By Catherine Tsounis
An exceptional Art Exhibition was held Sunday afternoon, April 21 at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church at 11-05 150th Street, Whitestone, New York. Marianthi Raptis and Matina Botoulas. The artists have had numerous exhibitions in New York City. “We want Greek art and culture transmitted to the next generation,” said the artists.
“I worked 30 years as a textile designer and colorist for home furnishings and wallpapers in NYC,” explained Ms. Raptis. “I find great pleasure in expressing myself in art, painting different subjects. Landscapes, portraits, flower painting are my enjoyment at this time of my life.”
“I am entering a road I never dreamed,” said Matina Botoulas of Flushing, New York. “My daughters inspired me with a gift of artist supplies. I began expressing in art my impressions of my surroundings. I loved drawing from a young girl in Angelona, Laconia, Greece. I married my husband, Nick Botoulas of Tripolis, Greece. We immigrated to the U.S., raised our daughters Marilene and Georgia, while pursuing careers. At sixty-five, I began a career as an artist. I am inspired by my environment.”
Americans are entering new careers, regardless of age. Innovative, paintings that show art’s influence was seen. Ms. Marianthi Raptis and Mrs. Matina Botoulas are the unsung artists whose exhibition reflect the 2019 Spring Art Exhibitions in New York City.
Photos – Art Exhibition. All Photos are by Marilena Botoulas