By Heidi Trautmann
I wished I had known before that Ayhatun Atesin would organize a course in etching at the EMU, in cooperation with the Fine Arts Activity Centre of the university; I would have loved to join. Printing in general, etching, engraving, lino or wood cutting, is a very interesting form of art and widely used in the middle ages. The artist then produced the drawing and brought it to his etcher or engraver which was a profession in itself, having its origin in the goldsmith profession. Today it is still taught at art schools but the problem the professional artist is faced with is the availability of a proper press, or rather non-availability outside universities.
End of March ten artists got together in the garden of the Fine Arts Activity Centre to participate in a two days workshop in cooperation with a teacher from Hacettepe University in Ankara,Turkey, I was told. The participating artists were: Umut Germeç, Mert Yavasça, Sibel Kirik, Kadir Selçuk Yaşa, Ayhan Menteş, Ayhatun Ateşin, Cevdet Alparslan, Hikmet Uluçam, Ilkay Önsoy, Vedia Okutan.
On April 3, interested art lovers were invited to attend the opening of the exhibition at the Library of the University open for viewing for three days only.
The art activity centre or fine arts club is better known for arranging sand sculpting on the beach near Famagusta each year.