Paleochora Art Week 2015

The greatest gallery on Crete opens their doors on the 5th of September with a great opening party at 7:30 pm in Paleochora’s Town Hall. Attending the Paleochora Art Week are 40 artists, displaying their artwork in several disciplines up to the 20th of September: Painting, Photography and Sculpture.

“We want to bring art to the people and so we have 20 Art Points around Paleochora. So visitors can go around the town and see artwork in different Art Points, such as tavernas, bars, hotels or at the wonderful beaches of Paleochora”, so says Efi Fiotaki, painter and one of the organisers of the Art Week. “It is like a paper chase for art and you can explore different places and see a lot of artists from 10 different countries. Most of them are living on Crete, coming from Paleochora, Plakias or Chania”, explains Gail Warham, painter and organiser.

The central display point, where all artists have up to five pieces, is the Town Hall on the Main Street. The Town Hall is open every evening from 7 to 11:30 pm and this year for the first time on Sunday mornings from 11 am – 1 pm.

Also for the first time there is an Underwater Exhibition at Methexis Beach. “You can go with a mask and snorkel and explore sculptures, paintings and much more that you will not expect to find there”, explains Gerhard Stelzhammer, sculptor and another organiser. “For example a medicine wheel, underwater music and an underwater kafenion”. Every day from 5 – 7 pm there are events with underwater music and more. And for people who don’t like to snorkel they can see photos of the underwater exhibition in the Town Hall.

The program this year offers other exciting events: art for children, artists at work, guided art walks and workshops in painting and photography and also music. Like last year there will be a tombola and the Astrini Night. For the tombola everybody can buy a ticket for 2 Euro with a chance of winning a piece of artwork from one of the artists. The lottery will be drawn on 20th of September at the Closing Party. “At the Astrini Night local music and dance will await you. You are invited to come on the 11th September to the statue of Astrini on the sandy Beach”, so says Efi Fiotaki.

‘Artists at Work’ means that you can look over the shoulder of an artist. “So you can see how they work or you can ask whatever you want to know”, explains Gail Wareham. One of these artists is Zoran Kocev and he will paint with other artists of the Art Week on the foot path of the Stony Boulevard. So at least the stony Boulevard gets some colour!. Zoran starts on 6th September and every day you can see him or other artists of the Art Week painting the Boulevard from 5 – 8 pm.

The Paleochora Art Week is a non-profit organisation, organised by a few artists and financed with the money of the artists and by the support of local sponsors.

More information you will find at the new webpage or on Facebook.

  • Efi Fiotaki (Greek), ( 0030 6981 225898
  • Gail Wareham, (English) 0030 694 346 3920
  • Cornelia Lins (German) 0030 28230 41991

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