Between 2004, when it opened, and today, the Cultural Center has hosted 32 temporary exhibitions. These were intended to stimulate and encourage emotions both among the locals and a wider audience of visitors. After all, “art imitates life and awakens memories and emotions”.
Έκθεση φωτογραφιών της Ιεράς Μονής Βατοπεδίου από κειμήλια του Αγίου Όρους. Φιλοξενήθηκε στον εκθεσιακό χώρο του Κέντρου Πολιτισμού κατά το χρονικό διάστημα 15/10/2004 έως 15/07/2005
Exhibition of maps from the National Map Library depicting Europe, the Mediterranean, and Greece as depicted by cartographers of recent centuries. Housed in the Cultural Center’s exhibition space from 15/10/2004 to 15/05/2005.
Group art exhibition ‘By the Sea’ held from 29/07/2005 to 15/08/2005. Featuring works by the following artists: Andromachi Bersou, Katerina Vlahou, Efi Koukma, Georgios Koukmas, Stelios Zacharoudis, Dimitris and Stefanias Gardikiotis, Thomai Kontou, Kostas Varna, and Adriane Thrash.
An group art exhibition hosted at the Cultural Center from 16/12/2005 to 20/12/2005, featuring works by Greek artists, primarily from Northern Greece. In total, 124 pieces were presented, created by 72 artists from Macedonia, Thrace, and the Municipality of Stagira-Akanthos. The Neapolis artistic creation group, under the curation of Stavros Deligiannis and Konstantinos Chatzigeorgiou, along with the scholarly support of the Art Historian Leontios Petmezakis, were the main contributors to the exhibition, showcasing both emerging talents and established artists.
An exhibition of painting and sculpture by the Society of Visual Artists of Northern Greece, hosted at the exhibition space of the Cultural Center in Ierissos from 1/04/2006 to 10/05/2006
“This was the 1st International Art Symposium held at the Cultural Center from 20/08/2006 to 29/08/2006 with the aim of creating artistic works. Visual artists from the Society of Visual Artists of Northern Greece and local visual artists participated. During the ten-day Symposium, the artists were hosted by the municipality and created their works within the Cultural Center’s park. They donated these works to the municipality for the establishment of the first Municipal Art Gallery, and their sculptures adorned the courtyard.
Art exhibition featuring works by the artist Stylianos, housed in the space from 14/08/2006 to 31/08/2006.
The photography exhibition, titled ‘Religious Festivals and Sacrifices of Halkidiki,’ uniquely showcased familiar and intimate images of Halkidiki. It was hosted at the Cultural Center from 11/07/2007 to 29/07/2007.
An exhibition of relief artworks by Andreas Zymatikas, with the theme ‘Architectural Tradition of Mount Athos,’ aimed to highlight the cultural and religious heritage of Mount Athos for the world, especially for women who cannot experience its remarkable reality due to the ‘Avaton.’ It was hosted at the Center from 14/06/2008 to 15/07/2008. Noteworthy is Andreas Zymatikas’s technique, which incorporates natural materials into his works, effectively replacing brushes and colors. Materials such as stone, mortar, sand, lime, and watercolor shape his distinctive character. The result is vibrant, powerful, even for the most ardent fans of abstraction.
The Underwater Activities Department of the Kavala Yacht Club collected photographic material from the enchanting world beneath the waters of our region. The purpose of the exhibition was twofold: on the one hand, to showcase the work of its members, and on the other hand, to introduce visitors to the magical images of the underwater world, which is so close to us but often remains unknown to most people. The exhibition was hosted at the Cultural Center from 13/08/2008 to 14/09/2008.
Photography exhibition on the history of the Cathedral Church of Ierissos, ‘Genesis of the Theotokos,’ from the 1932 earthquake to 2008. The exhibition featured photographic material depicting the ruins of houses, the church, as well as portraits of priests, cantors, and Metropolitans who served during those years. Visitors could explore these images at the exhibition from 28/09/2008 to 30/10/2008.
“A photography exhibition organized by the Cultural Organization of Halkidiki and the Public Municipal Enterprise of Stagira-Akanthos, hosted at the Center from 11/03/2009 to 11/04/2009. The exhibition was the result of the photography competition held by the Cultural Organization of Halkidiki in collaboration with the Center for Consumer Protection (KEPKA) of Halkidiki, with the theme ‘Consumers and Environment 2008.’ It was aimed at all those who love photography and have a special sensitivity to environmental and consumer protection issues.
Exhibition of painting and sculpture by Panteliadou and the ‘Monuments of Nature’ by Koutsou. The exhibition took place from 25/05/2009 to 12/06/2009.
An art exhibition by George Spanoudakis in collaboration with the Stratonio Cultural Association, hosted at the Cultural Center from 10/06/2009 to 15/07/2009. The exhibition featured paintings on various themes, including landscapes, portraits, flowers, trees, hyper-realistic subjects, as well as abstract forms. Spanoudakis utilized a variety of mediums, including watercolor, oil acrylic, pastels, creating works with vivid and vibrant colors.
A group exhibition of artists from our municipality, featuring works in Iconography, Stained Glass, Sculpture, Painting, Mosaics, as well as iron sculptures, adorned the exhibition space from 29/07/2009 to 15/08/2009.
Photography exhibition by Dimitris Despoinoudis, with the theme ‘Carnivals of Ierissos: Birth, Life, Death…’ A photographic tribute to the memory of the great shipbuilder Dimitrios Papasterianos. An event that took place in the space from 19/08/2009 to 05/09/2009.
Exhibition of wooden sculptures by the artistic couple Dimitris and Stefania Gardikioti, hosted at the Cultural Center from 06/09/2009 to 06/10/2009. The exhibition’s opening also featured the presentation of the poetry collection ‘Songs of Sinoe’ by Nikolaos Dimitrakopoulos. Their artistic collaboration emerged from their acquaintance and friendship, and the collection was illustrated by Stefania Gardikioti.
A special exhibition with the theme ‘Handmade Dolls’ was hosted in the exhibition space from 16/12/2009 to 27/01/2010. It included handmade dolls, primarily with a Christmas theme, theater dolls, marionettes, as well as simple dolls that captivated both children and adults.
An exhibition of books and works showcasing the twenty-five-year journey of the association, along with photographs of its activities, was open to the public from 06/03/2010 to 15/03/2010.
Gregory is the son of the renowned artists Dimitris and Stefania Gardikioti, who excel in a wide range of works. Following in his parents’ footsteps, he has ventured into a new field – iron sculpture. He presented his works at the Cultural Center from 12/05/2010 to 15/06/2010.
An open ‘sea Scrabble tournament’ was organized from 24/07/2010 to 25/07/2010. It was a collaboration between the Scrabble Club of Thessaloniki and the Municipality of Stagira-Akanthos, held at the facilities of the Cultural Center of Ierissos. It was open to all friends of the game and those who wanted to learn more about Scrabble.
An art exhibition titled ‘phobia’ was hosted in the exhibition space from 18/06/2010 to 26/07/2010. The artworks were created to reveal fears, to uncover this excessive and irrational desire to avoid the dreaded stimulus. They aimed to express emotions and thoughts so intense that they disorient you. Emotions with such power and noise that they end up silent… games of colors that provoke…
An art exhibition by Andreas with the theme “Macedonian Architecture & Landscapes” took place at the Cultural Center on July 28, 2010. His characteristic three-dimensional technique incorporates natural materials into the artwork, effectively replacing the brush and color. Materials such as stone, plaster, sand, lime, and watercolor shape his unique character. On the same day, in the same space, an exhibition by Evangelia Katsagiotou Gyolda with the theme “Byzantine Iconography” was hosted. Her works adorn churches, monasteries, and private collections.
An exhibition with the theme “Art – Environment – Utility” was presented at the Center on December 11, 2010. The artist created his works by utilizing materials found in the forest, transforming them into useful objects such as stone or wooden wall clocks, tabletop clocks, tables made from tree roots and glass, and wooden utility items like cups.
The exhibition titled “Tones of Music and Colors” featured the four female painters: Theoni Arfanaki, Efi Ganeli, Kyriaki Kasidou, and Elena Notta. The event was accompanied by the ensemble “Aulokitharis,” consisting of students from the music school of the Municipality of Kalamaria, under the direction of the artistic director of the Aristotle Cultural Center, Mr. Kostas Papazoglou. The exhibition took place from April 17, 2011, to May 20, 2011.
The painting exhibition titled “Retrospective” was hosted at the exhibition space of the Cultural Center on May 21, 2011.
Photographers from the “Opsi” Photographic Club of the Municipality of Pavlos Melas in Thessaloniki presented their work through parallel individual exhibitions. Different themes and different perspectives (opsi) from each photographer were combined in the exhibition. The exhibition was hosted in February 2012 at the Cultural Center of Ierissos, Municipality of Aristotle.
Photography Exhibition titled ‘1000 Years in 100 Photos’ by Voreinou Theologe and Doulderis Stavros, was hosted in the foyer of the 3D hall in Ierissos on July 5, 2013. A collection that captured Mount Athos through its thousand-year journey.
Exhibition of three artists George-Evangelia Rizou and Christos Matzonas in order to highlight the indigenous culture and artists of our region. It was hosted from 17/04/2015 in the exhibition space.
Exhibition of paintings titled “ATHONOS VIEWS” by Christos Palanis, which took place at the Cultural Center of Ierissos from June 28, 2015, to July 12, 2015.
Stavreva: An art exhibition titled “Man and His Works” by Christina Stavreva, held from July 16, 2015, to July 31, 2015.
The exhibition has been on display at the Cultural Center since 13 April 2019. Large-scale paintings combined with music, light and architecture to offer visitors a unique experience. Warlamis invites the viewer to wander through Agion Oros. The monasteries are depicted not photographically, but realistically, and the special lighting of the works reveals an omnipresent spirituality.