El Portal Sedona Hotel will present Anya Kouznetsov of Phoenix, Arizona on the October 4 First Friday Artwalk here in Sedona.
A little about Anya…
Anya Kouznetsov is an 18 year old painter, and daughter of two Russian immigrants. Witnessing the challenges her family endured to establish new beginnings in an unfamiliar country ultimately incited her interest in navigating artistic avenues. With the threat of poverty becoming highly probable in the then crippled economy of 2008, Anya turned to visual arts. She attempted to provide a vivid escape for relatives and friends encountering somber circumstances. Classically trained since the age of eight; she demonstrates the significance of solitude by creating surreal scenes and aims for her work to supply spectators with a place to contemplate independent of outside responsibilities. During her career as a high school student, Anya participated in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and was honorably mentioned for her accomplishments in visual arts. Additionally, she partnered with the owner of “Infinite Finds” in Cave Creek, Arizona to raise money for a charity aiming to help women suffering from cancer or auto-immune diseases. Now, freshly into her first year of college at Arizona State University, Anya intends to expand her artistic abilities and continue to advocate for the importance of art.
The Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Steve Segner of El Portal Sedona Hotel have developed a tour or walk of Sedona’s galleries, so tourists and locals alike can see and appreciate why Sedona is a world-class art destination.