the evening of September 13 we went across to South Nicosia via the Lokmaci
Crossing and turned left into the direction of the Archbishop Palais, towards
the Famagusta Gate. It was a warm but pleasant night, you could feel the big
summer heat is over. Hundreds of young people were sitting around the church in
the small lanes at small bistro tables, it looked very inviting to join them.
Right through the heart of the Old City we saw so many new restaurants in the
streets with candles on the tables, how pleasant.
the Famagusta Gate, actually right on top of the moat is the Cultural Centre,
part of it are antique walls with a glass building added. A perfect place for
place was swarming with people, parents with and without kids; the atmosphere
was very inspiring. Theresa, wife of Nicholas Panayi, who is the teacher and
director of the art school, tried to
cope with the masses that were flocking in. Theresa is the soul of the art
school, she helps organizing wherever she can, but she also teaches languages,
was amazed by the general standard of artistic understanding and approach; but
I think that is due to Nicholas teaching methods and these are: teach the
students the basics and how to use the tools but let them develop their own
individual point of view; so we had a variety of so very different results on
the walls of the exhibition hall. There is another thing he teaches and that is
courage to experiment and to use the whole body for big paintings.
judge for yourself, the whole range of photos you will find on my website. There
were different sections: painting, lino cuts, ceramic, pencil drawing, objects,
installations and photography. Nicholas said: “we have all age groups, from the
age of 4 to over 60, and also have Turkish Cypriots attending our
classes.” I know two students from the
North that are most enthusiastic about their art school.
of the exhibition took us back to Lokmaci Crossing with their car; a Greek
Cypriot with his beautiful girl friend from Brazil; he told us that he is
taking lessons with Theresa to better understand her. How nice! We should make that a rule!
www.artlessonscyprus.com and www.childrensartcyprus.com; tel 99511509.