by James M. Frase-White
ST. JOHNSBURY – Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Back Room Gallery has a new exhibit opening on July 6: “Sightseeing in Silk & Paper,” by one of America’s newest citizens, Anna Yakuboyskaya.
The exhibit runs until August 19, with an opening party on Saturday, July 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons may meet the artist and celebrate with delightful hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
“When I think back to my first childhood memories, I was always drawing: the hamsters we kept as pets at school, portraits of my elderly neighbors, and other sights from my neighborhood as well as my imagination, at times blurring the lines between the two. For as long as I can remember, my creativity has been my way of interacting with the world, of feeling, capturing, softening, sharing whatever environment I find myself in.
“My artistic path started in my home city of Saint Petersburg, Russia, where I went on to study at the Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design. I moved to the United States in 1997, and most recently to Vermont, in 2021.
“Today, I mainly work in two mediums: watercolor and silk painting. These techniques resemble each other in that they both require a certain fearlessness, as well as a trust for the material, in order to strike a balance between the intentional and the spontaneous. Exploring one often helps me find a new freedom, or lightness, in the other. With watercolors, I have embarked in the wonder of plein air painting, stepping out of my studio to capture breathtaking Vermont landscapes and charming New England towns.
“When it comes to silk, my work has often been centered in wearable art bearing motifs from the natural world: native plants, birds, detailed flowers.”
Following her work in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she worked as an art teacher, graphic artist, and interior designer, she moved to Alexandra, Va. There she worked as a silk painting instructor at the Art League School, as an art teacher at the Russian School in Falls Church, Va., and became involved in the Art League Gallery, before moving to St. Johnsbury where she has become involved in a variety of galleries throughout Vermont.
Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild is a cooperative store and gallery at 460 Railroad Street, in Saint Johnsbury, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m until 5:30 p.m. Besides the featured Back Room Gallery the cooperative has works by over 100 crafts people. For more information, call (802) 748-0158 during store hours.