Life stories of creative people that live in our midst.
By Heidi Trautmann ….
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By Heidi Trautmann ….
Children growing up have a natural curiosity to learn about things in their environment, the toddler hardly able to walk will explore the contents of all things that are closed, open drawers and bring everything out, later kids will destroy their toys to see what is inside.
By Heidi Trautmann …..
For more than 55 years the historical building of the Electric Trafo Station, which was put into service in 1938 and ceased in 1960, was left to rot away until the Girne Municipality with its Mayor Nidai Güngördü decided to restore it and put it back into public service as an Art Gallery.
By Heidi Trautmann …..
As a young man Erbil Arkin developed his passion for Auguste Rodin, it was the time when he studied the arts himself, he said and he is very happy to show his collection to the people of his country on the occasion of the opening of Arkın University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD) in Girne.
By Heidi Trautmann …..
Vounous…it sounds mystic…it is mystic, it is the story of the past of Cyprus. The island of Cyprus has always held a great importance for the people living around its circumference, only a stone’s throw away from the coasts in the north and the east and south, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Egyptians and Hittites took to their boats in those days of the Bronze Age, landed, settled, were conquered, started trading, and finally left samples of their culture in the soil of Cyprus, in the caves of the Five Finger Mountains, the Kyrenia mountain range. They buried their dead and gave them goods to have a comfortable journey into the land of the dead.
By Heidi Trautmann …..
May 25th A musical experience of a very special kind with The Gerlis Ensemble at the Bedesten, Nicosia
The renowned German quartet, The Gerlis Ensemble (Violin, Viola, Cello and Oboe) is coming back to Northern Cyprus this May by special request. We had the pleasure to listen to them last year at Bellapais and Bedesten; please read my review by clicking here
This year their programme will include pieces by Baumgarten, Arnold, Haydn and Crusell.
Carl Friedrich Baumgarten and Joseph Haydn were contemporaries and met in London in 1792. Bernhard Crusell (1775-1833), was a Scandinavian clarinetist and composer. Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) was knighted for his services to music in 1993, he was also a very successful composer of film music, such as the soundtrack for ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’.
The concert in the Bedesten on May 25, 2017 will begin at 20:30 hrs.
For tickets (TL35 p.p.) and further information please contact Kaleidoskop Turizm on 815 1818, or at email@example.com and look out for details on Facebook events.
Carl Friedrich Baumgarten (1740-1824): Oboen Quartett Es-Dur op. 2 Nr. 5
Adagio – Allegro – Siciliano
Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006): Oboe Quartet op. 61
Allegro non troppo – Allegretto – Vivace con brio
Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): Intermezzo for String Trio
Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775-1838): Oboenquartett C-Dur op. 7
Allegro non tanto – Un poco Largo – Menuetto-Allegro – Finale-Allegro
Information on the Ensemble members and the venue:
Corinne Sonderegger-Adler studied oboe in Zurich, Winterthur and Lausanne, among others with Louise Pellerin. She had many international performances as independent soloist and chamber musician; apart from that she teaches at the musical schools in Kloten-Bassersdorf-Lufingen.
Hubert Heitz studied the violin with Prof. Jörg-Wolfgang Jahn in Karlsruhe and with Prof. Max Rostal in Berne. Later he studied chamber music with Prof. Albert Dietrich, with the Bartholdy Quartet and with Paolo Borciani of the Quartetto Italiano. In addition to extensive teaching – for years he was Prof. Jahn’s assistant; today he is a freelance musician and teacher of violin and viola – he is to be heard both as soloist and in chamber ensembles: formerly the Heitz Quartet (Karlsruhe) and the Nova Quartet (Basle), these days as violinist of the Orpheus Trio (Karlsruhe) and the Gerlis Ensemble (Karlsruhe/Zurich) and in recitals for violin and piano; he also directs the Collegium Musicum of the KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, formerly University of Karlsruhe). He has built up a reputation at home and abroad through his many solo and ensemble performances.
Grégoire Babey studied viola with Daniel Corti in Zürich; further studies with Gratchia Arutunjan in Neustadt (D); he works as soloist and in chamber music events and teaches in music schools in Zurich and at music schools in Kloten-Bassersdorf
Gisela Heitz studied cello with Werner Taube and with Prof. Annlies Schmid de Neveu in Karlsruhe; further chamber music studies with the Bartholdy-Quartett and with Paolo Borciani at the Quartetto Italiano. Numerous international performances, also as soloist with the Capriccio Fridericiana Karlsruhe. She teaches the instrument in Karlsruhe.
The Bedesten: This building has a long history spanning more than one thousand years. It was originally built as a church in the sixth century, and expanded and reconstructed between the 12th and 16th centuries. During the period of Ottoman rule it was converted to a special covered market, called Bedesten. Since its reopening after an extensive renovation in 2009 it is used as a cultural centre.
By Margaret Sheard …..
Saturday 15th April was World Art Day and a very significant day for the opening of an exhibition of Heidi Trautmann’s work at the Rauf Raif Denktaş Culture and Congress Centre in Famagusta.
A coach had been arranged, by Irene Raab of Kaleidoskop, for people from Girne and surrounding areas which started off from the car park in Girne and collected a few people (including Chris and myself) at Supreme Supermarket in Çatalköy. It made a nice change for Chris to make the journey to Famagusta in comfort and be able to enjoy the scenery en-route for a change.
The opening of Heidi’s exhibition was at 6pm and we arrived in plenty of time so were able to chat with one or two people we knew before the speeches and official opening of the exhibition of 148 paintings, a small selection of the many paintings, which Heidi has produced during the 16 years she has lived in North Cyprus. In fact Heidi told me there were more paintings but there was not enough space to exhibit the remaining 30+.
There were a few familiar faces we recognised, including Ismail Isilsoy and his wife, who are great friends of Heidi, and had travelled from Yeşilirmak to be with her for this very special exhibition. Ismail is himself an artist and a few years ago we attended one of his exhibitions of wooden faces. He told me he isn’t doing any carving at the moment and is concentrating on his acting. Yet another talented person in our midst.
There were speeches from the Director of the EMU Centre for Cyprus Studies – Prof. Dr. Naciye Doratlı, the newly elected President of the European Mediterranean Art Association – Zehra Şonya and the Vice-President of EMAA – Esra Plűmer Bardak who is also an art history lecturer at Girne American University. They all praised Heidi for her dedicated work in the field of art and obviously had a great deal of admiration and respect for her and the many achievements accomplished in the 16 years she has lived in North Cyprus.
Heidi then followed with her own speech, welcoming her guests and thanking those who had supported her exhibition in so many ways. Heidi said in her speech … “Many people ask what is art? What does it stand for? Is it part of interior design…or a sort of philosophy? It is said that it can heal people… For me ART is LIFE, it is life under a magnifying glass, it is made by people for people, it is to understand matters of nature and humanity, drawing a person from life over many sittings has shown me the many facets of a model’s personality. Art is as old as our globe” …… “It is World Art Day today, a reason to think about its worth. There is still so much to see and to learn, for example what material people are made of, they carry in them the secrets of the soil they were born on, what shadows are on their souls through the daily events that are thrown in their way. It is people that make the culture of a country, all members of society are creators in one way or another and we need to respect and recognise all of them, it is a country’s language. I think this is the main purpose of making art”. The full speech can be viewed by clicking here
The exhibition was then open to the people attending and they started to work their way through the Grand Exhibition Hall to view some of the paintings which Heidi has produced during her life in Cyprus from 2001 to 2016. There were also catalogues in two volumes showing Heidi’s work which were on sale.
Personally I have mixed feelings about art as I do not have an ounce of talent in this direction but I can appreciate the work of those who are talented and their interpretation of what they see. I spoke with Gulseven Atay, who is also an artist, and was there with her husband Morton Coles. Gulseven told me that all artists see things differently and when they join Heidi for their art life classes all of the artists’ work on that day can be very different.
We are aware of Heidi’s great passion for art and she sees it not only as a form of relaxation and interpretation, but that it also has much to offer to children to make them more self-confident and understanding of their fellow beings. The children of today can make a big difference to the world of tomorrow and through art there can be a big difference as to how people interact and understand each other.
Heidi’s exhibition will be open from 15th April to 15th May. Times are Monday to Friday 9-12:00 and 13:00-17:00 hrs. For any visitors wishing to view the exhibition out of normal hours or at weekends, they should ask the security/information man to give access and switch on the lights. For visitors wishing to meet Heidi, she will be at the exhibition on Friday of each week.
The exhibition is well worth a visit to see the many paintings on display. The paintings are for sale and will be available for collection at the end of the exhibition from the Rauf Raif Denktaş Cultural and Congress Centre or, by arrangement, in Nicosia or Girne by contacting Heidi on 0533 876 7470.
Nos. 118-133 (Street Scenes) €50 / 200TL and all other paintings €100 / 400TL.
Heidi herself spoke of her advancing years and this could well be her last big exhibition.
To visit Heidi’s website where you can view a vast collection of art news click here
By Margaret Sheard …..
There will be an art exhibition of the work of Heidi Trautmann at the Rauf Raid Denktaş Culture and Congress Centre, Grand Exhibition Hall, Famagusta which will run from 15th April to the 15th May.
The opening will be at 6pm on Saturday 15th April, which is World Art Day, by invitation from EMU Rector Prof. Dr Necdet Osam and the exhibition will then be open during working hours until 15th May.
A bus has been arranged to travel from Girne to Famagusta and this will depart from the car park at the rear of the Post Office at 4.30pm on Saturday 15th April. There will be a small charge of 25TL for people wishing to take advantage of not having to drive to Famagusta in their own vehicles. The bus has been organised by Irene at Kaleidoskop and if you wish to travel by bus please ring Heidi 0533 876 7470 or Kaleidoskop directly 0392 815 1818 by mid-day on Tuesday 11th April to reserve a seat. Please be on time.
The exhibition has been organised by Eastern Mediterranean University Centre for Cyprus Studies (EMU-CCS) and the European Mediterranean Art Association (EMAA).
There will be a catalogue in two volumes with all of Heidi’s work from 2001-2016, which she had put together for her children to show what she had done for most of her life in Cyprus. The catalogue was put together by Omid Kalantar, a graphic designer with whom Heidi worked at ZOOM Magazine for two years, and is a great artist himself. Zehra Şonya, sculptor and former president of EMAA, and co-worker to the Department of Cyprus Studies, is helping to set up the exhibition, another wonderful person.
Heidi will be giving a speech about art and its importance for education and world communication …. something she been working and fighting for, which is to support the arts as the most important tool for education.
Below is what Heidi has to say about art:
Many people ask, what is art? What does it stand for?: Is it part of interior design… Or a sort of philosophy? It is said that it can heal people……
For me ART is LIFE, it is life under a magnifying glass, it is made by people for people; it is to understand matters of nature and humanity; when you spend time in nature or with a life model, to bring to canvas or paper what you see and feel, then you begin to understand what it is all about; birth, spring, summer, autumn and winter, the same applies to living beings from our first cry to our last sigh; you will understand the personality of the person sitting opposite you only after many sittings and still, it takes a long while to open and read the book of a person.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017
By Heidi Trautmann …..
May your reunion with family and friends be a warm and peaceful one and let us be grateful for it but think of those in Syria and in places where people kill each other for reasons of power.
Dear family, dear friends,
Looking out onto the awakening city of Girne at our feet, with the legendary fortress of St. Hilarion right opposite, the green foothills carrying the white dots of houses on this early morning of December 13, 2016, I try to find words for this year’s Christmas/New Year Letter to summarize the events of the past months and our thoughts and feelings. My heart is heavy.
While we were packing up our belongings within one month, the month of October, to leave our beautiful peaceful home in Yeşiltepe and to move to our new apartment in Girne, the most dirty election campaign was conducted in one of the most influential countries of our world; many other things destabilizing peace and democracy worldwide unsettled our busy minds. Never have I heard of so many people join protest marches for contradictory ‘ideologies’ in more or less equal proportions: peaceful coexistence of different races versus pure hate and egoism; hard business practices versus environment; growing nationalism versus co-existence and co-operation; this phenomenon has lowered the moral threshold and has increased the willingness of the public to take the law into its own hands, often encouraged by interest groups on the internet. The anonymity interest groups and/or forums grant the individual constitutes a great danger in society while a true and clean journalism as I used to know it is at risk to be overrun by smear campaigns of cheap on-line journalism.
What bothers me most is the brutalization and degeneration of morals across the world which would rather be a sign of impoverishment, trying to survive, to kick and kill the others to get at the source of survival. However, people in many of the countries that march in protest against refugees are not poor, they are bored, they need something that stirs up their emotions, they need an enemy.
Fortunately, as I said before, there are just as many people who are defending humanitarian principles, selflessly trying to protect human rights, who are aware of the misery of people under war or warlike conditions, of the deterioration of our environment. Countries, communities, tribes are thus split in half; all of a sudden you see some friends coming out and declare war to the basic rules of human society, others joining charity groups or selflessly rushing to help the helpless and you realize that you never knew your friends.
I keep wondering as to what may be the reasons for this development in many parts of the world; is it the mental control caused by the internet and the media, the lack of communication? The image you get of people today in public places is human figures bowed over a small machine completely forgetting about their partners, neighbours and things going on around them, do they really understand what they are consuming? Their whole being sucked up into a fantasy world behind a small screen. Or is it lack of education or wrong education? People of my generation grew up inventing toys and games, today kids play games on their little machines they get from their parents, you even see babies sitting in their prams and playing with it. It is manipulation from early age on.
All my life I have been enjoying good conversation, meeting with people or inviting them for a dinner I cook for them, these are things that remain with me and make me smile. How many nights we discussed things of life, the arts, literature or how to make things work better; it helped me to understand myself, to respect the opinion of others and to somehow make compromises when there was no other way out of a conflict.
Now, that we have moved into the busy heart of Girne we are automatically drawn into the daily routine of the locals, the shop owner next door, the cleaning man of the house, the people sitting for hours in the many nearby cafés. We walk the streets, discover the neighbourhoods with their neglected backyards. We hear the howling sirens of the ambulance or police cars at least five times a day – another accident – some more young people injured or dead. We see the traffic jams from the height of our eagle’s nest, endless in both directions, but we also see the green foothills of the mountain range reaching high and the winter sun comes into my room and warms my feet.
With selling the house we have closed a very important and active chapter of our life; the new and probably the last chapter has begun, it will be a quieter life, more observing than acting, most probably, I still don’t know, but I fear, it just looks like it. When all the decorating is done and we know where everything is, when we have found our footing, we shall certainly find new excitements, new roads to walk. I just hope that we can walk our new roads in a peaceful world. So far Cyprus is regarded as one of the safest places to live in although our never ending Cyprus problem has kept our politicians busy for over 40 years and the communities north and south of the green line speculating what future may bring.
Max our ginger cat is with us in the apartment; he is 15 years old and suffering from rheumatism, now he walks the rooms here howling his heart out for not being able to poo and pee in liberty.
Heidi, Kalle and Max
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By Heidi Trautmann………
23rd November to 2nd December: The Touch of Paper – Symposium and Exhibition at Ismet Vehit Güney Art Centre Nicosia
On the occasion of the 1st Anniversary of the KKSD/ACPA / Association of Cyprus Paper Artists
Paper Art is has become a very successful trend in the international art scene and is being more and more recognized in the form of associations, museums, workshops and exhibitions. What exactly is behind it may many wonder. The Association of Cyprus Paper Artists is about to give an introduction to Paper Art, its history and presence of today and tomorrow, in the form of a symposium and exhibition on the occasion of the association’s first anniversary and the 30th anniversary of IAPMA the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists. Members of IAPMA as well as of the Turkish sister association KSD, and members from Amateras Foundation (Bulgaria) will be taking part.
Especially for this event a “Post Card Project” was created; congratulatory artistic post cards, sent by 65 IAPMA members will also be exhibited.
Paper artists have been present in Cyprus for many years, a handful only, but are growing in members since the founding of the association. The first local paper artists became members of IAPMA and have been taking part in worldwide events; I have been reporting on them regularly from the very beginning in the local media and on my website, and their stories are included in my book ‘Art and Creativity in North Cyprus’. I had the pleasure to meet many international paper artists on IAPMA’s 25th anniversary with a weeklong symposium and exhibition at the Near East University, and they came visiting to our garden in Yeşiltepe where they found many new plants for new paper experiments.
The basic idea is to produce your own paper from what nature gives you, but also to recycle paper that floods our homes. The many ways artists use such paper to make their art are far reaching and I often was amazed at ever new forms and ideas.
Our local Association of Cyprus Paper Artists Association have the aim to introduce and promulgate Paper Art to the public by disseminating information and knowledge by means of various activities; also to educate and demonstrate the many possibilities of the medium paper; to work together with local and international artists and to learn from each other and thus recognize our cultural diversities and riches under the peaceful roof of art.
The participants of the exhibition are listed by clicking here and include local and some well-known paper artists from Turkey and abroad.
We will be remembering our honorary member Assistant Professor, Dr Atila Türk, who has recently passed away, by exhibiting one of his works.
The following symposiums will be held starting at 15.30 hrs:
Prof. Dr. Hakan Pehlivan (President, KSD) with Prof. Dr. Nur Gökbulut:“The Art of Cutting Paper”.
Daniela Todorova, (Curator and Art Consultant to the Amateras Foundation, Bulgaria): “Innovations in Paper Art, Contemporary Forms”.
Todor Todorov, (President and founder member of the Amateras Foundation):“Elemental Sculpture, Theory and Practice”.
Read more about IAPMA click here
About ‘Paper Global 3’ in Deggendorf: click here
About the first symposium and exhibition of the local Association of Cyprus Paper Artists: click here
About the Paper Art Project in Aix-en-Provence: click here
And much more information you will find when you search.
Widen your knowledge and come to the event on 23 November 2016 at the Ismet Vehit Güney Art Centre starting at 15.30 hrs with a symposium, followed by the exhibition.
The exhibition will be open until 02 December and viewing times are from 9.00 – 15.30 hrs Saturday: 9:00 – 13:30 hrs
To view my website – http://www.heiditrautmann.com/