What a great honour and opportunity that my life’s career presented !
At my Artworks Exhibitions, I always positioned a table by my carefully – precision display of Luxury Paintings, Mosaics, Poems, Art Models and Handmade / Designed Jewelry / Jewellery – Luxury Necklaces
There I was, as the public entered, ready to welcome, meet and greet as many curious and enthused people that arrived
“Welcome to my Art Exhibition, I am Marisa Angelis the Artist, would you like a flier? If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask”
When their viewing was almost over, people would make their way towards me and I would ask, if they would like to sign my Visitors book or stop myself from asking, as I noticed most people would automatically pick up the attached pen and happily sign my visitors book.
Of course I felt delighted that visitors signed, dated and commented my book!
In this blog, I have selected to share some of the comments and feedback that I received from people / Critics, as well as several of my Luxury Paintings that were also presented at real/ non virtual exhibiting!
This Art Video will take you through a photographic journey of some of my Art Exhibitions: It gets better as you go >>> Includes Art Pieces, Mosaics and Art Models made from up-cycled – recycled material. Luxury Paintings, jewelry and Luxury Necklaces, Art Exhibitions, Marisa Angelis – Artist in Studio, at the Artists’ Art Exhibitions, Nomination Photography, Photography and much more…
In 1999, I approached Radio Stations in Adelaide, South Australia and became a regular guest poet and share presenter with one of the most popular FM bandwidth Australian Greek radio stations that reaches listeners world wide.
For my introduction, I discussed my Art work, Luxury Paintings and how Cultural Diversity – Australia, Multiculturalism and the Environment are the core of my Creativity.
Back then no one knew the term Cultural Diversity or what it was/is.
I am the person who brought forth and made ‘Cultural Diversity’ known through various media channels.
The term; Cultural and Diversity was brought together in 1998 after a deeply personal experience shook my awareness of people and cultures and how they saw each other.
One night, as I sat on a red sofa, I opened the dictionary and looked at both words, bringing them together; Cultural Diversity.
In 1999, the media journalists; newspapers, sporting clubs, industries were becoming aware of and ‘picked up’ on ‘Cultural Diversity’ !
I continued to recite my Poetry, hosting competitions and participating in extensive interviews, including Talk Back with listeners throughout Australia and the World which remains another highlight of my career.
My weekly radio segment brought a little happiness and excitement into the lives of many listeners with opportunities for the general public to win and grin, as I offered my up-cycled art pieces and painting ‘Idols’ as prizes!
My interviews were in English, Greeklish, Greek and I had a wonderful time ‘brushing up’ on my Greek!
This experience was educational; I crafted my language skills, it built confidence in me – The professional Artist and Poet and I was truly honoured that my poetry was being enjoyed by a great number of listeners!
From time to time people of all backgrounds and walks of life, would ask “Are you the Artist, on the radio station?”
Whilst my regular weekly segment was happening, I was invited to another two Radio stations; On FM bandwidth, one was for Australian Ethnic broadcasting that broadcasted throughout Australia and the other on AM bandwidth International, reaching listeners all over the world!
At my time with the International radio station, I was offered my own Radio program.
The phone wouldn’t stop ringing, interest and popularity was strong, Theodoris the presenter, handed me a microphone, “The mics yours! Please come back, people love what you are doing, people relate to you… Look, the phone hasn’t stopped ringing the whole time we have been on air!”
My beautiful late Pappou/ Grandfather, was a Greek islander of Anatolian descent. His professions included; Saddler, Farmer, Market Gardener, Soldier and Army Cook, Soap Maker and Distributor during the great depression and a Butcher’s Apprentice. Pappou was a champion Backgammon player and above all a Kind Gentleman as remember by many and those who loved and knew him.
After my Grandparents married they helped raise and support my grandmothers’ three younger siblings and her young widowed mother who outlived my Grandfather. Later in life, my Great Grandmother informed me that my Grandfather was an angel.
Whilst in the army, a fellow Greek ship accidentally blew up my Grandfather and his platoon, mistaking them for the enemy. My Grandfather and a fellow soldier the only two survivors had to bag body parts.
My late Grandparents’ love for each other, was so strong that before the news broke out about the blast, my late Grandmother was on her knees, newly wedded and praying that her husband would be safe.
Amongst his pets Pappou had Tzak, the dog, many cats, horses, donkeys and goats.
Towards the end of the war, Pappou, learnt to converse in Italian with a small group of Italian soldiers, swapping goods for goods, so that he could carry out his soap making.
Immigrating to Australia my Grandparents became Australian. Proud to be Hellenes/ Greek, excited and anxious to commence their new life in Australia. They had a cat which was very playful, a lot of fun and always performing tricks. Pappou worked extremely hard on the South Australian railways and later in a factory, was self sufficient, cooked and carried out many chores, kept a huge garden of vegetables, herbs and fruit trees; including one of my favourites, wild Cherry trees!
When Pappou planted a wild cherry tree in our backyard and it started growing… I would go to the tiny non fully grown cherries, pick them…. Hold the miniature cherries in my hand and squeeze them, as I watched the liquid cherry reddish/ purplish colour, rush and run all over my hand and so my excitement, my inspiration for liquid colour – Paint began at an early age! I noticed how the liquid stained my hand and started rolling it around on my skin – ‘Wow’ !
“Marisa, leave the cherries to grow so we can eat them…” But little did dad know, what I had discovered!
When I was a toddler Pappou would sit me on his knee and I would play with his orange beaded komboloi/ Komboloyee, Greek ‘happy’ pass time beads. Many years later, I found one of the orange komboloi beads tossed in my late Grandparents garage and knew that Pappou was ‘talking’ to me. One bright orange bead –
“Yiassou (Hello) Pappou!”
Pappou’s komboloi of beads, was my creative embedding for designing and creating beaded Luxury Necklaces / Jewellery – Jewelry!
Whenever my father tried to renovate; repair windows with putty, little fingers followed – I was a crafter from way back!
Sorry dad! You had to re apply everything twice – maybe even three times!
I’d follow and watch dad making, fixing, building, growing, nurturing everything!
Sage likes girl pooches, tried to jump on a few after being approached by them first as they stuck their tongues on him or laid down flat out in front of him! Hilarity as the other dog owners get surprised! Their girls are tarts!
Above: Marisa Angelis -Artist with Peoplescape Figure 2001 – Nomination
Fellow Australians nominated Marisa Angelis -Artist for The Peoplescape – The Centenary of Federation 2001. Marisa Angelis gained recognition for Artist, Designer, Writer, Poet and depicted in a life size cut out of ‘Marisa Angelis Peoplescape Figure
Peoplescape Figure Of Marisa Angelis 2001
Video of the completed Peoplescape Figure of Marisa Angelis -Artist
Whilst Australia celebrated nation-wide, honouring the nominees, the people of ‘All Walks of Lives and Backgrounds’, with concerts, fireworks displays, school programs and events, nationally, people were busy decorating blank life-size figures – with paint, photography, poetry and many other creative forms transforming them into Peoplescape Figures.
Historic Service and Heritage Research Centre, Mitcham, South Australia
With one of the volunteers, the most delightful Julie Keay, dressed in Federation attire joined Marisa and guests for the local Project Exhibition of Nominees celebrating Federation at the Eastern Suburb Regional Historic Societies
‘The Peoplescape’ – Angelis’s second nomination – depicted in life size cut out and recognised for ‘Artist, Designer, Writer, Poet’
The installation covered the landscape and figures withstood gale-force winds, rain and sunshine attracting audiences who wandered through ‘the Peoplescape exhibition’, reading the inspirational stories of both women and men whilst enjoying the creative effort of each and every Peoplescape figure.
The ABC Television (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) broadcasted the live concert nationally from Canberra, Australia’s capital with leading Australian entertainers celebrating the spirit of the Australian people and featured The Peoplescape exhibition.
Surviving Peoplescape Figures, were to be placed/ exhibited in The National Museum Canberra – Australia.