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.

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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.

MAKING MAGIC

Everyone who is interested in art will have pursued their interest by visiting museums, galleries, street art fairs, open studios, or someplace where they could feast their eyes on the magic that is art.

 

Let’s consider art as magic. Firstly, magicians do sometimes appear out of a puff of smoke but how long has it taken that magician to create that magic trick? It was first a thought, then the work began to manifest that thought into reality. After much hard work and many mistrials, the magician goes ahead and charms the audience who responds with oohs and aahs. What we often forget is that the trick may have taken years to perfect.

 

Art is magic. The artist walked the exact same path as the magician by first dreaming about making the piece of art you are looking at and has probably taken quite a long time arriving at the point of showing it. Possibly even years of study, with mounting student loans and burning the candle at both ends, but in the end, there it was – magic manifested.

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All over the world artists, makers and creators share their magic with those who admire not only the end product, but also the making of such magic. There are many who aspire also to create such magic. Not the same magic though; a trick is only a trick when no one else can do it. But those who wish to make their own magic go ahead and do their years of study and hard work and experience mistrials until they are able to share their own kind of magic with others.

 

Here in Cyprus there are many magicians who create their own form of magic: ART, manifested in paintings, sculpture, mosaics, glass work, jewellery, ceramics – oh, too many to name here. If you happened to have been in Cyprus during the month of October, you will have had the opportunity to see how this magic was made. Cyprus Open Studios 2016 ran over the first four weekends in October and if you were amongst the close-to-2000 visitors to the artists’ studios and work spaces across the island, you were some of the lucky ones who could meet these magicians.

 

 

If you were not so lucky to be visiting our Island of Love during this period, do not despair – it will happen again in October 2017 and it will be even bigger and better and more magical than Cyprus has ever seen. It’s not every day you get to talk to an artist about their work and their process, especially in the place where they make their work. We think it is magical. We trust that you will agree.

 

There are plans in the pipeline to make our second year of Cyprus Open Studios truly magical. It is a very important year for Cyprus, and especially for Paphos, the 2017 European Capital of Culture, twinned with Aarhus in Denmark. Expect works of art in every imaginable medium celebrating the rich cultural heritage of this jewel in the Mediterranean. Excitement is running at fever pitch as we are all preparing for this momentous occasion.

 

If you wish to be part of all this (as an artist – of just about any kind), registration for participation will open on 1 December 2016. You will be able to access the registration form on our website at http://www.cyprusopenstudios.com/index.php/en/membershipBUT … we are in the process of giving our website a face-lift which we think will knock your socks off.

 

And there is one really big surprise waiting in the wings. But you will have to be patient as it needs to be ready for unveiling when it has been fine tuned. Don’t forget to click on the FOLLOW button on this page so that you will get automatic updates in future.

 

If you wish to be part of this phenomenal occasion by sponsoring our event, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please send us an email: info@cyprusopenstudios.com

 

For any further information, please contact:

Maria – for English –  +357 99 512 959

Marina – for Greek – +357 99 341 726

Nora  –  for Greek  –   +357 99 678 132

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!