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Russian Watercolors at the Tweed

Vladimir Lobanov
Artist Vladimir Labonov

Landscapes of the Russian North, an exhibition of recent watercolor works by Vladimir Labonov, a Russian artist from Petrozavodsk, one of Duluth's Sister Cities, is at the Tweed Museum of Art through February 6, 2011.

Lobanov's works are based on his travels around Karelia, including Western Siberia, Murmansk and, of course, the countryside surrounding Petrozavodsk. Lobanov is the chief designer for the City of Petrozavodsk. He is also lecturer in graphic design at the International Slavic Institute in Petrozavodsk and a book designer for Petropress Publishing.

Duluth Connections

Thunderstorm Over the Gimolsky Lake, watercolor on paper; 15 x 21 ¼” Collection of the Artist
Early Morning
Early Morning, 2008 watercolor on paper; 14 x 21 ¼” Collection of the Artist
Silver Autumn
Silver Autumn (the first frost), 2007 watercolor on paper; 15 ¾ x 21 ¾” Collection of the Artist
Lobanov’s work became known to the Tweed when UMD alumnus Jon Niemi (’96) traveled to Petrozavodsk in 2008 as part of the Duluth- Petrozavodsk Sister Cities Commission. Niemi met Lobanov there, and visited the artist’s painting studio. Niemi liked what he saw and bought a small watercolor. Later Niemi showed the work to the director and curator of the Tweed Museum of Art, and they helped to organize the show.

Lobanov visited Duluth Oct. 22–Nov. 4. Lobanov presented a lecture at the Tweed, visited college classes and area schools, met with local artists, and painted the Duluth-area landscape. His visit was sponsored in part by the Sister Cities International Duluth and Petrozavodsk chapters, ARTWORKS!, and individual donors, including Niemi.

There and Here
Petrozavodsk, a city of 266,000 people, is one of the largest in northwestern Russia and was founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Like Duluth, it has a history of mining and shipping. It is situated on a large lake, Lake Onega. The city was inspired to create their own lakewalk after learning about Duluth's. Petrozavodsk was established as a Sister City in 1987.

The Tweed Museum of Art is free and open to the public. Museum hours are Tues 9 am -8pm, Wed -Fri 9am-4:30 pm, Sat & Sun 1-5 pm. The Tweed is located in Ordean Court on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. For more information about the Tweed and its programs, visit:


Written by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann,


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