Glen Oaks to feature Russian art at new Flora Kirsch Beck Art Gallery

Opening reception set for later this month

CENTREVILLE — Glen Oaks Community College will host over 80 pieces from the Garrylee McCormick and John Hall Russian Art Collection in the new Flora Kirsch Beck Art Gallery.
The opening reception will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with McCormick and Hall on hand for the event. The exhibit will feature both two- and three-dimensional objects. Appetizers will be prepared in traditional Russian cuisine.
“One of the oldest pieces of art ‘Icon of Saint Cyprian,’ will be on display,” said Michael Northrop, professor of art at Glen Oaks. “The artist is unknown, but the piece was created in the late 18th century around 1790.”
A number of paintings and a lithographic print by female Russian painter Militsa Sergeevna Charnetskaya (1914-1997) are part of the collection.
“And, a Russian exhibit wouldn’t be complete without the popular Matryoshka – The Russian Nesting Doll,” said Northrop. “The first set of Russian dolls was turned out in 1890. The exhibit includes both the typical wooden dolls in addition to a carved set of dolls representing the figures of the Russian Orthodox Church. Yet still another set features some of the past presidents of the Soviet Union including Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Mikhail Gorbachev.”

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