Yakubovskaya Exhibit Continues, Roosevelt Prints Exhibit in August

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“Joie de Vivre,” watercolor, Anna Yakubovskaya

by James M. Frase-White

ST. JOHNSBURY – The exhibit, “Sightseeing in Silk & Paper,” by St. Johnsbury artist Anna Yakubovskaya continues until August 19 at the Back Room Gallery.

Yakubovskaya began her journey in a city with another saintly name, Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she began her artistic path at the Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design. She worked as an art teacher, graphic artist, and interior designer. She moved to Alexandria, Va., in 1997 where she worked as a Silk Painting Instructor at the Art League School and as an art teacher at the Russian School in Falls Church, Va. She became involved in the Torpedo Factory Art and Art League Gallery before moving in 2021 to St. Johnsbury and is involved in a variety of galleries throughout Vermont.

On August 24, “Michael Roosevelt: A Life in Print,” will open, with a meet-the-artist party to coincide with St. Johnsbury’s Final Friday, August 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Chinchilla,” Ink and watercolor, by Anna Yakubovskaya

Roosevelt is a native of Philadelphia, Pa., and demonstrated an early interest in fine art and attended classes at the Philadelphia College of Art in high school. After a year he attended Carnegie-Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. He remained in Paris following a summer program there to study with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17. He received a BFA in Printmaking and English from Carnegie-Mellon in 1984.

His journey in printmaking and art began with a position as printmaker at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, N.S. His personal studies included extensive travel through Europe, South America and the Far East including a two-year stay in Tokyo. He has had many solo exhibitions, in the United States, Canada, Japan, Italy, Mexico City, and France. Extensive group exhibitions have followed, both domestically and world-wide.

“Lace and Viceroy,” color lithograph, Michael Roosevelt

Roosevelt’s exhibition of his print, linocuts and engravings, in wood and metal, are of a variety of subjects, from animals, domestic and wild, insects, landscapes and human studies, in color and black and white. The exhibition runs until Saturday, Sept. 30.

Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild is a cooperative store and gallery at 430 Rail Road St., open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Besides the featured Back Room Gallery, the cooperative has works by more than 100 craftspeople.

[James M. Frase-White is the curator of the Back Room Gallery at the Northeast Kingdom Artisan Guild.]

“Miller’s,” Color Linoprint, Michael Roosevelt

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