Lorien from New England, America came to work quietly on her paintings cherishing her time alone to create. On being asked if she would like to paint a mural she jumped at the chance. It's always tricky in the village to paint a mural that fits well into the surroundings but is also not too kitsch and remains contemporary art. Lorien met the challenge perfectly with her painting of a mother showing her child how to plant something. Plus other references to village life.
Not every artist leaves a mural. Claus came to paint the landscape. Here are some photos of the day we went to see him which ended up at the kafeneon for one too many rakis.
Lauren and her partner Jake came to stay in our lovely village during a Greek heatwave, luckily for them the village has a different climate to the coast and never get unbearably hot. Here are some works from Lauran about her mural.
This is "a typical Cretan snail which creates a path along the wall carrying an "arrow of love".
The path has as a motif a decorative outline from the most famous Minoan painting of Knosos, the mural with the Minotaur. "
(The typical Crete snail is making a path across the wall carrying a ‘love dart’. The path has a pattern, a decorative border from the most famous Minoan painting of Knossos, the bull-leaping fresco).
During their stay Mathew and a friend of his Karina, a Mexican singer who lives in Heraklion, went up to escape the heat with Lauren and Jake. They ended the day with mezes at another village down the road that has spectacular views and and much needed summer breeze.
Breanne came to stay in the village wanting to make some small paintings.... After being inspired by the enormous local vultures she decided to make this marvelous mural.
Annabel Nolan from Australia booked out the full house for herself in June. Unlike most people who seem to be more introverted who come to stay at the village residency, she invited friends from around Europe and Australia to come and stay with her. At the end of her stay she painted the following mural which is of her favourite goddesses.
UK artist and photographer Tee Chandler came to spend spring at the residency. Along with some experimental visual art she took the following rather haunting photos.
Note. The photos of the residency house were taken before it was recently painted.
Mathew did this interview last winter. Its more about the city residency but it also mentions the village one.
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San Francisco sculptor Michelle came to Crete to get inspired by nature and Cretan lifestyle. While staying in the village she created three mosaics. One is on a fountain on the central square. THANK YOU MICHELLE!!!
PS. Michelle hopes to come back soon and we might make a larger community mosaic.