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GRANVILLE - an exhibit of slate furniture will open at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, NY, Saturday, Aug. 7 and run through Oct. 23. Artists Olga Julinska and Felix Kniazev of Art Department will present their unique home creations and relate their journey of discovery. Visitors will be delighted with the poetic simplicity of line and merging organics of their furniture designs. Kniazev describes the exhibit as "an interior space where local slate, hardwood, powder coated steel and handmade ceramics are all performing a sort of symphony together. This carefully conceived and masterfully executed collection of furniture and decorative pieces blurs the line between art and functionality, inspiring viewers to see exceptional beauty in common native materials."

The artists, Felix and Olga, both originally from Russia, met and married in New York City. They have been working together for over a decade. Their summer studio, located in Wells, Vermont, commands a majestic view of the slate valley which produces the most vibrant and varied colored slate of any region in the world.

The exhibit opening will begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and features an informal reception with Olga Julinska and Felix Kniazev. The artists will present a gallery talk prior to the exhibit unveiling.

The Slate Valley Museum is located at 17 Water Street in Granville, New York. Admission is $5 per person and free to museum members. For further information, call Slate Valley Museum (518) 642-1417.

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