SEAD Gallery and Bookshop is excited to announce the Opening Reception of Impressions by Anna Ganina, on May 17th from 6:30 – 8 PM.
Anna was born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine, studied in Canada, and currently lives and paints in Austin, Texas. She has liked to paint for as long as she can remember. As a kid, painting was her favorite thing to do and it would entertain her for hours. When she was a teenager, she attended two art colleges because she liked both so much that she “couldn’t pick just one”. Her visit to Italy in 2007 further ignited her passion for art; its history and beauty moved her to quit her job at an architectural firm and dedicate her life to art and art history.
In her art, Anna goes beyond the obvious to uncover the symbolism within the human aspect of daily life. She draws inspiration from her broad travels and her abundant life experiences as both a visitor and resident of many countries around the world. She finds beauty in daily life, from books and events to people and places. She explains, “if I hang around cool kids, I have a desire to paint them. If I visit Montreal or New Orleans where you see many street performers, I have a desire to paint them…and so on”.
As a viewer of Anna’s images, one is transported to a world of fictional reality that exists in the recesses of the artist’s mind. Anna experiments with texture by blending marble powder with her paints as a way to further explore her subject matter. As her style continuously evolves, she enjoys experimenting with lines, colors, new mediums, and new techniques. She strives to challenge herself, keep her art fresh, connect with her viewers, and be understood in her artwork.
At the Impressions opening, we will be hosting a raffle to benefit Still Creek Ranch. Still Creek’s mission is to rescue boys and girls from crisis environments and to restore their lives by placing them in a family-style home environment, and through their accredited boarding school, Bible-based counseling, TCAL athletics, fine arts, and our equestrian and agricultural programs. They aim to create an environment where the kids are empowered by their story, yet without allowing them to be defined by their past wounds. The winner of the raffle will receive an Anna Ganina original painting. We hope to see you there!