OPEN WORKSHOPS, et al

[[ ΑNOIXTA EΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙΑ // OPEN WORKSHOPS ]]
17.O6.2O17, 10:00-14:00
Κέντρο Πόλης Πάφου // Pafos City Centre


Στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος της Κοινωνικής Συμμετοχής, στούντιο, γκαλερί και εργαστήρια χεροτεχνών και καλλιτεχνών στο κέντρο της πόλης υποδέχονται επισκέπτες και συνομιλούν μαζί τους για τον τρόπο και διαδικασία της δημιουργίας των έργων τους. Θα κυκλοφορήσει σχετικός οδηγός.
*Με τη συνεργασία των Cyprus Open Studios.

Within the context of the Community Involvement programme, studios, galleries, and art and crafts workshops in the town centre, welcome visitors and chat with them about the method and process of creating their artworks. Α map will be published with each location.
**With the cooperation of Cyprus Open Studios.

www.pafos2017.eu                   &            www.cyprusopenstudios.com

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COS will occupy a vacant shop (08 on the map) where 8 members will be interacting with the public and introduce people to the world-wide open studio concept. Our beloved Cyprus is a small – but perfectly formed! –  island in the Eastern Mediterranean, far, far away from the hustle and bustle of big time art dealing in major centres of the world. For that reason we, at Cyprus Open Studios (COS), are ‘taking the mountain to Mohammed’ by creating a portal for artists to exhibit abroad.

Due to the OPEN WORKSHOPS event, the COS organisers have decided to

keep registration OPEN until 20 June 2017.

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Cyprus Open Studios (COS) are proud to have been instrumental in introducing six Cyprus-based artists, first to the selection at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and, traditionally, on to the Salon des Refuses when not selected by the RA. The latter opened on 1 June and will close tomorrow, 4 June 2017 – we wish them all the very best of luck! Next year, we will do it all again. If you are interested, please contact us on info@cyprusopenstudios.com

Here are a few shots taken at the opening night at the Salon des Refuses exhibition:

Enormous thanks to Marina Emphietzi-Harris for her hard work in putting it all together. Without you, this would not be possible!

Till next time, keep on creating!

The COS Team.

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Excitement is Rising

As we come closer to the October event, things hot up.
Don’t simmer on the back burner – get to the fire and get hot!
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We are just reaching the end of the Early Bird reduced registration fee structure and although quite a few have grabbed the opportunity, many are still simmering… However, no need to panic! As from 1 March until 30 April 2017, registration fees are exactly the same as they were last year. This is, of course, extraordinary as we are offering more than ever before!

Here at the virtual COS office we are working towards making the experience more and more exciting and this year, we have added the opportunity for professional artists to be selected for gallery exhibitions. This is a first! The attraction is the price. For a flat fee – way less than galleries usually charge – you will have the full force of Cyprus Open Studios (COS) promotional machine behind you. If you are selected, you will be listed under the separate heading of Cyprus Open Galleries on the website.

If you do not get selected by the galleries who are hosting this year, we would strongly recommend that you team up with each other or with other artists in your area to open a studio space together. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us for further details. It is an opportunity not to be missed!

gabi-gillian-2Visitors to Gillian Keef’s open studio

Last month we shared a blog post from Jason Horejs, who is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona – here is the link in case you have missed it: http://reddotblog.com/hosting-a-successful-open-studio/

One of the points he made was this:
With more and more open studio events appearing around the country, this is a great topic. An open studio tour can be a great way to get your feet wet if you’re new to the art market, and for established artists it can be a great way to build connections directly with art buyers.

And the other point that really impressed me was this:
If you think about it, it’s almost like a treasure hunt. Participants are provided with a map and then get to plot their course from studio to studio looking for art that grabs them.
Participants also get to meet the artist. Art buyers love this! While it’s certainly possible to fall in love with a piece of art for its own sake (this happens all the time in the gallery), it adds a whole new dimension for clients when they can meet the artist.
At COS, it is our mission to make the experience of both artists and visitors one to be remembered and also to create the desire to do it again next time.

Another first for COS is that we have assisted 6 artists to register for selection at the Royal Academy of Art in London; their Summer Show is one that artists will forfeit their eye teeth for! The 6 artists are all members of Cyprus Open Studios and we will do everything in our power to make their experience as painless as possible.

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Should they not be accepted by the RA, they will automatically qualify to be exhibited at the Salon des Refuses, also in London. No mean ‘second prize’ – and yes, we at COS are assisting with that too.

salon-des-refusesOne of last year’s Salon des Refuses summer shows.

There are several other opportunities abroad and when we have further information, it will be shared on our blog – follow us by adding your email address in the space to the right and you won’t miss out!

However, if you wish to participate in exhibitions abroad under the Cyprus Open Studios umbrella, you need to be a member. Don’t be shy – have a look at our website which is growing with 2017 members – and complete the registration form. Registration closes on 30 April 2017, which will be extended until 31 May 2017, but with a small penalty for late registration.

Have a look at the FAQ if you are unsure of the procedure; if you cannot find your answer there, please contact us either via the website or by email at info@cyprusopenstudios.com – we would be delighted to help.

starving-artist Best guess for this image: Henry Wallis:  The Death of Chatterton

We have often heard and read about artists toiling away in cold attics in bitter winters with no hot water and six flights of stairs under snow. Well, in this day and age there is no need to starve, or commit suicide, as an artist.

These days, what we hear a lot is: ‘I’m not really good with a computer’… Our advice is: Get better! It can only improve your chances of success if you know how to handle emails and images as there will always be people like us at COS who are ready to help you promote your art. But you need to get your skills honed not only to produce your ‘product’, but also to ‘launch’ it.

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If you think we can help, send us a email… yes, that’s the way to do it!

Email Inbox       Till next time, keep on creating!

Hosting an Open Studio

Sometimes it does help to trawl through stuff on the internet! Often I think that I’m wasting time by sitting and reading  what others have written, but more often than not, I pick up really useful tips and tricks.

This blog post came right up to scratch as we at Cyprus Open Studios have just started the on-line registration process for our second year. We are trying to learn as much as possible from others who have been there before – this one is a diamond:

http://reddotblog.com/hosting-a-successful-open-studio/  –  it was written by Xanadu Gallery owner, Jason Horejs. The gallery is in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I have tried to re-blog this post, but if you are not a WordPresser, it doesn’t seem to be possible. Again, I’m willing to learn!

Please read this article – you will immediately want to open your studio to the public! Here is the address again:

http://reddotblog.com/hosting-a-successful-open-studio/

jason-horejsJason Horejs | Owner – Xanadu Gallery

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best-selling books “Starving” to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of reddotblog.com, and founder of ARTsala. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business. Connect with me on Google+

 

An interview with ANGELA WINSTANLEY

Angela runs the Kouklia Artworks, an Aladdin’s Cave of artistic treasures, where she represents many talented and creative people.

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Angela and a friend

 

 

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The entrance to Kouklia Artworks

However, I wanted to find out a little more about the person and set out with some questions and a notebook.

Maria Etheridge: When did you start painting? Has it always been a passion or are you a ‘late bloomer’?

Angela: I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t sketching and painting, in fact I can remember drawing on my bedroom wall, and indeed, on the classroom floor when at Infants’ School – so I guess it’s always been a compulsion with me. I went to art school many years ago – back in the ‘70s – Leamington Spa, but then followed the family trend and pursued what appeared to be a ‘safer’ career in Social Work. However, my artwork has been a real bonus in working with people, so ‘it has always been there’, as part of my working life. I have used my art professionally throughout my career, without the specific title ‘Art Therapy’.

I suppose I may be referred to as ‘A Hobbyist’ by some. However, now having time to develop, I enjoy an excellent turnover of sales and demand, therefore let’s hear it for ‘The Hobbyists’ as it is possible to enjoy a great deal of success and recognition.

M: Do you only use acrylics or do you work with other mediums too?

A: I will use any medium. For portraiture I prefer oils, but have produced work in watercolours, pastels, and colour pencils, plus other media. I use acrylics for my ‘series’ paintings as I find it the fastest medium, and some of these paintings are very detailed, and require an amount of ‘easy layering’. My caricatures are pencil sketched, scanned to the computer, and colour applied with a ‘digital’ palette.

Drums, a portrait, and two from ‘Cyprus Life’ series

M: What do you believe is the key element in creating a good composition?

A: This so much depends on the subject. I’m aware of all the formal ‘rules’ – however, for me there must be ‘points of interest’ which draw the eye to different parts of the whole. If there is space, this too should bring ‘something to the plate’. I look for light and depth, and a composition which ‘tells a story’ or stands in its own right as a single item.

M: You have created series of paintings under the headings of Cyprus Life, The Professionals, Musicians in Hats and so forth. Could you tell us a little more about each series?

A: When I first came to Cyprus I followed the usual route of seascapes, sunsets, doors, etc. – there was inspiration at every turn, together with the ‘time to do it’. However, being among ‘the people’ and listening to their stories, I found a catalyst which lead to the Cyprus Life series, all of which are the result of things which I have observed, or things which have been said, around me. I believe I have a good sense of humour and can usually see the amusing side of life, therefore the style appealed more and more, both to myself, and as it turned out, to ‘the market’ which spurred me on to capture the continuously appearing material onto canvas. I discovered that I was actually smiling whilst I painted and new ideas emerged.

Foreign Delegates, the latest one, a local inhabitant, and a Stormy Kouklia Sunset

From this came the Professionals – having realised that I had ‘a style’ which people appeared to enjoy – I was inspired by stories from a number of people in different professions – and having painted ‘Yes, Chef’ (because we were once involved with the Hospitality trade) – I decided to expand on this. Like Cyprus Life – some of the paintings have real people in them, some don’t but for the Professionals series I always take advice as to how far I can ‘push the boundaries’ and still remain credible.

I am an amateur musician and wanted to create a series to celebrate this. It’s a very different style to my other series, because the focus is different, i.e. I was particularly interested in encompassing lighting, posture, and the interaction between the instrument and the musicians’ hands – hence just the ‘tilt of a hat’ and no face. Having started with the series, people commissioned pieces with specific instruments in the same style – so the collection grew.  

I then did a ‘Family Group’ commissioned painting for a customer in UK, in a similar style, and have since been commissioned for these highly detailed and personalised paintings.

There are paintings and prints from these series now hanging all over the world, and I often take orders through the Kouklia Arts website which are delivered direct. Many images work well as merchandise, so they are printed onto mugs, key rings, fridge magnets etc., my theory being that if you like the image, then you can buy it at a range of prices and in a number of forms – but there is only one original!

M: Your paintings seem to have a humoristic twist and are expressed in naïve style. Would you like to expand on that?

A: The style is just how they ‘come out’ – nothing thought through or contrived. In fact, the figures are often slightly out of proportion, but it appears to work. I don’t usually have references for these pictures – just the overall concept and ‘shape of composition’, so each is a journey and most of the figures and faces present themselves to me as the work develops.

For the Professionals I do a good deal of research to ensure that details are correct, although they may well then be distorted to suit the humour of the work.

I get great delight from the ‘license’ which these subjects give me, i.e. I look at the clock on the operating theatre wall and think: ‘Hmmm – what to do with that’? Like many offices, they may have left behind a Christmas decoration or two, and in a hospital setting, this may well be a blown up latex glove, so in goes the glove, holly and ribbon.

Sometimes people say my paintings remind them of ‘Beryl Cook’ style, although I say my style is very much ‘Beryl Cook meets Giles’, which would make sense as I used to pour over the Daily Mail Giles cartoon books for hours, enjoying the depiction of the interaction between people, and the little details that you don’t initially notice.

M: Do you use other styles of expression such as abstract, still life, or any other?

A: I have a wide range of works including still life, abstract, and much more – some of which are on display in the studio. The demand to develop new images in the cartoon painting style means that other subjects are rare for me nowadays.

I take great delight in painting trompe l’oeil, (trick of the eye) and have painted on several walls in Kouklia. I have also ‘reverse glass painted’ a series of ‘stained glass’ windows in Konia.

I also create digital pictures which I have transformed into two animated movies ‘(The Adventures of Noggin Clontith). I have written and illustrated children’s books, namely The Adventures of Noggin Clontith, Cyber-Gran, Olivia and the Dinosaur, and The Adventures of Padistan Bear.

I have been very pleased to create props, staging and backdrops for Kouklia school and Youth Club plays, and a number of Taverna signs around the village.

M: Tell us a little more about your charity work, especially with regards to the cats. And how you raise funds and awareness, please?

A: Ah, the cats – actually, I wasn’t really a cat person before coming to Kouklia, but there they were – just everywhere, and we found kittens needing shelter – so off it went – cat rescue, both at home and the studio. Then I met Cynthia Smith, from Mandry’s Fund charity, and became involved in the Trap Neuter Release programme. We have an ideal location at the studio, and cats gather each day for feeding, so we are able to trap them for neutering.4166895_orig

We sell second hand books at the Gallery to raise money for the charity, plus I have painted a picture especially (Caterwaul) for the Cat Charities, for which they have the copyright, and can create merchandise to sell. I am currently doing the same for the dogs.

I’m also involved as an advisor / consultant with the Aiya Napa / Famagusta Autism Parents group, who are incredibly driven, and are working toward the first residential and respite Autism unit in Cyprus. I have pledged to create a specific merchandising image, for them also.

Indeed, I am a very busy person, having Management and Autism as key specialities. I am involved with a 3 year EU funded project developing Parent Training in 4 European Countries, which takes me to some interesting places. I am also delivering Soft Skills training, again EU funded, in other parts of Europe including Cyprus, plus Management training in Abu Dhabi, so there is not a great deal of down time.

M: You are participating in, and are hosting five other artists for the Cyprus Open Studios. Please tell us if the public should be aware of any particular points that will make their visit to Kouklia Artworks as pleasant as possible. How easy is parking, for instance? And what should they be looking out for as landmarks.

A: I am really thrilled at the team who will be exhibiting for Cyprus Open Studios! Between us there is a range of works and styles, and all of us are ‘on our journeys of development’, and therefore it is interesting to see how people have varied their subject matter over time.

A taste of the other participants at Kouklia’s work

As well as paintings, visitors can see a range of other items produced by the artists.

At one time the Capital City of Cyprus, Kouklia is a destination village, boasting Aphrodite’s Temple, the medieval fort museum and a ‘real feel’ of Cypriot Culture. There are a number of Tavernas where you can sit and watch village life, and enjoy good food and wine.

The Studio / Gallery is situated just off Kouklia Square, in a building which, I believe we have ‘authentically’ restored, between Sophia’s and Gabriel’s Tavernas. There is a main car park just before the square, or near the Temple entrance.

M: And how long have you operated in Kouklia?

A: Kouklia Artworks was established 3 years ago, and provides the opportunity for Artists and Crafters from as far away as Nicosia to Polis to display and sell their work. We have a number of different nationalities, producing a variety of styles and products.

There is a small classroom to the rear of the Gallery, where I give painting / drawing and other classes to both children and adults.

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The Kouklia Arts website is www.ArtworksKouklia.com, and we have a FACEBOOK page.

M: As one of the organisers of Cyprus Open Studios, I wish you and your fellow participants great success in this year’s event – we are planning to make next year’s event bigger and better! Thank you, Angela.

Ed.~ To see all the participants in Cyprus Open Studios, please visit our website, download the catalogue and do a final check of the revised 2016 schedule – all on the website: www.cyprusopenstudios.com  And don’t forget to get your entry form signed by four participants (in different locations) to stand a chance to win a voucher for €150,00 sponsored by www.art-en-route-cyprus.com – and have fun!

Please note that all images are subject to copyright laws and copying may result in legal action. Permission to reproduce images must be obtained from the authors mentioned in this post.

 

 

That SEND button!

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These days there is a lot of talk about ‘mindfulness’ and the other day I came across a lecture that covered sending ‘mindful’ emails. The lecturer suggested that when you type an email – and this would particularly apply to bulk mailings – that you should NOT click on that SEND button as soon as you think that you are done.

An experience I had a few days ago made me realise just how correct she was! Of course I should have taken my ‘day of rest’, but knowing how much there still was to do, I pushed on regardless.

The lecturer suggested that after you have finished the email, you should take three deep breaths

Breathe Deeplyand then read the email as if you were the recipient. Personally, I think you should take three deep breaths, get up and make yourself a cup of tea, cup-of-tea have a meal or go for a short walk and then come back and read it like the recipient – and then take three more deep breaths before clicking SEND!

The other thing I would recommend is that you never send out anything that you have prepared whilst not 100% alert. tired-woman-300x229

That applies to your Christmas letter or six-monthly family newsletter too!

Since January we have been intensely busy with compiling information, learning new tricks, jumping through hoops and about a week ago, I was ready to play dead.

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However, it was time to SEND our personal group invitation to the people in my address book as there were about two weeks left before the first weekend of the Cyprus Open Studios 2016 event at my studio. I very proudly prepared the invitation, thinking that I was Oh, So Good! And then something happened, keeping me humble: I put the incorrect dates on… and had sent it to about 400 people! That darn SEND button!

My forelock was pulled down to my chin in apology, my knees were raw from begging for forgiveness and my face could not get any redder. Not only were the last nine months a steep learning curve, but this incident taught me never to assume there was nothing more to learn!

The good news is that all the participants have now received their printed catalogues and are making their own preparations for their open weekends, gearing up to make visits to our creative spaces as enjoyable as possible.

Printed catalogues are limited but everything is on our website

DOWNLOAD THE REVISED 2016 SCHEDULE FEATURING THE LATEST UPDATES!

We also offer a PRIZE DRAW – entry form downloadable from the website. Yes, you can win a voucher to use towards either acquiring a piece of art, sign up for a workshop or take lessons – art-en-route-cyprus.com is contributing €150,00 towards the cost. Perhaps next year you would like to join in the COS event too after you have had your lessons or workshop! Here is a mosaic workshop at  Mary Chojnowski’s studio in Tsada. childrens-workshop

We are full of great expectations for 2017 and have already started planning ahead. As you may be aware, Paphos is the twinned European Capital of Culture with Aarhus in Denmark for 2017.

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We have a few visiting artists for the 2016 event from the UK, the Netherlands and Ibiza, and next year we would like to concentrate on inviting some Danish – and other Scandinavian country artists to join us for the 2017 event which is once again planned for October. If you have artist friends from that part of the world, invite them and ask them to get in touch with us – it will be great fun! All contact information is on the website.

There is something else you might like… We are going to feature interviews with artists on our blog, showing you a bit more of who they are, what they do and why they do what they do. We are planning to do this on a regular basis and will do our best to bring you interesting news, views and happenings.

Till next time – and we hope to see you in our studios and creative spaces during the course of events. As a forerunner to the first COS weekend, Opus 39 Gallery Continue reading “That SEND button!”

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.

visitors-waiting-queuing-at-centre-georges-pompidou-beaubourg-museum-fd5afk We can dream, can’t we?

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!

The Golden Mean Conundrum

When I was in primary school, I was extremely competitive in the area of mental arithmetic, always having my hand up first, snapping my fingers to be asked for the answer before anyone else got a chance.

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Then I went to high school and discovered what real mathematics were and baulked. I discovered I had no mathematical hair on my head and opted for a secretarial course which included bookkeeping. I could cope with that, double entries notwithstanding.

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However, I have always been interested in art and at that time of opting out of mathematics, was often asked by fellow pupils to illustrate their poems in their anthologies for the literary lessons. I did it gladly even though my own anthology suffered in the process.

I never studied art academically. But my interest was so great that when I had the opportunity to make a career change, I opened my own little gallery and framing business. It was while learning how to do framing, I suddenly realised that my lack of mathematics was a real restriction as framing was all about angles and degrees. I learned how to cope with that and all went well. I still had no idea what was meant by calculus, algorithms or the Fibonacci sequence.

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http://www.livescience.com/37704-phi-golden-ratio.html

And when I retired from the grind of a nine-to-five day and came to Cyprus, I decided to learn how to draw… properly. I went to Elli Lestas for three years and they were years well spent! It meant learning about perspective and the Golden Ratio. It was then I realised that Luca Pacioli was absolutely correct when he stated: ‘Without mathematics there is no art.” What a rude awakening I had!

I started studying Leonardo, Michelangelo, Whistler, Rembrandt, Renoir, and many others and in the process, discovered that they all used the Golden Ratio to some extent – even Picasso used it in his cubist paintings!

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Essentially it is the “Rule of Thirds” and there is a good video on YouTube about this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piIiR6cqGlY presented by www.thevirtualinstructor.com – if you are looking for additional instruction, there you go!

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The registration process for participation in Cyprus Open Studios in October is progressing well. There are a few drawbacks in that we are doing everything for the ‘first time’ and we all know how that can hurt! As we learn, things get easier and next year should be a doddle.

Please remember that the deadline is 30 April 2016 – don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your name out there. It won’t be ‘up in lights’ but it will be in print and on the internet – make use of all the facilities you are being offered.

Another piece of good news is that we are now officially in collaboration with Pafos2017 and will be having a meeting this week to finalise formalities. Unfortunately, there are no monetary benefits – only status! We hope to improve that next year…

We were delighted to see E.KA.TE. members are arranging an Open Studios event in April in Limassol – it is a great way to enhance awareness of the open studios concept and we wish them well.

The next blog post will go out AFTER registration has closed which means we will know how many participants there will be this year. The hard work is in progress to upload all the information we have received so far – it’s looking good! Much, much more to do!

Check out the website: www.cyprusopenstudios.com – see you next time!

 

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