the public. This art-loving and art-buying public enjoys one-on-one exchanges with creative people and appreciate learning more about what inspires the creators of the pieces they particularly like  – and may buy. They are fascinated by demonstrations of techniques and enjoying some refreshments at the same time.

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Open Studios visitors exploring the work of Patricia Leighton (New York)  http://www.studios-efanyc.org/

  http://backwaterartists.ie/events/open-studios/                 open29

see what others say about open studios…

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http://columbiametro.com/Columbia-Metro/March-2013/Touring-Creativity/

You may wonder why we do what we do. Well, I asked myself that same question just yesterday!

The answer was quite simple: to serve those who take the trouble to share the manifestation of their hopes and dreams in the form of their creations, and the second part of the answer: to serve an appreciative public who respect what you do and are taking the trouble to pay you a visit!

It also gives us the opportunity to collaborate with organisations such as PAFOS2017 and Cyprus Tourist Organisation as well as other respected people island-wide. Don’t you think that’s exciting? Your name and what you do become better known in the process.

BUT… here’s the catch: You need to register as a member of Cyprus Open Studios by 30 April 2017.

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

* A website entry – a page of your own – on the site with 8 images of your work, directions and a map to find you, 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

* Publicity abroad in art and culture publications and travel magazines

* Being featured in the 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 beyond. Valuable beyond measure!

* Gaining recognition is critical to being or becoming a professional artist or artisan

* Signage to guide visitors to your studio or workshop

* Networking opportunities with fellow members

* You gain exposure to the art-loving and art-buying public

* You take 100% of the direct sales of your artwork 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 also negotiated with galleries in Larnaca, Limassol, Nicosia and Paphos to host Cyprus Open Galleries – register as a member under Cyprus Open GALLERIES and you stand a chance of being part of a curated exhibition in one of four or five well-respected galleries island-wide. The fee is incredibly low for a curated exhibition!

Over and above this, we also assist artists – physically – to exhibit abroad. Six hopefuls applied for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show, and whilst they were not accepted, they now go on to the Salon des Refuses exhibition, also in London. Marina Emphietzi works tirelessly to promote you and your work in London. There are other venues lined up, still in negotiating stages, but if you are serious about what you do, we can help you widen your platform. The intention is to show elsewhere in Europe throughout the year of your membership.

Lastly, the winner of the 2016 COS Prize Draw came to claim her prize. She chose to put the €150,00 voucher, sponsored by art-en-route-cyprus.com, towards a sculpture made by Karen Betts of Artemis Studios. Here are some happy faces on the occasion:

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Karen Betts, Terri Cook and Maria Etheridge at Artemis Studios with Aphrodite’s Tail

Cyprus Open Studios run a free prize draw during the month of October whereby visitors collect signatures from four separate studio locations to qualify. The completed form goes into a big bag and an impartial observer publicly pulls out the name of the lucky winner of the Gift Voucher. This year, it will once again be sponsored by art-en-route-cyprus.com, a directory website for all artists living and working in Cyprus, some of whom are participants in Cyprus Open Studios.

Upcoming news:

  • Collaborating with Pafos2017 for a one day event in June for COS members – more next time.
  • The opportunity to use empty shops as studios for those who do not have their own studios and wish to participate anyway. We are in the process of negotiating with Pafos2017 in this regard.

Till next time, keep on creating!

The COS Team.

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Let it flow…

Art is a link to Source – Infinity Consciousness. The transformative potential in all of us allows art to be a path of self-knowledge and self-transcendence. My creations serve to raise consciousness so that we can recognize the Divine within and create a better world for us all.  ~ James F. Jereb, PhD*

In my humble opinion, making art is as close to touching Divinity as you can get. I agree with Mr. Jereb in that art is a link to one’s super consciousness; it peels away the layers of daily grind until you find yourself ‘in the zone’, much like a long-distance runner or yoga practitioner. When you are in the process, your mind seems to go into neutral and you coast along without any effort.

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(Must make a point of watching this film!)

“Ah, but that is not entirely true!” I hear you cry.

OK, sometimes it is hard to get anything to go right, as colours, perspective or composition just don’t want to obey any of the rules. My response to that would be that you should stop trying so hard and just DO. It doesn’t matter if things go wrong! The point is to let that little creative ferret come out of its hiding place and run all over the canvas or over whatever surface you are working on. Don’t keep it under a lid – just let it run! Before long you would be so engaged, things would start flowing…

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Yes, just let it flow! You can always tear it up or start over. You can even start doing something entirely different!

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Our new-look website is up and running – have a look here … we are in the process of early registration for our 2017 event in October. It’s all very exciting as we will be concentrating efforts on specific regions for the four weeks, e.g.

Week 1  –  Paphos

Week 2  –  Nicosia

Week 3  –  Limassol

Week 4 –  Larnaca

Of course, the publicity and marketing will encompass the whole island for the entire month, but the four regions each will be highlighted in turn. This will include a gallery exhibition in each of the four cities, featuring established artists – something that has not been done here before, but we tested it in 2016. More details about this in a later post – early days! On our website you will see a section under “Members > Cyprus Open Galleries” – COG. Yes, an essential part in the wheel…

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Pafos2017 launched over the last weekend of January and it all sounds very exciting with lots of interesting activities all over town. We, at Cyprus Open Studios, wish each participant in this momentous event the very best of luck. May you go forth and prosper!

COS is looking ahead towards 2018 and beyond. Every step we take is with an eye on our future.

This year, we have already started a programme whereby we assist artists with exhibitions abroad. This spring, six of our members will attempt to be accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts in London – we wish them well! Should they not be successful, they will automatically qualify for the Salon des Refuses, also in London – seems to me like a win-win situation! There are two other opportunities, also in London, but we have not yet tied up the loose ends… More about this later.

In 2018, we envisage expanding the programme into Europe. This is all in the planning stages, as well as a very exciting ‘happening’ to coincide with the opening of COS 2018. Again, there are lots of elements to bring together and we are hoping to make the world aware of Cyprus and the vast treasure trove of talent we have.

Here in the Northern Hemisphere we are in deep winter – spice up those Winter Blues by adding a dash of Red! The kiln or the forge also helps… Keep on creating!

open-forge Isn’t this gorgeous?!

The COS Team.

* James F. Jereb, PhD, is a self-taught, visionary artist who works in paint, print and stone and is the creator of Stardreaming, Temples of the Cosmos, a 22-acre sacred stone temple labyrinth complex for the new millennium located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read all about him here: http://www.stardreaming.org/about.php and about the website: http://www.stardreaming.org/index.php