Irving Berlin wrote, "Blue skies/Smiling
at me/Nothing but blue skies do I see"
in 1929 artists pretty much stuck to that
Enter Mindeli, who was born 47 years later,
and that idea has been turned upside down.
The youthful Russian-born artist sees the
red clay of the earth as an orange-red sky.
She made a debut appearance at the Wind Gallery
in Centerville two years ago, and she's back
for an encore visit this weekend.
"Her art is passionate, attractive and
vivid. I like it because the landscapes are
so simple and bold, not much detail,"
said gallery owner Kee Hee Lee. "Her
work is even more important, as landscapes
make up about 30 percent of the retail market
Lee met Mindeli five years ago at an art expo
in New York and saw the promise in her works.
She bought seven of her paintings before a
review in Art World News made Mindeli an overnight
"I saw the girl with the red sky. Who
would have thought of painting a red sky?"
Lee said. "At that time she wasn't famous
and had small shows. I bought the biggest
red sky painting she had because I knew it
was going to hit."
The Wind Gallery is featuring 33 original
works by Mindeli, the largest one measuring
68 inches by 80 inches. There will be an evening
soiree with Mindeli from 5 to 8 p.m. today
at the gallery, 7300 Far Hills Ave. Reservations
are requested; call 291-4383 early in the
In addition, there will be an artist appearance
and poster signing open to the public from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The gallery has a south location at the Cincinnati
Mills Mall, and Mindeli will be there from
3 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Her works will be featured through June 30.
Wind Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday
and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday,
Friday and Saturday.
Mindeli was born in Tbilisi, a region of Georgia,
Russia. In 1992 she enrolled in the Tbilisi
State Academy of Fine Arts. After graduation,
she moved to the United States to expand her
range of cultural themes.
Contact free-lance writer Pamela Dillon by
e-mail at Pamdillon@woh.rr.com.
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