Evangelistria Art Exhibition – part 1

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I consider most of the days that I’m fortunate enough to spend on Skiathos as special but some days are just a bit more special than others – and this weekend was filled with just one exciting event after another!

Beginning last Friday with the sudden closure of XL, which left so many holiday makers stranded and many more unable to reach the island at all, it was a great relief to hear that my expected guests (artist Mary Dillon & her friend, Mary Mcguinness, Bridal gown couturier) from Ireland, had been so determined to get here, they’d managed to find an alternative route (through Athens & Agios Konstantinos) and I was able to meet them off the Sea Cat, on the port, on Saturday afternoon – just one day later than originally planned.

Earlier in the week I’d locked myself in the studio to paint and, with only a short break on Friday night (to welcome artist Yianna Xera and the UNESCO delegation arriving from Athens

and to attend their welcome dinner hosted by Father Angelos from the Evangelistra Monastery,

Welcome Dinner at Agnandio

Welcome Dinner at Agnadio restaurant

I finally managed to finish all my paintings for the exhibition at the eleventh hour, by working right through the night till 8 o’clock Saturday morning!

The weekend began peacefully enough:

Sun rising over Skiathos Town and islands beyond

Sun rising over Skiathos Town and islands beyond

I drove high up into the hills first thing, on my way to the monastery, to collect wild flowers and greenery for the table decorations for the evenings celebrations and exhibition opening. All the artists who’d gathered to set up their paintings, joined in the fun and under the direction of the ever-capable Despina,

Despina shows us how

Despina shows us how

bunches of wild thyme, oak, sage, olive, quince and pomegranate, were coaxed and cajoled into oasis blocks by our inexperienced hands and somehow miraculously transformed into glorious displays!



With paintings in place and tables prepared, there was just enough time to meet my friends at the port, enjoy a leisurely lunch on the ‘Paralia’ (during which we witnessed the start of the Divers assoc. ‘Swimathon’ To the island of Tougrias and back!)

and pop home for a quick wash and brush-up (but, alas, no chance of any sleep yet!) before returning to the Monastery for the opening and evening of celebrations……

…..to be continued