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The Russians Are Coming To RAA

The Russians Are Coming To RAA

The Russians Are Coming To RAA

The Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA), in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area (GNRA), presents "The Russians Are Here" from November 9 – December 8. The opening wine and cheese reception is Sunday, November10, 1-3 p.m. at sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Rockaway, Queens.

"The Russians Are Here" showcases the diverse artistry of 10 Russian members of RAA. At the same time it explores the similar motives and impulses that bind and shape the artistic expressions of these compatriots who have chosen the United States of America as their home. Free admission to exhibition and reception. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12 noon-5 PM and Sundays 1-4 PM. For information: 718 474-0861

Russian artists in the Rockaway Artists Alliance work in a variety of media, styles and techniques -- from the phantasmagoric driftwood sculptures of Robin Pogrebitskiy to the oil and acrylic canvases of Helen Lurye; from the surreal harlequins of Victor Zinuhov to the classic lines of Izabella Slobodoff's marble figures; from the dramatically composed photographs of Yuri Yurov to the clever playfulness of Alexander Richter's paintings. This diversity, often within the work of an individual, is reflective of the intense and extensive training of the Russian artist. Many of these award-winning artists have exhibited internationally. Though varied, one is able to discern through much of this work, the highly poetic and intelligent; the iconographic; the weaving of symbols and figures of mythology and religion. Whether subtly or boldly, the impulse of freedom frequently flows through these works – either as an undercurrent or as a surging river.

"The Russians Are Here" explores the Russian artistic experience in this country and this city through the work of 10 highly imaginative, highly skilled men and women from different parts of a vast land. Nourished by both common and distinct roots and flourishing in the freedom of this country, their creativity and energy are on view at Fort Tilden, GNRA.

The participating artists for the exhibit include: Julia Koslyansky, Helen Lurye, Robin Pogrebitskiy, Alexander Richter, Dmitry Romanofsky, Izabella Slobodoff, Gita Vavelenkova, Yuri Yurov, Eugene Zanis, and Victor Zinuhov.

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