Paleochora Art Week back again

After a break of two years, Paleochora Art Week returns with a new concept, new showrooms and a new event date.

From the 8th of June to the 22nd of June, 24 artists, all living in Crete but from 10 different countries, will exhibit their works in the old police station in Paleochora. This year, the exhibition will once again show a wide spectrum of photography, paintings and sculptures. The opening will take place on the 8th of June at 8 pm. The old police station is open every day from 7 pm to 11:30 pm.

The closing of the town hall, due to its fragility, challenged us to find a new exhibition space. But in Paleochora there are many friends of art and so the old police station was offered to us as a venue. This old classicist house has a long history and is an exceptional exhibition venue with two prison cells.

Claudia Boldura and her Art Flow Gallery are partners of Paleochora Art Week. She provides additional exhibition space for the artists in her gallery. Her motto is “feed your eyes” and this is possible daily from 6 pm to 10 pm. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

As in previous years, large sculptures will be displayed along the stony boulevard. Kostas Liatakis, a sculptor from Paleochora, is happy that the sculptures will again be placed outside under a bright blue sky. “In this way we continue to follow our idea of bringing art to people, where they are in everyday life. And in summer it’s the sea,” says Gerhard Stelzhammer, sculptor and like Kosta a member of the organization team. So the Paleochora Art Week this year is concentrated on three exhibition venues.

A varied supporting programme accompanies the Art Week with lots of live music from soul, jazz, tango and rock ‘n’ roll. Kostas Kalives will play Greek blues – the Rembetiko – to the guests and will support the Paleochora Art Week just like the other musicians.

Once again there will be a special program for children. They can turn into a tiger or a flower, Shakti makes sure of that with her hand and skin painting. Those who like to create themselves can make a wooden amulet and for the youngest the kindergarten teacher and artist Efi Fiotaki will offer a very special painting event.

But adults can also be creative. On two evenings, Claudia Boldura invites us to paint a picture together in the Art Flow Gallery. Those who prefer to watch can witness the process of making a mermaid sculpture by Gerhard Stelzhammer at the stony boulevard.

The Paleochora Art Week is a network of artists, a non-profit organization, without its own money. Since there are some cultural events in June this year, the Art Week expected that the support of sponsors would be rather difficult. “But to our surprise, we can say that Paleochora loves the Art Week. It has been very popular with locals and tourists for years. We got enough support to be able to realize this special art event,” says Efi Fiotaki from the organizing team. Art Week says “Ευχαριστούμε” (thank you!) and invites everyone to drop by to see the artworks and engage in conversation with the artists.

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