Performers:Sol Jin, baritone, Mane Galoyan, soprano, Geoffrey Loff, pianist/coach
Armenian soprano Mane Galoyan won third place in the women’s voice division of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in summer 2015. Other prestigious awards include a 2014 prize in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, and first prize in the 7th Bibigul Tulegenova International Singing Competition in Kazakhstan. Ms. Galoyan is an alumna of HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy (2013) and HGO Studio artist (2015–17).
Korean baritone Sol Jin made his opera debut in 2014 at Carnegie Hall in New York City as the Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata. In October 2015 “Opera News” chose him as one of 25 rising opera stars in America. Mr. Jin received 1st prize in The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and 4th prize in The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation’s Annual International Vocal Competition, Emerging Artist Awards for Opera Index Competition (2015), and 2nd Prize of XIV ALTAMURA/CARUSO International Voice Competition (2015). His stage appearances with various opera companies include: Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame, Macbeth in Macbeth and Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro.
Miami, Florida, native Geoffrey Loff is a répétiteur, collaborative and solo pianist, assistant conductor, and composer. He made his concert debut at age 13 and has performed as a soloist for the Chopin Foundation and the International Miami Piano Festival. As a collaborative pianist, he has been a frequent performer for the Mainly Mozart Festival and the Chopin Foundation. He was pianist and music director for Atlanta Opera’s outreach program, young artist and assistant conductor for Opera North, and resident artist for Minnesota Opera. In summer 2015, he was a staff pianist and assistant conductor with Skylark Opera and Mill City Opera. At HGO Geoffrey Loff had been a coach for The Elixir of Love, Nixon in China, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Tosca, The Little Prince, The Marriage of Figaro, Siegfried, and HGOco’s world premiere of Laura Kaminsky and Mark Campbell/Kimberly Reed’s Some Light Emerges. Mr. Loff is HGO Studio artist (2015–17).
“Je veux vivre” from Roméo et Juliette by Gounod
“Di provenza il mar, il suol” from La traviata by Verdi
Armenian art song
Korean art song
Ride of the Valkyries piano transcription by Wagner
“La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni by Mozart
“Quando m’en vo’” from La bohème by Puccini
“Largo al factotum” from Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini
Opening Reception & meeting with the artists: Friday, February 3rd, 7:30p.m.
Once again RCC Our Texas presents the artworks by Irene Sheytman and Saida Fagala.
Both artists originally are from Baku, Azerbaijan, and currently live in Houston.
Irene Sheytman has been painting since her childhood, and always been interested in her urban surroundings. Eventually the city landscape became the main subject of her art. She works with different media; her favorite are silk and water color. Irene Sheytman had participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Moscow, Russia, and in Houston.
Irene has been very inspired by old European cities. This exhibit shows her watercolors created in Italy.
Saida Fagala had been born in a family of the talented artists. Saida’s path in the fine arts has led her to the unique expression of mood and color through numerous forms of crafts (ceramic, pottery) and painting in watercolor and ink.
Saida Fagala has actively exhibited her works at various galleries and shows: Anya Tish Gallery, Rouge Art by Karine, Foelber Pottery Gallery, Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Winter Street Studios show, Watson Gallery Shows and others. The exhibit presents her ceramics portraits.
All artworks by Irene Sheytman and Saida Fagala are available for sale.
All artworks are available for sale.
We present the artworks by two Russian woman artists.
The unique rag-dolls
Self-trained artist Natalia Borisova, from Russian Far East, started making these dolls 4 years ago. She got an inspiration from the Tilda, a world known doll invented by Norwegian artist Tone Finnanger. At the same time, Russia has its own tradition of making rag-dolls; they often served as talismans. The dolls by Natalia wear colorful clothes, and each has its own funny name. They resemble good fairies. Such doll would be a perfect Christmas gift and can even start a new collection.
The unique collection of hand-painted versions of postcards dedicated to the Christmas and New Year
Commissioned in the former USSR, these state/house-published postcards were originally created by artist Valentina Kisseleva in the 1970’s and published or reprinted into thousands of copies for state-wide distribution. Nevertheless, each one of them is artwork in itself. They are magic and colorful, and with elements of fairy tales.
Opening Reception, meeting with the artist and the mini concert: Friday, November 11, 7:30p.m. Exhibit Closing Party : Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:00p.m.
Zhenya Kolykhanov was born to a family of musicians in Vologda, Russia. He currently lives in Austin. Ever since he was a child, he drew and painted on just about anything he came across. At age 17, Zhenya worked for Vologda Philharmonic Hall as a poster artist, and later at the local Drama Theater as a stage decorator and prop designer.
After moving to Moscow, Zhenya published his first original art on the cover of a program for an Ostrovsky play for the Moscow Harlequin Theater. He had been then commissioned to create stage props, the theater logo and a series of posters for theatrical plays.
Zhenya Kolykhanov is a multitalented person. While continuing his painting, he performs intensively as a soloist with the well-known musical band Flying Balalaika Brothers.
At the Closing, the guests will hear Zhenya’s playing.
All artworks by Zhenya Kolykhanov are available for sale.
Opening Reception and a meeting with the artist: Friday, June 10 7:30p.m.
Houston artist Elena Rabinovich creates her artworks in various genres, using oil, pastel and acrylic.
With more than 10 years in active painting, she has been a member of the Houston Art Society, Long Star Art Guild and Sugar Land Area Artists (now Imperial Art Alliance). Elena participated in the several art exhibitions in Houston where her paintings have been awarded first, second and third place prizes and commendations and Best of Show awards.
About 50 paintings by Elena Rabinovich are kept in private collections. Her artworks have been exhibited at Muir Fine Art Gallery.
Opening Reception and a meeting with the photographer: Friday, March 25, 7:30p.m.
Exhibition “Veil” is the part of FOTOFEST 2016 Biennial.
Catherine Bubnova was born in Moscow into the family of artists. She graduated from V. Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute. Catherine is an art historian and artist working with new media: photography, digital collages, and spatial installations of contemporary materials. She also decorated the contemporary architectural objects, such as subway stations (metro) in Moscow, public buildings in Moscow and in other cities of Russia.
This exhibit shows Catherine’s photographic collages. The color palette of Bubnova’s collages is rich and expressive. Her collages are all about personal freedom, about space of memory, which is beyond control in its flow.
Meeting with the artist Aurelia Nascu: Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Artworks are available for sale
Houston artist Aurelia Nascu is originally from Moldova. She graduated from Moldova National Institute of the Arts. Aurelia has been a member of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Moldova since 1999 and a member of the International Association of Art (IAA) Europe since 2001.
Aurelia actively participate in group and solo exhibitions in different countries. The art works by Aurelia Nascu are currently displayed in the State Art Museum of Moldova, Nomarxia (Chania, Greece), U.S. embassy in Moldova, Greek embassy in Ukraine, and the Hungarian embassy in Moldova.
Her works are also featured prominently in private collections in USA, Canada, Italy, England, Australia, Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Russia and Moldova.
“My works include portraiture, landscape, still life, and compositions in the avant-garde style. As a third generation artist in my family, I was introduced to the world of art at a very young age. I became inspired by artists such as Chagall, Derain, and Bonnard. I am interested in the continuous development of new techniques in painting.” – Aurelia Nascu.
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
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!”