Author Archives: Yelena Shabrova

Why Taking Photos At Museums Is Hindering Your Memory

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Sounds quite authorative, does not it? Like the author definitely knows what he/she is talking about. Or more like it’s coming from a well-known news channel that does not feel their job is fully done if the title does not sound like groundbreaking news. The article referenced by The Huffington Post, No Pictures, Please: Taking Photos May Impede Memory of Museum Tour, is more balanced and less categorical, and therefore looks more trustworthy to me.

If someone takes photos at the exhibit it does not automatically means they are not fully engaged in their experience and rely on technology to remember it for them.

Is the next day after the event when pic-snapping and just observing participants of the research were tested for what they remembered as important as long-term memories? What if brains of older people work differently from those of undergrad kids, especially for those with less then perfect visual memory? And since the research is not available to the general public (the abstract does not count for much) it’s anybody’s guess how exactly it was carried out, what the participants’ background was, or how many participated. All of that affects how relevant the results are to our everyday experience.

And why there is the assumption that the reason people takes shots at museums (and possibly other places) is to preserver the memory of the event? I use those snapshots to do my research on the piece or the artist later, and more then once sharing those pics helped to spread the word and get more people enjoy the art as much as I did. And in reading through a growing number of comments to the research (or rather, to how it was reported) I see that I am not the only one who does not use a camera or phone merely as a memory crutch. Is the problem that the research points out even a real one?

Artist trading card exchange at CAG

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Yesterday at the meeting in the Campbell Artists’ Guild we had an artist trading card exchange. This is what I brought, they are my experiments with metal pens and markers combined with colored pencils:

artist trading card

artist trading card

artist trading card

And this is what I got in return:

Gudrun Baumeister - Sunset in the North Sea - watercolor 3.5" x 2.5"

Gudrun Baumeister – Sunset in the North Sea – watercolor 3.5″ x 2.5″

Barb Overholt - Golden Open acrylics, 3.5" x 2.5"

Barb Overholt – Golden Open acrylics, 3.5″ x 2.5″

Anne Olander - Zion National Park - acrylic, 3.5" x 2.5"

Anne Olander – Zion National Park – acrylic, 3.5″ x 2.5″

Pretty wonderful extra gifts for my Birthday! :)

On the Way series at the KALEID Gallery

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

The new three piece series, On the Way, and another small work, Gathering I, will be a part of the upcoming annual HARK! exhibit and sale at the KALEID Gallery.

The On the Way series is my exploration of people in transit, both literally, on foot, and metaphorically as a state of mind, the experience. I kept the details to the minimum because they would be a distraction to the notion of “here and now” that in this case was more important to me then particular surroundings or the final destination. Oil pastel is a perfect medium for this; it does not eagerly land itself for a lot of details, so staying vague is pretty easy.

The opening reception will be held during the San Jose First Friday, on December 6th, 2013 from 7 pm till 11 pm. If you are in the area, stop by to see high quality art of amazing variety and to chat with the artists.

The exhibition will continue until January 18th, 2014.

KALEID Gallery is located at 88 S 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112.
Open Tuesday – Friday from 12:00 pm till 7:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 pm till 5:00 pm.

The original of On the Way III ($120.00), greeting cards, and prints of all three drawings are available in my Oil Pastel online gallery. The originals of “On the Way I” and “On the Way II” went to their new good homes!

A new piece at the Art Under $200 exhibit at the Pacific Art League

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

I am pleased to announce that both my pieces submitted to the Art Under $200 exhibit at the Pacific Art League have been accepted.

You probably saw this one already:

And this is a new artwork that was not shown anywhere else yet:

The opening reception for the exhibit will be a part of the Palo Alto First Friday, on December 6th, 2013, from 5:30 pm till 8:00 pm.

The exhibit will stay open till December 24th.

Pacific Art League is located at 668 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
Open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm

Happy Fish

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

This pretty creature by April Maiten is on display at Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto as a part of the Metaphors in Color and Form exhibit by the Los Altos Art Club.

Photo of a mosaic fish by April Maiten - covered with many hundreds of yellow discs and a lot of bead work

April Maiten – Yellow Tang, 16″ tall, is 17″ nose to tail, and is 10″ deep (including the rock)