Friday, September 28, 2012

An Art-Full Fall for the Athens Association of Friends of CIG

Krista Martynes
After hosting the art exhibition last week “Reflections: Canada in Greece / Greece in Canada” organized by the Friends of Canada the Institute will offer the members of the Athens Association of Friends a delightful potpourri of artistic events this fall.

On Thursday, October 11th at 7:30 pm the Montreal-based Canadian classical and contemporary clarinetist and composer Krista Martynes ( will discuss the integration of traditional music in European and Canadian composition and illustrate her themes by playing selections from various 20th century and contemporary composers. She is in Athens for a short period in October to play a series of concerts.

Chief Tony Hunt with the totem pole
The totem pole that has stood since 1975 in the gardens of the Residency of the Ambassador of Canada in Filothei is now undergoing restoration. The totem pole was built by the renowned First Nation artist Chief Tony Hunt and his relatives of Kwakwaka’waka ancestry in the 1960s. The conservator Andrew Todd from Bowen Island, BC is in Athens for the month of October working at the Benaki Museum under the sponsorship of the Canadian Embassy and generous donors to restore it to its former glory. On Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 pm Mr. Todd will talk about this restoration project and the others he has participated in the Pacific northwest.

Magda Roussi's masks on display at the exhibition
A longtime friend of the Institute, the artist and researcher Magda Roussi (Former Director, Fine Arts Group, University of Piraeus), participated in the recent art exhibition (see above). Her consuming interest these days is the masks that the actors wore in dramas and comedies performed in ancient Greek theaters. She will present the findings of her extensive research and her creative artistic renderings of the masks that would have been used in the performance of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata on Wednesday December 12th at 7:30 pm.

So do not delay in putting these dates on your calendar and/or in your agenda! We look forward to seeing you for these varied and interesting presentations related to the creative spirit of humankind across the ages.

David Rupp

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