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Art retreat

Virtual retreat

Art retreat

per person
May 7-9

Event Highlights

  • Awarded artists talk about their masterpieces, their sources of inspiration, and how art can be healing.
  • Fashion representatives explain the influence of art in fashion.
  • World-known photographer, Stephanie Diani, shares all her secrets for creating perfect portraits.



About This Event

Travelgems has teamed up with Minos Beach Art Hotel to offer a series of virtual classes that are centered around art and its influence on our lives. Famous experts from all over the world have been carefully selected to share their knowledge and personal experience with other likeminded people. The virtual classes will take place from May 7th to 9th, 2020.

We all interact with art on a daily basis. However, few stop and think how these forms of expression not only look pretty or have a danceable beat, they also provide spiritual wellness. People have been using art—extensions of the human soul—to cultivate positive changes within themselves and relations with the outside world. Art generates personal exploration through self-expression or delving into one’s spiritual agony with listening or seeing. Activities like painting, sculpting, drawing, and photography are relaxing and rewarding hobbies that can lower your stress level and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm. Creating art provides a distraction, giving your brain a break from your usual thoughts. Another benefit of art is that it encourages creative thinking, It also boosts self-esteem, provides a sense of accomplishment and increases empathy, tolerance and feelings of love.
Moreover, Art is healing because it forces you to forge a connection between your mind and your body. Unlike exercise, which works your body, or meditation, which clears your mind, art-making accesses both mind and body to promote healing. Every time you sit down to write a song or paint a picture, you’re using mental processes in a physically engaging activity.

About Sotirios Bahtsetzis

Sotirios Bahtsetzis is a writer, curator, and educator based in Athens. He is an Assistant Professor in Art History at Deree - The American College of Greece. He acts as a member of the board of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation. He is the curator of the foundation's art collection, exhibitions- and educational programs. He also co-directs the Artistic Creative Agency ArtBOX and the cultural organization AthenSYN. He curated group exhibitions such as Homemade Exotica (2019), Universitas (2017), Beauty is the Method (2015), Roaming Images. Thessaloniki Biennial (2011), Paint-id in MMCA (2009), Women Only (2008), Open Plan in Art Athina (2007), An Outing (2006) and Familistere I in KW Berlin (2002). He writes essays accompanying group and one-man exhibitions. He is a member of the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art), AICA (International Art Critics Association), the AAMC (Association of Art Museum Curators) among other professional bodies.

About Theodros Zafeiropoulos

Theodoros Zafeiropoulos was born in 1978. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He graduated from the MFA program of the School of Fine Arts in Athens. He graduated and was honored with the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award from the MFA program of the School of Visual Arts, NY, USA as recipient of the Fulbright, Gerondelis & Al.Onassis Foundations scholarships. He participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2016 he concluded his PhD dissertation in the School of Architecture, University of Thessaly. Since 2001 he has presented 10 solo shows and has participated in more than 100 international group shows, residencies, and projects in Greece, USA, and elsewhere. His artworks are part of many public and private collections in Greece, Switzerland, London, USA, and elsewhere. In 2017 he was elected as Assistant professor in NTUA, School of Architecture.

About Georgia Kotretsos

Georgia Kotretsos is a visual artist and a professional spectator based in Athens, Greece. With her work, she critiques the conformity of seeing by studying, proposing and practicing liberating and anarchic approaches of looking at art in an effort to support that seeing is site-specific and spectatorial emancipation the source of our art knowledge. Through her research-based practice, she encourages speculative approaches on how knowledge is and/or could be produced. Her work has been presented at: Onassis Art Center, NY; the Asian Society, NY; the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art; the Tinguely Museum, Basel, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse; the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, and at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis among other institutions in Greece and abroad. In 2019, Kotretsos founded THE ΤΕΛΟΣ SOCIETY, Arts & Culture Research Lab Observatorium, a nonprofit organization in Athens, Greece.

About Alexandros Kaklamanos

Alexandros Kaklamanos is a visual artist based in Athens. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (2011) and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (2010) with a state scholarship. In 2014, he received his MFA from the Academy of Art and Design (AKV) St. Joost, s’-Hertogenbosch with a scholarship from Motor Oil Hellas. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. In recent years, he has been experimenting mainly with sculptures, public interventions and works of moving image, in which the viewer is often an important part being dragged into an intimate connection with the work. Memory, as a moment and as a monument, seems to connect conceptually his most recent practice.

About Yorgos Rimenidis

Yorgos Rimenidis (b.1981) currently works as a lecturer at the Department of Culture and Creative Media and Industries of the University of Thessaly. He graduated from the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly and completed Postgraduate Studies at the School of Architecture of the NTUA. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly. His current activities include all-scale design projects, experiments in architectural design as well as the wide range of visual communication. His works have been published and exhibited in publications and exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

About Deux Hommes – Dimitris Alexakis & Grigoris Triantafillou

Dimitris Alexakis and Grigoris Triantafillou are the design duo of Deux Hommes, a brand identified with the urban aesthetics and avant-garde approach to the moden haute couture. From their first independent fashion shows to their participation in the Greek Fashion Week and the presentations in Paris and Milan, Deux Hommes have always been an ambassador of a sophisticated style that straddles between romance and sharp looking, sculptural and linear forms, luxury and treet style.

About Filep Motwary

Filep Motwary is an Editor-at-Large Vogue Greece, independent Curator and Author, photographer, fashion Journalist, and fashion Features Editor at Dapper Dan Magazine. “Haute-à-Porter”, his initial book (Lannoo 2016) examined the relationship between Haute Couture and Pret-a-Porter and was published on the occasion of his curatorial project presented at the Modemuseum of Hasselt from April to September 2016. The exhibition was ranked by French Vogue as one of the TOP3 for the year 2016, internationally. He has interviewed hundreds of individuals from the fields of fashion, photography and the arts while he often collaborates with print and online publications such as Metal Magazine, Boycott and others.

About Studio 3.8

Nestled into the banks of the Spree river in the heart of East Berlin, Studio 3.8 offers an extraordinary concept for creators, innovators, leaders and decision makers – to meet, connect and collaborate. A short distance to the city centre, yet amid nature and overlooking the Spree’s widest point, the natural surroundings impart a sense of tranquillity, transporting guests to a place of calm and focused perception. A private and peaceful oasis within the bustle of the Berlin’s urban life, consciously created to spark creativity and let inspiration flow. Studio 3.8 has been thoughtfully created for demanding professionals that require privacy and intimacy for focused exchanges. Our concept welcomes teams, task forces and selected audiences who seek a unique retreat scenario for formats such as team off-sites and break-outs, retreat meetings and get-togethers, coaching sessions and presentations.

About Stephanie Diani

Stephanie Diani is a New York-based photographer who makes portraits of A-list celebrities and others for a cool group of discerning editors, art buyers and creative directors. She uses cinematic light and shadow to capture the subtle nuances of her subjects in moments of contemplation, humor or playfulness. She is self-taught, has been an independent photography professional for twenty years, and still gets giddy about a great shoot. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Mindful, TIME, Fortune, Inc, AARP, American Way, Good Housekeeping, Backstage, The Wrap, The Wall Street Journal, Popular Mechanics, The Harvard Business Review, and many other leading publications. She picks groovy Spotify playlists, believes photoshoots should be fun, and is damn good with wardrobe clips.

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Day 1: Is Art Healing?
Four award-winning Greek artists and Professor and art critic Sotirios Bahtsetzis will talk about their masterpieces, their sources of inspiration, and how art can be healing. Artists: Theodoros Zafeiropoulos, Georgis Kotretsos, Alexandros Kaklamanos, Yorgos Rimenidis
Day 2: Art to the people
Three fashion representatives and the owner of Studio 3.8, an incredible art space in Berlin, will explain the influence of art on people and how it affects their creativity. Fashion representatives: Deux Hommes, Filep Motwary
Day 3: Masterclass Photography
World-known photographer, Stephanie Diani, will share all her secrets for creating portraits, advantages of studio vs location work, selecting the right subject to photograph, and many more that constitute the foundations of creating a nice photo
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