Last night was one of the most stimulating evenings that we have had in a long time.

I have written before about the extensive art community on Paros; the organised members are called IPAC (International Paros Art Circle). They are hosting a discussion series loosely based around art appreciation. The first one was titled The Use of Art in Everyday Life but it quickly became What is Art.

The introductory presentation was given by Peter Seibt, an internationally known painter. I was amazed at how comprehensive his analysis was. I didn’t take notes so I can’t sumarise other than to say art pervades every facet of our lives both as individuals and as groups or societies. My conclusion was that art would have a broader base, less elitist, if we used the phrase joy of beauty in place of the word art.

It was rather humorous that when we arrived a few minutes early the only people present were the hostess and one of her friends. We thought Oh, oh, this is going to be a small, intimate discussion group. But by the time we started by Greek time, many minutes late, the room was almost full and several people arrived after that. I would guess over 50 people—very good for any community event. There are two permanent art schools on the island and several of their students were there..

Next weeks discussion is on Ancient Art and Public Art followed by our leading medical doctor on the intriguing title Renoir and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I love island life.


At March 23, 2006 1:01 AM Chana said...

Both ladies are beautiful...

At March 23, 2006 1:52 PM cps said...

Yes, 4000 years ago there was no doubt, that every person, every community needs art. It was a common understanding, that art is as important as the dayly work, philosophy, science, religion, the constitution of the state etc.
The worldmap of poor and rich countries would look very differently, if we take the role of art in everydays life as the criteria for it.
With a smile, Peter


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