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.
Meeting with the artist Boris Kaplun: Friday,September 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Artworks are available for sale
Boris Kaplun is a painter and scenic designer based in Houston, Texas. Boris works with different media such as oil, acrylic and tempera on canvas and cardboard. He had personal exhibitions in France and United States and participated in group exhibitions in Russia, France, Australia, Italy and United States. As a scenic designer, Boris completed more than fifty productions in Houston theaters.
“My interest is not focused on a particular subject but rather on a particular feeling that a subject can evoke. Everyday mundane subjects, which often have bigger meanings, catch my attention. Some haunting thoughts can become the subject of my painting, too. Then I try to find the adequate form to translate that feeling into visual language.” – Boris Kaplun
Renowned singer Timur Shaov and his friends, musicians N. Grigoryev and M. Mahovich, present their new album “One Day of Uncle Zhora”.
Program in RUSSIAN ONLY. NO English translation available.
На концертах Шаова собирается разнородная публика, которая слушает и рок-музыку, и классику, и авторские песни.
Cейчас Тимур приезжает к нам с новой программой, которая называется «Один день дяди Жоры» и привозит одноименный компакт-диск. Как обычно у Шаова, все эклектично – от стилизаций в духе Вертинского и Синатры, до рок-н-ролла и бардовских стандартов. Вместе с Тимуром на сцену выйдут его друзья-музыканты Михаил Махович (мандолина) и Николай Григорьев (гитара).
Program in RUSSIAN ONLY. NO English translation available.
У нас в гостях вновь Татьяна и Сергей Никитины с концертом «Импровизации на вечные темы». В этот раз к ним присоединяется их сын Александр.
«Есть много ценного, что надо сохранить и не расплескать в этой суетной и иногда трагической жизни. Самый дорогой и всегда желанный подарок – общение, улыбка и понимание друга. Мы ждем встречи с вами, чтобы получить от вас радость нашего общего общения. А песни на любимые стихи – это наш общий пароль!»
Meeting with the artist Yury Katchan: Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Artworks are available for sale
Yuri Katchan was born in Minsk, Belarus. He resides in Houston with his wife Rita and has a daughter who lives in New York. Yuri is an engineer by trade but an artist at heart. Art is his passion and has always been a part of him: he made puppets for theatre in school, shoes in college, and even toys for his daughter when she was growing up.
The art represented in this exhibition showcases different mediums of his works – paintings, sculptures, and a mixed medium technique incorporating all of his favorite elements. He enjoys working with copper and utilizes orange as the main color in his pieces. “Rhapsody in Orange” showcases the artist’s ability to find something alluring in the commonplace, as in his piece “Alarm Clock”, which features a bell alarm clock framed by wood, copper, and leather.
Yuri’s unique hobby also features in this exhibition. Aside from art, this exhibition includes pieces from the artist’s shoehorn collection. He uses all kinds of sources to add to the collection – eBay, shoe stores around the world during his travels, antique and flea markets. Yuri jokes, “I’ve also made it easy for my friends when they are considering a gift for me – shoehorns never fail!”
Half a year ago, we announced a contest for a mural to be installed on the sides of the Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” to render the building more distinct. The painting would draw the attention of those passing by on Bissonnet – especially pedestrians – and encourage them to enter our small building.
Unfortunately, we did not win a grant for the mural. But we decided not to abandon our plans.
Six artists participated in the contest and submitted their works. Each of them had his merits; they all understood that these two limited-square panels must reflect the most remarkable elements of Russian culture and history. Ballet, space, Mukhina’s sculpture “Worker and Kolkhoz Woman”, musical instruments, nesting dolls, and khokhloma painting all come to mind – but what to choose?
On one hand, it was absolutely necessary to represent the character of Russia, and on the other hand, we did not at all want a stereotypical display à la russe.
What type of Russian-Soviet art do people around the world prefer, you might wonder? Which artists do they know, and what style most impresses them? The answer is clear: without a doubt, Constructivism. The posters of Rodchenko and Mayakovsky, Bulanov and Klutsis, Lavnysky and the Stebergs are still considered the standards of the genre. They are displayed in the Museums of Modern Art in London and New York and are models for students around the world.
Among other things, the Constructivists were the first major ad artists. They thought up the ad, considering, first and foremost, its functionality instead of forcing it onto a painting as the artists before them did.
This was precisely the style chosen by the famous chain Saks Fifth Avenue, who invited designer Shepard Fairey to lead its Spring 2009 campaign. The designer of the hugely famous “Hope” poster became an icon during the first presidential campaign of President Obama in 2008. Alluding to Russian symbolism for his Saks campaign, Shepard chooses a red-white-black palette, geometric shapes, and a Russian lettering. The Russian inscription recalls the store’s slogan, “I wanted”.
“What we do every day, really, is propaganda,” said Terron E. Schaefer, the senior vice president for marketing at Saks. Why not turn to the best examples of the genre?
Therefore, our choice fell on the sketches of talented Houston-based artist Maksim Koloskov. Maksim graduated from art school in the town of Volsk before receiving a degree in architecture from the Moscow Architectural Institute. Having moved to Houston, he first worked with the architectural firm Gensler and now works in Rottet Studio. Drawing, painting, and photography have always been his passions. Maksim is very pleased that he will have the opportunity to paint the exterior walls of the Russian Cultural Center. And we, in turn, believe that we are incredibly lucky to have him as our artist.
His proposed western façade did not raise any objections. Silhouettes of the ancient domes of Moscow with an inverted panorama of downtown Houston in red and black against the white background of our building is the best way to convey the idea of our center: the popularization of Russian culture among all the inhabitants of our city. But a debate has begun concerning the eastern façade. First of all, everyone liked the red square in the middle of the Red Army, taken from the famous poster “Have you volunteered?” Only the text along the perimeter of the square was different. It turned out succinct, clear, and vivid, but the depiction of the Red Army was too militaristic for the neighboring kindergarten. Nesting dolls were the solution. Maksim found precisely what was needed: three nesting dolls with strong geometric paintings fit perfectly in the square, and the owners of the kindergarten as well as its visitors should be satisfied.
But a small matter remains: we need to raise $2,800 to realize our plans. We turned to you, our dear readers and lovers of culture. Several of you have already responded to our request: Tanya Grinblat, Olga Vayner, Victoria Filippov, Larissa Buyankina, Yulia Vekshina, – a big “thank you” to them. $345 have been raised to this date. We hope that in the coming months we will succeed in raising our target. You can support us by donating online at https://www.causes.com/campaigns/92638-beautify-our-center or by sending a check in the name of “RCC Our Texas” to 2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005.
We remind you that the Russian Cultural Center is a non-profit organization, so you not only support the spread of Russian culture, but can also deduct your donation from your taxes.
The Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” invites you to our fourth annual Russian ball. Join us for an unforgettable night with:
Russian Gourmet Feast by Chef Alex Kelly
Dancing to Live Music
Russian Art Silent Auction
This year’s “Hans Graf Leadership Award” will be presented to local Russian artist Mr. Igor Karash for his exceptional art and illustrations for the Folio Publishing Society edition of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”.
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