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No August meltdown for artist Natalya Parris

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The world begs for peace and cannot wait for a holiday or vacation. Natalya Parris reminds, “Our differences should always be resolved by exchanging thoughts and ideas by words, and not by guns.”

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Responding to a request to keep Arlington Art Examiner informed about new exhibits, Natalya provided images of her work for review and a summary of her exhibition schedule.

According to Rev. Jayne Howard Feldman, “Be An Angel Day” is all about making the world a better place through acts of kindness, care and support. She advocates putting others before yourself and reaching out to help those in need. She reminds that “if you’re the one benefiting from someone else’s act of kindness, make sure you let them know you appreciate it.”

She is an ordained Interfaith Minister, Reiki Master and Life Coach: http://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/be-an-angel-day/

Natalya’s contributions to the show at the Latino Art Museum is paintings that are inspired by orchids growing at the Hillwood Greenhouse. In this instance the artist labels the lovely orchid paintings with the names of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. These children were canonized by the Orthodox Church along with the Romanov family and servants that were murdered along with them. Observe how the artist weaves her ethnic Russian history into the modern scene and integrates relevant experience.

Looking at the orchids without the names, one would not know the history.

Tatiana is the name of another work currently on exhibit as she is also a family member who experienced tragic fate. And, the red painting is for passion.

How would Natalya represent today’s events involving her homeland? Politics and art often come together. This artist is likely to express her feelings as emotion more so than harsh words. Emotion is to the pursuit of peace as harsh words are to the vector toward conflict, perhaps.

“Artist statement for “Earth Angel for Peace" exhibit at Latino Art Museum:

Currently, I am working on a series of artworks “Memories of Hillwood.” The Hillwood Museum & Gardens in Washington, D.C. has the largest collection of Russian fine arts outside Russia. The artworks are inspired by the orchid flowers I saw in the Hillwood Greenhouse and the museum’s priceless collection of art.

For EARTH ANGEL FOR PEACE” in celebration of the “Be an Angel Day” August 2 – August 30, 2014 I want to display two artworks from this collection “Olga” and “Alexei”. The artworks are named after Alexei an only son and Olga the eldest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Those innocent children were murdered in July 1918. They symbolize for me all the children that have been killed at wars and become angels who want to protect us. They remind us of the importance of keeping peace on Earth, learning to compromise and respecting the beliefs and religions of all people on earth. They also remind us to do not repeat past mistakes. For me, they also became magnificent flowers that, with their beauty, remind us to preserve nature and save it for future generations.

Artwork “Tatiana” (currently on display at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center) is also from series of artworks “Memories of Hillwood.” It was named after the second daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. They called her "sweet" Tatiana. She headed Red Cross committees during World War I, and together with her sister Olga she nursed wounded soldiers in a military hospital from 1914 to 1917. She was also murdered by the revolutionaries’ assassination squad. I had a choice to select the artwork for the Delaplaine Members’ Exhibit and by selecting this artwork I wanted to make a statement and remind the world of the importance to choose peace over war. Our differences should always be resolved by exchanging thoughts and ideas by words, and not by guns.

My artwork “Passion” and “Striving for Light” are on display at “UNFILTERED 2014” exhibit at the Griffin Art Center, 437 N. Market Street, Frederick, Maryland. The show opens on August 2nd and runs through the 30th. Gallery is open on Fridays 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 3:00 – 8:00 pm; Reception will be on Saturday, August 2, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. My artwork “Tatiana” is on display at The 2014 Delaplaine Members’ Exhibit, August 2 — 31, 2014. Reception will be on Saturday, August 2, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.; The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 South Carroll Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701. My artworks Alexei and Olga are on display at “Earth Angel for Peace" August 2 - 30, 2014 exhibit at Latino Art Museum; Opening Reception and Pomona Art Walk on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 4 p.m. – 9p.m.; 281 S. Thomas St. Suite 105, the Art Colony Pomona, CA 91766”

Provided by Natalya Parris

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