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Weizenblatt Gallery to Feature the Works of Vadim Bora
Mars Hill College’s Weizenblatt Gallery will feature a collection of paintings and sculptures by the late Vadim Bora, January 17 through February 28, 2013, titled Silent Symphony – Land, Body, Water – Selected Works by Vadim Bora. The exhibit will include a curator’s lecture for students and the public on Wednesday, February 6, at 2 pm, with a reception following from 3-6pm (the reception was originally planned as an opening reception on January 17, but postponed due to the threat of winter weather and associated dangerous travel conditions). Regular hours for Weizenblatt Gallery are 10am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
This exhibition explores Bora’s vibrant palette and thoughtful observations of land- and waterscapes over several continents, as well as the human form and its relation to nature.
Curated by the artist’s widow, Constance Richards, the intimate exhibition reflects work that was created throughout Vadim Bora’s career in the United States, ranging from 1993-2010, with an emphasis on rarely-exhibited later works. (His sudden passing came in January 2011.) The pieces in the exhibition come on loan from private collections, the Dillingham-Richards Collection, and the Vadim Bora Estate.
According to Richards, Silent Symphony is vastly different from a recent retrospective exhibited at Warren Wilson College in late 2012. This particular exhibition reflects Bora’s expressive style and touches on enigmatic landscapes that echo his home in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia, as well as observations of the New World and his adopted home in the Blue Ridge of North Carolina.
Created as a “teaching exhibition,” this show will allow students to follow some of the artist’s steps in creating a piece of art. Bora was a teacher and gallery owner, as well as an accomplished sculptor and painter, with seven public art sculptures around Asheville, downtown, and on the Biltmore Estate.
“Since we’ve begun a trajectory of exhibiting Vadim’s work at educational institutions, there seems no better way to showcase the evolution of his art than by displaying the beginning of certain ideas to their final formation,” said Richards.
“It enriches the student experience, and allows them to follow the continuum of the artist’s initial idea. Vadim continues to teach through his works, and his art continues to resonate with the community and beyond. I thank Mars Hill College for this opportunity to show more of Vadim’s work.”
A catalog of selected works by Vadim Bora is currently available at the Asheville Art Museum Shop.