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Olympic art exhibition

History of Development of Consciousness 

Music and dance. Piano Accordion  

                                                                   


                                 
                                                                          

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Olympic art exhibition

The spiritual impact the more recent Olympics has affected the whole world in a way that previous Olympics have not. Perhaps it is the fact that after over 100 years years the Olympic came home to Greece. Perhaps it is that Hellas has suddenly come to life for many nations, is undergoing a great transformation and will now come to be seen as the powerhouse for creativity and cultural excellence that it has always been. Perhaps, more deeply, the world situation is now one where the tradition of peace associated with the Olympics means so much more to every person on the planet. Whatever the reason, the holding of the Olympics in Athens blessed the world in a unique way.





One artist who has felt this keenly is Panagiota Stamatopoulou. In her exhibition of Olympic paintings, which at the Fitzroy Gallery in Melbourne in the Athens Olympic year, Panagiota depicted the national spiritual significance of the Olympics in artworks that combine classical simplicity with a style of painting that is uniquely Mediterranean.

Panagiota's passionate belief is that the Olympics' real significance is to world peace that was always the tradition of the Games in ancient times. In what she calls "consciousness based art," she identifies the timeless radiance of the Olympic ideal as a kind of stillness in the midst of athletic movement, and as an everlasting quality in the most touching moments of the Olympic ceremonial - the lighting of the Olympic Torch, the taking of the oath, the passing on of the Olympic Flag, the four kinds of classical wreath used in Greek games in ancient times, and the moment of victory in Olympic competition.

In the pictures of athletes in action, she depicts peace in skill, stillness in movement, in a style that is reminiscent of the classical pottery of Ancient Greece, yet has the radiance and luminosity of a moment of light.

Panagiota is a quiet artist. Although well-exhibited over a long period, she does not frequently make an appearance. Over the years she has accumulated some of the finest and most delicate floral art in Melbourne, while in Greece she has undertaken commissioned portraits, landscapes, cultural painting and individual works of a unique style.

Panagiota has exhibited in the Scorpios Gallery in Kolonaki, at the Pan Arcadian Festival Art Exhibitions, at the Cultural Centre in Vrilissia, in the Castle of Duchess Plakentia on Mount Pendeli, at the Ecology Hellas Exhibition in Pallini, at the Ekastikos Cyclos and El Greco Gallery in Athens, at the Arcadian Cultural Centre in Tripoli, and in her own permanent exhibition in Attica. In Australia, she has exhibited at a variety of locations, including the Joan Gough Studio Gallery, South Yarra, the Burke Hall Art Show in Xavier College, Kew, and at the Collins Place Art and Craft permanent exhibitions.

She is also a member of the Contemporary Art Australia Society. She studied art in Melbourne under art teacher and author John Yule, and with Michales Polycrates in Athens, and trained in Art and Photography at the Caroline Chisholm Institute of Technology. She was a photo colourist with Melbourne's first Greek photography studio until colour film became available. She has specialised in floral and still life oil and acrylic art, and has studied floristry and floral art at the Milner's School of Floristry in Melbourne. She has recently extended her still life and floral art to depiction of Australian species and landscape art.

After the Olympic exhibition at the Fitzroy Gallery, Panagiota was invited to display her Olympic works at the Philotechnikos Omilos, Tripoli, and at the Art Gallery of Kifissia. In Australia, the collection became a standing exhibit at the International Centre for Hellenic Studies, La Trobe University.

Panagiota's life has been an intricate mix of Greek and Australian experiences. She was born in Pallantion, Arcadia, and at the age of six migrated to Victoria. She was educated at Prince's Hill High School and Taylor's College, and studied music with Remo Parllanti at the Melbourne School of Music.

Panagiota's talents have always been in fine arts, including music, poetry and painting. She gained the Brighton Town Hall Music Prize at the age of twelve. Her family tradition is in photography, art and music. A collection of her father's photographic works - the first Greek commercial photographic productions in Melbourne – was on continuous display at the International Centre for Hellenic Studies at La Trobe University.



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History of Development of Consciousness

Learned Transcendental Meditation in 1992 during the elections and Natural Law Party campaign in Victoria. Teacher Dr Larry Clarke.

TM-Sidhi Program 2003-2004

Attended more than 40 weekend residence courses and World Peace Assemblies.

Using and promoting the Maharishi Vedic Products for myself and my neighbours, as well as in the Greek community in Melbourne.

Introduced members of the Greek community to learn Transcendental Meditation.

Candidate for the Natural Law Party in all Victorian and Federal Elections during the lifetime of the Party. Campaigned in the Greek community, and achieved the top two or three number of votes among Natural Law Party candidates.

Raised funds and contributed personal donations for Maharishi's Australian Aid for Cambodia Fund, Maharishi Vedic University.

Organised conference on Genetic Engineering at Maharishi Vedic College.

Flower decorations, garlands and decorations for Maharishi Vedic College celebrations.

Introduced Maharishi Vedic Products to old people's homes in Melbourne (Little Sisters of the Poor).

Greek TV and radio, both in Greece and Australia, with support from the broadcasters, the Greek community and Orthodox authorities.

My son is an expert in Intelligent Houses (Smart Houses) and offices.

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Music and dance. Piano Accordion

 

Music and dance. Piano Accordion



Poetry and song lyrics, biographical poem cycles, published

Sewing, Art and Craft

Flower Arrangement

Health Nutrition

Reflexology

Building a Vastu House

Personal History

Born in Palladium, Arcadia, Greece, 1947.

Emigrated to Australia in 1954.

Father, Panagiotis Stamatopoulos, established the first Greek commercial photography studio in Melbourne. Work represented in a permanent exhibition in the La Trobe University Centre for Hellenic Studies in Melbourne.

Studied music for 6 years with Remo Parllanti, Melbourne School of Music, specialising in piano accordion. Classical, International and Traditional music. Theory of classical guitar.

Brighton Town Hall Music Prize at the age of twelve.

Higher School Certificate in Greek at Hellenic Lyceum Lepidas (HLL), Melbourne. 100% score. Character Assessment: Excellent

Public Service, Australian Taxation Office

Commercial Bank of Australia

Studied Art and Photography at the Caroline Chisholm Institute of Technology

Photo colourist until colour film became available

Work experience in Acropolis, Olympia and Parthenon photographic studios, Melbourne

Greek-English interpreter: Public Service, Australian Taxation Office, Commercial Bank of Australia, Greek community, medical interpreting, Courts and solicitors.

Returned to Greece in 1970 - 1989

Family in Athens engaged in pioneering work in film, television and media in Greece, and founded the world-wide Antenna Broadcasting TV network.

Art training in Athens. Oil media, portraiture, landscape and floral art.

Studied art in Melbourne and Greece under art teacher and author John Yule, and with Michales Polycrates in Athens.

Poetry published in periodicals and educational texts. Poetry recited at the annual celebration of the Scholars of Tegea of Tripoli, and broadcast on radio and television.

Painting in oils and acrylic. Drawing, colour photography, hat design and couture, floral art and bouquet design, dress art, sculpture, pencil portraiture, interior design and window dressing.

Theme in art has been the presentation of the spiritual in everyday objects, natural forms and historic events.

Style is Mediterranean, with resonances of current Greek form, colour and composition, and also Phoenician, Levantine, Byzantine, classical and Alexandrian themes, subjects and styles. Influence of Australian Impressionism

Recent experience in iconography and pyrography

Studied floristry and floral art at the Milner’s School of Floristry in Melbourne.

Member of the Contemporary Art Australia Society, Melbourne.

Certificate with Distinction in Health Nutrition and Herbal Medicine.

Practiced reflexology (Ingham System) for over 20 years.

Panarcadia Hospital Tripolis, Greece  -- provision of reflexology services

Public Relations Officer, Atzmon Clinic for Osteoporosis, Melbourne, speaking to large groups of Greek people on osteoporosis, chiropractic, reflexology and diet.

International Ecology Conference, Athens 2006. Member of the International Ecology Movement.

Knowledge and practical experience of Maharishi’s Vedic science and Technology of Consciousness.

Interest in history, Greek philosophy and the national development of Greece.

Published poetry on the liberation of Greece by Kolokotronis and the rebirth of Greek life in the modern era.

Assistant Art Teacher, Maharishi School Melbourne

Voluntary work

Australian Aid for Cambodia Fund

Maharishi Vedic College

The Natural Law Party

Little Sisters of the Poor

GeneEthics Network

Commonwealth Games 2006

“Food for our future” program of Australian GenEthics Council

Volunteers Award from the Pan Arcadian Hospital in Tripoli

Search for land for Peace Palace, Melbourne

Exhibitions:

1.    Scorpios Gallery in
Kolonaki, Athens

2.  Pan Arkadian Festival Art Exhibitions

3.    Joan Gough Studio Gallery, South Yarra, Victoria

4.    Cultural Centre of Vrilissia, Attica, Greece

5.   Castle of Duchess Plakentia, Mount Pendeli, Greece

6.      El Greco Gallery, Athens

7.      Ikastikos Cyclos, Athens

8.      Blue Sea Hotel Hall, Tyros, Pelopponese

9.      Palladion Studio Gallery, Tripoli

10.  Permanent Exhibition in own private gallery, Patima, Attica

11.  Ecology Hellas Exhibition, Pallini, Attica

12.  Burke Hall Art Show, Xavier College, Kew, Victoria 1993

13.  Collins Place Art and Craft permanent Sunday exhibition

14.  Barolo Restaurant group exhibition, South Yarra, Victoria

15.  Joan Gough Studio Gallery group exhibition, South Yarra, Victoria

16.  Arcadian Cultural Centre, Tripoli

17.  Fitzroy Gallery, Melbourne

18.  Centre for Hellenic Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Collections

Paintings and commissioned works in the following collections:

D Toukas, manager, Media of Greece and Abroad

Elkastikos Cyclos, Athens

Governmental, Prime Ministerial and other political leaders’ portraiture, Athens

Teachers’ Academy, Tripoli

Halandri, Athens

Permanent Olympic Exhibition at Centre for Hellenic Studies, La Trobe University

Works exist in private and other collections in China, Australia, Holland, USA and Greece.


Reproduced with the permission of author

PANAGIOTA STAMATOPOULOU

I have organised for events at Maharishi Vedic College in Melbourne, including presentations and poetry nights, and have promoted Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Ayur Veda and Maharishi Sthapatya Veda. In the past I have broadcast regularly on TV on the Athens Ecology Channel (Telefos), started and owned by one of the early meditators, promoting Maharishi's knowledge and talking about Consciousness Based Education, the importance of Vastu, Maharishi Ayur Veda, and the Global Country of World Peace. I have organised presentations in TM in my home town of Tripoli this year.

My training has been in art, including portrait, still life and landscape painting, and I have held 14 exhibitions in Australia and Greece. I have been trained in music, specialising in the piano accordion since childhood, which I have played in public events, most recently at MUM. I have also a Diploma in Herbal Medicine and Nutrition and have completed training in Reflexology. I have also had training in flower arrangement.

Summary List of Points

Mother of one son, aged 40, in Athens, married with two children.

Assistant Art Teacher, Maharishi School Melbourne

TM (22 years) and TM-Sidhi Program (9 years)

Languages, Greek, English (French 6 years, German 1 year)

Artist – oil and acrylic painting, drawing, portraiture, still life, landscape, iconography

 


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