Written 6 June 2013…
This morning we have just left the island of Amorgos and are on our way to Mykonos via Paros for lunch. “Which Greek island would you like to go to for lunch today darling?” I say to Bel jokingly.
Last night we went to buy our ferry tickets in the port of Katapola and had browse around. I discovered the Amorgos Art Gallery run by Stella Spanou a former architect who runs the gallery filled with her own artwork. I asked Stella why she didn’t work as an architect and she said she did for about four years, but then “she wanted to be free”. I think we can all understand that as creative people.
Apart from drawing in architecture training Stella is self taught and gallery contains paintings of local scenes, portraits of people and works influenced by Cycladic forms. Her works are available in a vast array of forms, including paintings, t-shirts, ceramic mugs, magnets and more. The pomegranate also features in a lot of work as it does in many Greek shops, as a symbol of good luck.
It’s great to see a young artist working in a contemporary style and going it alone.
Amorgos is a beautiful and little know island hardly touched by tourism. It was a welcome break after the madness of Santorini. If you need a gentle artistic and creative retreat Amorgos could be the place to go.
We stayed at Pension Ilia in the “Hora” (old town) in a studio that made us self sufficient. I would encourage creative types to visit Amorgos and drop in on Stella’s gallery and help support a local artist buy buying some of her work. I like to support artists the world over and I think the smaller Greek islands need this support, especially the artists of course!
Oh, and I also introduced Stella to the concept of yarn-bombing so who know what you might find there next time!
Love and Art