A result of the deep love for
the art is Gallery Kypriaki Gonia. The owner of the gallery Nikos Psatharis
who studies the Popular Art and he is an artist himself organised his
'place' which at the beginning was in K. Kalogera street in order to exhibit
his traditional pieces of art and to give the chance to the public to get
acquainted with Traditional Art. Later he gave the chance to other artists
to exhibit and for this reason an old traditional house was transformed into
a gallery for the needs of this purpose. This new place is in 45 Stadiou
street near the old stadium G.S.Z. (Gymnastic Society Zenon).
Very near is the ancient church of St. Lazarus
and in the neighborhood there are many mansions that remind the old beauty of Larnaka. This stoned
house, cared with love from him, preserves the traditional arches, the high
roof and the big windows, intact. The place is discreetly ornamented by the
artist's creations that add to the house's traditional beauty. Since the
opening of the gallery, January 1993, under the name Kypriaki Gonia many
remarkable artists have been hosted.
What is the role of the gallery? It is the link between the creator and the puplic and gives the
chance to the people in Cyprus to get acquainted with the artists and brings
in the town a cultural breeze. The gallery's attitude to face the artists
with much respect and responsibility and keep away from any kind of
commercialization, accomplishes its goal.
Dr Tonia Loizou -