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Dear friends! Please, come to the opening of my exhibition “Magic Realism”.

The reception will be on Friday, March 21 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History. The address of the Museum is: 975 Main Street, Danville, VA. Phone (434) 793-5644.

The exhibition will last till May 25.
The reception is free and open to public.

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I was going to publish more stories about my paintings and then a friend asked “Why the crow?” So I will start from this one.

In the Room With Memories

In the Room With Memories

The crow in the painting “In a Room With Memories”  is a memory from my childhood.  My mother had a pet crow.  The crow just came into the open window one day and stayed to live with us. We gave her name Viktoria (“Vichka”). She loved my mother and hated me, probably out of jealousy,  and sometimes tried to bite me.  I was only 4 years old, I was scared, but fascinated with the crow and was trying to gain her trust.  In doing so, I learned to speak like a crow, but that just seemed to annoy her.  In this painting I am finally becoming friends with the crow and making peace with my memories.

The image of the crow is appearing again in the “Self-Portrait in the Red Turban”. I thought about how the feeling of me being rejected by the crow in my childhood is similar to the feeling of being rejected by the art world. I felt rejected when I heard from someone at about the age 14: “There had never been great women artists.”  At first I tried to argue but I had no facts to prove the opposite.  During the 1970s in the Soviet Union no one knew about Artemisia Gentileschi,  Georgia O’Keefe, or Lee Miller.  It was obvious that all “great artists” of both present and the past were men, especially those who chose to join the Communist Party.  I heard negative remarks about “women’s art” which was often considered unimportant and limited to flowers and such.  At the same time in the United States Linda Nochlin’s 1971 article, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” was published.  It is ironic that the same words that empowered women artists in the United States made me give up my dream of becoming an artist in the USSR.

Self-Portrait in a Red Turban

Self-Portrait in a Red Turban

The image of the crows in this work represents great artists whom I envied and wanted to join but was rejected.  Just like being rejected by the crow in my childhood with whom I wanted to be friends.  There is a statement in this work that I do belong to the art world.  I state this by representing myself in Van Eyck’s famous red turban and by painting crow feathers on my coat.  This connects me to the art world as well as to the crows’ world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Window

Window

Magic Realism: Paintings and Drawings by Alla Parsons
You are cordially invited to the Artist Reception
3:00 – 5:00 PM – Sunday, February 10 at

Robert F. Cage Gallery in Prizery

700 Bruce Street, South Boston, Virginia 24592
Preview Artist Work at

www.allaparsons.com

Like her page on Facebook!

Exhibition will run February-March, 2013

The reception is free and open to the public.

Alla holds MFA in Painting and teaches Art Classes at Danville Museum of Fine Art and History. Contact the Museum for more information.

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Figuratively Speaking
The Artery Gallery — 1711 Spring Garden Street Greensboro, NC 27403
June 28th – July 26th, 2012

Reception:    Friday July 6, 5-7pm

 Alla Parsons is originally from Russia where she received her basic art education. In the United States she continued her art studies at the university level and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Georgia Southern University. Her painting style can be described as Magic Realism – art in which some mystery or a secret seems to be hidden within the subject matter. 

She spent a fair amount of time working with the figure. She sees study of a figure as necessary for her art as playing scales is necessary for a musician. She was a part of a Figure Drawing artists groups in Hilton Head, SC; Savannah, GA. She created and coordinated a Figure Drawing Co-op at Georgia Southern University and hopes to create one soon in Danville, VA where she moved just recently.

Alla works in oils and mixed media, although in the past she worked exclusively in watercolors. Her experience includes teaching public and private art classes, working and exhibiting in art galleries, her works received awards and are in private collections across the US, Canada, Russia and Germany. Visit Alla’s website to see examples of her work:  http://www.allaparsons.com

 

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April 13 – April 28, 2012

 Alla Parsons Art Exhibition

Reception: April 21, 7-9PM

with the Artist Talk at 8 pm.

Between Reality and Imagination

at Gourmet Frog Art Gallery:  312 Main St., Danville, VA 24541

 

Kristina's World. Oil painting on canvas. 60x48. 2010.

      Alla Parsons is originally from Russia where she received her basic art training. In the United States she continued her art studies at the university level and earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Georgia Southern University. Her style can be described as Magic Realism – art in which some mystery or a secret seems to be hidden within the subject matter.  Juxtapositions of sharply rendered and detailed elements, both in the foreground and background, are used to develop an air of mystery or ambiguity.  Alla says: “My paintings are about the mystery of our everyday life”. She emphasizes the objects of everyday life in new and unfamiliar ways.  She explores her physical, psychological and spiritual self as well as memories, family history and Russian heritage through her work. One can see her being influenced by Symbolism, Surrealism and Russian Icons.  In her work you can also see reflections on growing up in Russia, studying the works of the Old Masters in the Hermitage, and in the largest museums in Europe.

 The Artists Reception is on April 21, from 7 to 9 pm
with the Artist Talk at 8 pm.

Visit artist’s website to see examples of her work:  http://www.allaparsons.com/

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