Russian Theater Art Exhibition NAS JAX to Help Struggling Artists

By Weightman, Sharon | The Florida Times Union, August 25, 1996 | Go to article overview

Russian Theater Art Exhibition NAS JAX to Help Struggling Artists


Weightman, Sharon, The Florida Times Union


They range from Puss in Boots to characters from Pushkin, from

The Barber of Seville to Madame Butterfly -- still, these

costume designs are all Russian.

A brief exhibition and sale, open only this Thursday and Friday

at the NAS JAX Officers' Club, chronicles the work of Russian

costume designers who've designed for the Bolshoi, the Marinski,

the Alexandrajski and the Gorkey theaters.

More than two hundred paintings -- most of them watercolors --

of costume designs from the former Soviet Union will be on

display from 1-9 p.m. each night. Most of the theater designs

are from the 1960s and '70s, with some additional sketches

created for military movies of the 1950s.

Some are brilliantly colored paintings with cloth swatches

pinned in a line down the left-hand margin; some are more somber

sketches of men in military uniforms; some are drawings for

Ostrovsky's The Storm that are paired with small hand-made

dolls dressed in identical costumes.

The exhibition has been organized by Maria Alexejeva and

Michael Donnelly, classmates who are doing doctoral research at

the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. …

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