Meeting with the artist Olga Porter: Friday, July 3, 6:00p.m.
All artworks are available for sale
Oleg Zakomorny is a well-known Russian artist and sculptor. He lives and works in Moscow. Oleg is a member of Moscow Union of Artists and of Creative Union of Artists since 1996. Oleg regularly participates in exhibitions in Russia and abroad. His works of art are placed in museums and galleries and in private collections in Russia and overseas. At this exhibit we present Oleg’s graphics.
The Russian-born artist Olga Porter works in traditional medium of oil on linen to capture the uniqueness of a moment. Porter has exhibited in Arizona, Oregon and Texas, including Texas Biennial 2009, ALH Celebration of Texas Art 2010, Hunting Art Prize show 2010 and 2011, and Best of Texas 2011. Her works have been featured in American Art Collector Magazine, Austin monthly, Art Ltd, and other publications.
Nudes by Olga Porter are young nude women painted from life. Each painting took only 2 to 5 hours to create. All the models are local to Houston. The series celebrates the mystery of youth and the power of life.
The best works of independent Russian movie makers will be screened in five cities of Texas: Houston, Dallas, Austin, College Station and Lubbock. Our partners are: University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington -Dallas, Texas A&M – College Station, University of Houston, and Texas Tech University.
The Russian Cultural Center is continuing to work on improving our space. We replaced all of our gallery lighting to more efficient light bulbs (thank you to everyone who helped make it happen), and now we want to make our center a beautiful and inviting space!
RCC will turn our building into a work of public art. Talented Russian artist, Maksim Koloskov, will paint a mural on two walls of our building. Maksim attended art school in Volsk and then got his architectural degree from the Moscow Architectural Institute (MArchI). After coming to Houston, he began working with the architectural firm, Gensler, and later with the Rottet Studio, where he continues working today. Drawing, painting, and photography have always been Maksim’s passion, and he is excited to give back to the community by painting our murals. We will also install a large window in the front of the building, so that passersby can see our current gallery exhibition on display.
We want to not only beautify our space, but we want to turn it into a cultural destination in the city of Houston.We believe the art installation on our building will increase foot traffic to our art gallery and center.
Public art makes art accessible and free to improve communities. The Russian Cultural Center can become a landmark in Greater Houston, beautify and enhance the creative spirit of the city, and attract new artists and visitors.
We are a small but vibrant organization, and we would like our space to reflect this! With your support, we can!
RCC is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization and your charitable gifts are tax deductible.
Please make your check payable to the
Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas”
and mail it to 2337 Bissonnet Houston, Texas 77005
RCC Our Texas and Houston Ballet present ballet “Svadebka”.
Jessica Collado, soloist ballerina, and Ned Battista, assistant conductor, will discuss Igor Stravinsky’s score and Jiri Kylian’s ballet Svadebka, which will be part of Houston Ballet’s summer repertory Morris, Welch & Kylian.
Battista will highlight the intricacies of the vocal score and Collado will give audience members insight into the characters in Kylian’s ballet.
Video clips of the Houston Ballet performance will be shown.
Documentary “Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny”;
Q/A session with Jonathan Sandys, Churchill’s great-grandson, and Mark Zaltsberg.
Jonathan Sandys, a great-grandson of Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill is an international public speaker on the life and times of his illustrious relative and the impact Sir Winston still has on the world today. Churchill’s courage and determination enabled the British to stand firm against Hitler and the Nazis, even when France surrendered and Britain stood alone. The example of Sir Winston Churchill is a legacy of success and stands as a demonstration of how one man’s determination in the face of defeat can change the world forever.
Mark Zaltsberg is a knowledgeable person and experienced speaker. His numerous presentations on different topics at the Russian Cultural Center are always memorable events for both Russian and English speaking guests. He will ask Mr. Sandys questions regarding Sir Churchill and also share his own passion and knowledge about this great man.
NARRATOR: Houston is the largest city in the southern United States. Residents of this metropolis speak more than 90 languages from around the world. Here in Texas, Jonathan Sandys—the great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill—found his wife and his home.
The pouring rain here serves as a reminder of London. The great-grandson of the former prime minister—who was voted as the greatest Briton in history in a BBC poll—gives lectures about Sir Churchill’s legacy, publishes the online blog Churchill Bulletin, and has written a book coming out in October.
SANDYS: ‘Ya vas lyublyu’…that means ‘I love you’!
NARRATOR: This declaration of love is the only Russian the 40-year old great-grandson of Churchill knows. But today, this phrase is very appropriate. The Russian Cultural Center in Houston dedicated an evening to Churchill’s memory. In honor of the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II, the Center also hosts an exhibition of photographs by the legendary photographer Samary Gurariy, who captured historic images of meetings of the “Big Three”—leaders of the anti-Hitler coalition. What’s more, Jonathan’s uncle Nicholas Soames—Churchill’s grandson and member of the House of Commons—was the official representative of the British Prime Minister at celebrations in Moscow on May 9. “It was a general victory for all the Allies, their common cause. My great-grandfather was very much opposed to communism, but was much more opposed to Nazism. And, at the end of the day, when the Russians were attacked by Hitler, Russia thought that she was alone. And I think that Stalin was quite surprised when my great-grandfather said, “If you want to join us as an ally, you are most welcome.” In actual fact, a few weeks before Hitler attacked Russia, he called Stalin to warn him, but Stalin didn’t believe him. We Britons and Americans are very grateful to Russia for its special contribution to the victory.
NARRATOR: In Russian history, the attitude towards Churchill has always been influx: the positive excitement of the perestroika/glasnost period and early Yeltsin years was replaced by a wary, if not hostile, view in conjunction with a “reversion back to the Soviet Union”. Churchill has an aphorism regarding this issue: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Those who fought on the frontlines and saw the war are becoming fewer and fewer, while the latest history textbooks feature this politician primarily as the author of the ‘Iron Curtain’ speech at Fulton. Many in Russia are convinced that it was this speech (not the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe and creation of pro-Kremlin regimes there) that gave rise to the “Cold War”. Last year, thanks to FBI archives that have been opened, we learned of Churchill’s appeal to President Truman to drop an atomic bomb on the Kremlin.
SANDYS: My great-grandfather was very much opposed to communism, because he saw that people were basically enslaved. But he took an important decision during the war to separate the German people from the Nazis, so that at the end of the war, the German people would be welcomed back into the flock of Europe. The same was done with Russians and communism. There were the Russian people and communists. And I still think that’s the case today. Yes, unfortunately…people like Stalin have put Russia’s position with Europe way back, because countries like America, countries like Britain, find it very difficult to trust the Russian government. But the Russian people are absolutely fantastic, wonderful people and if we have to fight someone again, we’d really like to have the Russians on our side. I don’t think that’s the government, so much as regular people.
NARRATOR: “Never surrender!”, the rule Winston Churchill followed since his school days, became a slogan for his whole country during World War II.
SANDYS: Churchill had great courage. Churchill had great faith. That’s what we’re missing today: strong leaders who are brave, have strong faith and are honest. Honest people who won’t lie to use and who believe in their people.
NARRATOR: The Churchill Challenge, as the prime minister’s great-grandson called it, is designed to improve and develop leadership qualities in oneself. He proposes that everybody start a journal to write about deeds that display courage, faith, and honesty. The main thing is to remember: “Never surrender!”
Alexander Panov, in a special report for “Nastoyashee Vrema”. Houston, Texas. Sponsors:
The evening is dedicated to the Viennese music of the XVIII- the first quarter of XIX century. In this period Vienna continued to consolidate its reputation as the “city of music.”
In the program:
Presentation by Katarina Loudermilk
Musical Pieces by Franz Schubert, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The performers – pianists:Katarina Loudermilk, Maria Gorodetskaya, Alina Uddin.
Katarina Loudermilk is a graduate of Gnessin’s Music Academy in Moscow and Rice University. She is a founder and director of The International Music Academy. Known for her creative approach to the performance of classical music, Katarina was featured as one of the performers in the Impulse Artist Series in 2007, and was heard live on KUHF radio.
Alina Uddin is an accomplished Ukrainian-born pianist, teacher, chamber performer and accompanist. She has appeared on different performing venues in Ukraine, Egypt, Spain, Morocco and US. Alina holds Master’s degrees from National P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine and Moore’s School of Music, University of Houston. In 2014 she founded Tune In Music Academy.
Maria Gorodetskaya graduated from Gnessin’s Music Academy and also holds Master’s degree from University of Florida. She had performed at the International Steinway Festival, and won the university-wide concerto competition.