Selected pieces by Sergey Prokofiev
Performer: Sergey Kuznetsov – piano
Sergey Kuznetsov is a Professor of Piano at Lone Star College. He had won many prestigious international piano competitions. Sergey had performed numerous concerts around the world and organized chamber music ensembles in France, Israel, China, Russia and Canada. He is also an active educator. Besides teaching at Long Star College, he performs with master classes, recitals and lectures in colleges, universities and schools around the world.
KSP-South is a group of enthusiastic people that organizes biannual gatherings called Slyots (literally translated as “fly-ins”) and helps unite all Russian-speaking people who enjoy the Russian style of camping.
KSP in translation stands for the Club of Amateur Song. These songs are usually written by average people about their ordinary lives, yet the simple human experience of each song is translated into a powerful message of wisdom and truth, about the value of friendship, family, and love.
Slyots of KSP-South are held twice a year, and organizers try very hard to make everyone feel welcome, even those whose song selection varies slightly from the traditional KSP style. By bringing together the Russian speaking community, KSP-South not only allows them to experience their culture, but also to expose their spouses, children and friends to this beautiful Russian tradition.
With questions write to us at KSPsouth@gmail.com or call at 713-395-3301. Also, if you (or someone you know) would like to receive email reminders from us regarding KSP events, please let us know.
Opening Reception: March 14, 7:30 p.m. Beverages will be served
Gennady Meergus resides in Israel. His artworks have been showed at solo and group exhibitions in Israel, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and USA. Gennady participated in PHOTOVISA Festival, Russia and Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia. His photographs are housed in the permanent collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and numerous private collections. Photographs by Gennady Meergus were successfully presented at his exhibition “Reflected Artifacts” at RCC in 2011.
Series “City in mountains” is dedicated to the sacred city of Safed situated in the mountains of Northern Galilee. Gennady photographed its streets, walls, inhabitants and surroundings for the last 12 years. He observed its character and habits, its aging, and its wounds and scars.
Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Vladimir Frumin currently lives in Houston. Vladimir has worked as an engineer in NASA for 9 years. Since 2010 he has become a full time fine art photographer. Vladimir participated in FOTOFEST 2008 with his exhibition “Transformations”. His photographs have been shown at many solo and group exhibitions. Portfolios by Vladimir have won Black and White magazine’s Excellence and Merit awards. Artworks by Vladimir Frumin are housed in private collections in USA, Russia, Mexico and Israel.
Series “Russia 2013” was inspired by photographer’s visit with old friends after 23 years of living abroad. In this series Vladimir attempted to emphasize the hardship of Siberian life. He implemented a special technique to create a vintage appearance.
We offer unique ethnic souvenirs and gifts that are hard to find anywhere else. Each and every one of them is hand-made in accordance with centuries-old Russian traditions.We have a broad assortment of unique gifts that will satisfy the most demanding tastes.
Wooden figures of Father Frost;
Lovely lacquer jewelry boxes, hand-painted with the Russian fairy-tale motifs;
Intricately carved containers made of birch bark;
Famous blue-and –white china – Gzhel
We also have vintage porcelain figurines by the famous Lomonosov (Imperial) Factory and golden wooden tableware called “Khokhloma.” And of course, there are the famous Russian Matreshkas or nesting dolls.
Guest of Honor: Mr. Mark Zaltsberg. Mr. Zaltsberg, an avid lover of opera music and professional lecturer, has made many lovely and memorable musical presentations at Russian Cultural Center. For many years Mark was a translator for visiting Russian singers at the Houston Grand Opera.
Honorary Chairs: His Excellency Mr. Alexander Konstantinovich Zakharov, Consul-General of the Russian Federation and Mrs. Zakharov.
Host Committee: Dr. and Mrs. Agris, Lisa Whitaker, Victoria Filippov Nemeth, Philip Berquist & Lisa Powell, Igor & Donna Alexander, Dr. Inna Shpats, Ms. Lidiya Gold.
With her latest exhibition, the Russian-born Houstonian invites you to share her dream.
“Dedicated to Gustav Klimt,” Valentina Kisseleva
On a recent Friday night I met up with Valentina Kisseleva at the Russian Cultural Center, where she was debuting her latest exhibition, “Midsummer Dream.” The gallery is small and quaint, but Kisseleva’s work is imposing and dramatic. As she led me from one painting to another, I had the feeling that I was peering into her private life and sifting through old memories. There was something beautiful, yet invasive about the experience, like watching someone else’s dreams. When I mentioned this feeling to Kisseleva, she explained that my reaction was typical.
“This came from when I was a teenager and I fell in love with my painting teacher and we danced together,” she said, pointing to one of her favorite works and imparting a wistful smile. “We danced under the moon and it was a very beautiful time.”
“Fall Reflection,” Valentina Kisseleva
Born in Moscow, Kisseleva says her style comes from her time at the Belarus Art Academy in the mid-1970s. Her work is experimental, playing with lines, color, and a variety of impressionistic styles. Her work has appeared in exhibitions across the globe, including Kuwait, Russia, and Venezuela, and many of her paintings are in private collections in Russia. An artist, she believes, lives partially in a dream, something she hopes to impart to her audience as they absorb her inner world. As we took in another painting—this one about music—she said that her paintings are meditations on the mundane, a way of picking out philosophical questions from everyday events.
“My paintings include a lot of emotion and movement and sensations from my inner spaces,” she said. “You are viewing my own fairy tale.”
“Duet,” Valentina Kisselova
It’s a fairy tale that can sometimes take years to construct. Some paintings take five years to finish, while others are completed in a matter of weeks. What dictates her timeline, she said, is as mysterious as what inspires her work.
“My work starts with a mood, or a song, a person or an interesting book,” she says. “I never really know. Sometimes I lose my inspiration and I wait and put my painting on the back wall and start something else. Then, a year later I’ll start over.”
“Girl on the Chair,” Valentina Kisseleva
“Midsummer Dream,” which includes 19 paintings, is on display until March 7, 2014.
Moscow-born painter Valentina Kisseleva has a little difficulty putting a name on her style of work. “My style is different now than it was 10 years ago. I’ve been moving away from Social Realism and creating a new style,” she tells us in a thick Russian accent. “It’s my own style. I like a lot of artists from the past; I was always inspired by artists like Renoir, Cezanne, and Van Gogh, but I don’t follow the style of these artists exactly. I like to create something new, so it’s my style.”
Just a few days before the opening of her latest local exhibit, “Valentina Kisseleva: Midsummer Dream,” Kisseleva tells us she hopes her paintings “talk” to viewers.
“I like to consider my work as visual poetry; I want to provoke emotive reactions. It’s more bright colors and more emotional. I use a lot of lines, a lot of shapes. I like to show that a painting isn’t only silent, it can talk about something, make a noise, make music.”
The “Midsummer Dream” exhibit, slated for a four-month run at the Russian Cultural Center, is a collection of work she’s completed over the last five years. Kisseleva had another exhibit last January based on the same body of work. “A few of those paintings have already been sold, so I added a few new pieces. It won’t be the same exact show.”
Courtesy of Valentina Kisseleva
What She Does: “I’m an fine art artist. I have two degrees in art. One is in fine art, one is in graphic design. What I’m working on and showing in the exhibit at the [Russian Cultural Center] is fine art.”
What Inspires Her: “When artists start to do a painting, they have different reasons, different ways. For me, what inspires me is a strong [experience], most often in real life. For example, I did a painting of a comet. I saw a comet and the fire coming from the tail. That inspired me to do a painting.
“Other times a good movie or a good song inspires a feeling in me and that feeling eventually becomes a painting. Colors inspire me, too.”
Why She Likes It: “I like to express myself, to share my feelings and ideas with other people.
“Artists don’t need to talk a lot. The paintings should talk with the viewer. That way the viewer can have their own response, whatever it is. Maybe it’s what I think about when I’m working on the painting, but maybe not. Both ways, it’s fine.”
Courtesy of Valentina Kisseleva
If Not This, Then What: “I would probably be a writer. I like to write.” Kisseleva has already published one memoir and has another one planned.
If Not Here, Then Where: Asked where else she might like to live at this point in her life, Kisseleva laughs, “On planet Earth? Or somewhere in the galaxy? On Earth, I would like to live where there’s more art, like Paris or Italy. I visit Italy and was so impressed with it; it’s a beautiful country.”
What’s Next: The exhibit “Valentina Kisseleva: Midsummer Dream” opens at the Russian Cultural Center December 20 and runs through March. After that, Kisseleva says she has another exhibit at the Houston Public Library planned. Unlike “Midsummer Dream,” which is made up of work she completed in the last five years, the planned exhibit will feature older works.
“In the past I painted scenes of people who survived the Communist era in the Soviet Union; some of them my family members, some people I knew.”
There’s an opening reception for “Valentina Kisseleva: Midsummer Dream” at 7:30 p.m. December 20. The artist will be in attendance. Regular gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 7. Russian Cultural Center Our Texas, 2337 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-395-3301 or visit the center’s website. Free.
Compared with many other immigrant populations in Texas, the Russian community is small, and the state’s size makes it difficult for the community to keep close bonds with one another and maintain their heritage.
Opening Reception and meeting with the artist:December 20, 2013, 7:30p.m.
Wine will be served
A native of Moscow, Russia, Valentina Kisseleva studied graphic design and painting at the Belarus Art Academy in Minsk.
Valentina formed her own recognizable style as an integration of different artistic schools. She experiments with the line, color, and various styles of the past.
Valentina Kisseelva has participated in various solo and group exhibitions and shows in Minsk, Moscow, Kuwait, Venezuela, Houston, and San Antonio. Her paintings are featured in many private collections in Russia and abroad.