Each one of us travels. Sometimes we travel in real spaces and sometimes in spaces that we created in our imagination.
We look up and feel the wind or we travel along the leaves of grass or the petals of a flower. We leave traces of us along the way, but mostly, these travels leave their mark on us.
But sometimes, you can go on a journey simply by looking at these works of art and open yourself up to a different world.
Elena Freidis believes that her works relate an atmosphere of real places in Crimea, Serbia and in St. Petersburg. As a city person, she wants her art to convey a feeling of translucency of air, sun, nature and wants the viewer to feel happy and not rushed by the speed and noise of city life. All the usual stresses of life disappear while preparing her artwork.
The world of Alexander Korolev is quite different: sometimes filled with sounds and sometimes with absolute silence.
The colors in his pictures are bright and seem to be talking with each other and with you. Alexander often says that things are “happening” in his pictures. His world is alive and moving and gets all of us involved.
Alexander Korolev is a member of Russia’s Artist Academy (IFA). He is a regular participant of both joint and personal exhibitions in Russia and abroad. His works are shown by museums in St. Petersburg and in Russia and also presented in a number of private collections all over the world. He lives and works in St. Petersburg.
Elena Freidis also is a member of Russia’s Artist Academy (IFA). She is a costume designer, teacher at ISO and a participant in joint and personal exhibits in St. Petersburg, the United Kingdom, Finland, Lithuania and Israel.
This is an Exhibit displaying the work of more than 20 very different St. Petersburg’s artists belonging to the group of Apartment 16th.
The principal idea of this exhibit is to show paintings that each artist considers to be the best in 2018.
Initially, this exhibit opened in Vyborg in January 2019 at the Vyborg division of Hermitage before moving to Hotel Vera. This is the first exhibit at Hotel Vera and represents a new chapter; a center for people who are interested art and in the history and architecture of St. Petersburg.
The occupants of Apartment 16 are an association of talented and original artists working under the careful eye of Anatoly Zaslawski in his art studio on Bolshoj prospect in St. Petersburg.
However, the occupants of Apartment 16 also have an additional home: Hotel Vera on Suvorovsky prospect #25. This new home is a historical Stepnov house built in the Russian modern style in 1903. Pictures of contemporarily artists from “Apartment 16” combine remarkably well with Hotel Vera’s antique stained glass windows, forged stairs and tasteful interiors.
The first exhibition of artists from “Apartment 16’ called “My best picture, 2018” occurred in Hotel Vera on March 15-April 15, 2019. It is just a beginning of our “life together”.
We are planning new exhibits, lectures and discussions, master classes and meetings with artists and interesting people.
Please come to Hotel Vera, enjoy beautiful art, drink the best cappuccino and tea and eat something special from our chef. You may want to join us and become a regular participant in our interesting artistic programs.
Anatoly Zaslavsky and Hotel Vera owner Sofia Pesochinskaya