Traditional Russian Woodcraft
These brightly painted kitchen items can be found in every traditional Russian home. Hand-painted woodenware pieces are frequently decorated with gooseberries or strawberries, red currants or berries from the mountain ash tree.
Art From the Children of Tula
These blank notecards evoke the the traditions of Tula as seen through the eyes of elementary schoolchildren. Packaged with a pretty ribbon. Envelopes included.
Price $7.50 per set of 3
Matted Screen Prints
These 9×12 prints were commissioned by the Albany Tula Alliance from Tula schoolchildren and feature their imaginative illustrations of stories all children love. From an exhibit here in Albany. $15 each
The Hare and the Tortoise in the Chase by Ira Salina, age 12, of Lycee #1 in Tula, Russia. This is based on the collection of stories,The Tales of Uncle Remusby Joel Chandler Harris. The young artist wanted to capture the joy of Br’er Fox and the quickness of Br’er Rabbit.
Where the Night Came From Print by Maxim Kaledin, age 13, of the Palace of Children’s Creativity in Tula, Russia. This is based upon the Native American Legend about an Indian Hunter who found out the night was guarded by a dragon, poisoned the dragon and gave the peaceful night back to his people.
Speckled Hen & the Golden Egg by Alla Roerich, age 14, of School 1 in Tula, Russia. This is based on the poem with the same name in Alexandr Afanas’ev’s 1960 national collection of Russian Fairy Tales (Pantheon Books, 1945).
An American Tall Tale Print by Elena Shavaronkova, age 15, of Tula Children’s Polenov Art School in Tula, Russia. This is based on the story of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox where Paul personifies strong youth and a loyal friendship with the blue ox.
How Br’er Rabbit Outsmarted Br’er Fox by Yuliya Kulakovshaya, age 15, of the Tula Children’s Polenov Art School in Tula, Russia. This is based upon Yuliya’s favorite fairy tale of her childhood from the collection of stories, The Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris.
Ilya Muromets Printby Margarita Smirnova, age 13, of School 57 in Tula, Russia. This is based upon a bylina, a heroic epic song, about Ilya Muromets, a peasant’s son, who was a valiant knight in Prince Vladimir’s retinue. At the end of the 10th century, Prince Vladimir brought Christianity to Russia.