The “EUROPEAN BRIDGES” International Exhibition of Creative Women has reached its 15th edition this year. This exhibition’s vernissage was held on Friday, 9 June 2017, at 5.00 P.M.at the Constanta Museum of Art (82 – 84 Tomis Bd.)

The event was presented by Doina Pauleanu PhD, art critic and director of the Constanta Museum of Art, and it brought together the works made within the “EUROPEAN BRIDGES” International Workshop of Contemporary Feminine Creation from Eforie-Sud (27 May – 11 June 2017) by the following artists:


Beatrice Anghelache– painting (Brussels, Belgium)

Adriana Ilin Tomici– painting (Timisoara)

Linda Saskia Menczel – sculpture (Timisoara)

Adriana Lucaciu– painting (Timisoara)

Dana Constantin – painting (Timisoara)

Edith Torony – painting (Timisoara)

Dana Mercea Miclaus, painting, Timisoara

Miriana Savova – painting (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Mariana Bojan – painting (Cluj)

Vera Dan – painting (Cluj)

Lelia Rus Pirvan – painting (Constanta)

Eugenia Botezatu – painting (Constanta)

Lena Kelekian – painting, icon restorer (Beirut, Lebanon)

Marinela Mantescu – painting (Bucharest)

Carmen Poenaru – painting (Bacau)

Rodica Xenia Constantin– painting (Bucharest) – President of the Association of Women in Visual Arts from Romania, coordinator of the “EUROPEAN BRIDGES” International Workshops of Contemporary Feminine Creation

The international painting and sculpture exhibition Poduri Europene (European Bridges), opened in June 2017 (just like in last years’ summers) at the Constanta Museum of Art, assembles, with the organization of the Fildas Art Foundation and of the Association of Women in Visual Arts from Romania, paintings and sculptures created within the workshop-retreat held at Eforie Sud. These are art creating women in Romania, Bulgaria, Belgium, Lebanon, who have worked at a fast pace, with inspiration and consistency, being conquered by the selected venue – the seashore which brought together, in the interwar period, all Romanian creators, in a genuine painting colony – by the emulation and camaraderie occasioned by living and working together.  The organisers did not impose a return to atmospheric painting, restrictive themes, mandatory props (seashells, waves, storms, rocks, ships in danger, although, it is true, these things are more uncommon in the chosen season, time and place), instead it wanted and was able to bring together – courtesy of Mrs Anca Vlad’s patronage of the arts –which has gained, through a genuine programme – Catena for Art- its rights as a citadel in European visual arts,

the selection of the participants, from which any random factor was excluded by choice and outlook, gives rise to meetings between generations and personalities, between artists in formation and confirmation periods, having managed, with each retreat and exhibition event, to spark off an atmosphere of intercultural communication, of otherness, of select creativity.
 Doina Pauleanu PhD, manager of the Constanta Art Museum. 

The exhibition is organized by CATENA pentru arta (Catena for Art), The Association of Women in Visual Arts from Romania, the FILDAS Art Foundation, in collaboration with the Constanta Museum of Art and it can be visited until 30 June 2017.



The EUROPEAN BRIDGES Project, intended to establish, with the feminine artistic contribution, new bridges between countries and cultures which want and are able to communicate, was born in 2004, at the initiative of the artist Rodica Xenia Constantin, president of the Association of Women in Visual Arts from Romania. Every year, its prestige has been rising, and, so, in 2017, it celebrates a jubilee edition, its 15th.

Every year, in EUROPEAN BRIDGES Creation Retreats in Romana (Constanta, Eforie Sud), artists from France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Serbia, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Belgium, and Turkey were invited, and the Romanian artists exhibited in European galleries from Paris, Berlin et. al. In the country, ample exhibitions have been held at Bucharest, Sibiu, Cluj and Constanta, with the works created by the artists participating in the EUROPEAN BRIDGES Symposiums. 

The Association of Women in Visual Arts from Romania has been supported by the Fildas Art Foundation (President Anca Vlad) and by the Catena Pharmacies, sponsors of all events within the Catena pentru Arta” (“Catena for Art”) programme. 

Here are the SENSO TV press reports dedicated to the International Workshops of Contemporary Female Creation and to the EUROPEAN BRIDGES International Exhibitions held in the past two years: