Art and Culture

Arts in Embassies in Nicosia, Cyprus 2017

By the Cyprusscene roving reporter…….

July 8th 2017 at the U.S. Embassy, Ambassador to Cyprus, Kathleen Doherty presented Arts in Embassies in Nicosia which was formalized by President John F. Kennedy back in the 60’s. The consulates and embassies select and commission art from the U.S. and host countries sharing a sense of quality, scope, and diversity of both countries’ art and culture.

Ambassador to Cyprus, Kathleen Doherty

These exhibitions allow foreign citizens, many of whom might never travel to the U.S. to personally experience the depth and breadth of their artistic heritage and values leaving a footprint opportunity to view American art.

Ambassador Doherty displayed works of local artists that ranged from watercolour and oil to photography. Pieces were on display throughout the embassy home and just breathtaking.

Artists from the local area represented North and South Cyprus, fitting timing, as all were keeping their phones handy during the Crans-Montana negotiations that evening hoping and praying for good news.

Topping off the impressive remarks and touching personal stories from the ambassador, and her huge appreciation of art was Demetra George Mustafaoglu, Grammy List nominee and Cultural Diplomacy recipient by the US State Department, and a former Miss Oklahoma.

Demetra George Mustafaoglu and Agni Sacca

Accompanying Demetra was Cyprus native and pianist extraordinaire Agni Sacca. The show included some well known favorites but especially loved pieces by American composers. Summertime from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, Somewhere Over the Rainbow from Wizard of Oz by Harold Arlen and Colours of the Wind from Pocahontas by Schwartz and Menken were big hits with the multicultural group attending the program. Her show that night was all about being connected to each other.

Demetra swept through the audience engaging guests in her show, touching hands, touching hearts as she shared another form of U.S. art.  The handpicked audience truly loved her and asked when they’d see her again. She made many new friends and guests told the Ambassador they hoped it wouldn’t be too long a wait!

Demetra George and Kathleen Doherty and Mehmet Mustafaoglu