Our alumnus, Nikita Budkov, was recently featured in an exhibition that welcomed new artists! This exhibition took place at the Hillside Fine Art Gallery, located in the college town of Claremont, CA. The Hillside Fine Art Gallery has been featuring art by award-winning professional artists belonging to the California Art Club. As I have talked about before in another blog post, this year marked the club’s 107th Gold Medal Exhibition, in which Nikita was fortunate enough to participate.
Because this was a huge deal for us here at LAAFA, I decided to ask Nikita a couple of questions for a mini interview to see how he was feeling about this new experience for him:
-What does it mean to you to be chosen for this exhibition?
This exhibition means a lot because it is a welcoming celebration to myself and two other artists of the Hillside Fine Art gallery. It is going to be my first opening night in this gallery.
-Tell me a bit about your painting, what was your thought process for it and why was it the piece that you chose to submit?
I have six pieces in the show, they are all different landscapes from Siberia, Moscow, Sequoia National Park, and Los Angeles. My idea was to show the beauty of nature overall.
-What advice do you have for our current (or future) students who are looking to submit to this kind of exhibition?
Go look at what the gallery has on their walls, make notes, keep it relatively the same subject, but always bring your own new ideas.
Congrats Nikita! We are happy that you represent LAAFA and wish you all the best in your art endeavors.
Hillside Fine Art is located on 445 W Foothill, Suite 101 in Claremont, CA. Special Artists reception takes place on Saturday, August 11 from 5pm-7pm. Regular gallery hours are from Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12pm-5pm.