SOUTHAMPTON, NY – The “Art Works for Diaspora” exhibit by renowned artist Philip Tsiaras was launched in the Muses/Nicolas S. Zoulas Hellenic Center of the Kimisis of the Mother of God parish in Southampton, NY. Among those attending were John Catsimatidis and his wife, Margo, Dr. George Korkos, and Greta Kamateros.
Tsiaras’ art is exhibited in many galleries and also at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Rev. Alex Karloutsos, presiding priest of the Kimisis parish, told TNH that “we are trying to show the art of the Hellenes of the Diaspora projecting our Hellenic roots and give the opportunity not only to the Greeks of America but members of the broader Hamptons community to come and see.”
The exhibit will run through September. Fr. Karloutsos said that “on August 26 we are going to have the Blue Dream event, during which we are going to honor the Lonely Whale Foundation and the Navy Seals who protect us; it is going to be nice. We are going to donate $100 to each.”
Karloutsos praised artist Philip Tsiaras. He said that “he comes from New Hampshire, he is famous; his works are at Metropolitan Museum. Very few can reach those heights that Philip has reached.”
Speaking about Tsiaras’ works, Karloutsos said that “an entire room is dedicated to the Parthenon, in another one there are works of horses because he loves horses very much.He also has done the earth, the sun, and he has an art piece called Blue Dream, which is very nice. Philip was a student of the great artist painter Lucas Samaras.”
The parish of Southampton “is doing very well,” Karloutsos said. “The church cost $23 million and now we are toward the end. We are in the process of painting the icons of the dome. George Philippakis is the iconographer and it is expected to finish in April.”
The parish, Karloutsos said, “is comprised by 220 families, andnot all of them are Greek. We have Russians, Romanians, Georgians. We have the support of many friends from throughout the United States who are helping us and thus we can accomplish all these works.”