In honor of the 80th Anniversary of the World’s First Transpolar Flight, a selection of paintings featuring Chkalovsk, Russia – birthplace and namesake of the lead pilot Valery Chkalov – will be featured in the Bookstore at the Visitor Center. The paintings are the work of Russian artists who live in the Chkalovsk region. Chkalovsk lies on the Volga River in the Nizhni Novgorod province. Founded around 1200 AD as Vasilova Sloboda, the community was renamed for its local hero after the world-renowned flight that landed in Vancouver, WA, on June 20, 1937. The Chkalovsk region is well-regarded for its ancient churches and natural beauty. An artist colony evolved there after World War II and beginning in 1992, some of their paintings have been released to private collectors.
The exhibit is free. The Bookstore will feature books about the Transpolar flight, aviation pins, and hand-painted jewelry, toys and “Matryoshka” nesting dolls from Russia.