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After coming back from my trip to London, I had the chance to visit a contemporary jewellery exhibition at Eleni Marneri Gallery here in Athens. The gallery showcased the works of the students at the Art Workshop of Chalkida, which is just an hour drive from Athens.

The Art Workshop was created in 1978 by the painters Chariklia and Dimitris Mytaras with the support of Yianis Spanos, who was the mayor at the time. Jewellery lessons begun in 2000 and initially Akis Gkoumas and Despina Pantazopoulou were the instructors. Poly Nikolopoulou, who is an Alchimia alumna, has been teaching together with Akis Gkoumas since October.

The show was called “To Taxidi” (The Trip) and although it was originally planned to take place from 14-23.02.2013 it was extended till 02.03.13. The creators of the pieces are new and not-so-new students at the workshop and although Poly’s and Akis’ ‘touch’ is definitely visible in their work, all creators have their own voice and style.

Take a look.

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Anastasia Papakyriakou - Necklace: Papier mache. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Anastasia Papakyriakou – Necklace: Papier mache. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Maria Basina - Rings: plastic, paint. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Maria Basina – Rings: plastic, paint. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

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Marianthi Spyrou. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Marianthi Spyrou. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Eleni Allagianni and Rodoula Samartzi - various pieces. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Eleni Allagianni and Rodoula Samartzi – various pieces. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Georgia Biliri - Bracelets: Wood, bronze, paint. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Georgia Biliri – Bracelets: Wood, bronze, paint. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Despina Theodorou - Rings: wood. Evaggelia Neroutsou: Earrings and ring: resin, cookies. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Despina Theodorou – Rings: wood. Evaggelia Neroutsou: Earrings and ring: resin, cookies. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Maria Apostolou - Pins and ring. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Maria Apostolou – Pins and ring. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

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Poly Nikolopoulou. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Poly Nikolopoulou. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Poly Nikolopoulou and Eleni Marneri. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Poly Nikolopoulou and Eleni Marneri. Photo by Eleni Roumpou

Thank you for reading 🙂

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