TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs announces a stunning new exhibition by Tarpon Springs photographer Beeba Christopoulos-Lekkas. The Horio: Greek Life in Tarpon Springs is the Tarpon Springs that most people never see—an insider’s view of poignant and sometimes exquisite moments in the daily life of the Greek community.
In the artist’s statement, Christopoulos-Lekkas explains, “I grew up in Tarpon Springs, where being Greek was the center of everything. My mother made sure of it, as did all the mothers. So after college, I took the next logical step and moved to Greece. The seed that had been planted inside me in Tarpon Springs blossomed. It felt like home.
"Ten years later I came back, as we all do, to the horio (village). It wasn't until I came back that I saw it all, smelled it all, listened to it all...realized it all. The majesty of our liturgical life, the intricacy of our costume, the textures, the colors; the sounds our music, our song, our language; our people's faces….the smell of incense burning, koulourakia baking—even the smell of a warehouse full of sponge…These photographs are as much about capturing our lives, as they are a call to stop and really see what we have.”
In anticipation of Epiphany 2014, another photographic exhibition by Beeba Christopoulos-Lekkas and Kostas Lekkas, Epiphany in Tarpon Springs. For the last five years, the husband and wife team have worked to capture the magic and pageantry of this renowned event, and the many singular events and individuals that compose it. The exhibit will be displayed in the upstairs gallery.
The opening reception is Monday, Dec. 30, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Gulf Coast Folklife, Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. The exhibit runs from Dec. 30 through April 5, 2014 in the Folklife Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call 727-942-5605 for more information.
The Center for Gulf Coast Folklife and the exhibition are funded in part with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk & Traditional Arts Program and the Florida Humanities Council.