At the "Josip Bepo Benković" gallery in Herceg-Novi tonight, on the occasion of International Women's Day, an exhibition will be organized by well-known artists - painter Milena Šotra and sculptor Nada Stanić. The show consists of 23 paintings from the gallery of Milena Šotra and 15 sculptures by Nada Stanić, which were provided by her family.
Milena Šotra was born in 1909 in the village of Pješivac near Stolac. She studied painting in Belgrade with artists Bijelić and Dobrović. On her way to America, she stayed in Paris for a year where she worked at the Association of Yugoslavian Students and with Vojko Dimitrijević - she attended painting classes with Andrea Lota. She hung out with famous Ukrainian avant-garde sculptor Alexander Arhipenk, where she spent two years at his painting school in Woodstock. She returned to Belgrade with the first group of emigrant returnees and was actively involved in public and political life. She worked in "Tanjug" and the Secretariat for Foreign Affairs and founded the group "8. March" with whom she often exhibited. She was a member of ULUS.
She loved her city Herceg-Novi and stated that legacies should not be overestimated, and also not underestimated. The value of the things she left to Herceg-Novi was donated from the heart - this includes a pastel with a motif from Paris she was very attached and wanted to preserve.
Nada Stanić graduated from the Art School in Herceg-Novi in 1957, where she worked as a teaching assistant for some time. She was the first, and for a long time the only, sculptor in Montenegrin art. She exhibited independently in the "Sponza Palace" in Dubrovnik in 1962, the Pomirbena Hall of Our Lady of the Rocks in 1997, and the Park Hall in 1998. She is the winner of the Cetinje Salon of Yugoslav Fine Arts "13. November" in 1969 and the Herceg-Novi Winter Salon in 1976 and 1983.
She was the wife of Vojko Stanić, a painter, and mother of the pianist Tomislav-Tom, and dedicated to her family. She said that she did not sacrifice anything: "I am my own when it comes to art, and my sculptures come out of me when they're finished in my thoughts and when I knew exactly what I wanted, then I worked on them and let them live their lives."
The exhibition will open from 7 pm by journalist and poet Ksenija Matović.
Text by Slavica Kosic, read more at Vijesti