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From Russia with Art Gallery Brings Russian Culture to Cambridge

By Kelly Church

As the only Russian art gallery in New England, From Russia with Art Gallery features both international and local artists. The pop-up gallery in Cambridge, MA changes locations for each exhibition, and owners Olesya and Jerry Koenig say they can show the detailed works of art all over in different environments. They consider their gallery the "multicultural community center of Cambridge." 

"Our gallery is what is called a pop-up gallery," the Koenigs say. "We started out at a permanent location on Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square for more than two years. We then gravitated toward doing specific shows and events such as: The Boston International Fine Art Show [and] The Art & Design Show, both held at the Cyclorama in Boston. We also did two From Russia With Arts and Culture Festivals in 2012-2013 in the City of Newton."

Pictured above is an artist opening reception for the Holiday exhibit.

In addition, we did two exhibitions 'From Moscow to Manchester-by-the-Sea,' in cooperation with Russian American Cultural Center (Director Peggy Coleman). Now, we are in the middle of our 7th Annual Holiday Exhibition at the former Touch Gallery at 281 Concord Avenue in Cambridge." 

The 7th Annual Holiday Exhibition consists of oil paintings and pastel work by Ukrainian-American painter Anatoly Dverin; etchings, dry points, aquatints and paintings by Vladimir Zebek, Stanislav Nikireyev, Alexander Vetrov, Irena Makoveeva, Vladimir Vorobyov, Misha Lenn and George Lapchinsky. There are handmade jewelry and other handcrafted items for sale. Live piano music and refreshments are offered as guests are able to take in the variety of art on display. 

Anatoly Dverin , Signature Member of OPA
"Rockport Pier" oil on canvas , 36"x 36".

"Russian art is usually very detailed," the Koenigs say. "The greatest schools in Russia are the Saint Petersburg Academy of Fine Art in Saint Petersburg and the Surikov Fine Art Institute in Moscow. They train their students up to the Master's Degrees in fine art, in the details of painting for a longer period of time than most other countries before they let them develop their own styles. Much of the teaching was done more in the French tradition."

The Koenigs reference artists including Ilya Repin, Ivan Aivazovsky, Ivan Shishkin, Vasily Kandinsky, Vasily Surikov, Marc Chagall and Kazimir Malevich as some of the finest artists from Russia. Together, these artists use all types of artistic styles: impressionism, avant garde and more. All of these styles can be seen at From Russia with Art Gallery exhibitions throughout the year. Check the gallery's website to find out when their next exhibition is. 

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