Beyond the City – Moments of Everyday Life, Parables  of Eternity, is an exhibition by Helen Manolaraki at the Match More Underground gallery in Platanias, Crete until July 15.

With mixed media, painting and structures, these works have been done during the last five years after Helen returned to Crete.

The show is open  from noon to 10pm and the artist is at the gallery every Saturday from 7 to 10pm and on Sundays from noon to 2pm. Guided groups can be arranged by ringing 697 760 7580.

The idea of good food,company and debate is exemplified in another exhibition, open until June 10 at  the Match More Restaurant in Platanias.

The idea is based on a banquet held at his home in Rome in the 3rd century AD.  by Athenaeus from Naukratis, Eygpt. Guests included Plutarch, Democritus and Galen.

Part of The Complex of Memories by Sylvia Petsoura
Business Dinner by Evangelos Roussos

A mixed media work by Pepi Hatzidakis



Strange, tragic, unexpected – the small portraits in the exhibition RESTLESS PORTRAITS SEEK READER 111 spanned every mood at the Match More Undergound Gallery in Platanias Crete in May 2017.IMG_1596






Does the weight of a sad event cast a shadow on your life? Do you long for a means of self expression that will release anger and sadness and help you to heal? If so you may benefit from my new workshop which uses colour to help define emotions as well as creating compositions you can frame.

There is a theory that colours represent qualities and moods, from wisdom and optimism to grief and despair.I do not agree that this is necessarily the case, yet I can see how colours may be used as an insight into a state of mind and as an illustration of aims and desires.

So I give you a colour wheel with a note of what each shade is said to symbolise and with paint, charcoal and collage you create an abstract composition, using the colours and images that express your state of mind.

We analyse this and make a second work, using colours and collage again to express how you would like to feel and what you would like to achieve. So you will have two pictures to frame, hang and contemplate at leisure.

All materials are free and the workshop is held at  my studio: “Sea Songs” in Maleme Platanias. If you are interested, contact me on 694 624 7837 (mobile), or 28210 62913 or email:   


Emotions using symbolic colours from the colour wheel.




A second work with colours expressing wishes and aims.




The Colour Wheel whose shades may be used to

express emotions


MANDALA is an optional extension of SELF DISCOVERY THROUGH  COLOUR COMPOSITION. Sanskrit for “circle” or “completion”, the classic mandala is a circle with a centre echoing the basic structure of all creation.

We can use it as psychologist Carl Jung suggested, as ” a representation of the unconscious self.”

Used principally by Buddhists, Tibetans and Hindus, it is now a universal symbol and a unique means of personal expression. The structure is found throughout nature and in biology, chemistry, geology, physics and astronomy.

Every living cell has a nucleus. It is a circle with a centre. Consider flowers, the rings in tree trunks, spirals on a snail shell. Even crystals in ice and rock. Made of atoms, each atom is a mandala.

We draw a simple circle with a centre and with or without more circles inside. Then add an instinctive design or image and colour with shades expressing your current feelings.

Afterwards note the colours used, including those that appeared least. Look at the images and shapes and take note of hard or soft lines, jagged or smooth edges and any high contrasts.

Write down in detail the feelings or memories that the colours and shapes suggest. You should have an insight then into your emotions when you created the mandala.


Lily mandala

Exhibition at Match More Gallery,

Platanias, Hania

An exhibition revealing how the work of foreign artists differs from those raised in the Greek tradition, opened at the Match More Underground Gallery in Platanias, Hania, Crete in January 2017.   Called “Xenion. Summoning Familiarity – contributions were from foreign artists living in Greece and abroad and disclosed diverse backgrounds contrasting with Greek traditions.

The gallery is inside the Match More restaurant, where menus change each week and customers can combine an excellent meal with a wander through the artistic imagination.

Restaurant and gallery were opened by Dr Constantinos Proimos who curates the exhibitions with Ioannis Arhontakis of the Olive Press Art Factory in Drumonero.

As soon as I saw the building, I knew it would make a wonderful gallery as well as restaurant” says Dr Proimos,  art critic and adjunct lecturer at the Hellenic Open University. There are works by Greek artists in the restaurant.


NEW  BOOK by Rhonda Whitehead

The surprising and sometimes secretive effects of erosion and the play of light are revealed in “RHONDA WHITEHEAD” a  new book about the work of this Australian artist, now living in Norfolk, England.

Published by Sansom & Co for £10, it comprises essays by writers, art critics and art historian Margaret Garlake, with high quality reproductions from  Rhonda’s three series: Water, Rock and Erosion.

Her work is inspired by the wetlands of Norfolk, the Waveney Valley and River Bure and the northern territory and Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

If you would like a copy contact Rhonda at Black Barn, Mendham Low Road,  Redenhall, Harleston, Norfolk, England IP20

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