the occasion of the anniversary of the association, four members active in the
arts organized an exhibition to which they invited some artist friends to
participate with them in the exhibition at the Ismet Güney Art Centre in
Nicosia. It opened on October 03 for one week.
I was having my exhibition in the same venue, I met some of the exhibitors,
especially Halil Öztunç who seemed to have organized the exhibition. We had a
then went to visit the exhibition some days later, actually on the last day,
and met my friend Nermin Anil, one of the exhibitors, who was on duty in the morning hours and she showed
me around. Nermin is also the President of the Kyrenia Inner Wheel Club and is immensely
engaged in many social matters, especially in environment. She has been an
active painter for many years, a very romantic painter, who regards nature as a
living species, equal to us humans, and this shows in her paintings, giving
nature species a soul, demanding respect from us.
were altogether ten exhibitors, four of the association plus four guest
painters and two guest ceramic artists. Some of the paintings by the retired
military officers gave me an idea of what their experiences were, how they see
war and misery, very touching. One contribution by one of the retired officers was a caricature on the abuse of women. Well done. Traditional Cyprus scenes are often a favourite
theme for the painters, in acrylic or water colour, women, children and family.
Values. Values of home. On the same level were some handicraft works such as
silk worm images or tiles painted on.
was some lovely ceramic art with fascinating glazing and some sculptures; one
of these days I will visit their studio, the ClayArt Studio. They are doing
very good work, some of their members have participated in the Vounous project
activities in groups become more and more common, not only young ones but
adults meet regularly and work together, it is a most sensitive thing to do in
times like ours with people sitting at home and watching TV and getting sick
over it. In this way they will appreciate nature even more and I would love to
see that even more are getting involved with the arts on a regular basis.