Monday, February 17, 2014

California Dreamin' Open Studios 2013

 Viewing art with visitor in studio

 The Three Divas singing in on2gallery

 Visiting friends celebrating father-in-law's 92nd birthday!

 Front studio gallery exhibition space showing some of my work

 Another view of studio gallery space

 A new mixed media work on exhibit in Fall 2013 group show in on2gallery

 Lydia Kulesov chatting with the Divas in the gallery

 Visitors looking at art work in my studio

 Photo portfolios

 Customer purchasing a pastel drawing

 Visiting friend and fellow photographer Steve

 Photographic prints — two 20" x 60" scrolls + three 20" x 44" framed photo montages

Second Annual California Dreamin' Open Studios
December 13 - 14, 2013
Lydia Kulesov Studio 207B & on2gallery
California Building — Northeast Minneapolis Arts District

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Medium of Exchange: The Art of Cash

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
Medium of Exchange: The Art of Cash

Nice small community gallery space if you can find it, with handcrafted gifts shop at entry, a bit at odds with the art exhibition but understandably so. Fun participatory money message buttons (I picked “Buy My Vote”) given by curator of show John Schuerman, himself an accomplished artist <> Photo during artist reception shows artist Rachel Breen <> (3 minute egg segment) creating her conceptual piece “The Bank of Our Common Wealth: Prosperity, sewing together donated dollar bills on a vintage sewing machine, with a certificate of deposit with the message at the bottom “Thank you for your investment in the idea that we are all in this together!” I especially liked the work of Karen Searle <> and her money stole and the alternative version of the Rubrik's money cube titled “Job Search” by John Ilg <> — both were most clever and compelling in their messages.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Local Art Opening at Vine Arts Center

                                                                                          photo montage by Lydia Kulesov 2012
 Local Art Event
Opening last night of the Juno Avenue Art “Expanding the Garden” at the Vine Arts Center <> timed with celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2012.
The Art Center is a vibrant local (Seward & Longfellow, Minneapolis) warehouse building converted to artist studios and a fabulously spacious, well-lit artist-run art gallery and locally-made artist gift shop. The current show is work of a women's artist support group from St. Paul. Most members of the group came to practice art later in life and all seem to share the belief in “the therapeutic benefits of art”, quoted from an article about the group in the Villager newspaper <>. Most of the work is expressive, very colorful and graphic. There were a few red dot stickers by the end of the evening on the smaller attractive well-done and reasonably-priced pieces—a good sign that people are out buying original art and supporting the local art community! Congratulations to this group of emerging artists! Show runs through May 5th.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Art Opening at Textile Center

Last night after a bit of r&r beer tasting at Fulton Brewery in Minneapolis <> we went on the the opening reception for "Twelve Strands" a Mentor/Protégé Program Exhibition at the Textile Center <>  It is a lovely exhibition and was a great turnout! I particularly liked the work of mentor/artist Karen Searle <> and her knit copper wire breast-plate. It evoked something between a cultivated flower garden of a necklace going wild and a typically male adornment worn by a Plains Indian warrior for battle, a sublime pairing of ideas, in my view. I also liked the work of Kimber Olson <> a transparent leafy fabric collage or assemblage. The show runs through May 25.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

MPC FStop Meeting—April 18, 2012

                                        Paul Shambroom on left, Tom Arndt on right, photo by Lydia Kulesov

Last night was the monthly FStop meeting at the Minneapolis Photo Center <>. Tom Arndt <> veteran photographer and founder of the group, invited his long-time friend and fellow photographer Paul Shambroom <> to talk about his work and new directions in photography today. Some of the ideas Paul presented challenged the very core of what traditionally defines the tools and process of photography and how the crafting of an image is rapidly changing with the development of new technologies and image distribution on the web. Paul shared some of his work documenting his deep interest in the relationship of power and militarism in this country. This project of over a decade has taken him all across the country photographing military weaponry and machinery oddly situated in small town Americana landscape and the people who are involved in this industry. He was the first photographer ever to receive an Enduring Vision Award of $100,000 from the Bush Foundation in 2010. I look forward to watching his work continue to evolve. It was a very inspiring and thought-provoking evening.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

New Work — Triptych Series

Triptych02, photograph, Lydia Kulesov ©2011, all rights reserved

Lydia Kulesov Fine Art Photography

My current work is focused on photography — Lydia Kulesov ©2012