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Presented by the Hellenic Initiative Canada

The term derives from the ancient Greek “Εύ” meaning “good”, and the noun “τόπος”, which translates to “place”. Our “Eftopia” depicts the ideal society as a possibility and not an unreachable goal. It symbolizes participating and contributing to one’s birthplace.

23 pieces from 10 contemporary Greek artists will be available through an online charitable auction, proceeds of which will go towards THI Canada and HOPEgenesis’ programs. Their works of art have travelled from Greece to Montreal to be displayed from November 15th to December 15th at the Nelligan Hotel (106 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1Z3).

The selection was curated by Art Historian George Mylonas, with the artists participating being considered as some of the most representative of the contemporary Greek art scene. The work submitted by the artists depicts classical teachings of Greek art finely in tune with technical aspects of the modern era, thus marrying tradition with a look into the art of the future.

From the Curator

For the people of the Greek Diaspora, Greece is a place linked to myth, beloved people, as well as carefree days under the sun and by the Mediterranean Sea. This strong link between the Greek landscape and the ideal living conditions oftentimes is referred to as a “paradise on earth”. In English, “eftopia” is pronounced similarly to “utopia”, derived from the Greek “ou” (ού) meaning “no” and “topos” (τόπος) meaning place, with the extension -iā (-ία), characteristic of toponymy in the Greek language. The name is directly translated as “nowhere”, placing emphasis on its fantastical attributes. It was used for the first time in 1516 by English humanitarian philosopher and philhellene Thomas More, who used the term to describe “an ideal place and way of life”.

The «Εὖ» used in the title of the first philanthropic art auction of The Hellenic Initiative Canada is a double entendre for the scope of the fundraiser: On one hand, It provides an international platform to introduce a valuable aspect of the modern Greek art scene to foreign audiences, organizations, and collectors. Furthermore, the content and aesthetics of the collection does not only take inspiration from Greek topographical or archaeological themes, it also includes images taken from today’s reality. This signifies in turn the will to overcome the difficulties the Greek nation has been facing over the past few years, while motivating Greeks across the globe to join these efforts.

Leading this effort are ten distinguished Greek artists, who symbolically carry the torch from great artists of the past, such as Spyros Vasileiou, Giannis Moralis, Giorgos Vakirtzis, Panagiotis Tetsis, who had been assigned to produce works of art for the promotion of Greek art outside Greece. The Greek tourism poster continues to fascinate audiences as something that encompasses an ideal place: where the sun is always shining bright, the sea is peaceful, and the Aegean island houses stand out as if they emerged from a dream. The reality of today, which is deeply personal, is represented through the works of the leading Greek creators. The artwork that will be auctioned does not exclusively portray idyllic places where we seek to escape from reality, they also include memories of our collective consciousness; they reflect the Greece we all carry, the one we dream of, our very own “Arcadia”.

George Mylonas
Art Historian and Curator

About the Exhibit and Online Auction

For the first time ever, The Hellenic Initiative Canada in collaboration with 10 renowned contemporary Greek artists will be presenting and auctioning a selection of their most notable artwork for Charity. Our “Εύ Topia” art exhibit will be available for viewing both virtually on The Hellenic Initiative Canada’s website, and in-person at the Hotel Nelligan in Montreal (106 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1Z3) starting from November 15th.

Proceeds from the auction will be dedicated to supporting our program with HOPEgenesis that helps families living in remote areas of Greece, by covering all medical expenses and providing them with the care they need during pregnancy. Families living in small remote communities usually do not have access to basic medical treatment, and the cost to move in order to receive proper care is usually out of their financial reach. Your generous bids will directly support those who would like to start or grow their families and do not have the means to do so on their own. The THI Canada and HOPEgenesis program provides an expanded network of professionals and the financial aid required to help these isolated communities, who often face abandonment, grow and prosper.

We invite you to explore modern Greece through the eyes of the participating artists and join us in our philanthropic efforts at this charity auction. To bid, select the “Submit Bid” button under the painting of your choosing. If you are visiting our exhibit in person, you can scan the QR code next to each painting. If you have any questions, please feel free to submit them to [email protected].

The Works

Spring
by Io Angeli

Oil on canvas
150 x 80 cm
Currently at $7,050
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Autumn
by Io Angeli

Oil on canvas
35 x 35 cm
Currently at $3,400
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Winter
by Io Angeli

Oil on canvas
35 x 35 cm
Currently at $3,400
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Lake Fragment
by Chryssa Verghi

Mixed media on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Currently at $7,100
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Light Forest
by Chryssa Verghi

Mixed media on canvas
73.5 x 73.5 cm
Currently at $7,400
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Blue Moon
by Kalliopi Asargiotaki

Acrylic on canvas
100 x 80 cm
Currently at $7,100
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Desert Rose
by Kalliopi Asargiotaki

Oil on canvas
100 x 80 cm
Currently at $7,100
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The village (To Chorio)
by Maria Giannakaki

Pastel acrlylic and Chinese ink on silk mounted and on canvas
125 x 125 cm
Currently at $7,100
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The ring of the Earth
by Maria Giannakaki

Acrylic on canvas
52 x 74 cm
Currently at $4,300
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Beach in Lavrio
by Michalis Madenis

Oil on canvas
80 x 40 cm
Currently at $5,300
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In my atelier
by Tasos Matzavinos

Acrylic on canvas
80 x 60 cm
Currently at $7,100
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Mandrake
by Tasos Matzavinos

Acrylic on canvas
120 x 25 cm
Currently at $5,300
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The cacti on the West Coast
by Manolis Charos

Acrylic on canvas
60 x 80 cm
Currently at $7,100
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Seaside garden
by Manolis Charos

Acrylic on canvas
80 x 100 cm
Currently at $6,200
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Beach House 2020
by George Hadoulis

Oil on canvas
50 x 60 cm
Currently at $4,300
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Acropolis October 2020
by George Hadoulis

Ink, charcoal, pastel on paper
100 x 80 cm
Currently at $5,300
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Kerameikos, Iera Odos
by Christos Palantzas

Oil on canvas
100 x 150 cm
Currently at $7,300
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Make a wish
by Christos Palantzas

Oil on canvas
80 x 70 cm
Currently at $6,200
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Piraeus
by Christos Palantzas

Oil on canvas
65 x 75 cm
Currently at $5,300
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Harmony land
by Christos Kechagioglou

Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Currently at $5,300
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Sand flowers
by Christos Kechagioglou

Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Currently at $5,300
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The coming of light
by Christos Kechagioglou

Acrylic on canvas
50 x 50 cm
Currently at $3,400
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The courtyard of Dionysus
by Christos Kechagioglou

Acrylic on canvas
50 x 50 cm
Currently at $3,400
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The Artists


Io Angeli


Kalliopi Asargiotaki


Manolis Charos


Maria Giannakaki


George Hadoulis


Christos Kechagioglou


Michalis Madenis


Tasos Matzavinos


Christos Palantzas


Chryssa Verghi


Auction Guide

How do I bid on an item?

Once you have chosen the painting you would like to bid on, you can click on the button “Bid now” under the picture. You will be redirected to our secure bidding platform where you can submit your bid. The process involves the following simple steps:

  1. Sign Up.
    For your bid, you will be prompted to complete your details. This includes your email address and phone number.
  2. Authenticate.
    You will receive an email or a text message from us, containing a one-time security code. Use the code to enter the bidding platform and you are set to get bidding. If you do not receive the email immediately, you may want to check your spam email folder.
  3. Return to the auction platform and place your bid.
    Enter your payment information and place a bid. Following this, you will receive a bid confirmation notice, and the amount of your bid.
When does the online auction end?

The auction will end on December 15th 2021 at 8:00 pm EST, at which point the highest bidders for each item will receive a message informing them that they have won the item and further instructions.

I won an item. What do I do now?

After the auction ends, you will receive a notice that you are the winner for the item, along with an electronic invoice and options for shipping or picking up the item.

Can I get an invoice in a company's name?

Yes. When you receive the email notification that you are the winning bidder for an item, if you would like the invoice to be issued to a company or a different name, please contact us at [email protected], and we will issue the invoice based on the details provided.

Do I have to include my credit card information when registering?

We request your credit card information for verification purposes. No charges will be made to your registered credit card until you have won an item you have bid on. We request that the credit card you link to your account has sufficient funds for the bid you are placing. Your credit card details remain confidential.

How can I pay for an item I have won?

The winning bid is automatically charged to your linked credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express), upon the end of the auction – December 15th, 8:00 pm EST.

How do I get my item?

Shipping can be arranged according to the buyer’s preferred method. Shipping charges are the buyer’s responsibility.

If you are in the Montreal area you can pick up the winning items from the Nelligan Hotel (106 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1Z3) – by appointment only. Only fully paid items will be released for pick up.

Will other users be able to see my information?

No. Only the amount of the current highest bid is displayed, ensuring anonymity.

How do I know I have been outbid?

If you are outbid on an item, you will receive an e-mail and text message confirming you have been "outbid", meaning you need to click the button in the email and raise your bid in order to have a chance to win the selected item.