Art Gallery Vanda

Vanda and Sandro Mujiri

Susanna and I are so lucky to live in a neighborhood with a great art gallery (as well as a tiny bakery for shoti bread and a small “convenience” store, about which I’ve already written). The first time we went to Art Gallery Vanda, we met the owner, Vanda Mujiri, and her husband. This time we enjoyed visiting Vanda and her twin brother, Sandro. The twins opened this gallery about 18 years ago, but after two years, Sandro moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he opened his own art gallery. After 12 years, Sandro sold his gallery and moved to the Ukraine, where he . . . yes, opened another art gallery. So the twins both have been operating art galleries and both were educated as architects.

In addition to the current solo show by Keti Shalamberidze, part of which you can see in the photo above, we looked at some paintings by Levan Margiani. This Tbilisi artist paints with tempera paint, natural pigments, egg emulsion and tinsel gold. For his hand-made elaborate frames, Levan uses sheets of silver and bronze that he hammers onto wood. Inside the frames are sweet icon-type images of Christian symbols, such as the Good Shepherd, lambs, fish, and rocks that represent the firmness of faith. This is my favorite painting by Levan.

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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