Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Last week my wife Valentine and I had a meeting with American artist Jose Marzan and his wife Galina. They arrived in Yoskar-Ola for several days to participate in the wedding ceremony of Galina's brother.

We got acquainted two weeks ago. Jose came across my site, we exchanged emails and I invited him and Galina to visit us. He told me he had been fond of Alyonka chocolate since his first trip to Russia. He says he is eager to create an Alyonka artwork to contribute the gallery. Jose examined and highly appreciated the works of the participants of the project.

As a professional artist Jose does inking work for American comic books ( From him I learned much about how such kind of literature was published. We enjoyed the evening talking about everything connected with art.

"Find Your Second Half". Mail art by Aigul Ahmetshina, Nizhnekamsk, Russia.

One more envelope from Aigul Ahmetshina. Stamps of Frips were used there.

It was received from Denis Charmot, Marnaz, France. But the first mail artists that began to work this card were Tatyana Makarova and Valery Shimanovsky from Nizhnekamsk, Russia.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Plastic-coated mail artwork created by Paris citizen Eric Coraboeuf.

Envelope of the letter in which Eric Coraboeuf invited me to participate in his "Embrouillaminis creatifs" add & return project (

Friday, August 25, 2006

I can't help admiring this bright and funny envelope received from Fabrice Fosse, Maulevrier Sainte Gertrude, France.

Alyonka card received from Sylvie Gallet, Bragny sur Saone, France.

This card was started by Valery Shimanovsky, Nizhnekamsk, Russia. It was finished by Denis Chamot, Marnaz, France.

Another mail art from France. It is created by Anne Schaeffer, Sallanches.

My second contribution to Pati Bristow's NO MORE WAR mail art project (

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Mail artwork on an envelope created by Valery Shimanovsky, Nizhnekamsk, Russia. So Alyonka was made acquainted with Franz Kafka's terrifying world. By the way, during last three days Valery was my guest in Yoshkar-Ola. He sent his mail art and was greatly impressed again by the kindness of postal servants in my town. Yesterday he packed the works of SHIrMA group, as their exhibition would move to another town. Today Valery left Yoshkar-Ola for Zelenodolsk, Kazan and his native town Yelabuga.

Mail art sent to Federico Barabino as a contribution to his SOUNDS project. This is a collage with the portrait of my wife Valentine and I. Our good friend, a well-known Cheboksari artist Alexander Nasekin, made the photo.

M.A. Gingras (Burnaby, Canada) created the whole set of round plastic-coated artworks devoted to Alyonka and Russia.

M.A. Gingras placed the lovely Alyonka in scenes from a book he have about Russia. His parents purchased it in the early 1960s, and now it belongs to him.

"The book about Russia has lots of great images, - M.A. Gingras writes in his letter. - I realize that the photos are quite dated but the do possess a certain charm".

Caviar as well as Alyonka seems to be one of the main Russian symbols.

Envelope of the letter (front side and reverse) received from M.A. Gingras, Burnaby, Canada.

Mail art sent to Emily Townsend as a contribution to her Renewing The Goddess project.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Icon of Russian Mailart created on a card by Johannes J. Musolf, Braunfels, Germany.

Alyonka card received from Cindy Lou, USA.

The Last Tour. Mail art on a card by Alexey Klukin, Yoshkar-Ola, Russia.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Beautiful mail art created by Orlando Nelson Pacheco Akuna, Chile.

This envelope came from far away Chile. Nevertheless it took only 22 days for Orlando Nelson Pacheco Acuna's message to get to Yoshkar-Ola.

King Kong is Saving Alyonka. Mail art sent to Gail Whitter as a contribution to Evil and Shadow in Fairytales project.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

I like very much this first contribution to Alyonka project from Argentina, mail art created by Estela Patricia, Buenos Aires.

Collage by Ivan Zemtsov on Valery Shimanovsky's "Yelabuga, My Love" Mail Art Project.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Prisoner Sergey Gerasimov (Solikamsk, Russia) created this mail art with the help of a ball pen.

Ivan Zemtsov's contribution to the CROXHAPOX project of Frips (

Collage on an envelope sent to Clemente Padin, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Recently received from Pinky, Chartres, France. In her letter Pinky tells me that Sylvie Gallet (The Masks Project, view my collage below) stayed at her for 4 days. The world is too small´┐Ż

Front side and reverse of the card received from Nizhnekamsk. It was started by Tatyana Makarova and finished by Valery Shimanovsky.

Friday, August 04, 2006

The card (front side and reverse) in Russian futurists' style received in a transparent envelope. It is created by Claudio Romeo, Villa Raverio, Italy.

Ivan Zemtsov's collage on a post card sent to France as contribution to Sylvie Gallet's MASKS project.

Envelope created by Valery Shimanovsky, Nizhnekamsk, Russia. This is the portrait of himself (left) and the most active members of SHIrMA group Olga Sorokina (right) and Tatyana Makarova (center). Valery called this creature "SHIrMAsaurus".

Reverse of the envelope received from Valery Shimanovsky.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

This is the result of my participation in Denis Charmot's PATCHWORK project.

This is what I received from Denis to add & return as a part of his PATCHWORK.

This collage is my first contribution to Renewing The Goddess mail art project announced by Emily Townsend, West Windsor, NJ, USA.

Anti-war collage on the envelope sent to Pati Bristow, Los Altos, CA, USA.

Mail artwork by Valery Shimanovsky appeared on the site of Dream City project (

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