Arts Foster Creativity at Stathakion Cultural Center
By Catherine Tsounis
“The arts are fundamental to our culture,” said Billy Chrissochos. “They inspire us, fostering creativity. They help us express our Hellenic values, building bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. Greeks must be cultivated to buy and support the Arts, not just making money. Mr. Chrissochos is President of the Greek Artists Guild. He was the major force in hosting the popular “Holiday Art Exhibition & Sale held on Sunday, December 15th, 2013 at the Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria.
“The public was offered the opportunity to find the perfect gift!” he explained. “We offered Arts, Crafts, Collectibles and Antiques for all. Our artists and participating vendors included: Dora Sislian Themelis; Matina Botoulas; Angelo Kostas; Henry Imms; Denis Kavvadias; Magdalen Mavroudis; Irene Tsiaris; Bobby Tsiaris and Sophokles Plokamakis;Miliana Mitrov; Eftherpi Iatraki; Marianthi Raptis; Ismael Youssef on Facebook –Kobara Comics; Billy Chrissochos; Dion Maravegias; Ellie Braverman; Javier Cruz Winnikwww.thecurv.com; Anna Rezan Kritseli; George Delis; Peter Bougdanos and Anthony Pappas/ the Julia Pappas Community Service Scholarship; Chris “Guitar Doctor” Ambadjes and the American Guitar Museum www.americanguitarmuseum.com. For a complete list of participants, visit https://www.facebook.com/GreekArtistsGuild.
“The Greek Artists Guild was formed in 2013 to help promote Greek-American artists from the NY Tri-State area,” explained President Chryssochos. “We are looking for talented artists, graphic designers, comic book artists, sculptors and graphic designers. Our mission is to promote Greek-American art to the Greater American Public. If you would like to get involved please feel free to contact us.” The Group was founded by Eirini Tsiaris, Billy Chrissochos, Efterpi Iatraki, Marianthi Raptis, George Delis, Marina Smargiannakis and Sophokles Plokamakis. Billy Chrissochos’ Greek American Heavy metal group “Phoenix Reign” recently played to a SOLD OUT crowd.
Among the vendors was Anthony J.Pappas, Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of Astoria with his wife Jackie Pappas. They were promoting a Community Service Scholarship in memory of the late community activist Julia Pappas. For more information, contact Vice-President Pappas at917-376-7802 or email [email protected].
“This is our seventh Art Exhibit in two and a half years, said President Chrissochos. “ We are growing.” Stronger communities are built through the Arts. For more information, contact Billy Chrissochos at 917-617-0597 or [email protected].
Photo 1 – Billy Chrissochos
Photo 2 – Anthony J.Pappas, Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of Astoria with his wife Jackie Pappas promoting a Community Service Scholarship in memory of the late community activist Julia Pappas.