Artist Biography & Resume

Varvara Harmon was born and raised in Volzshk, a "small Russian city" of 100,000 people that is located in the central European portion of Russia. She began painting in her childhood and was a student at the Volzshk Art School, where she graduated with a Diploma in Art Studies. Varvara's career goals briefly turned from the arts towards the earth sciences. While pursuing this interest, she studied geology at the Moscow Geological Exploration Academy, where she earned a Degree in Geological Studies.

After graduation, Varvara worked as a geologist - work that brought her to some of Russia's most spectacular wildernesses. It was during this time, with so many opportunities to see Russia's wild beauty that Varvara returned to painting landscapes. While in Russia, Varvara participated in many regional art exhibitions and also had the honor of being the first artist ever to put on a solo exhibition at the Museum of V. E. Lenin in the City of Kazan, Russia.

Varvara immigrated to the United States in 2001 and moved to Maine. New England, especially Maine, is a place whose lands, inland waters, coast and people have inspired many of her recent paintings. While the majority of these works are done with oil, she also creates with acrylic, watercolors and pencil. Although landscapes are still her favorite subject, Varvara also does still life paintings, portraits, and she accepts commissioned work.

Membership

International Guild of Realism
Oil Painters of America
Landscape Artists International
Maine Women in the Art
Union of Maine Visual Artists
Paint America
Fine Art America

 

Awards

2013 "Salon International 2013" – Finalist,
2012 "Salon International 2012" – Finalist,
2010 "Salon International 2010" – Finalist,
2009 "The Best of Ameriaca Oil Artists" - has been chosen and published in the book
2009 "American Artist Magazine - Cover Competition", – Finalist
2009 "International Artist Magazine - Flowers & Gardens Art Competition", – Finalist
2009 "Salon International 2009" – Finalist,
A Juried Exhibition of the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art
2009 "Second Place" award at Miniature show at "Gallery 302",
2009 "Paint America - Art Competition" – Second 100 winners
2008 "Paint the Parks - Art Competition" – Top 50 winners
2008 "First Place" award at Bridgton Sidewalk Art Show,
2008 "First Place" award at Miniature show at "Gallery 302",
2008 "People’s Choice Award" at Miniature show at "Gallery 302",
2007 "Second Place" award at Sanford/Springvale Art Association Annual Open Juried Art Show,
2007 "Third Place" award at Miniature show at "Gallery 302",
2004 "The Best Landscape" award at the Windham Art Show,
2003 "The Best in Show" award at the Winthrop Maine Sidewalk Art Show,
2002 "Judge's Award" at the Fryeburg, Maine Art Festival,

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 "Feature Artist", Solo Show, Woodfords Clud, Portland, ME
2010 "Feature Gallery Artist", Solo Show, Northportlanding Gallery, Northport, ME
2009 "Miniatures, Two Artists Showcase", Solo Show, Harvest Gold Gallery, Lovell, ME
2009 "Feature Gallery Artist", Solo Show, Lincoln Art Gallery, Lincoln, NH
2008 "In Tradition of the Old Masters", Solo Show, Harvest Gold Gallery, Lovell, ME
2008 "In Tradition of the Old Masters ", Solo Show, Little Sebago Gallery, Windham, ME
May-June 2006 "Varvara Harmon – Solo Show", Harvest Gold Gallery, Lovell, ME
10/2005-4/2006 "Art & Photography by Varvara Harmon", Library, Windham, ME
2005 "Artwork by Varvara Harmon", Senate President’s Office, State House, Augusta, ME
2003 "First Guest of the Gallery", Gallery 302, Bridgton, ME
2001 "Varvara Ikhsanova's personal exhibition of paintings", Museum of V.E. Lenin, Kazan, Russia.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 "Salon International 2013" – Finalist, Juried Exhibition of the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
2012 "Salon International 2012" – Finalist, Juried Exhibition of the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
2010 "Salon International 2010" – Finalist, Juried Exhibition of the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
2009 "Salon International 2009" – Finalist, Juried Exhibition of the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
2008-2009 "Paint the Parks – Exhibition-tour of Art for American National Parks"
2008 "Small Wonders", Little Sebago Gallery, Windham, ME
2008 "Prelude", North Light Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME
2008 "Maine Scene", River Tree Center for the Arts, Juried Show, Kennebunk, ME
2008 "Lake Effect IV", Little Sebago Gallery, Windham, ME
2008 "Miniature Art Show", Gallery 302, Bridgton, ME
2008 "10th Anniversary Show", Little Sebago Gallery, Windham, ME
2007 "Miniature Show", Little Sebago Gallery, Windham, ME
2007 "Lake Effect III", Little Sebago Gallery, Windham, ME
2007 "Miniature Art Show", Gallery 302, Bridgton, ME
2007 "10th Anniversary Show", Little Sebago Gallery, Windham, ME
2006 "Varvara Harmon & Tom Merriam–Two Artists Show", Little Sebago Gallery, Windham
2006 "Group Show", Harvest Gold Gallery, Lovell, ME
2006 "Invitational Show", Little Sebago Gallery, Windham, ME
2006 "Miniature Show", Gallery 302, Bridgton, ME
2005 "New Works", Little Sebago Gallery, Windham, ME
2005 "Miniature Show", Gallery 302, Bridgton, ME
2004 "Mini Show", Little Sebago Gallery, Windham, ME
2004 "Potpourri", Little Sebago Gallery, Windham, ME
2004 "Miniature Show", Gallery 302, Bridgton, ME
2003 "Our Summer's Best" Group Show, Little Sebago Gallery & Frame, Windham, ME
2001 "Specialized exhibition of paintings, decorative art, and folk-art", Kazan, Russia.
2000 "Painting exhibition of Vasiljevo's Artists", The Museum of Gorkey, Kazan, Russia.
2000 "Specialized exhibition of paintings, decorative art, and folk-art", Kazan, Russia.
1997 "Exhibition of the Artists of Tatarstan", The Central Gallery, Kazan, Russia