Saturday, October 6, 2018

I am participating in the ProArts Exhibition in Jersey City, NJ during Jersey City Art and Studio Tour 2018

I am happy to announce my photographs are being included in the 
Who am I?  Who are We?
ProArts Exhibition
Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 
October 5-7 during 
Jersey City Art and Studio Tour 2018.

Opening Reception      
Friday, Oct 5        
5:00 - 7: 30 pm
Friday, Oct 5   
7:30 - 9:30 pm
JCAST hours                  
Saturday, Oct 6  10am-12.30pm
Sunday, Oct 7     1:00 -3.00pm

New drawings from my students in Drawing One at Kean University!

Hello here are some of the latest drawing from my students at Kean University.
(Drawing One)

Friday, September 28, 2018

I am featured in the Kean University Faculty Exhibition!


I am pleased to announce that my painting "Unraveled" (Oil on Canvas, 36" x 48" / 2018)  is now part of the Kean University Faculty Show. I hope you will drop by and see this exhibition at Howe Gallery! 


September 28th - October 21st, 2018 
Group exhibition of full and part-time Fine Arts Faculty.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The passing of my great aunt Sofia Zaglaris in Athens, Greece today

Calndulas Oil on Canvas 3' x 4'. Sophia Zaglaris at the Kazantakis Museum Crete, Greece

I am deeply saddened by the passing of my great aunt Sofia Zaglaris this morning in Athens, my grandmother's sister. She was a tour de force in life and I will remember the many lessons I learned from her over the years. Lucky for her (and for me) she lived to a ripe old age indeed. From her humble beginnings in Elassona/Levathi she became a multi-lingual couturier who traveled throughout Europe getting inspirations for her clothing designs. Later in life she began oil painting and was the recipient of the Franco-Elliniko First Prize for 2000-2010 for an oil painting entitled "Calendulas" (see above) she had since donated to the Kazantakis Museum. Last fall I was fortunate enough to travel to Greece for a three-generation arts exhibition with her at AthensArt International. 
In life I believe we have few true witnesses in life and she was truly one of mine. I will miss her dearly.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

PUCK Quartet, Music by Stephen Proutsman and Screening of the The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at Baryshnikov Arts Center Tomorrow Night!


Guess what is coming tonight?
(My son) Liam Veuve (cello) and the entire Puck Quartet, Music by Stephen Prutsman and a screening of the infamous silent film: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari!
"From Caligari to Hitler, the art historian Siegfried Kracauer argued that the rise of Nazism was foretold by the preceding years of German films, which reflected a world at wrong angles and lost values. In this reading, Caligari was Hitler and the German people were sleepwalkers under his spell."

I hope to see you there! Let me know if you will be coming please! 

Friday, December 22, 2017


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Extraordinary Inspiration!

I am often asked why I would work in such a "dangerous" place as Paterson, NJ? Well to be honest my entire teaching career I have taught in mostly such places. And I can tell you they are NEVER what they seem on the outside. Here is what I see when I get to work at one of my many favorite schools in Paterson, NJ. 
I know I see the world through a rose-colored lens, but I will tell you, I love where my eyes live, don't you? By the way THANK YOU Ms. Aramayo (giant Einstein) and Ms. Mandal (flamingos for Puerto Rico and color theory math stairs). You always make my day! I think every student and every one in general should have a chance to compare the insides of something to the outsides of something. And repeat. 

Don't you agree?

Monday, November 20, 2017

"Punk Rock and Politics!" coming soon! Dec 9, 2017

Hi there everyone,

I wanted to announce that a poster I made is being used as the event poster for a fundraiser for a progressive NJ politician called "Punk Rock and Politics!"
The event is curated by Christy O'Connor.
The event will take place on: Saturday Dec 9, 2017 at 8 PM at Paul's Tavern 1705 Main St. Lake Como, NJ 07719 (See poster below)

I am thrilled my poster has found a good use and I am grateful to Christy for including my work.  I learned this candidate, Jim Keady, went to the island of Lesbos where my Greek family is from and helped out the Syrian refugees there. He also fought Governor Christie over the blatant lack of Hurricane Relief for the NJ shore (and was publicly bullied by him).
I have a great deal to say about artists and activism as I have long been involved in both but now is not the time and place.  Suffice it to say that art activism is PART of my artwork but not ALL.  I have found moments where I have needed to reflect alone and in solitude in my studio to create art , and other moments (e.g. the last year) where I have found it utterly impossible to ignore the external world and all its powerful forces upon me. In those moments I create art for that world.  For example this  
Anyhow, I hope you will attend "Punk Rock and Politics"!
warmly, Triada Samaras

Monday, November 13, 2017

Coming this week! Gowanus Superfund Town Hall. Public is invited!

Gowanus Superfund Town Hall 
Thursday, November 16
6:30 - 8:30 PM

The Gowanus Canal was designated a federal Superfund site in 2010, which initiated a complex, multi-year clean-up. Dredging has started this fall in the 4th Street turning basin and will continue in 2018. 

Come to this public meeting for information about the canal clean-up, timeline and what to expect. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez will give a keynote, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will present an overview and timeline. An audience Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Hosted by the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) 
The Gowanus CAG has 50+ representatives from civic, environmental, business and community organizations, as well as individual members from Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill and Park Slope. 


Saturday, November 4, 2017

"A New School Trains Artists to Be Politicians" (!)

This looks interesting and hopeful!

From Hyperallergic:

"A New School Trains Artists to Be Politicians"
 "The Artist Campaign School, a new initiative from Fractured Atlas, will train artists in the practical skills necessary to successfully run for elected office."


Friday, October 13, 2017

Kean Univeristy Students Create Zentangle Drawings

I am always utterly amazed by what Kean University Fine Arts 1000 students (NON-art majors) can do with Zentangle Drawing. My students are reaching amazing visual heights using only a black sharpie, white paper, and their imaginations..

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Three Generations of My Greek Family and The Nikos Kazantzakis Cultural Event In Athens Greece This Week


Three generations of my Greek family (including myself) just participated in an inspiring artistic and cultural event honoring Nikos Kazantzakis this past week at the Meropion in Athens, Greece
10/2-10/6/2017 just below below the Acropolis.   This event was co-sponsored by UNESCO Piraeus and Islands and the Athens/Art International Art Festival. 
A catalogue can be found hereCatalogue

This art exhibition and gathering was dedicated to the prolific Greek author, poet, and thinker Nikos Kazantzakis who passed away 60 years ago. It was co-organized by Professor Takis Alexiou, creator of the AthensArt/The International Arts Festival and UNESCO Piraeus and Greek Islands.  


I exhibited my painting "Wind Passes Through Me" based on a poem I wrote that is inspired by Kazantzakis' Odyssey: A Modern Sequel based on Homer's Odyssey.  This extraordinary volume is considered to be Kazantzakis' seminal work. "A central theme of Kazantzakis is the importance of struggle for its own sake, as opposed to reaching a final goal." LINK

In creating my artwork that hung in this exhibition I was moved by this central theme and feel a personal kinship to it for many reasons. For now, suffice it to say, the brief verse came into my mind when stuck in considerable traffic driving on the southbound FDR one day.  

It reads: 

"Wind passes through me.
Bright light finds
The empty spot
In my mind."
Above: I met a Greek high school student who helped me translate my poem to proper Greek for my  acrylic painting "Wind Passes Through Me" (above). 

Above Painting: "Wind Blows Through Me"

Acrylic on Canvas
52 x 62 inches
Triada Samaras 2015 
                       Above:  "Wind Passes Through Me" (detail) Acrylic on Canvas, Triada Samaras 2015
I often use my poems to inspire my paintings and other visual art work. I have painted several canvases with these words as a point of departure.  They bring home to me my lived experience and struggle as well as the possible alchemy of this experience into a higher one.  LINK Kazantzakis is influential to me as an artist because he was very much concerned with this theme in his own works of art.

"Light House" Acrylic on Canvas 
16" x 20" 
Triada Samaras 2016  
"Light-handed" Oil and Oil stick on Canvas  18" x 24"  Triada Samaras 2017
Kazantzakis was also an author and poet whose life included a great deal of political activism as well as political soul-searching. His political point of view evolved gradually with time.  As an artist/activist myself I am moved by his journey in this dimension as well as informed by it. LINK

My cousin Ioannis Zagalaris gave one of two lectures about Kazantzakis during the opening reception at the Meropion.  Ioannis has been studying the Odyssey for many years from his perspective as a mathematician and has written about the fascinating links between mathematics and poetry he has discovered in this book.  The link between these two content areas (and other similar links) is the basis of the STEAM Art movement that informs much of my work as an Art Educator in the public school system of Paterson, New Jersey.  
I currently document this project at a STEAM blog here LINK.

I helped Ioannis to edit one of his Kazantzakis papers into English from Greek.  His writings can be found here at the Kazantzakis Wikipedia page under the heading "Further Reading."
Left and Right:  
Ioannis Zaglaris
Monday night giving his lecture
                                    Above:  Ioannis Zaglaris and Triada Samaras in front of her painting
My great aunt Sofia Zaglaris (Ioannis' mother and my paternal grandmother's sister) also participated in this event with her oil painting, "Calendulas" that is permanently located in The Kazantzakis Museum in Crete.  

                                        Above:  Sofia Zaglaris her oil painting "Calendulas" Oil on Canvas 36 x 24"
Thus THREE generations of my family participated in this cultural event held at the Meropion.This was a fruitful and gratifying collaboration to me on a number of levels, naturally.  In one sense I have finally found the home I have been seeking all my life.  In another sense I realize I can not remain there for too long, after all.  Everything, even home, is transitory and ultimately ethereal.
Above:  "Home Alone" Acrylic on Canvas 9" x 11" Triada Samaras 2014
Cretan dancers and musicians and many others attended this event including the President of UNESCO Piraeus and Greek Islands.

                                                 Above:  Cretan dancers and musicians
                      Below left: Grigoris Representative of Athens/Arts International Art Festival; 
middle: Cretan dancer; right President of UNESCO Piraeus and Greek Islands Ioannis Maronitis
                                    Above:  Greek , Participants, Organizers and Leaders of this event
  (Not pictured above is Professor Takis Alexiou; See below) 
Professor Alexiou is the Chairman of CA4S-Athens Art and Athens/Art The International Art Festival. In addition to organizing a great number of meaningful art exhibitions, Professor Alexiou has also written extensively. Here is the link to one of his books: "Man's Journey: From i to We"
Above: Ioannis Zaglaris (right) speaks with UNESCO President Ioananis Maronitis (left)