x

United States

St. Katherine Foundation’s Art@Dark Event Illuminates the Night

REDONDO BEACH, CA – The Saint Katherine Foundation held their inaugural event, Art@Dark, on December 2 at Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church and Community Center in Redondo Beach. A resounding success, the event captivated attendees with its impressive display of art, delectable food, and lively community atmosphere. The exhibit showcased the immense talent of artists Angelica Sotiriou, Rosalind Farmans Halikis, Barbara Menzelos, Georgia Linde, and Barbara Spyrou, while also honoring the late and beloved Argyro Yiakas.

Over 200 art enthusiasts gathered for the first Art@Dark showcasing an array of paintings of the varied and eclectic talents of the participating artists. “For our first event, we honored the women artists of the St. Katherine community who exemplify the Greek Orthodox faith both through their spirit and works of art,” commented Fr. Michael Courey who is also a prolific artist and the inspiration behind Art@Dark, adding that “the community received their work with a resounding welcome!”

The exhibit was impeccably curated under the expertise of committee member Philip Rausch. Melanie Revels O’Regan, commendably assumed the role of event chair. The exceptional team further comprised Alexia Haidos Itzigsohn (co-chair), Nick Halikis (Foundation President), Chris Caras, Craig Brothers, Rosalind Halikis, Tony Kostas, Marsha Mansour, Fr. Courey, and Fr. Peter Dogias, whose collective efforts contributed to the exhibitions’ success.

The Art@Dark Committee members, left to right: Aristedes Feles, Philip Rausch, Alexia Haidos Itzigsohn, Fr. Peter Dogias, Presbytera Maria Courey, Fr. Michael Courey, Melanie Revels O’Regan, Dr. Nick Halikis, and Craig Brothers. (Photo: Allen Altchech Photography)

Angelica Sotiriou holds a Masters of Arts degree and a Masters of Fine Arts degree graduating Cum Laude from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has been exhibiting her art and teaching art in Los Angeles and the greater communities of California for over four decades. She has worked as a sculptor, creating narrative figurative bas-reliefs and currently she is creating large “contemplative narrative” acrylic paintings. Her works are in private and public collections of various individuals and organizations and has exhibited her works in various.

Barbara Menzelos, a freelance illustrator with a background in figure drawing, attended UCLA and graduated from Art Center, Pasadena. She is currently exploring new avenues of expression in her captivating paintings and has worked as a freelance illustrator for both editorial and advertising companies including: Simon and Schuster, Harpers San Francisco, The Writers Guild, Scholastic, Sears, L.A. Weekly, and the L.A. Times. She also taught figure drawing for Saturday High Students at Art Center, Pasadena.

Rosalind Farmans Halikis began painting in the seventh grade and started to take drawing classes in her 20s. Fr. Courey was instrumental in her finding her style, and she credits her nephew, Spencer Farmans, a poet and writer, for encouraging her to display her art to the public. Some of her pieces are inspired from visits to the island of Kastellorizo with their distinct island imagery and vibrant colors.

Barbara Spyrou was born and raised on the island of Cyprus. After completing Elementary School, she attended the Pancyprian Gymnasium where she was fortunate to have two exceptional art teachers Telemahos Kanthos and Adamandios Diamandis. Both of these instructors were widely recognized as the most influential painters on the island, and their expertise served as a significant source of inspiration for her artistic pursuits. Upon arriving in the United States, she continued her passion for painting by enrolling in classes, eventually, she made the decision to pursue Painting and Drawing full-time at California State University, Long Beach. She successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing.

The family of the late Argyro Yiakas at the Art@Dark event on December 2. (Photo: Allen Altchech Photography)

Georgia Linde, who is 92 years old, was unable to attend the evening’s festivities but was represented by her daughter Jan Chilimidos. In 1964, Linde’s daughter Darin was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) which ended up being a lifelong challenging disease; subsequently Georgia focused all of her time on her care which ended up being many years spent at Children Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA). She met another mother at CHLA who happened to be a well-known art teacher in the San Fernando Valley; the two of them became very close friends (and still are) and Georgia began painting again while attending her classes. The distinctive style of her artwork is reflective of her personal journey which provided a therapeutic refuge giving viewers a glimpse into the depth of her emotions and artistic soul.

Argyro Yiakas of blessed memory never attempted anything artistic in her youth. She picked up a paintbrush for the first time well into her 60s as a hobby, and soon discovered she had talent for painting that she never imagined. To Argyro, art was another way to express joy, and it was a calming endeavor to her as well. She learned that working with the brushes and the colors soothed her mind and brought her peace, and her worries faded away while painting.

The Art@Dark event featured an impressive display of art and delectable food for guests to enjoy on December 2. (Photo: Allen Altchech Photography)

 

In addition to the art exhibited, attendees were treated to a delightful spread of food lovingly created and prepared by Fr. Peter Dogias, his Presbytera Dimitra, Tony Kostas, and Thanasi Roumanis.  A charcuterie table was also meticulously prepared by Chrysa Brothers and Presbytera’s homemade mini pumpkin pies along with bite-sized Greek pastries added to the evening’s sweetness. Libations were presented in stemless glasses adorned with the distinctive Art@Dark logo and December 2, 2023, the date of the event, serving as a memento for guests to take home as party favors.

The vibrant atmosphere was further enhanced by the Promenade String Quartet, which provided live entertainment throughout the evening. Attendees reveled in the opportunity to mingle and freely roam to visit with friends and view the art contributing to the energetic ambiance.

The exhibit is the first of an annual series promoting the arts and humanities, which was made possible by a generous $50,000 endowment given by Rosalind Farmans Halikis, one of the featured artists. She is a St. Katherine treasure and her spirit, dedication and generosity are truly remarkable.

Upcoming Art@Dark events will aim to continue to celebrate the rich artistic talents within the community and beyond providing a platform for artists, musicians and more to showcase their work to a wider audience.

The first Art@Dark truly shone. It was a night to remember, filled with joy, creativity, and a sense of community.

 

RELATED

ATHENS – The international financial and investment community is turning its attention to a 26-year-old Greek who emerged as one of the leading investors in the world, for the year 2023.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

NYC Officials Shutter Furniture Store Illegally Converted to House More than 40 Migrants

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City furniture store that had been illegally converted into sleeping quarters for more than 40 migrants has been shut down by city officials.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide whether former President Donald Trump can be prosecuted on charges he interfered with the 2020 election and set a course for a quick resolution.

ATHENS - On the one-year grim anniversary of a head-on train crash just outside a tunnel in central Greece, which killed 57 people, promises made in the immediate aftermath to add long-delayed safety measures haven’t been met.

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans have blocked legislation that would protect access to in vitro fertilization, objecting to a vote on the issue Wednesday even after widespread backlash to a recent ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court that threatens the practice.

KUNA, Idaho  — Idaho halted the execution of serial killer Thomas Eugene Creech on Wednesday after medical team members repeatedly failed to find a vein where they could establish an intravenous line to carry out the lethal injection.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.