On Saturday 28th September, at 21:00, the Old Olive Press hosts a musician… of the road. Rafael Ziethen will present us folk tales from Ireland, America and other places, that will make dialogue with our own beloved sounds. Rafael is from Berlin and at some point in his life was found in Greece, where he keeps on singing with his guitar folk music from other countries, his own songs that he wrote on the road talking about love, life and journey or the absence of the three, as well as songs that he learnt here, in the country that he chose to call home in the past years.
On Saturday 21st September, at 20:00 at the Old Olive Press, Berenike van Manen writes and plays a breathtaking fifteen minute monologue about a stranded tourist. Not able to control her dark side she tries to find her way by looking into other peoples lives. Will she be able to fight the devil with birth certificates, notes and other documents?
Berenike van Manen, born in Holland, studied drama at The Acteerstudio in The Hague followed by summer school at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Her education went on through workshops to get into different methods of acting. Berenike worked with several theatres and independent projects ranging from location theatre to traditional theatre and children’s projects. At the moment she divides her life between The Hague and Poros and this is her very first time to play on Greek soil.
From 6th to 30th September “Art in the Old Olive Press” gives back some of the hospitality and love with which it was embraced by Poros island in the first six months of its operations, starting with a group painting exhibition of artists from three continents that have also loved and been inspired by this place.
Dennis McCallum, from Scotland, came to Poros with his Greek wife Frances 12 years ago to buy a house on the island where her family already lived and owned property. Dennis was an artist well known for his wildlife paintings back in Britain and has exhibited in America and throughout Britain including London, Windsor, and Edinburgh, as well as appearing several times on television in connection with his paintings and work with owls in particular. His exposure to the warmth and depth of colour on Poros inspired him to paint in different new styles which stretched his imagination and urged him to investigate innovative and varied subjects. He has now been painting for 50 years and has been invited to present, in 2014, a major exhibition in Scotland to celebrate the event. The choice of paintings lies totally with Dennis and he paints and draws visions that have fascinated him and lingered at the back of his brain waiting for the day when they could be released out into the freedom of sunshine and fresh air. Dennis paints imagination.
Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Pamela Rogers earned her BFA Degree in Painting at the UNC at Greensboro. She later studied at the New York Art Student's League, the Vermont Studio School and with renowned NC artist Jaquelin Jenkins. She taught at arts centers, private schools and community colleges in her native NC before her philosophical and cultural interest in Greece prompted her to move to Poros Island in 1990. Since 1998 she has led artists' workshops and been a Travel Director for University Alumni educational groups from the US and Canada. Her representational and symbolic paintings have been exhibited in North Carolina, Virginia and Greece, and have won numerous awards. Her paintings are included in private and corporate collections throughout the world, including Buckingham Palace. GREEKSCAPES Journeys with an Artist is her first published book. The paintings that she presents have as inspiration and starting point her beloved island, Poros.
Born in Aleppo, Syria, Ivi Gabrielides attended the French School there and graduated from the Central Restoration Institute in Rome (ICR) in 1977 with a degree in Conservation of Art Paintings. In 1979 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and held solo exhibitions of her paintings in Rome, Italy at the Nuova Galleria Internazionale in 1983 and the Studio MP in 1988. At the Nuova Galleria Internazionale she participated in Group Exhibitions from 1975 to 1982 and in 1985, as well as exhibiting in the Cultural Center of Banca d'Italia also in 1985, the Museo di Milano in Milan in 1986, the Galleria Studio del Canova in 1998, Sala uno in 2009, Ash in Art on the islands of Syros and Kos in 2010, Chili Gallery in Athens 2011/2012 and at the Museum of Natural History in Athens 2013. In Athens Greece Ivi taught Painting Conservation at the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) from 1996 to 2000, and was a member of International Art Conservation conferences. Currently a technical adviser for Museum exhibition applications, she lives and works in Poros, Attica. Ivi chose the paintings that she presents inspired by the volcanic origin of her chosen home.
Opening: Friday, 6th September 2013, 20:00
Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 18:30-21:30