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Pinch, punch what an artful month

With the coming of June come two art exhibitions. The first is a painting and masks exhibition by Georgia Tombazou at Technopolis Cultural Centre in Paphos and the second a group exhibition entitled The New Colossus: Defying the (im)possibilities of Liberty by Andreas Tomblin and Tatiana Soteropoulos at the Collection Gallery in Nicosia.

The abstract art works exhibited at the Paphos exhibition take their inspiration from nature and the emotions nature creates. Concerned about the way we are destroying our environment, Tombazou combines colour, texture and the vibes she receives from the great outdoors to shake us up and show us the beauty of the landscape around us. The artist does this by using bold colours and shapes, that allow the viewer to see and interpret the works in ways in which their own personal experiences with nature will conjure up.

This is Tombazou’s second solo exhibition. Born and raised in Athens, she settled in Cyprus in 1980, where she creates in a number of mediums. She lets aesthetics play an important role in her life and art work. She does this by letting her paintings take her where they want to go, without any limitations to realistic scenarios. This method has brought about Tombazou’s own personal style.

When it comes to creating masks from plastic, she uses moulds and then mounts them onto a painted canvas. She then decorates them with various materials, such as feathers and beads.

After the opening of the exhibition at 7.30pm, there will be a reception with live music. Maria Tombazou will be on the guitar and vocals, joined by Natalie Adamou also on vocals and Alexis Adamou on percussion. The musicians will play some of their own compositions, as well as well-known guitar melodies, such as, Fly me to the Moon and Dream a Little Dream.

While art and music unite in Paphos, Nicosia will show how poetry can influence art. Tomblin and Soteropoulos will showcase their work that was inspired by the 1883 poem The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, which is engraved on a bronze plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York. Originally conceived as a symbol of the friendship between France and the United States, and a sign of their mutual desire for freedom, the statue has evolved to become a universal symbol of independence throughout the world, embodying hope and opportunity as it welcomes millions of immigrants who are seeking a better life.

The two artists pay homage to the concept of liberty and, through their art work, seek to find the real meaning of freedom. As freedom is something we all desire, these works have a universal thread that is woven through every piece and touches on our need to venture out, seek new beginnings and live a better life.

Tomblin, born in England and of English and Cypriot descent, is a painter and Assistant Professor at the University of Nicosia. His works can be found in permanent displays in five museums around the world, and have also been featured in a number of exhibitions internationally.

Soteropoulos studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbia, Ohio and has exhibited her artwork in many solo and group exhibition in Cyprus, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Slovakia and America.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by the American Ambassador Kathleen Doherty and part of the proceeds from the sale of the art work will be donated to Europa Donna.

Paintings and Masks
Solo exhibition by Georgia Tombazou. Opens June 1 at 7.30pm until June 8. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos. Daily: 10am-6pm and Saturday: 10am-2pm. Tel: 700-02420

The New Colossus: Defying the (im)possibilities of Liberty
Group exhibition by Andreas Tomblin and Tatiana Soteropoulos. Opens June 1 at 7.30pm until September 5. The Collection Gallery. 15A Lemesos Avenue, Nicosia. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Tel: 99-585172

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