A child who reads will be an adult who thinks

Thomas Wharton

2014-07-03 | Pozdnyakov family

Kira Antonovna Pozdnyakova is a self-taught painter. All her life she has been working as a nurse in a war hospital, while also painting landscapes and portraits of famous artists in her free-time.  The exhibited works, which include still-lifes with flowers and plants and watercolor landscapes, were painted between 2013 and 2014. She turned 90 in February, 2014. 

Liudmila Mishina (the eldest daughter) graduated from Chernyakhovsk children’s school, studied at Serov’s art school and St. Petersburg Art Academy. For 13 years, Liudmila was  the director of Ilya Repin museum. She is a member of Russian artist’s union and author of many personal exhibitions in Russia, Germany, Finland and the USA.  Currently based in New Jersey, yet she visits Chernyakhovsk every year. A number Liudmila Mishina’s exhibitions were already organized in the library.

Valentina Pozdnyakova (the youngest daughter) is a Chernyakhovsk art school graduate. She is interested in a number of creative mediums, as watercolour, oil-painting, weaving, and sculpture. Currently, her field of interest is photography. In 2013, her personal exhibitions were opened in Chernyakhovsk public library and café “Akvatoria” . Her works are exhibited  in Chernyakhovsk administration building and in German-Russian home in Kaliningrad.

2014-04-02 | Paintings of Vaineta Verbanovaitė



Vaineta was born in 1998, in Marijampolė. At the age of four, she started to color coloring-books. Even before she started school, Vaineta has already developed an interest in watercolour, gouache, felt-tip pens and colored pencils. In 4th grade she tried oil-painting on canvas. Since then, it has become one of her favourite activities, despite she has to paint with her foot due to cerebral palsy.

 “World through my eyes” is Vaineta’s 4th solo exhibition.

Vaineta enjoys drawing during art lessons, but her free-time paintings are more cheerful, relaxed and warmer. Her favourite motif is nature – flowers, birds, the sea – everything what the girl sees around her. When Vaineta is not in a good mood, the colors of her paintings are gloomy as well, but when she paints with joy, her paintings are bright and soft. Vaineta also draws pencil portraits, her two most recent ones are of her uncle Valerijus and Vytautas. V. Landsbergis. Although painting is most fun, Vaineta enjoys travelling, observing nature, tidying up around the house, browsing the internet and her newest hobby – writing poems. 

Vaineta is an active member of association “Viltis” for people with disabilities. Her works were exhibited during events organized by the association in Lithuanian Parliament and  Kaunas “Žalgiris“ arena.

In the end of 2011, Vaineta participated in traditional Christmas charity evening in London where she sold some of her paintings.

During the event in “Draugystė” library, Vaineta and her grandparents established a connection and began to collaborate with Vytautas V. Landsbergis who is a prominent Lithuanian author, director and performer. He has helped organize Vaineta’s exhibition in the United States that took place during Lithuanian-American community Thanksgiving events.


  • 2010 –  Marijampolė Petras Kriaučiūnas public library, “Draugystė” department (Draugystės st. 5).
  • 2011 – Druskininkai children’s rehabilitation sanatorium “Saulutė“
  • 2011 – Marijampolė Jonas Totoraitis secondary school.
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