By Heidi Trautmann
It is a beautiful small church hidden behind the
old centre of Doğanköy and to have it maintained the artists Pam Schoefield and
Tulay Gürzap have accepted the invitation by the Church Association to exhibit
their art works there. The artists will donate 10% of their sales to this
purpose. I met there one of the members,
Paula, keeping company to the two
On July 01 the exhibition was opened, more or less
at the end of art events season as the heat is enormous and everybody flees the
island, the expats to rainy England and Cypriots to travel around Europe, it is
holiday time but nevertheless I hope that the two artists had plenty response
and visitors during the three days duration.
It was a lovely exhibition, Pam with her Cyprus
landscape paintings in acrylic, pastel or water colour, her flowers and
portraits of people and animals for which she is known and as she says for
which she has many commissions. She takes on photos and does astonishingly accurate
paintings in pastel; if you want to meet and talk to her, you will find her on
the Lemar Sunday Market. Her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
describes herself: “I come from Yorkshire, which is in the North of England. I
am a self taught artist who has been painting since childhood. I spent some
time studying under a prestigious artist, the late Robert Shawmarsh, in
Yorkshire, England. I was a teacher of Art for 20 years and have exhibited my
own work widely in the UK. Pastels and Acrylic are my preferred painting media
but I have worked in oils and watercolors as well. I specialize in portraiture
and animal pictures, but I also enjoy painting landscapes and seascapes. I have
been living in North Cyprus for more than 14 years now. The only thing I miss
from England is my family and the beauty of Yorkshire nature.” Here she shows
me an old painting she did to prove it.
Pam and Tulay are longtime friends and love to work
together; they share the passion for the Cyprus culture and love for the beauty
of the island.
Tulay was born in Ankara and came to Cyprus in 2005.
She came here to get married to Hüseyin Gürzap who is known to the expats for
his expert frame making. “My husband
encouraged me to start painting again and so I did.” Tulay is known for her
lovely pencil drawings of old Cypriot doors and village scenes in colour, but
mostly for her Whirling Dervishes in her very individual style.
In her new display she shows also some modern
graphic paintings in black and red, it looks like people from the beginning of
last century dancing the tango.
If you want to see her work, as the double
exhibition is finished when you read this, it was only on for three days, you’ll
find her and her work at the Lambousa Weekend Market.
Or call her under 0533 8754540.