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Greece Comes to the Ocean City Arts Center in August with the Aegean Dreams Art Exhibit.


For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Contact:   Tim Kelly

                  Stockton Public Relations

                  (609) 652-4950


GALLOWAY TWP., NJ – For the entire month of August, the Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., along with the Richard Stockton College Friends of Hellenic Studies will present Aegean Dreams…Καλλιτεχνικές αναμνήσις τής Ελλάδας - a Hellenic-themed art exhibition featuring four distinguished artists showing works in acrylic, oil, watercolor and photography. 


On Tuesday, August 15 from 6PM to 9PM, there will be a “Meet the Artists” reception.  Storyteller, Eleni Constantelos, will entertain at 7:30 PM with a Greek myth and a folktale. The exhibit and reception are free to the public. Greek food, courtesy of Katina’s Restaurant of Ocean City, and refreshments will be served at the reception.  For more information, contact the Arts Center at (609) 399-7628,  or the Richard Stockton College at (609) 652-4528.


Exhibit hours: 

Hours: Mon – Fri 9AM to 9PM

Sat 9AM to 4PM


The Artists:


Maryann Hondo

The watercolors Maryann Hondo is showing in the Aegean Dreams exhibit were inspired by her June 2005 trip in Greece.  She has studied watercolors and pastels at the MFA School in Boston, the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, Mass. and the Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, N.Y.


Maryann’s work has been shown in student and juried exhibits at Woodstock School of Art and DeCordova. She has had private shows in Belmont, Mass. and New York City.


Victoria Papale


Victoria Papale’s striking oil and acrylic interpretations of Greek mythology convey a sense of mystery that blur the line between myth and reality.  


Victoria began painting in her teens as a self-taught artist and, later, attended the Philadelphia College of Art (now a part of the University of the Arts), the Fleisher Art Memorial and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, all in Philadelphia.


She has shown her art in distinguished galleries and museums in both the United States and Europe.  The highlight of her career came in 2002, when, as a guest artist, she exhibited her work at the Melina Mercouri Hall on the island of Hydra, Greece.


Bob Roehrenbeck


Bob Roehrenbeck lived in Greece for a year and has gone back on a frequent basis since 1973. Two of his favorite themes, evidenced in this exhibit, are the Meteora and the Anafiotika quarter of Athens.  Various monasteries of the Meteora region are shown from different angles and views in several of his works.  Athenian street scenes and the Anafiotika quarter are interpreted in oil and acrylic paintings as well as in pencil drawings.  He has studied at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, the New School for Social Research, NYC and the Parsons School of Design, NYC.


Gerry Strahlendorf

In the summer of 2005, Gerry traveled to Greece for three weeks where he took the photographs being shown in this exhibit. He visited the islands of Mykonos and Santorini and, then, traveled by car through the Peloponnesian peninsula, ending his journey in Athens. His photographs underscore the stunning colors and dramatic topography of those places.  Gerry graduated from East Stroudsburg College.  He owns the MotoPhoto & Portrait Studio on the White Horse Pike in Absecon.


He will offer special free lectures and events during the Aegean Dreams exhibit at the Ocean City Arts Center:


Tuesday, August 22nd 7:30PM: “The Examined Life.”  Dr. Fred Mench, Stockton professor of Classics and former Director of the Interdisciplinary Center of Hellenic Studies.  The purpose of this program is to help K-12 teachers incorporate the wisdom of the ancient Greeks into their curriculum.  Find out how it can enhance the learning environment of today’s schools in America.


Tuesday, August 29th 7:30PM:  Learn Greek Dancing…Opa! with Kostas Tzouvanellis, the official Greek dance instructor at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Atlantic City.  Kostas will show you the dance steps of two familiar dances, the Kalamatiano and the Tsamiko, so that you too can kick up your heels (or tsarouhia) at the next Greek Festival.


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