Queenscliff Gallery Opening


Date: December 14, 2015 Location: 81 Hesse Street Queenscliff VIC 3225 Together with exhibiting artists, directors of ooi Soula & Theo Mantalvanos celebrated the beginning of their new business venture, Queenscliff Gallery. A private event was hosted prior to opening to the public. Thanks to: Lesley Alway, Andrew Gunnell, Ray Threadwell of Bellarine Peninsula Homes, Handmade Films, Jason Reekie Photography, [...]

Dreamscape, Gertrude Street Projection Festival animation at Aesop


Please vote for us, we're Site Number 35 Dreamscape is a collection of animated collages by printmaking artists Soula Mantalvanos and Ellie Malin, focusing on line, light, colour and texture. Artists: Soula Mantalvanos and Ellie Malin Medium: Projection / installation at Aesop Gertrude Street Fitzroy. Animation by Jei Jui. Event: The Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2014 Dates: 17 July – 20 [...]

Borough of Queenscliffe 150th Anniversary Art Award finalist


This piece came about when I was on a retreat (from the pain ritual) in Hepburn Springs. After my tutorials with Jeff Makin I wanted to continue the simplicity he taught me of finding ordinary objects to paint. So I took off without my usual planned accessories and found these (most reflective, shiny, not to mention perforated!) items on location! Drying [...]

St. George, Hellenic Republic Restaurant Mural


Client: Hellenic Republic Restaurant Brief: An interior wall mural painted with the egg tempera technique, of St. George at the Hellenic Republic Restaurant by Soula (and much help from Theo). Outcome: St. George as planned with two extra olive trees that wrapped around the walls. Extract from my diary: St.George, the last day September 9th, 2009 It’s done, it’s over! Oh [...]

Art & Chronic Pain – A Self Portrait


Although a horrendous topic of chronic pelvic pain that is consuming much of Soula and Theo's lives, it was no surprising creative response that Soula directed OoI to communicate her art and words into a book. Self expression and the ability to extract it in a creativity form is an incredible catharsis, and in this case has produced an overwhelming artistic [...]

Committee for Melbourne Annual Dinner events


Client: The Committee for Melbourne (CFM) Brief: Various event collaterol for CFM's annual dinner at The Crown Palladium Ballroom for their approximately 1,000 guests. Outcome: Draw and design the material for the evening including invitations, programs, list of attendees and other suitable items like staff passes, certificates for awards, diary date flyers, table centers, stage set concept, even live production of [...]

Artist’s Materials, finalist pieced in the Alice Bale Art Award 2012


Indeed! Clearly, studying during pelvic pain hell was worth it and not just for sanity's sake. Thank you Jeff Makin for your wonderful tuition (and your great selection of objects!). Artist's Journal and Palette has been selected as a finalist piece for the 2012 AME Bale Art Prize in the medium of oils and/or acrylics. 10" x 14", oil on canvas [...]

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