The new Co-Op Arts Gallery will feature watercolor artist Vladimir Zhikhartsev at their First Friday Art Exhibition on Friday, October 1. The show, entitled “Watercolors – Recent Works”,will include the artist’s most recent Alaska landscape paintings.
Vladimir Zhikhartsev, a native of Krasnodar, Russia, has always loved to paint landscapes. Since taking up permanent residence in Fairbanks in 1993, Vladimir has held nine solo watercolor shows in Sitka, Seldovia, Tok, and Hope. For the past three summers, he has instructed students at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. In 2008, he received a Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship Award, a mid-career honor given to only a few artists each year. Not only has Vladimir excelled in his plein air watercolors; he has also won fifteen gold medals in the International Ice Art Championships. Vladimir says that his experience in ice carving has enriched his painting with more accurate lighting qualities, and greater three-dimensional depth. He also states that his favorite part of the creation process is improvising – an ability that is necessary for the unpredictability of water in both its frozen and liquid states.
Most recently, Vladimir has been busy producing new paintings for his upcoming show at Co-Op Arts Gallery. This fall, he will be producing Quick Portraits at the Co-Op, and teaching classes at his studio in Fairbanks. Visit his website at www.vladimirzhikhartsev.com for more inspiring Alaskan scenes.
First Friday, October 1st, 2010- 5:00pm – 8:00pm
535 2nd Avenue, Suite 103