Alena Gorina and Anya Grokhovski, concert pianists with extensive performing experience, came together to share their love of the piano-duo repertory.
Both Alena and Anya hold Doctoral Degrees in piano performance; Alena from UT Austin and Anya from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Currently Alena is a lecturer at Texas State University, San Marcos and Anya Grokhovski is the Artistic Director of “Musical Bridges Around the World”, a non-profit cultural and educational organization based in San Antonio, Texas.
Their programing is greatly influenced by their cultural roots as Alena was born, raised, and educated in Belorussia and Anya in Moscow, Russia. Needless to say, Russian music takes a special place in the hearts of Duo AleAnya.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served
Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” plans to debut a new exhibition of illustrations by artist, Igor Karash, for the reprint of War & Peace by the renowned Folio Society of London. A unique exhibit, in that it provides an entirely new perspective into the masterpiece novel by Leo Tolstoy. Admission is always free and wine will be served at the premiere.
Karash, a designer, illustrator, and set designer originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, now resides in Saint Louis, Missouri. In the past, he has worked with major book publishers, as well as small, independent theatre companies in Russia, the United States, and abroad. Along with an array of other awards, he was also named the winner of the 2012 Book Illustration Competition organized by The House of Illustration and the world-famous, British publishing house, The Folio Society in London.
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: Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served
In a continuation of their current exhibit of Posters of the Gorbachev Era: The Sunset of Soviet Power, The Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” CaviArt Gallery, presents Romantic Posters of the Brezhnev Era, a unique collection of hand-painted versions of Soviet posters from a time of great stagnation by local Houston artist, Valentina Kisseleva, a contemporary artist and painter whose genius stands at the intersection of realism and cubism.
Commissioned in the former USSR, these State/House-published posters were originally created by Kisseleva in the 1970’s for various radio and television stations, murals, and even the USSR itself. Some of the individual works were published or reprinted into thousands of copies for State distribution. Kisseleva’s works subtly express mood and imagery, distinguishing themselves by their integrity and clear composition and reflect the emotionalism and energy with which she perceives the world around her.
Born in the little city of Pustoshka, Russia, Kisseleva went on to achieve recognition in the Artists’ Union of Fine Painting and the Graphic Designers’ Union; some of the most prestigious artist unions in the former USSR. Kisseleva graduated in 1977 from the Belorussian State Art University In Minsk where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in graphic design and fine arts while participating in regional and national exhibitions with works juried by her peers and published at professional level. Her works can be found in private collections across Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Litvania, Bolivia, Kuwait, Venezuela, the United States, and more.
The Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” , presents a classic collection of handmade jewelry with an elegantly modern twist by local Houston artist, Vika Filippov. Traceable to her Russian heritage, Vika’s signature style is marked by lively color arrangements and unusual settings by combining recycled metals with natural semi-precious gemstones and Swarovski crystals. Despite every Vika Live piece being a one-of-a-kind, one of her pieces sells regularly and has become a staple in her repertoire.
“As an artist, I am intrigued by combination colors, textures, and forms found in nature,” Vika says on her website. Inspired by the allure of European fashion and earthy flair of colorful semiprecious stones, pieces by Vika Live make a fashionable statement for any occasion.
WHERE:Mc Cheek’s Academy (619 W 9th St Houston, TX 77007)
Come unwind with a bottle of your favorite wine or spirit and get crafty!
“Clay & Cabernet” is an easygoing, studio environment where men and women create ceramic tiles, serving dishes, plates, vases, plant containers, coasters or sculptures, all while socializing with your friends or co-workers.
All work will be fired and glazed with a clear glaze and will be ready to collect in approximately two weeks.
Refreshments and drinks in Soviet style will be served
Soviet-era posters have been representations of official ideology. Regardless of the ultimate failure of the Soviet experiment to create a more humane and just society, the quality of the graphic arts involved in promoting this vast experiment have become treasures of graphic design. In every Soviet poster there is expressiveness and high graphic quality. The attention to details is awesome.
At the end of the Soviet era, the visual language that had been developed through decades was employed to encourage a reform within the Soviet system. The reform ultimately failed, leading to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
We present the posters of 1987-1990. It was very dramatic period in Russian history: Perestroika and the sunset of Soviet power took place then, leading to the new Russian Federation.