Photo Exhibit “Airport” by Sergei Loiko

WHEN: March 12 – May 31, 2016

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

Opening Reception, meeting with the photographer and a book signing: Saturday, March 12, 7:00p.m.

ADMISSION: Free

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Exhibition “Airport” is the part of FOTOFEST 2016 Biennial.

Sergei L. Loiko has covered wars, crises and daily life in Russia and the former Soviet states for the Los Angeles Times since 1991. He reported from northern Afghanistan in 2001 and from Iraq in 2003. In 2005, he contributed to then-Moscow Bureau Chief Kim Murphy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reports.

In 2013-2015 Sergei L. Loiko covered revolution and war in Ukraine. In January 2015 he was awarded Overseas Press Club Bob Considine award for the coverage of Ukraine-Russia war in 2014. In March Loiko was awarded Los Angeles Times Editorial Award for best beat reporting in 2014. His portfolio of dramatic images of war includes the exclusive photo package from Donetsk airport, a fierce battle that went on for 242 days in 2014 and 2015. Sergei was the only journalist and photographer there.

These photos became illustrations to the book “Airport”, recently written and published by Sergei Loiko. The book has been translated into many languages. Sergei will present and sign the book at the Opening Reception.

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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 Russian General Store
Valeria Volodina   Elena Mitrofanova   Svetlana Kislyuk
Alex Markovsky   Eugene Nizhniy

 

Art Fair

WHEN: Sunday, June 7, 11:00a.m. – Saturday, June 13, 3:00p.m.

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

used book fair

Pre-renovation sale!

Up to 20% for all artworks: paintings, sculptures, stained glass and fine art photography.

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

Photo Exhibition “Allies. 70 Years of Victory”

WHEN: April 9 – August 31, 2015

WHERE: April 9 – August 31 at Houston Public Library (500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX, 77002) and April 9 – May 30 at RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

OPENING CEREMONY: Thursday, April 9, 1:00 p.m. at Houston Public Library

ADMISSION: freeAllies. 70th Anniversary

The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of  Elbe Day, April 25, VE (Victory Europe) Day, May 7, and Victory Day, May 9, as it is known in the former Soviet Union.  To commemorate these historic events, we present the photo exhibition “Allies. 70 Years of Victory.”

This exhibition consists of photographs taken during WWII by various Soviet photojournalists. One part of it will feature photos from the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. These photographs depict political figures of the highest rank, such as President Roosevelt, Sir Winston Churchill, British Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov.  These photos emphasize diplomatic efforts of Russia, United States, Great Britain and France during the war. They will be presented at the gallery of the Houston Public Library – Downtown.

The other part of the exhibit is a collection of photos by a famous Soviet photographer, Samariy Gurariy. Gurariy documented major events and figures of the Soviet era and is noted as being Stalin’s favorite photographer at the time of the Yalta Conference. He is also known for his work as a prominent front line military photographer. His WWII images will be shown at RCC’s CaviArt Gallery.

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 made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant Program of the Houston Arts Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK Consulate General of Russia

 

Art Exhibition “Black Square Interpretations and Other Suprematist Explorations”

Artists: Tom R. Chambers and Max Semakov

WHEN: March 6 – April 7, 2015

We are open: Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: free

Opening Reception and meeting with the artist: Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served

Black Square Interpretations and Other Suprematist Explorations

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Kazimir Malevich’s “Black Square” and introduction to Suprematism.  Tom R. Chambers (Houston, Texas) and Max Semakov (Moscow, Russia) come together at the Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” to pay tribute with interpretations of “Black Square” and explorations of other Suprematist forms.

Chambers and Semakov move their works towards Neo-Suprematism that have similarities in method or intent to earlier Suprematist works, but with digital/new media treatment that results in the hybridization of the non-objective form.

Tom Chambers is a documentary photographer/artist, curator, and educator. He has over eighty exhibitions off- and on-line, to his credit. Tom has organized seminars, workshops and exhibitions in digital and media art in the United States, China and Zimbabwe. He is founder of exhibition space Digital Art Online (DAO). The project “My Dear Malevich” by Tom Chambers has received international acclaim.

Max Semakov is a photographer/producer and co-founder of the MiMs Art Group. He is currently involved with the project, “Universe of Malevich” and plans for “Suprematist Park” in Moscow, Russia. The park will represent a space formed with big Neo-suprematist constructions, known as “Architectons”. The shape of the “Architecton” will allow itself to be used as a large bench for reading and having conversations or to be used as a table for laptops, etc. The park will also have a summer cinema hall and a Supermatist pavilion.

All artworks are available for sale.

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

 

Photo Exhibit “Redemption” by Eldar Guliyev

WHEN: December 15, 2014 – February 14, 2015
We are open: Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: free

Opening Reception: Friday, December 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served

Redemption

We present a unique collection of black-and-white photos taken in Liberia by Houston photographer Eldar Guliyev.

In October 2013 Eldar with the group of Rice University graduate students visited Liberia. Liberia is one of the poorest African countries, which now recovers from the civil war.

Redemption is the name of the series. It also is the name of the largest free hospital in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. I visited many local and rural hospitals and clinics, talk to authorities and people on the streets. The displayed body of work is my representation of the life in Liberia, as I saw it. This is the story of the modern Liberia, its struggles and joys”. – Eldar Guliyev.

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 TMKHouston Azerbaijanis

 

FOTOFEST 2014

Exhibition “Behind the Mountains” by photographers Gennady Meergus and Vladimir Frumin

WHEN: March 15May 16, 2014
We are open: Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: free

The meeting with the photographers: Thursday, March 27, 7:30p.m.

Opening Reception: March 14, 7:30 p.m.
Beverages will be served

Meergus-Frumin

Gennady Meergus resides in Israel. His artworks have been showed at solo and group exhibitions in Israel, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and USA. Gennady participated in PHOTOVISA Festival, Russia and Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia. His photographs are housed in the permanent collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and numerous private collections. Photographs by Gennady Meergus were successfully presented at his exhibition “Reflected Artifacts” at RCC in 2011.

Series “City in mountains” is dedicated to the sacred city of Safed situated in the mountains of Northern Galilee. Gennady photographed its streets, walls, inhabitants and surroundings for the last 12 years. He observed its character and habits, its aging, and its wounds and scars.

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Vladimir Frumin currently lives in Houston. Vladimir has worked as an engineer in NASA for 9 years. Since 2010 he has become a full time fine art photographer. Vladimir participated in FOTOFEST 2008 with his exhibition “Transformations”. His photographs have been shown at many solo and group exhibitions. Portfolios by Vladimir have won Black and White magazine’s Excellence and Merit awards. Artworks by Vladimir Frumin are housed in private collections in USA, Russia, Mexico and Israel.

Series “Russia 2013” was inspired by photographer’s visit with old friends after 23 years of living abroad.  In this series Vladimir attempted to emphasize the hardship of Siberian life. He implemented a special technique to create a vintage appearance.

All works are available for sale.

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

About the exhibition:

http://www.voiceplaces.com/houston/andldquo-vladimir-frumin-and-gennady-meergus-behind-the-mountainsandrdquo–3735354-e

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works singaporeair
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Memorial Hermann medical Group Dr. Inna Shpats Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK

 

Photo Exhibition by Victoria Asinovsky “Prague”

WHENJanuary 12 – April 4, 2013

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

ADMISSION: free

Opening Night and the meeting with the artist: January 11, 7:30p.m.
Wine will be served..

Photo Exhibition by Victoria Asinovsky “Prague”

Victoria Asinovsky lives in Houston. She has been working in photography for over 10 years.  In 2005 Victoria graduated from New York Institute of Photography. Since 2009 Victoria works in her own studio.

Ms. Asinovsky participated in several photo contests and published photographs in Texas Highways newspaper. In April of 2012, two of her photographic series, “Prague” and “White Sands”, were exhibited in The Market Place Antique center.

One of the photographs from the “White Sands” series won the contest “High and Dry XI” and was exhibited in the International Cultural Center in Lubbock, Texas (November-January, 2011).

We are open: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All works are available for sale.

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

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works singaporeair
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
Dr. Vernovskyfrost

FOTOFEST 2012

Exhibition “POST-“ by photographer Dmitry Vyshemirsky

WHEN: March 9 – May 31, 2012

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

MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: free

MASTER CLASS: Monday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: $30

Photo exhibition of Dmitry Vyshemirsky

Dmitry Vyshemirsky is a resident of Kaliningrad. Until the end of World War II it was a city of East Prussia named Kenigsberg. Kaliningrad Region is a cultural landscape which emerged in Europe from a conflicting fusion of German and Russian cultures. The German heritage and today’s reality of his native city is the major focus of the art of Vyshemirsky.

The author attempts to expand the boundaries of traditional genres of photography. He is striving to express by means of the picture the methods he developed himself, to apply a single style throughout the images he has captured, to bring purely photographic and fine art features intimately into synthesis, and – remaining a photographer – to fill up his photographs with a wide range of painting styles.

Photo-documentary project “Post-“ includes colour slides produced exclusively in the Kaliningrad region, during 2004-2006. All photographs were taken using a tripod at a natural eye level without angle, using one camera and one type of film. Having applied this strict method of taking pictures, the author succeeded in scrutinizing everyday life. Balancing on the thin line of trivia, he managed to see a lot of interesting things in this common and ordinary life, and yet created a meditative, philosophical and poetic image of the land in which he lives.

We are open: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All works are available for sale.

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

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works Dr. Vernovsky singaporeair
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance

Aug 26th – Oct 31st: Photo Exhibit of Valentin Gertsman

WHEN: August 26 – October 31, 2011

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Saturday: 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday August 26, 2011 at 7:30pm

Beverages will be served.

WHERE: RCC “Our Texas”, CaviArt Gallery, 2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005

Free admission. All works are available for sale.

To call the work of Dr. Valentin Gertsman remarkable would be an understatement.  A surgeon turned photographer, Dr. Gertsman has earned respect and support of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums.

Born in Moscow in 1925, Dr. Gertsman endured the repression of Communism, the brutality of war, and the estrangement of his family. In 1974, he left his esteemed position as Deputy Chief of Orthopedics of the USSR to begin a new life in America.

Inspired by the architecture of Philip Johnson, Dr. Gertsman has transfigured Houston’s most treasured monuments into dazzling metaphors that continue to amaze and exalt the audiences around the world. With surgical precision, he captures the mystery of the city skyline or the invisible surface of a highway as if it were an X-ray of the architectural landscape. Although Dr. Gertsman rarely includes people in his photographs, it is hard to imagine depictions of Houston’s buildings and sculpures that are more alive than his.

Dr. Gertsman’s first professional photo exhibition was held in 1981. Since then, his photographs have been included in shows, publications, museums, and private collections throughout the world. For his contribution to depicting the rise of some of Houston’s most well-known landmarks Dr. Gertsman received three times proclamations and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Houston City Mayors including the present Mayor Annise Parker.

Dr. Gertsman’s photographs have been included in the art collections of the following museums: The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), The Collection of Vatican (Vatican City, Vatican), Tretyakov State Art Gallery (Moscow, Russia), the French National Library (Paris, France)The Menil Collection Museum (Houston, TX), Pushkin Fine Art Museum (Moscow, Russia) and Museum Ludwig (Cologne, Germany). In addition to Dr. Gertsman`s famous photographs, RCC “Our Texas” will also feature his drawings and sculptures.

Information: 713-395-3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Event Sponsors

City of Houston

Houston Arts Alliance

This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance

Photo Exhibition: “Recollection of Havana” by Vladimir Frumin

Opening Reception and meeting with the artist: May 15th, 7:30 p.m. Wine will be served.

WHEN: From May 16 – August 31, 2009.
Weekdays: 8:30a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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

Admission is free.  Works are available for sale.

“I have been in Cuba, I have been in Havana, I have been there, I’ve seen that, I’ve breathed that air, I talk to people, I drink espresso at the open window of a small coffee shop across from El Capitolio, I even imagine Hemingway drinking espresso at the same place. The shop was very old, I mean, really old: paint of different colors was hanging from the seiling as a tear down paper, thick layer of dust underlining relief and unfinished walls, electrical wires wore chaotically streaming in were different directions like veins on an old miner’s arm. All of that gave me an impression of something very old and alive. That’s it, the coffee shop was alive! And barista, dried, tall and bold mulatto with thick and short cigar butt in his mouth was same age as the shop and the espresso was extremely good. I love that shop and was there every day. But it wasn’t just espresso, it wasn’t barista. It wore layers of time, layers of culture, layers of street noise from loud arguments about baseball and crackling sounds of vintage American cars klaxons caught in a bizarre time warp, to kipping loud silence and importance of twenty years old guardians of the revolution, watching crowds from every other street corners. And suddenly: “There’s someone in my head but it’s not me” as Roger Waters singing. Suddenly I see historical layers of Havana 19 century, layers of a flourishing and fashionable city, a city of theaters featuring the most distinguished actors of the age, vitality and prosperity amongst the burgeoning middle-class led to expensive new classical mansions being erected, layers of a city known as the Paris of the Antilles, layers of 19 century night life with champagne, glamour, courtesans, ebony sky and fresh and thick air where I’m not just breathing it, but bite-out that air. And strangely enough, all these layers slowly sinking on the bottom of the image, became more transparent and faded away, and on a top of it another set of layers fade in, layers of today’s Havana, layers of extreme colors and textures, layers of the city falling into decay, layers of foreign visitors strolling through spectacularly dilapidated streets snapping photographs of the city’s rotting grandeur. It is like in “Photoshop”  working with a history brush in reverse order.

In my “Recollection of Havana” portfolio, I tried to reflect this vision, I tried to invoke that magnificent illusion, and wait, it is me in my head, time traveler and prospector contemplator.”
Vladimir Frumin

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