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Meeting of Art Worlds

January 30, 2009
Wildbank at Tibet House gallery with one of Dorzhiev's representatives from Moscow

Wildbank at Tibet House gallery with one of Dorzhiev's representatives from Moscow

Three stars shone last night in Manhattan: Siberian artist, Zorikto Dorzhiev; and two contemporary American artists, Clifford Smith and Eileen Hickey-Hulme!

Robert Thurman listens to Siberian artist Zorikto Dorzhiev and interpreter in front of Zorikto's Mongolian scenes in oil

Robert Thurman listens to Siberian artist Zorikto Dorzhiev and interpreter in front of Zorikto's Mongolian scenes in oil

The air at Tibet House was charged with excitement and curiosity as tall fashion models did their walk in Zorikto’s hyperbolic fashion selections among admiring crowds.

Siberian bronze sculptures by Zorikto Dorzhiev

Siberian bronze sculptures by Zorikto Dorzhiev

Exhibit turned out to be an exotic experience. We made introductions among art circles of  Gallery Khankhalaev of Moscow and New York, this sort of event one could only dream of during the Cuban missle crisis of the ’60’s. May world peace reign strong throughout! Photography by Charles Wildbank

Could this be the new Mona Lisa?

Zorikto Dorzhiev: Could this be the new Mona Lisa?

Further uptown, we beamed up at Spanierman-Modern Gallery where we attend another opening reception in honor of artist Clifford Smith

Clifford Smith at his opening reception in front of his oil painting "Vertical Cumulus Cloud"

Clifford Smith at his opening reception in front of his oil painting "Vertical Cumulus Cloud"

Tall-standing artist Clifford Smith was easy to single out in the mobbed crowd at Spanierman-Modern gallery last night. Clifford could not agree more with my comment that the sea is a wonderful means of expression being the surface of our emotions.

"Green/Blue Ocean" oil on canvas by Clifford Smith

"Green/Blue Ocean" oil on canvas by Clifford Smith

We are greeted by vivacious Long Island artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme who had us convinced there are no bounds to what media an artist can choose! Armed with nail polish, lipstick, eye shadow and various other unconventional media, artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme creates her pearlescent, abstract images often juxtaposing images of power with those of fragility.

Bang Bang Artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme and American Yogini Mary McGuire-Wien at Spanierman-Modern

Bang Bang Artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme and American Yogini Mary McGuire-Wien at Spanierman-Modern

Mary and I noticed the highly charged spirit in the air as we concluded our big evening in the town. Colors are cheerful in tandem to our new presidency. There is definitely hope and fulfillment in the air. We returned home to our Long Island retreat back to our studios (art and yoga studios) feeling truly refreshed.

"Blue Surrender with Pistol" by Eileen Hickey-Hulmes

"Blue Surrender with Pistol" by Eileen Hickey-Hulmes