NEW BRITAIN - Stockman Gallery celebrates its latest show, â€śTatyana Nadgor: Are You Serious,â€ť with a free reception this evening from 5-7 p.m.
Nadgor came to the United States from Russia 20 years ago with her husband and two children.
In her native land, Nadgor was an engineer, but since coming to the U.S. has gone into design. She spent many years working as an interior designer, and now teaches design at the University of Hartford and devotes herself to her art.
Nadgorâ€™s art can be described as unique. It is a colorful mix of Russian religious sensibilities, spirituality, art and social themes.
Nadgor jokingly refers to her work as â€śChernobyl on canvas,â€ť as she and her family lived near the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster.
â€śI live, I paint, I smile. No more explanation is needed,â€ť Nadgor said.
The title of the show reflects a question she is frequently asked in conversation and in her art.
â€śTatyana Nadgor: Are You Seriousâ€ť features Nadgorâ€™s wild, wacky and outrageously colorful pieces as well as a selection of her religious art, some of which also comes with a touch of humor.
The Stockman Gallery is at 19 Chestnut St. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 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 online at HappeningHere.org/stockman.