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BY: Metro Source Staff | April 29, 2014

Glow Gallery is excited to present the first solo exhibition of Zhenya Doolan, a senior at Buffalo State College, who will present a reflective body of work that looks back at his childhood as an orphan. “Evgeniy Shutov – Life as a Russian Orphan” will open with paintings, prints and artist’s reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 9 at Glow Gallery.

“Life as a Russian Orphan” examines Doolan’s childhood memories and experiences prior to his adoption at age 11 by a New York couple. Orphaned shortly after the fall of Communist Russia, he was left emotionally tormented and unable to communicate the damaging events of his early life. This brave exhibition is Doolan’s effort to communicate and explore his experiences in an attempt to better understand this difficult chapter of his history.

“Before all of this, I was an orphan left by my biological mother in the aftermath of a fallen Communist Russia,” Doolan said. “I had experienced and seen things that no child ever should have been exposed to. Being emotionally scarred it’s been difficult to discuss the events of my early childhood without getting upset. By sharing these memories and experiences through my artwork and imagination I want to unveil my previously undisclosed past. Sharing these expressions will help to bring closure on a painful period of my life so I can finally move on. Being adopted has changed my life forever and I have always been thankful for my new family, both immediate and extended.”

The exhibition will be on display from May 9 to 15 at Glow Gallery, 224 Allen St., Buffalo.

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