City Art Gallery in Plovdiv, Bulgaria organized an exhibition in October. It featured paintings by the Greek artist Effie Micheli (1906-1984), after a proposal of the Greek Consul General Nikolaos Piperingos and under the auspices of the General Consulate. Inspration for the artist was Greek nature in the period following WW II.
Effie Micheli emerged as an artist in 1952 and was soon identified as a naive painter by art critics. Micheli participated in exhibitions all over Greece and in more than fifty Greek group shows. She also presented her work at one-woman shows in Athens, Boston and Stockholm. Micheli received many awards and distinctions. In 1979 she founded The Panayotis & Effie Michelis Foundation in support of the study, promotion and dissemination of the philosophy of art. Many articles about the artist’s work have appeared in newspapers and art magazines. Her work can be found in many private collections both in Greece and abroad.
The director of the CIty Art Gallery, Krassimir Linkov was in charge of the inauguration of the exhibition. It was attended by representatives of the local community, Greek diplomats, a representative of the Metropolitan of Philippopolis and a number of artists. On behalf of the Michelis Foundation, a greeting was addressed by the President of the Board Professor Dionysis Zivas.
The exhibition was very successful and contributed to the promotion of the modern cultural heritage of Greece to a neighboring country, sharing many common traits with Greece. The Greek element; especially in Philippopolis, is increasingly evident to its visitors.
An informative booklet was also available at the exhibition in three languages of Greek, Bulgarian and English.