AWOG Activities

Area Meetings

We meet monthly in smaller groups in neighborhoods in Attiki. You can join an AWOG area  in: Kolonaki-Plaka-Pangrati, Glyfada, Kifissia, Halandri-Aghia Paraskevi, Papagou-Holargos, Psychiko.   This is a way for members to meet in smaller groups, frequently in members homes, and also a way to make friends in your neighborhood.  Working women who cannot attend area meetings can receive all monthly news via our google board group once you sign up for the notifications.

Meetings

Regular meetings are scheduled each month  for the entire membership, usually the third week  of each month, at a centrally located venue in Athens or in either the northern or southern suburbs for easy access for all of our membership.  We hold a General Assembly each March, and an additional Extraordinary General Assembly for elections in November every two years.  Our next elections will be in November of 2015.  All members are urged to come and participate in the General Assemblies.

See our upcoming meetings here.

Special Activities and Events

Our special activities are a way for us to get together and enjoy each other’s company.  Many of our events are open to non-AWOG members, friends, husbands and partners.  There is also a monthly Fine Arts program organized by our Fine Arts Chairperson.

AWOG Upcoming Events

 


Fine Arts:

   
Thursday, September 29th
11 am
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum
12 Kallisperi Street, Acropolis
The museum is located on Karyatidon and Kallisperi Streets, just off the esplanade of Dionysiou Areopagitou St. on the south side of the Acropolis
Tour of museum exhibitions
Regular Admission 5 Euros; Seniors 4 Euros

  
ILJM provides guided tours at the permanent collections. Tour-guiding is handled exclusively by ILJM curatorial staff and include audio visual presentations and hands-on experience in the prototype jewelry workshop of the Museum. There is also an info kiosk with information in 7 languages on the first floor.
An authentic jewelry workshop operates at the ground floor of the Museum, allowing visitors to observe our resident goldsmith at work. At the goldsmith’s bench, the public is introduced to ancient goldsmithery techniques, to the tools and materials of the trade. 

The ILJM’s research library is open to the public on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, during the Museum’s opening hours. Non-members of the Museum’s Friend’s Club are requested to contact the ILJM’s Education Department for an appointment. 
The ILJM Library holdings amount to over 5000 volumes in the specialised fields of jewelry history, art history, archaeology and the applied and decorative arts. This exceptional research library, one of its kind in Greece in its focus on the art of jewelry, is enriched annually with acquisitions and donations, so as to serve as a potent research tool for layman and specialist alike. The most recent donation to the ILJM library was that of 258 volumes on jewelry history kindly bequeathed to the Museum in the memory of George Ioannis Pikoulas by his decendants, Mr. Constantine G. Pikoulas, Ms. Georgia Euaggelopoulou-Pikoula, Ms Chrysa Georgantopoulou, Ms Eirine Karavasila and Ms Viky Nikoyanni. 
   

Ilias Lalaounis (1920_) born in the heart of Athens is today an internationally renowned artist and jeweler. After working in the family business for many years he founded his own company in 1969 entitled Greek Gold-Ilias Lalaounis S.A. Initially branches were opened on several Greek Islands and soon expanded through Europe in Paris, Zurich, Geneva, and London and in cities throughout the world such as New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He has received many prizes for his art with the most important being that of the French Academy of Fine Arts in 1990, as the only jeweler ever to be elected as its member.
His career begins in the 40’s when he oversaw works for the family’s Zolotas firm. At those very difficult years within the Greek society both politically and financially Lalaounis turned to new ways of promoting the business. At first with the introduction of new machinery and techniques for the manufacturing of chains, he continued the gem setting jewelry but studied ancient goldsmith techniques for designs prescribed on gold 18k and 22k jewelry and micro sculpture. In the Fifties his ingenious idea of reviving Greek jewelry was hugely successful and without doubt changed his life and career. Ancient artefacts sparked off his imagination and inspired thousands of jewelry designs. Lalaounis’ knowledge and grasp for the art and history of early civilizations led to a number of ‘archaeological’ collections based on various cultures in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In the Seventies he proved his inexhaustible ability to create and search for new ideas with some spectacular designs based on modern technology, astronomy, nature and medicine, to mention a few. He overwhelmed his clientele with the sheer diversity of his jewelry and the richness of the gold for which he became well known.
In 1993, the company’s workshops were moved to new, purpose-built facilities. The building was altered to house a unique Jewelry Museum, the only museum world-wide dedicated to contemporary jewelry. The Museum’s founder, Ilias Lalaounis, envisaged a social role for the Museum in endorsing the development of contemporary Greek jewelry, through a framework of promotion, display and academic research that such an institution may offer. Today, in its superbly equipped new workshops, Ilias Lalaounis Greek Gold LTD produces the designs sold in the company’s outlets in Greece and abroad. In line with the family tradition, Ilias Lalaounis’ four daughters, Katerini, Demetra, Maria and Ioanna direct both the company and the museum. 
The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is a unique museum devoted to the art of jewelry and the decorative arts. The museum was founded in 1993 and opened to the public, as a non-profit organisation. Today the Museum’s permanent collection includes over 4000 pieces of jewelry and micro sculptures from over 50 collections designed by the museum’s founder, Ilias Lalaounis, between 1940 and 2000. The permanent collection is enriched with donations including jewelry and decorative arts from around the world. 
The main museum edifice was the original workshop of Ilias Lalaounis Company. The alterations of the space were designed by Bernard Zehrfuss (1908-1996) and the architectural plan was refined and carried out by the Architect, Vassilis Gregoriadis with the Engineer, George Athanasoulis. 

http://www.lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.gr/en

Lunch following at rooftop garden restaurant

Contact Fine Arts Chair Mary Latsey-Amvrazi 
by Tuesday, September 26th 
marlamba21@gmail.com 
210 801 4958, 6974 076 195

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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2017 Christmas Bazaar

Our Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held on Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at the Athens War Museum.  

All of the proceeds of this event will go to charities selected by the community services committee.