Russian Spring Bazaar

WHEN: March 20 – May 31, 2017
We are open: Monday – Friday: 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.; Saturday: 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: free

Russian Market The spring is here, and Easter is approaching.

Now is the time to visit our Center to browse and select unique souvenirs from our new collection:

  • Original Spring holidays postcards by artist Valentina Kisseleva
  • Traditional Easter eggs;
  • Hand-made rag dolls;
  • Beautiful icons;
  • Colorful vibrant Khokhloma wooden ware;
  • Gzhel – famous Russian blue-and-white porcelain;
  • Matreshkas – famous Russian nesting dolls,

And much, much more!

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Russian Holiday Bazaar

WHEN: November 11, 2016 – January 31, 2017
We are open: Monday – Friday: 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.; Saturday: 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

Russian Holiday Bazaar

Exchanging gifts has been an essential part of this wonderful time of the year.
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:

All the gifts available come either directly from Russia or from within the Russian community of Houston.

We offer:

  • Handmade wooden Santas in Russian style – “Father Frost”;
  • Lovely lacquer jewelry boxes, hand-painted with the Russian fairy-tale motifs;
  • Beautiful icons;
  • Famous blue-and–white china – Gzhel;
  • Vintage porcelain figurines;
  • Russian nesting dolls – Matreshkas,
  • Golden wooden tableware called “Khokhloma.”

And much, much more.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Update our air conditioning

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support of the Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” and your continued attendance at our events. We hope that you enjoy our unique art evenings, musical concerts and film screenings.

We strive to improve our venue to make it the state-of-the-art facility. Last year, thanks to tremendous support from the community, we were able to complete two huge projects: first, we replaced all of our gallery lighting second, we beautified our exterior walls with two eye-catching murals.

Our next goal is to improve the building’s air conditioning system. We dream of being able to invite guests to our movie screenings, musical evenings and concerts year-round and to create a more comfortable environment for the students of our Russian language classes—both children and adults.

Please help us to achieve this goal!

RCC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and your charitable gifts are tax deductible.

Please make your check payable to:
Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas”

and mail it  to:
2337 Bissonnet Houston, Texas 77005

DONATE NOW:

https://www.causes.com/campaigns/101777-update-our-air-conditioning

Thank you in advance for your support!

Russian Cultural Center To Install Murals

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.

Irina Berman

Beautify our center!

used book fair

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.

used book fairWe 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

DONATE NOW:

https://www.causes.com/posts/953031

Thank you in advance for your support!

We have a home!

Dear Friends of the Russian Cultural Center,

We’d like to share some wonderful news: the Russian Cultural Center now has a permanent home. After all the efforts we made to find a location, fate intervened and allowed us to purchase the building at our present location. It’s small, but it’s all ours!

In order to do so we have had to take on significant debt (we would like to stop here to express our heartfelt thanks to friends of RCC who were willing to lend us these funds), fill out reams of paperwork, endure many formalities but now – the building is ours! If we had not had such a strong response from you, our friends and supporters, to our call for support last summer, we would never have dared taking the crucial step and purchase the building. But your response to our appeal helped us to believe in our strength and validated the mission of the RCC. We realized that the Russian Cultural Center is needed; that our supporters want us to remain in Houston’s Museum District, close to major urban centers of art and culture, near to Rice University and the University of St. Thomas; and that a center representing not just the Russian, but the culture of all the former Soviet republics, was considered of value to Houston.

Please allow us once again to thank our friends and patrons who helped us raise the close to $ 8,000 that assisted in the down payment. They are:

  • Meryl Abbott
  • Anya Barnes
  • Sergei Belostotsky
  • Olga Bennett
  • Mark Bernadiner
  • Irina Borisova
  • Donna Collins
  • Aleksandr Dadashian
  • NYS Co. of Dallas, TX
  • Konstantin Dragomirov
  • Viktoria Filippov
  • Alex Genin
  • Maestro Hans & Margarita Graf
  • Tanya Grinblat
  • Dmitri Grinblat
  • Ariana Grinblat
  • Michael Hanten
  • Michael Harrison
  • Brian Jones
  • Anna Kazanskaya
  • Lilya Khakimova
  • Mikhail Kolonin
  • Mark Krasnov
  • Richard Kummins
  • Richard Layfield
  • Yuri Lebzak
  • Larisa Loiferman
  • David Mandel
  • Bruce Misamore
  • Tamara and Alex Mitrofanov
  • Elena Mitrofanova
  • Julio Montano
  • Mila Moroz
  • Mark Nolan
  • Alla Novowiejski
  • Liya and Alex Ostrovsky
  • Galina Oxley
  • Hana Pinard
  • Vladimir Potoman
  • Pawel Przyticki
  • Anna Levitina and Alex Kogan, Russian Grocery Store proprietors
  • Alex Rutman
  • Yulia and Maksim Skormin
  • Tatiana Sorkin
  • Aaron Spack
  • Katherine Streit
  • Mikhail Tuvim
  • Olga Vainer
  • Irina Volgina
  • Valeriya Volodina
  • Natalya Waight
  • Lisa Whitaker
  • Elena Wunderlich
  • Elena and Mark Zaltsberg

It is due to your support and generosity, dear friends, that has helped RCC to survive and to grow!

Of course, we pale in comparison to the Czech Cultural Center, located just a few blocks from us, which justly and proudly calls itself a museum. Some visitors to RCC complain about the parking, some about the cramped venue and urge us to tear everything down to the studs and rebuild. Dear friends, patience, please, not everything can be done at once! Our present finances do not yet allow us to build a “Palace of Culture”, even though we dream of it in the future. Our first task is to implement less ambitious but much needed projects. We need to paint the interior walls, which we will do this summer, when there are fewer activities going on in the center.

Our most pressing project, however, is to replace the gallery lighting to energy-saving lamp fixtures. 60 bulbs burn in our art gallery alone, producing a great deal of ambient heat, overheating the light switches, spinning the electric meter. Rather than paying the soaring electricity bills, we need install LED replacement bulbs and new switches at an estimated cost of $2,500.

We will make these improvements step-by-step, of course, but anyone who donates even $10 to us will be able to see exactly where his donation went. Just touch one of the light switches when you come to the next exhibition, you will see your dollars at work: No burnt fingers!

To mark the 70th Anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany, 1945-2015, we are preparing a unique exhibition of historic photographs, which we want to show the greatest number of residents and visitors to the city, many of whom have very little understanding of the war that cost over 50 million lives, over 20 million from the Soviet Union alone. The exhibition will open one month prior to the Victory Day, April 9. We need to open it in our gallery with new lighting. We will be very grateful for any financial assistance in the implementation of this project. You can send a check to our address or make donations online by visiting our website www.ourtexas.org. Your donations to the Russian Cultural Center, an IRS Registered 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible. As an incentive, some members of our Board of Directors have pledged to match your donation up to $100. Take the challenge, donate today.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Russian Cultural Center, thank you,
Sophia Grinblat

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

DONATE NOW:

https://www.causes.com/campaigns/89157-replace-our-gallery-lighting-to-energy-saving-fixtures

Thank you in advance for your support!

POSTPONDED: Fall in Love In One Evening

POSTPONDED

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $20

Wine and light refreshments will be served

Love songs without words

This game is based on research study by the psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions.

Advanced tickets purchase is greatly appreciated.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK

 

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