What: A reception will mark the opening of "Relativity: The Work of Valery and Katya Levental," a rare exhibition featuring the works of Valery Levental, acclaimed set and costume designer for the Bolshoi Theater, Royal Albert Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera, among others, and his daughter, Katya Levental, a well-known artist and theater designer in her own right.
The event is free and open to the public.
When: Reception: Feb. 15, 2008, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition hours: Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. 12 to 3 p.m. through March 22, 2008
Where: Seton Art Gallery, Dodd's Hall, UNH Campus
Details: Valery Levental's paintings are part of the permanent collections of the Tretyakov Art Gallery in Moscow, the Russian Art Museum in St. Petersburg, and museums and private collections in the United States and Europe. Over the last 40 years, Valery's remarkable scope of artistic expression and ability to mix powerful images of symbolism and realism have been the basis of some of the most vivid and memorable set and costume designs in the world. His work has been featured at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow-where he served as chief designer and his work remains an influence-La Scala (Milan), Komische Oper (Berlin), Royal Albert Hall (London), the Metropolitan Opera (New York), and the Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria. He serves as a member of the Russian Academy of Art and has been awarded honors for his achievements including the Russian State Prize and Stanislavsky Award.
The work of artist Katya Levental reflects classical Russian influences and her own unique set of life experiences. Raised in an artistic family in Moscow, she received her training and a nomination for the Gold Medal of the Academy of Art from the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow. An established artist, designer and decorative painter now residing in the United States, she founded The Painted Image, a company specializing in all aspects of design for interiors-from creation to implementation-and quickly established a demand for private and commercial commissions at an international level. Notable galleries in both the U.S. and Russia have exhibited her paintings, many of which are held in private collections in Paris, London, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and New York. Her eclectic background includes work as an art director for multiple film and television productions in the U.S. and Russia, design of sets and costumes for the Christmas Celebration Performance at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, and as a muralist with commissions including the United States Mint and IBM, among many others.
For more information call 203-481-4270.