Tick Tock – start again!

The daylight savings date always depresses me. Not sure why, as it is an entirely man-made thing, as is time…

Our ancestors worked by seasons and moon phases – not sure why we have to have that darn clock! Tick tock…

2018 Event

The participants of the 2018 Cyprus Open Studios (COS) event have all done a marvellous job of creating greater interest in the art of our Island of Love. We salute them all. We encountered a few challenges, but nothing we cannot overcome in the future.

Open Galleries Abroad (OGA)

Nine of our members participated in activities in London during 2018. Each year hundreds and hundreds of artists attempt to get into the Royal Academy of Arts in London without success… We at OGA are there to assist you with your effort while you continue working in your own studio back home. Read more about our activities on previous blog posts.

After the selection process at the RA each year, we take you to other exhibitions in and around London where Marina Emphietzi Harris keeps a close watch on opportunities that arise. The real work will once again start in December 2018 in preparation for your 2019 exhibition opportunities.

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 If you are interested in exhibiting abroad and you have not yet let us know,  you should do this immediately!

If you have not yet done so, start preparing your Artist Statement and your Biography.

Contact : Marina  at  marina.emphietzi@gmail.com BEFORE 30 November 2018                                             No charges until you sign the agreement!

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Cyprus Open Studios (COS)

Many people are under the impression that we only exist for 10 days of the year.

This is very far from the truth!

When you register on 1 April each year to open your studio in October, your fee is paid not just for those 10 days that you open your studio to the public. Oh, no – you remain very visible to all the people who look at our website during the course of the year! And… that’s not all. After the annual event comes to an end, your entry remains on our website in our archives and can still be accessed by viewers.

If you do not wish to open your studio in October for a variety of reasons, you have the option to become a “Member Only”, giving you a web page of your own featuring your contact details and up to 8 images of your work.  You may do this at any time during the year and pay a nominal fee for the year (or part of any year) with a renewal date on 1 April each year.

During the 2018 event, the artists who opted for a different audience exhibited their work at a gallery in Limassol.

We are planning on doing this in each large centre, i.e. Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos for our 2019 event. In order to use this facility you do need to be a “Member Only” as mentioned above. Gallery costs will be separate.

We respect the choices our artists make and will continue to serve them to the best of our abilities.

Social Media

We have a lively Facebook community where facebookers are kept informed of our activities, news, as well as posts about other interesting happenings.

We also have Twitter and Instagram accounts where we share and care.

A cat is peeping out of the bag…

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We have discovered that there are many artists who were born to be artists. That means that their right brain thinking is far more advanced than the left brain function, the latter being more appropriate for geeks of a kind – especially the digital kind.

Send-Responsive-HTML-Emails-from-Outlook-2-1  You will love your keyboard like you love your art equipment!

We are developing a tutorial programme whereby artists (of all kinds) can learn how to handle their own art business. And yes, if you have ever attempted (and been successful) to SELL what you produce as an artist, then you have an art ‘business’… or should have!

We will teach you how to reach out to people you want to attract to your business. And yes, opening your studio to the public is all part of it.

This cat is only peeping out now and when the time is right, that cat will jump out of that bag! We just wanted to let you know that we are working on something quite exciting for the future.

Our people

In Cyprus we have a very large variety of creative people covering emerging, established and hobby artists.  We have young ones who have just finished their formal education, others who have been doing the job for many years, and also the retirees who like to keep themselves occupied with a great hobby.

We cater for them all.

It’s not easy as each one’s desires are different from the next person’s; the fame and fortune seekers are completely different from the ones who use the garden shed for some peace and quiet after a life of long hours on the day job. The young ones have stars in their eyes wanting to get a foot on the first rung of the ladder of greatness.

We serve them all.

Blood, sweat and tears are familiar in our creative spaces, wherever that may be.

If the first attempt doesn’t work, chuck it – start again.

 It is not how many times you succeed, but how many times you start again!

That is the core of a great artistic creator.

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Till next time, keep on creating – again and again and again…

The COS Team

Ed: Maria Etheridge

Featured image: The Persistence of Memory – Salvador Dali – at the MOMA in New York

 

 

 

 

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IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2018 Cyprus Open Studios event!          We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us again this year.Publication4

In order to make your “treasure hunt” as pleasant as possible, we would like to recommend that you follow these links:

  1. This is the link that will take you to our page on the website where you can download our 2018 COS catalogue. Please click HERE
  2. This link will take you to the READ ONLY catalogue on issuu.com (click on the address).
  3. In order not to be disappointed as sometimes artists change their minds… please download the UPDATED Open Days Schedule HERE
  4. Remember to look out for the banners outside each venue and directional signage to guide you in.

There are a few points we need to bring to your attention:

  • This year, we are doing open studios for 10 consecutive days instead of the four weekends as in the past.
  • Opening hours: 11:00 until 17:00 each day (except Limassol gallery – see note below)
  • The members at each venue have elected certain days out of the 10 to be open; some have elected all ten whereas others have chosen only two or three out of the ten. PLEASE consult the individual member’s entry on the website to avoid disappointment: cyprusopenstudios.com > Members.
  • If possible, we would also recommend visiting our Facebook page to see an ongoing dialogue between us and the public – it’s a fun place to read all about it: HERE

Limassol town

  • A group of artists who either do not have studios or who are out of the country at present, have decided to make use of a gallery in Limassol where you will be able to see their work during the 10 days of Cyprus Open Studios.
  • The gallery is called Art Studio 55 / Pegasus Foundation and is located at

23 Andreas Drousiotis Street, Plateia Heroon (Heroes Square), Limassol, Cyprus

  • PLEASE NOTE that the opening hours at the gallery are different from the open studios, e.g. 18:00 until 21:00 daily between 5 and 14 October 2018.
  • Some of the exhibitors will be on hand from time to time to receive you, have a chat and make you welcome.
  • The gallery will be manned during opening hours each day.

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We wish to take this opportunity to thank Andreas Makariou of Pegasus Art Foundation for the use of this gallery – Andreas and his son, Demetris, will both be exhibiting as members of Cyprus Open Studios 2018.

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A few of last year’s open studios… they are all fun to visit!

Come and join us!

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Taking a breath

Many years ago – 2011 actually – it was suggested by a then open studios member that, since the old one folded, I should take on the task of starting a new one. I shook my head in total denial – a little like Miranda and Homer combined.

After my husband passed away in 2012 and all the paperwork was done, I was twiddling my thumbs and wondering what I should do with the rest of my life.

Well, here we are in the third year of the CYPRUS OPEN STUDIOS (COS) operation! It was a bit of a struggle in 2017 with Pafos2017 grabbing the spotlight. This year, Larnaca is having their first Bienale and thus the eastern part of the island is otherwise occupied.

Nicosia region is, well… something else; a sort of separate entity. Are the artists and artisans so happy with their own marketing and promotion, and the way they do their own thing that they don’t need an extra string to their bow? Or is it because they are inland? Is it because they are the capital city? Is it because it is the only divided capital in the entire world?  I don’t know, but they seem to distance themselves from Cyprus Open Studios although there have been a couple of interested people who… eventually decided not to go for ahead.

I would be interested to know the answer, as I am as confused a Hillary. Dunno

We have come to the end of our exhibitions abroad for 2018 and it has been a giant learning curve! But, every lesson learned is valuable. The Royal Academy of Arts also seems to be on a different planet. If you don’t preserve lambs or sharks in formaldehyde or paint naked in a wooden cell where the public can glimpse you, or make outlandish installations, it seems that your goose is cooked. Is this showing cultural ignorance on my part? Probably. Again, I would love to know the answer. (No images because of copyright).

We shall continue to try and get our members into the RA summer exhibition. You can read all about it here.

Attempting to become an RA exhibitor is part of our agreement with the Salon des Refuses in London. They are responsible for exhibiting the refused RA art – very traditional since 1863 in France, by command of Napoleon III for those artists whose works had been refused by the jury of the official Salon; he did love a good painting!

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You can see the top 12 Salon des Refuses artists here – and we are delighted to say two of our COS/OGA members were amongst the top 12! Now that’s something for one’s CV.

Marina Emphietzi Harris is the person responsible for Open Galleries Abroad (OGA), the international division of Cyprus Open Studios (COS). Contact information is on our website.

We would like to invite you to have a look at our Facebook page and while you’re there, give us a LIKE, please – if you haven’t done so already!

Our website is also up and running where you will be able to see this year’s participants (and non-participants) – the latter do not open their studios to the public but are available to visit at any time, by appointment.

Oh yes!!!  – you can become a member of the COS community and have your very own listing on our website with up to 8 images of your work… WITHOUT opening your studio. Check out the website: “Register here > members only” at a very small subscription with big exposure and, there is no deadline for joining as a Member Only.

If you are looking for something to read, have a look at this blog post – you will find out why artists are important. And they are!

The COS Team wishes everyone an excellent summer break – stay cool!

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Ed: Maria Etheridge

And to summarise…

Registration for Cyprus Open Studios 2018 is now closed.

According to Wikipedia:

Open studio concept

A studio or workroom which is made accessible to all-comers, where artistic or creative work can be viewed and created collaboratively. An Open Studio is intended to foster creativity and encourage experimentation in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation, encouragement, and freedom of expression.

And they all did it!

Anthony Micallef, Richard Diebenkorn, Picasso, Norman Rockwell, Monet, Toulouse-Loutrec, and de Kooning

With gratitude to   The Lenkerville Art Room 

And we do it!

What we are NOT

  • We are NOT a shop or a gallery
  • We are NOT agents or representatives of particular artists
  • We do NOT sell anything

What we ARE:

  • We are an organisation assisting creative people get recognition in the public domain
  • We provide a platform for this via our website, Facebook page, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter,  and our blog
  • Annually in October we assist visual artists in Cyprus physically to connect with the public by opening their studios and work-spaces
  • For those participants who do not have, or do not wish to, open a studio, we offer a ‘Members Only’ facility which provides them with a full page website entry
  • We also try and assist with alternative space
  • Members remain visible through our website during the current year and thereafter in our archives
  • For this annual event we provide a printed catalogue and supporting promotional material
  • This catalogue is also published on the global platform of issuu.com
  • This is valuable for sponsors and advertisers
  • We organise, through our international division, exhibitions abroad for members of Cyprus Open Studios under the banner of Open Galleries Abroad (OGA)

Much has been written about the methodology of our organisation, both on our website and on our blog, especially over the last five months. If you wish to learn more about our organisation, please do a bit of reading and/or contact us:

Email:           info@cyprusopenstudios.com  OR  cyprusopenstudios@gmail.com

Website:      www.cyprusopenstudios.com

Facebook:   Cyprus Open Studios

Instagram:  @CyprusOpenStudios

Twitter:       @CosPromoter

LinkedIn:      Cyprus Open Studios

Blog :            Click here

FINAL COS logo 300dpi - SMALL The COS Team

(Ed: Maria Etheridge)

 

A few questions…

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  • If you create art – of any kind – why are you engaging in the process?
  • Is it for the material rewards it may bring you, or is it purely to make you happy?
  • If it’s for the rewards – whatever they may be – are you happy with them?
  • Exactly what rewards are you looking for? Or are you looking for Awards?
  • If it’s to make a decent living, you want to sell what you produce – the age old supply and demand routine. The question is: Are you serious about your art “business”?
  • Are you happy with the process you use to create a bigger demand? If you are, then stop reading now.
  • If you are not entirely happy and wish to improve your scope, we can most probably help.
  • How?
  • Read all about our process on our website: www.cyprusopenstudios.com and join us!

Each October, Cyprus Open Studios (COS) offers the public access to artists, creators and makers and gives a valuable insight into how artwork is produced. For 10 days the early autumn event is all about visiting studios, meeting artists and artisans, seeing them at work, browsing completed works and seeing work in progress, and even trying your hand at making something for yourself where workshops are offered.

There is no selection process which means that anyone can have a go and build up some confidence in your home studio before branching out to bigger and greener pastures. But one thing is for sure: you will always have somewhere to create whatever it is you are creating – it’s usually called a studio or a workshop. That’s what the public wants to see, as it is fascinating!

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Yes, this is a demo and… a studio!

Potters, painters, woodcarvers, jewellers and all kinds of creative people of all kinds of disciplines throw open the doors of their studios for an annual celebration of… ART.

Cyprus is SO much more than beaches, bars and tavernas! Let’s help the public find the hidden treasures of our beloved island – it will further help with introducing the public – including the tourists – to get to know what we are all about.

It’s always a good idea to join other artist(s) and will also alleviate costs. Who do you know in your area you could share with or who would like to share with you? How about approaching your local mukhtar and using the local school, church hall or … taverna!?

Get to know how Cyprus Open Studios operate by visiting the website, read the FAQ as well as our BLOG – that way you will be able to engage the people around you and make it a BIG event that will bring traffic to your village or town, and ultimately to your own work. Isn’t that what you want?

You need to fully buy into the Open Studios concept and not expect a lightning bolt of success immediately. Yes, it is a great deal of commitment but the outcome – although not always immediately apparent – can have many long-term benefits such as future commissions and connections which materialise over time. You meet some very interesting people and will emerge on the other side as slightly different human beings!  As an artist, it is a bit too easy to lose sight of the main goal which is to keep making new work. Part of the point of opening your work space is to showcase that you are moving forward as an artist, year after year.

TIME  SCALE

This year, Cyprus Open Studios will take a slightly 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, just stretched 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!

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:

A small 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 to be available for conversation. The upside is that there will be no commission charged on sales! And the space is very centrally located at Hero’s Square, close to the Rialto Theatre. Further details will be provided on request should you be interested in this option.

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

Finally, we can all get a bit bogged down in the advertising, communications and social media – we at COS try to make things easier for you! Remember it is the work that matters most of all. You are only as good as your last piece.

So let me finish with the words of Andy Warhol:  “Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.”

 

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2018 EVENT CLOSES ON 30 JUNE 2018!

The catalogue is prepared in July and will be ready for distribution in September.

Printers often close during August!

DON’T WAIT  –  ACT NOW!

We would LOVE to welcome you as part of our art family!

Till next time, keep on creating.

FINAL COS logo 72dpi - SMALL The COS Team

Ed:  Maria Etheridge

The Opinion of Others

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With the invention of emoji images, we seem to rely an awful lot on what others may think… of what we think!

How often have you stood in front of a painting and went  Emoji-post-image5  or perhaps revolving-hearts  or   41EDjmgyn3L._SX425_ …  I know! Your thoughts cannot always be shared with others although the opinion of others is so important… Or perhaps you are one of the lucky ones where others’ opinion matters not a jot; lucky you are! Usually creators operate in a state of doubt which could, somewhere along the line, change into satisfaction and even joy at what emerges. Despite that, one person’s condemnation could shatter all our expectations. How crazy is that?!

We have just learned that the Royal Academy of ARTS in London have progressed to the next level of judging for the Summer Show and included in that selection are digital art and photography. My immediate reaction is  41EDjmgyn3L._SX425_   Really?

What has happened to real art? Or should I stay zipper-mouth-face_1f910  ? This remark will most probably evoke loads of tongue lashings regarding my ignorance… But, we are entitled to an opinion, are we not? Personally, I love photography – but at the RA? Someone will have to explain it to us…

OK, we shall leave that there for the moment.

 

We are halfway through registration for the 2018 Cyprus Open Studios event in October and many artists have not yet registered as they are still creating like mad. No problems – deadline is 30 June… which will make July a really crazy month! But no-one is complaining about that! Bring it on!!

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Another important event is the exhibition at the Hellenic Centre in London – here is the invitation:

At this time of the year there is a magnitude of subjects to inspire your art – it is spring!

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Tomorrow is May Day and the weather is promising to be make it a great holiday – have fun, enjoy the sense-bombs and keep on creating!

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Remember the May Pole weaving – do they still do it?

Have a great month of May!

FINAL LOGO  The COS Team

(Ed: Maria Etheridge)

 

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.

Once upon a time they used their walls… cave painting

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:

Salon des Refuses 2017 (Medium)

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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(author-of-myself on Tumblr’s artwork – thank you!)

ED: Maria Etheridge