Petr Shvetsov Wants to Meet You

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Sara Tucker

The Saint Petersburg artist, who spends summers in South Royalton, is leading a guided tour on Saturday. Wear comfortable shoes.

Russian artist Petr Shvetsov is a devotee of Worthy Burger truffle fries.

Petr Shvetsov, a Saint Petersburg artist whose long list of credits includes the State Russian Museum, is opening an exhibit of his paintings in three different SoRo venues on Saturday. A tour led by the artist will begin at the Royalton Memorial Library at 2 p.m. and end at the Worthy Burger at around 4 p.m.

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Petr is in his late forties; he has a long beard and a shaved head and could easily be mistaken for a Vermonter if not for his Russian-inflected speech. He and his wife, who hails from Boston, have been coming to South Royalton every summer for two decades.

I heard about Petr’s show when David Fairbanks Ford, curator of the Main Street Museum in White River Junction and a friend of the Shvetsov family, sent out an email blast. A recommendation from David is good enough for me, but then I spoke with the artist Bunny Harvey and sure enough, she, too, was going to the Saturday event. Unfortunately, I am in France trying to sell my mother-in-law’s apartment, so I emailed Petr, whom I have never met, and we ended up talking on Skype this morning. He explained that the motivation for presenting his work in South Royalton was a desire to become more involved in the community and, essentially, to meet people. To that end, he will personally lead you through three of what he considers to be the most important cultural institutions in town: the Royalton Memorial Library, the South Royalton Market, and the Worthy Burger restaurant in the Old Freight House. Now, I would happily go to any of these places under less interesting circumstances, but to go in the company of a Russian artist who is passionate about American culture, how good is that? 

Here’s the email I got from David, followed by a press release, which has all the details.

Several years ago, two adults and two children wandered into my museum. 
It was dark and they were very sweet and polite. Some of them spoke with a slight, appealingly cultured, accent. It was an accent that I recognized. I recognized it because I am one of those westerners who, many years ago, became fascinated with Russia and all things Slavic. 
Now, we are fast friends. They have spurred my travel, and inspired my studies of art and history, and most importantly supported my art and curatorial projects here and in the Russian Republic. They are also (at least the adults among them) my co-conspirators in experimenting with cocktails and making delicious “zakuski” the substantial “snacks” that Russians love to have as a “bite after” the ever-present vodka toast. 
This summer, residents of the local area have an opportunity to see a small part of the artwork of one of my friends; for, starting this Saturday, 7 July, the work of Petr Shvetsov will be exhibited in the most important cultural venues in South Royalton. 
Details are below. Come, and enjoy! —dff

Contact: Peter Shvetsov
Phone: 802-291-2035 — Email:

Painter and sculptor Peter Shvetsov simultaneously opens three exhibitions in South Royalton on Saturday, July 7. Peter will exhibit new paintings and prints at the South Royalton Market, Royalton Memorial Library and Worthy Burger.

For the past twenty years, Peter Shvetsov has spent each summer in South Royalton, making work inspired by the Vermont landscape and local culture. Peter has created a unique installation for Worthy Burger, a tribute to their famous burgers and fries. The series of oil portraits of Worthy Burger food is a reflection on society’s food obsession, transforming burgers and truffle fries into local cult symbols.

The series of dark landscapes at the South Royalton Market and Royalton Memorial Library reflects the artist’s fascination with strange moments in time, the wondrous last minutes of light each day, when disappearing colors are their most interesting. These oil paintings and etchings of Vermont landscapes provide a neutral background for this ever-changing game of disappearing color. 

The exhibitions open on Saturday, July 7 from 2 - 4 pm. Peter Shvetsov will be giving guided tours of the exhibition spaces. The exhibitions will be open during each venue’s regular working hours through mid-August. 

About the artist: Peter Shvetsov divides his time between St. Petersburg, Russia and South Royalton, Vermont, and works in different media, including, painting, sculpture, and large scale installations. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Russia, the U.S., and Europe and his work can be found in the collections of the State Russian Museum, New York Public Library, British Library, Saxon State Library (Dresden), Institute of Contemporary Russian Culture (Los Angeles), University of CA Library (Santa Barbara).

About the venues:

Worthy Burger
Craft Beer & Burger Bar using local Vermont brewers and producers.
56 Rainbow St in the Old Freight House

Royalton Memorial Library
The Royalton Memorial Library was established in 1807 and has offered library services at 23 Alexander Place since 1923 in the second floor of the small Georgian Revival style brick building holding over 7,500 items for all ages. Library services including library programs (storytimes, book clubs, and film series) are free and open to the public. 
23 Alexander Place

South Royalton Market
The South Royalton Market, a food cooperative, was founded in 2001 through the dedication of area residents who wanted a local grocery store and meeting place. The cafe art space has rotating exhibits by community groups, school art programs and professional artists.
222 Chelsea Street

David Fairbanks Ford — The Main Street Museum — 58 Bridge Street, White River Junction, Vermont, 05001-1909 — 802.356.2776




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