Sarakiniko Hosts Fourth July Celebration by Larraine Stott
Sarakiniko, a centuries old villa with luxuriant grounds, high above Agia Irini, was the magnificent setting for a Fourth July Celebration hosted by Harry Salzman and Barrett Cobb. It was a wonderful evening for an outdoor Art Exhibition, Summer Concert and ‘pot luck’ Garden Party. However, as the surrounding foliage was tinder-dry, the 4th July fireworks were limited to sparklers, but were fun nonetheless.
The Salzmans, professional musicians in New York, are regular June visitors to Sarakiniko; Harry has been coming here for the last 30 years and Barrett for 15.
Artists in the recently formed Sarakiniko Artists Collective showed a selection of oil-paintings and watercolours, all based on Sarakiniko itself - a scene, or still-life of local produce. The building’s loggia made an excellent natural gallery, surrounded by scented jasmine and honeysuckle, flowering hibiscus and oleander. The Collective’s artists live on Paros, or visit regularly, and included Marlis Beckman, Barrett Cobb, Julia Ingersoll, Alice Meyer-Wallace and Larraine Stott. Alexander Aston, Alexandra Metaxa and Victoria Belik, students of watercolourist Alice Meyer-Wallace, also included work.
Barrett, a mezzo soprano, sang arias mostly by Mozart, Gluck and Bizet, and songs by Kern and Gershwin; “Ave Maria” has rarely sounded so tender. Her husband, a New York conductor and Professor of Music, accompanied her on the piano. Barrett was a professional flautist until a neck injury curtailed her playing, but she was also able to delight guests by playing Debussy’s haunting ‘Syrinx’ from the villa’s balcony.
She credits her improvement to treatment given by local physiotherapist Dimitris Sifneos.
The villa and property of Sarakiniko (‘Saracen’), wedded to art and music, show what is possible on Paros. May there by many more such events.
For the attention of the Artists of Paros by Larraine Stott
Would you like the opportunity to exhibit and/or sell works to a wider audience? If you do I may be able to help you.
I am looking for artists (painters/sculptors) to represent when I return to the U.K. (London in particular) in mid-September for approximately six weeks. During this period I will be contacting London galleries and other possible clients. If you are interested and would like your work to be considered, please contact me on Tel: 23108, when we can discuss this further.
My background is in woven textiles, CAD and desk-top publishing. I have lived and worked in Scotland, London and in the Midlands, and am currently working on a collection of botanical drawings of wild flowers of Paros.
The Pirate Exhibits Art Treasure
Artist Alice Meyer-Wallace’s work will be on display at “The Pirate Cafe” at the end of Market Street, behind the Town Hall in Paroikia from 2nd-12th August between 10.00 and 14.00 and in the evening from 19.00 to 22.00. Call 23465 or 21114 for more information.
Alice has taught watercolour to students at the Aegean Center of Fine Arts in Paroikia since the summer of 1981 and spends six months of the year in Naoussa where she paints in watercolours and oils. Her watercolours are light, clear, virtuosity pieces and the oils are more personal and abstract. From October to April she stays in Philadelphia, painting, having shows, selling her work and visiting friends.
The ‘Nicolaos Perandinos’ Museum of Sculpture
Marpissa and Agia Anna Paroikia
Nicolaos Perandinos (1910-1991) was the son of Leonard Perandinos of Marpissa. He studied in the National Academy of Arts in the sculpture studio of Thomas Thomopoulos in 1928 and he graduated with a degree in sculpture and the “Chrisovergio” Award. He then continued his studies in Paris.
In 1941 he was appointed as a permanent sculptor for the Archeological Museum where he carried out important work in the restoration of ancient sculptures. His work is outstanding and has earned many awards for its simplicity and classical form.
Shortly before his death, he was awarded the “Aristio of Arts” for sculpture by the Athens Academy, and following his death, the Sculpture Museum “Nicolaos Perandinos” in Marpissa was founded in his memory.
The Marpissa Museum is near the Koinotita and is open Saturday 18.00 - 20.00 and Sunday 11.00-13.00.
A display of his work can also be seen in Paroikia at Agia Anna near the windmill and Hotel Nicholas.
For more information tel: 41229/41217 fax: 41744 (Marpissa) or 093-955884 (Agia Anna).