“Valentina Kisseleva: Midsummer Dream”

Moscow native Valentina Kisseleva presents work she’s created during the past several years at the exhibition “Valentina Kisseleva: Midsummer Dream.” Inspired by artists including Renoir, Cezanne, and Van Gogh, Kisseleva says her painting style isn’t easily categorized. "My style is different now than it was 10 years ago. I've been moving away from Social Realism and creating a new style," she tells us in a thick Russian accent. "It's my own style. I like a lot of artists from the past; I was always inspired by, but I don't follow the style of these artists exactly. I like to create something new, so it's my style. I like to consider my work as visual poetry; I want to provoke emotive reactions. It's more bright colors and more emotional. I use a lot of lines, a lot of shapes. I like to show that a painting isn't only silent, it can talk about something, make a noise, make music."

8:30a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Russian Cultural Center Our Texas, 2337 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-395-3301. Free.
Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Starts: Dec. 20. Continues through March 7, 2013

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