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It’s all Greek to me!

It’s all Greek to me!
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26 July, witnessed a formal opening of the exhibition and the works are on display till 1 August.

Sketbe (Association of Visual Artists of Northern Greece) was founded on in 1983, set up by a group of well known artists from Thessaloniki. One of the objects of the association is to collaborate with sister agencies in Greece and all over the world. There are more than 280 members of the association including: academics, members of International Art Associations, art school graduates and many distinguished artists from Thessaloniki and Northern Greece.

The participating artistes are - Yiannis Adamantidis, Sofia Amperidou, Ioanna Assani, Kiriaki Charalambidou, Konstantinos Balian, Konstantina Dellatola, Lorraine Dietrich, Elena Dimiropoulou, Fotini Hamidieli, Maria Kompatsiari, Periklis Kostopoulos,Voula Lazaridou, Ioulia Manousi, Yiannis Monogyios, Chryssoula Papadaki, George Politis, Stelios Stavrou and Frosso Vizovitou. George Politis prefers water media for their transparent and luminous results.

Currently  president of the Artists Society of Northern Greece (SKETBE), he is signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS), Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI). His paintings won many awards. He had solo exhibitions in Greece, France, England. He has served as juror in two IWS exhibitions and the Biennial of Watercolour in Estaimpuis, Belgium. His work has been featured in art books and magazines worldwide (L’Aquarelliste, International Artist, The Artist, UK, L’Art de I’ Aquarelle and several other magazines).

In his current art works time plays a very basic role; particularly the way it leaves its mark on varied objects and on nature itself fascinates me. He has this vivid vision to see in the old, rusty and ravaged both truth and excitement. He finds inspiration in ordinary and commonly overlooked items, responding to them with dramatically different feeling each time, whether emphasising the serenity, the loneliness, the atmosphere, the melancholy.

Then there is an artist with a difference, a self taught painter Frosso Vizovitou, she works with mixed media and mainly in acrylics. In 1999 she takes classes in Praxis Fine Arts School in Thessaloniki. Her main theme was ‘The Acrobat’ by Zene and also the world of circus. Nowadays she is occupied with all major contemporary topics reflected in her work. She has done many solo and group shows and  has been an active member of SKETBE (Artists Society of Northern Greece) and ELINEPA (Greek – Indian Association).

Ioannis Monogyios, who has also been a promising participant of Sketbe since 1994 had professionally worked in the fields of ceramics and visual-art constructions. Using the relevant advices of etcher Ruud Matthes and Valuable assistance of engraving teacher Dimitris Karlaftopoulos, he explored the art of printmaking. He studied for three years in the Helios engraving art workshops, in Thessaloniki. He is member of the board of the Artists Society of Northern Greece (SKETBE) and vice president of Greek Printmakers Association. He has participated in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad and had four solo exhibitions.

WHERE:
Lalit Kala Akademi
WHEN: On till 1 August, 11:00 am  to 7:00 pm (Monday- Saturday)
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