Russian artist at Elks Lodge
Vladimir Terekhin is a Russian artist who was invited by the Courier in April of this year to visit our area and have a small showing of his work. It took a few months for the plans and visas to come together. He has arrived, accompanied by his friend and business manager, Ayso Ravil Katdusovich. They are both from Samara, Russia. Governor Konstantin Titov and his wife Natalia helped him with details that were taking time to work out.
Terekhin said that he was greatly influenced by Jack London and the letters of Van Gogh. When he was 14 or 15 years old his grandfather predicted that he would be an artist because he looked at things differently. "I tried the same path as Jack London did in writing, in art.," he said. He has read all of Jack London's works.
The public has Sunday, Oct. 14 to come and meet the artist in person. The KR Courier is pleased to say that the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights will have an exhibition of some of his work which will remain for public viewing Oct. 15, 16, 17, 18 before being dismantled.
The event on Sunday, will begin at 1 p.m. with children having a chance to view the work. Art Historian, Dona Anderson will explain the Elements and Principles of art. Adults are invited from 3 to 5 p.m. for $12 admission. Ticket includes hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine.
Cheryl and Dan Wright have generously provided a space for the travelers at their Lakeshore Motel. The artist responded to their kindness with the gift of one of his paintings. It was one that Cheryl was especially interested in, and it was a very special gesture.
Terekhin is a member of the UNESKO International Art Association. His work is well known abroad. In 2003 the artist presented one of his paintings to Chirac, then president of France. Chirac is quoted as having said that he had never seen work like this in any museum.
This artist's work has been acquired by Museums and private collectors in 16 countries. The chance to see a cross-section of his work and meet the artist in per¬son is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for art lovers in the valley.