Female Artists Cyprus

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FITA – Females in the Arts announce Nicosia Regional Branch October 30, 2010

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Since the launch of FITA in January 2010, the Group has rapidly expanded with new Members teaming-up together to generate awareness in Cyprus of female artists, artisans and designers.


The Paphos HQ are proud to announce the appointment of their Regional Officer; Ntora Angeli ANTORA JEWELS Website:www.antorajewels.com Email: antora@antorajewels.com 99716700.

“Thank you for giving me the title as a Regional Officer in Nicosia of the Female Artists of Cyprus. I really appreciate this and will offer my best services to keep an organised established group,” says Ntora.


Mary Chojnowski, Tsada Village has been a Member of FITA from the beginning. Her mosaic work in Cyprus has excelled, teaching in schools and by private and church commissions.

Celebrating a new creative venture together, Greek Orthodox Bishop Giorgios gave his blessing to the latest mosaic for St Paul’s Pillar church, Kato Paphos.  Another mosaic for the community created with the help of young people and Mary.

There is a strong tradition of mosaic art in Cyprus from the early Roman and Christian period onward. The Art Department at ISOP has undertaken a challenging project to create a number of large mosaics which will decorate the school in years to come.

All classes from Kindergarten to Year 9 were involved in a recent project, involving the younger pupils sorting out the colours and the older ones doing the actual placing of the pieces and the grouting.  The mosaic designs were sketched by the students and supervised by the art teachers, Mrs. Afxentiou and Mary herself.

“Artists joined us too, which was great as they could see the whole process involved in community projects celebrating the affirmation of Artists and generating awareness for the children involved. It makes everyone aware of the importance of Artists working with organisations like schools, businesses and community ventures. This is something I would love to spread out to more schools and colleges in Cyprusand bring other Artists on board too,” says Mary.

“Membership to FITA has provided me with opportunities to develop my mosaic work in Cyprus through networking and seminars. A FITA invitation to a recent business conference, allowed me the opportunity to address delegates on the benefits of FITA which resulted in press coverage, acquiring me an educational contract in Limassol.”


On Saturday 27th November 2-9pm at the Hilton Cyprus Hotel, female artists and designers will showcase their talents to the general public, under the banner of Expo Art Cyprus and will include stunning works created by female artists.

This truly International event will embrace female led creativity from not only Cyprus but also England, Scotland, Romania, Slovakia,Holland, Germany and Russia.

The exhibition will reflect the creative talents of those women who have worked in Cyprus on both commercial and private commissions. All work on show will be available for purchase and with the festive season only a few weeks away gifts purchased here will include hand crafted bracelets, rings, necklaces and ear rings, mock Faberge style eggs, glorious textiles, timeless sandstone paintings, paintings, silks, and mosaics.


FITA – acts as an agent for women and provides them with appropriate platforms to market their works.

It also assists with targeting via the worldwide web, through a direct blogging /news/sourcing/and tracking system to link up with other like minded, talented women.

Portfolios of our artists work plus contact details are available via:-www.femaleartistscyprus.com

Details of FITA Membership and press information contact – Janice Ruffle janiceruffle2005@yahoo.co.uk mobile 99987672

FITA Founder: Janice Ruffle

FITA Patron: Yiannis Hadjiloizou, President Cyprus Music Academy


FITA member news

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Barbara Maddox FITA Member and Secretary is rightfully proud of her  Grandson.  Evidence that creative talent is naturally born in the family!

REWARD: May I, on behalf of all members at City Voices Creative Writers Group congratulate Daniel Tatton, on being named Stoke-on-Trent‘s first poet laureate. Since joining our group a few years ago as our youngest ever member, Daniel has gone from strength to strength and has always delighted our members with his poetry. It is such a refreshing change that, amid all the bad press, someone of Daniel’s age is making the headlines for the right reason. Daniel’s mother and father must feel immensely proud, for they have always been there to support him and are always first to offer their help at our events. Once again well done Daniel, you thoroughly deserve the title and will no doubt provide inspiration for others to follow.


Chairman City Voices Creative Writers’ Group UK


Mosaic for St Pauls Pillar church October 25, 2010

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Celebrating a new creative venture together –  Greek Orthodox Bishop Giorgios gives his blessing to the latest mosaic for St Pauls Pillar church, Kato Paphos.  Another mosaic for the community created with the help of young people & artist Mary Chojnowski, Mersini Studio, Tsada village.


Dedicated Agent to the Rescue of Artists July 3, 2010

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By Hazel Friedman

(Article appeared in The Start TONIGHT! in Johannesburg on Thursday, January 24, 1991)

The price of recognition, as any usual artist will confirm, is high. Take the cost of putting on a solo exhibition at a reputable commercial gallery, for example.

Firstly, in order to be accepted by a professional gallery, the potential exhibitor has to package the “product” in the most palatable way – often a considerable expense – be it in the form of slides, photographs and a portfolio. Then there is the tortuous process of organising invitations and publicity, paying gallery rental fees, as well as providing opening night refreshments. Not to mention covering the costs of art materials, framing and mounting. That would be a daunting task for the public relations officer of a major company, not to mention a struggling artist.


And all that effort still doesn’t guarantee a place in the art history books, let alone a mention in the morning paper. Moreover, unless the show is a sell-out success, there’s no way the artist can cover costs, let alone make a profit. In short, not-yet-made-it-artists are among the most isolated members of our workforce. And they don’t even have the support of a union.

Of course there are those people who make it their business to help artists market their work, namely art agents and dealers. There are various species of dealers – wheelers, stealers and benevolents, among others.

Maria Etheridge, director of “Creative Heritage” best fits the benevolent category. Etheridge has recently embarked on an innovative scheme to market and exhibit the work of South African artists. She calls it the “Manhattan Method” because it was in that city that she was first introduced to a marketing concept which is widely used in America and Europe.

The first part of the concept involves contacting prospective buyers – both corporate and private – and consulting them on their specific aesthetic preferences. Then, armed with a catalogue comprised of high quality slides and a slide projector (Etheridge is no armchair agent) she visits clients in the comfort of their offices, boardrooms or lounges, and presents an appropriate segment of the Creative Heritage collection.

The next stage involves bringing the actual (chosen) artworks to the environment for which they had been purchased and personally supervising the hanging arrangements.

But it doesn’t end there. Etheridge represents about 30 artists at present, ranging from unschooled illustrators to established painters and sculptors. In addition to marketing their work, she offers them the facility of a gallery attached to her home in the suburb of Jacanlee, Randburg. Artists may use the gallery as a semi-permanent exhibition venue or, if they have a sufficient body of work, as a space in which to hold solo exhibitions.

What differentiates her gallery from most commercial venues, is that Etheridge herself carries most of the exhibition costs. In addition to being an experienced photographer, she is also a picture framer. She photographs all the works for the Creative Heritage catalogue free of charge and frames the artists’ paintings at ‘ridiculously reasonable rates’.

She also offers to organise invitations to exhibitions and covers catering costs for the openings. Artists may use her space free of charge and she deducts a small percentage for sales of works, which varies slightly according to the status of the exhibitor.

Etheridge is confident about the success of her venture. She says: “I don’t claim to be an art expert, and a lot of what I have achieved has been through trial and error. But the response to the “Manhattan Method” has been incredibly positive, as has the response to the exhibitions.”

She emphasises that there are no proscriptions on the kind of art she markets and exhibits. However, when I visited her gallery, there seemed to be a general uniformity in the works on display. Conventional styles and subjects predominate. Did this imply an aversion to more conceptually oriented art? Apparently not! Etheridge emphasises her openness to all types of art, be it mimetic, abstract or avant-garde.


At this point, cynical eyebrows might be raised. Surely this kind of patronage doesn’t come without a hidden price tag? But after visiting Etheridge in her peri-urban gallery, her integrity and enthusiasm seem beyond dispute. She genuinely wants to assist artists. “There is nothing I love more than visiting artists in their studios, seeing how they work, the smell of paints and turpentine … That may sound naïve, romantic even, but I feel inspired by their dedication.”

And judging from the growing response to “Creative Heritage”, artists who place their trust in Maria Etheridge seem equally inspired by the Manhattan Method.


Abi Daker winner of the first female artist award June 27, 2010

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On Friday 18th June the finalist nominees for the 2010 Female Artist Award attended a special event at the Art Café/Rustic Kitchen Paphos.

A fine display of Female Artists work was on display and the announcement of the winner, Abi Daker, was made by Angelos Tsangarides, owner of Tsangarides Winery, who supplied a free wine tasting for Guests.

Abi’s prize will be to have an exclusive wine-label series.Abi’s work and details can be viewed on http://abidaker.com

Photograph by Jim Crowe


Network for Female Artists in Cyprus April 14, 2010

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Already open for a few months and with a number of active members, the Female Artists Network provides a meeting place for members to upload their own work, talk to other members and arrange collaborations.

The content of the network is up to the artists who join, so feel free to upload as much work as you like.


Alessandra Desole – painting exhibition April 13, 2010

An exhibition of original paintings by Alessandra Desole is to be held at Leptos Kamares Club.

The exhibition opens Saturday Evening 17th April at 6pm and will be open daily from April 17th-30th from 10am to 4pm

The guest speaker at the opening will be Joep Klinkenbijl.