Don’t Just Survive… Thrive!

As a creator, no one can tell you what to create; that is between you and whatever you are creating. What happens in your studio or workshop or even on your kitchen table, is your business. But a ’business’ it certainly is… if you are serious about what you do.

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However, what happens with your work when it is finished can become a problem. Traditionally, artists are not inclined to be business people as the left and the right sides of the brain function on different levels: left is for business, right is for creativity.

Often you will see, when entering the work space of a creative person, stacks of canvasses and finished pieces against walls, on shelves, in cupboards, and just about everywhere you can imagine.

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What you do in your studio will remain in your studio forever if you do not engage with the outside world. It is very easy to become totally engrossed in what you do, but that will not provide the means to live a decent life.

All over the world, artists engage with the public in many ways; traditionally through the gateway of galleries. There is nothing wrong with that. However, it can be limiting. Enlisting the services of an agent or PR person is another way to promote your work but these methods, despite being excellent, can be pricy.

Somewhere, someone came up with an idea to assist artistic people in a much simpler way: bringing the public to the source. Yes, opening your studio in order to allow the public to enjoy your space, your creations and above all else, yourself!

Perhaps you work better when you are alone, hermit-style… I know I do! But we need to become available, accessible, and welcoming for those who wish to know more about where the art came from, how it was produced and by whom. You cannot assume that people will hear about your art in some magical or mystical way. Joining a Facebook group or creating a page of your own with your art on, is not going to cut the mustard, as the saying goes. You need to take people by the hand and lead them, step by step, towards The Source: You – and your work.

 

And even more that just becoming available, giving the viewer a reason to be there. A good reason – or reasons – to desire what you create; to want something they will look at every day, either in their home or at their workplace. Give the viewers what they want!

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Derek Henry really loved this one by Mary-Lynne Stadler!

And that is where Cyprus Open Studios comes is. Becoming a member provides you with a platform in the form of your own full page on the website, organisation of the event, promotion via all media, and a printed catalogue to keep. The event takes place during a specified period each October when we welcome the public into our spaces in order to communicate, share and even sell directly to our visitors. However, the main objective is to introduce you and your art in such a way that is memorable and thus encourage people to return for more.

But that is not all you get when your register with COS! Your entry goes live as soon as you register, and it remains on the website until the end of February after which it goes into the archives, where it remains accessible for as long as the website provider will allow.

Not only does Cyprus Open Studios (COS) offer you all of the above, but we also offer you a non-participating membership at a reduced fee for simply featuring your own page on the website but without opening your studio or work-space. This gives you access to all the news and activities.

And there is more…

  • Next event is the exhibition, opening on 8 May 2018 with a “Meeting the Artists” evening, at the Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 18:30 to 20:30. The exhibition will run until 30th May 2018.
  • That is followed by the exhibition at Candid Arts Trust, 3-5 Torrens Street, Islingon, London EC1V 1NQ under the auspices of the Salon des Refuses from 7 to 10 June 2018.

Why do we mention it here? Well, OGA – Open Galleries Abroad, are responsible for assisting artists with the entire process of registration, transportation and storage (between exhibitions). OGA is the international division of Cyprus Open Studios.

A few images from the 2017 Salon des Refuses exhibition:

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Please visit our website, where you will find the necessary information. You will also find additional questions answered under the FAQ tab as well as much more by reading the blog posts. And don’t forget to click on the FOLLOW button when you are there!

Last, but certainly not least – the Winner of the free Prize Draw of 2017, Meg Adamson, claimed her prize of €150,00 and decided to use it towards lessons in sculpting. Her chosen teacher was Karen Betts of Artemis Studios in Chlorakas and here you can see a few items Meg has created under Karen’s tutelage. She is set on refining the art of sculpting and we wish her everything of the best.

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L to R: Maria Etheridge, Meg Adamson, Karen Betts

In 2018, visitors will be able to choose between two juicy prizes, i.e. 3 nights’ free accommodation on a Greek island or four free lessons from a professional COS member. More information on these will be available shortly – do keep an eye on the website and/or blog.

Whoever you are, and wherever you may find yourself now, we hope to see you in our studios in October!

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ED: Maria Etheridge

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Here we go…!

There is very little in life that irritates me more than waiting… patience is not one of my virtues! They say that everything comes to those who wait; I say: eventually! I think we all want it now…

Apparently, it’s a millennial thing but I don’t even have that excuse… I’m from the rock ‘n roll era where everything was done with enormous energy and gusto.

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 REGISTRATION

The 1st of March 2018 sees the start of this year’s Cyprus Open Studios event when registration opens. The deadline for registration is 30 June 2018, which will give us just enough time in July to put together the information for the catalogue to go to the printers. As you know, August is holiday-month in Europe…

Be warned! 

You have 4 months to register – do not delay – you will not be included 

if you miss the deadline!

Please go to:  www.cyprusopenstudios.com and click on Register here> Cyprus Open Studios – the form for online registration will pop up and further instructions will be sent to you by email.

TIME  SCALE

This year, Cyprus Open Studios will take a different shape:  We will be opening our studio or work space doors during a consecutive 10-day period, e.g. from 5 to 14 October 2018 and you can choose any days in that period… but at least two days. We would strongly recommend including at least one weekend.

The reason for this is that, in our experience, the four weekends that we opened in the past, is just stretching it out a bit too long; by the third and fourth weekends, both artists and visitors got a bit tired… By compressing the time period, we will also be able to push more resources at it and make it sparkle and shine!

FEE  STUCTURE

When you register, please make sure you have read the terms and conditions at the bottom of the registration form. The fee structure has not changed since we started in 2016 apart from one additional option:  You may become a member only (non-participating) for €35,00 if you truly, honestly, absolutely do not have a space to invite visitors into. However, if you DO wish to be a participating member and wish to share with other artists at their venue, please contact us and we will see if that could be arranged. We are also looking at alternative venues such as community centres, schools and other possibilities. Your suggestions would be appreciated!

ALTERNATIVE SPACE(S)

We have secured space in Limassol at ART STUDIO 55, which is provided by the Pegasus Art Foundation, from 5 to 14 October 2018 inclusive.  Please see their Facebook page here:

The catch is that the artists who choose to use this space will have to curate the show themselves AND be in attendance for the duration of the event. You will be able to work on the spot which is exactly what we aim to offer the public: to see the artist(s) at work and available for conversation. Obviously, a rotation ‘duty’ schedule will have to be worked out.  HOWEVER, the cost for using this space will be €145,00 per artist and you have to be a member of Cyprus Open Studios at €35,00 for the year – we need to include you on the website. The upside is that there will be no commission charged on sales! And the space is very centrally located at Hero’s Square, next to the Rialto Theatre. Further details will be provided on request.

PLEASE NOTE:   this option is NOT included on the registration page – if you would like to make use of it, please contact us at info@cyprusopenstudios.com

PRIZE DRAW

In order to attract more visitors to the studios, we are offering TWO OPTIONS of prizes to  be won:

  1. 3 nights FREE accommodation (see images below) on the Greek island of Kalymnos in 2019, depending on availability. Full details of the prize will be advised as soon as we have tied it all up – it’s gorgeous! All the winner needs to do is… GET THERE!
  2. 4 FREE sessions of lessons with a professional artist – the winner will be able to choose between several who have offered this option! Again, more details on the website very soon!

If that does not encourage visitors to your studio or work space, we can’t guess what will…

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INVITE  A  FRIEND  FROM  ABROAD

We would, once again, encourage participants to invite an artist friend from abroad, who will be hosted at their home and share their COS space –  FOR FREE!  Yes, we will not charge a registration fee for your friend! Think of a dear friend whom you have not seen in a while and invite them to share the Cyprus art experience – they will love you for it!

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OGA  –  OPEN GALLERIES ABROAD

This activity is part of the Cyprus Open Studios operation whereby we handle everything on behalf of each artist, from registration for each event to returning unsold pieces… and everything in between!  More on the website very soon! See our previous blog post.

And the art is on its way… the pieces will be packed in a wooden container, which should keep it as safe as possible. Really exciting, isn’t it? We wish each participating artist the very best of luck!

Until the next one, keep on creating! And if you are not a creator, join in the fun by visiting studios in October!

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Ed.: Maria Etheridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE WE GO…!

 

There is very little in life that irritates me more than waiting… patience is not one of my virtues! They say that everything comes to those who wait; I say: eventually! I think we all want it now…

 

Apparently, it’s a millennial thing but I don’t even have that excuse… I’m from the rock ‘n roll era where everything was done with enormous energy and gusto.

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REGISTRATION

The 1st of March 2018 sees the start of this year’s Cyprus Open Studios event when registration opens. The deadline for registration is 30 June 2018, which will give us just enough time in July to put together the information for the catalogue to go to the printers. As you know, August is holiday-month in Europe…

 

Be warned!  You have 4 months to register – do not delay  as you will not be included

if you miss the deadline! If you don’t want to miss the deadline!

 

TIME  SCALE

This year, Cyprus Open Studios will take a different shape:  We will be opening our studio or work space doors during a consecutive 10-day period, e.g. from 5 to 14 October 2018 and you can choose any days in that period… but at least two days. We would strongly recommend including at least one weekend.

 

The reason for this is that, in our experience, the four weekends that we opened in the past, is just stretching it out a bit too long; by the third and fourth weekends, both artists and visitors got a bit tired… By compressing the time period, we will also be able to push more resources at it and make it sparkle and shine!

 

FEE  STUCTURE

When you register, please make sure you have read the terms and conditions at the bottom of the registration form. The fee structure has not changed since we started in 2016 apart from one additional option:  You may become a non participatingmember only (non-participating) for a €35,00 if you truly, honestly, absolutely do not have a space to invite visitors into. However, if you DO wish to be a participating member and wish to share with other artists at their venue, please contact us and we will see if that could be arranged. We are also looking at alternative venues such as community centres, schools and other possibilities. Your suggestions would be appreciated!

 

ALTERNATIVE SPACE(S)

We have secured space in Limassol at ART STUDIO 55, which is provided by the Pegasus Art Foundation, from 5 to 14 October 2018 inclusive.  Please see their Facebook page here:Τεχνοχωρος ART Studio 55.

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The catch is that the artists who choose to use this space will have to curate AND be in attendance for the duration of the event. You will be able to work on the spot which is exactly what we aim to offer the public: to see the artist(s) at work and available for conversation. Obviously, a rotation ‘duty’ schedule will have to be worked out.  HOWEVER, the cost for using this space will be €145,00 per artistand you have to be a member of Cyprus Open Studios at €35,00 for the year– we need to include you on the website. The upside is that there will be no commission charged on sales! And the space is very centrally located at Hero’s Square, next to the Rialto Theatre. Further details will be provided on request.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

this option is NOT included on the registration page – if you would like to make use of it,

please contact us at info@cyprusopenstudios.com

 

 

PRIZE DRAW

In order to attract more visitors to the studios, we are offering TWO OPTIONS of prizes to win:

 

  1. 3– 5 nights FREE accommodation on atheGreek island calledofKalymnos Also full details of the venue will be advised as soon as we have tied it all up. All the winner needs to do is… GET THERE!
  2. A donation of €150,00 (sponsor to be advised when finalised) towards art or art lessons from a COS member.

 

If that does not encourage visitors to your studio or work space, we can’t guess what will…

 

INVITE  A  FRIEND  FROM  ABROAD

We would, once again, encourage participants to invite an artist friend from abroad, who will be hosted at their home and share their COS space –  FOR FREE!  Yes, we will not charge a registration fee for your friend! Think of a dear friend whom you have not seen in a while and invite them to share the Cyprus art experience – they will love you for it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stepping up

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Life has a way of throwing curve-balls at one. If you know anything about cricket, there are more ways to throw a ball than batsmen would like,  especially Shane Warne’s googly. the googlyWe are all batters or batsmen, constantly stopping those balls ending our innings.

Now that had absolutely nothing to do with art or artists! Just felt like having a bit of fun…

Sometimes that canvas sits on the easel and you look at it with suspicion; it could at any moment throw you a ball you were not expecting. It could go either way, causing you to have a brilliant end product or… binning it. I’ve had one on my easel now for the best part of five or six weeks which started off really well. Then came the ‘leave it for a bit’ period and let it talk to you. Well, this one spoke loud and clear and said it was all wrong. Scraped off lots of the oils in certain places and let it rest… and that’s where it still sits. I honestly feel like binning it, as the only way I could rescue the thing would be to use my electric sander and get rid of all the impasto oil paint – and start again. Time will tell…

The time I spent learning from Jerry Fresia at Lake Como in Italy resonates within when a painting doesn’t work. His lesson was simple: When you paint, become more of yourself. He was so right!    Jerry painting

This makes me wonder how I could wander so far away from myself when I painted that painting – or attempted to paint that painting! Where did I take the wrong turning? Time to retrace my steps and look again.

So it is with the creation of all art; we need to keep on track, stay focused and aim for self-satisfaction. There is nothing Narcissistic about that; you simply do what you were put on this earth for in the first place: to create. Reach for that place within that makes your Being sing with joy!

I guess that is one of the reasons – if not the main one – why we love doing what we do with Cyprus Open Studios. It is almost as good as going to an art gallery or museum, familiarising oneself with the work of the wonderful creators who live and work in Cyprus. We feel as if we are getting to know each one rather intimately when they share their reasons for creating their art, even though we have never met.

The good news is that we do have the opportunity to  meet these creators of beauty and joy – each October during Cyprus Open Studios month. We are still accepting registrations until the end of May!

More good news is that we will be hosting, in collaboration with Paphos2017, a one-day open studios event in Makarios Street in the old town, between the market and Kennedy Square.

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Several of the shops selling arts and crafts will also be participating, with artists working on the spot and ever ready to tell you more about their techniques, passions and inspirations. Pafos2017 will be creating a route map and COS will be in one of the shops currently awaiting a new tenant, where visitors will get a taste of what’s in store in October. We would love to see you there – watch the press for further details and we will also keep you updated on progress on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Last, but most certainly not least – in case you have not seen it before, COS actively assist artists to exhibit in London at prime venues. Six COS members tried their luck with the Royal Academy of Arts and, following on, can be seen at the Salon des Refuses venue in Islington from 1 June 2017.

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We are preparing to follow on to another venue later  – more information will follow once available.

Opportunities arise all the time and it is heart-warming when someone from abroad, planning a visit to Cyprus, contacts us to ask for information about workshops. That is where we want to be! It is not all about October; it is all about the entire year of your membership!

In closing, this quote from the Dalai Lama caught my eye: 

“The intelligent way to be selfish is to work for the welfare of others”

— The Dalai Lama

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Wishing you days of great creativity!

The COS Team

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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!