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Stockman Gallery Next Show to Open


Stockman Gallery opens its latest show, “Tatyana Nadgor: Are You Serious,” Saturday, November 18, 5-7 p.m., with a free reception. Nadgor is a Russian émigré who come to the United States with her husband and two children about 20 years ago. A trained engineer in her native land, her professional life transferred to aesthetics. Tatyana admits she barely spoke English when she first arrived. That was not much of a problem working as an interior designer as her charming Russian accent gave her a certain cache. She worked some years in commercial design and now teaches design at the University of Hartford and devotes herself to her art.

One of a kind describes both Nadgor and her art. It is a unique and colorful mix of Russian religious sensibilities and spirituality and art and social themes. Nadgor playfully refers to her work as “Chernobol on canvas.” She has joking rights as she and her family lived only a short distance from the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history. “Don’t you see how I glow?” she asks.

When asked for a statement about the show Nadgor responded: “I live, I paint, I smile. No more explanation is needed.” The title of the show reflects a question the artist frequently raises in conversation and in her art. The show features both Tatyana’s wild, wacky and outrageously colorful pieces and a selection of her religious art–which can also have a touch of humor, but are never irreverent. All are welcome to experience the fun.

Stockman Gallery is located at 19 Chestnut Street. Normal Gallery hours are M-W-F, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., during receptions and by appointment. Metered parking on the street is free after 5 p.m. The Gallery can be reached at 860-832-8299, on Facebook, and on the Web at