KHATUNA BUZZELL, Lake Wales Member Since October 2011 Artist Statement khatuna buzzell born june 21 1966 Artist Khatuna Rongiavna Bichikashvili Buzzell was born and raised in the city of T’bilisi, the capital city of the Republic of Georgia. The Republic of Georgia was part of the former Soviet Union. She studied art in T’bilisi at the Mose Toidze’s Art School maintaining the grade of excellent, or all A’s While attending this school, she was assigned to do painting, drawing of scenery, and decorating the Georgian Opera House doing work for various ballets, operas, and other shows. This class assignment lasted for two years and gave her valuable and varied experience. Khatuna was then accepted into the Georgian Teachers Training Institute of Art. This is a five year training program. She graduated with honors with a degree that is equivalent to a master’s degree in art, technical drawing, and education here in the United States. During this training she discovered many new styles of art from Georgian, Russian, and European professors of art in both impressionist and realistic forms of art In 1995 she immigrated to the United States with her husband. Khatuna is now a citizen of the United States and is a member of art associations in Midland and Big Spring. During a recent visit to her home in Georgia she was accepted into the Georgian Union of Artists. This 2005 acceptance is very rare for a citizen of the United States. Khatuna has shown her art works in many places throughout Texas to include Buffalo Gap, Breckenridge, Odessa, Midland, Big Spring, and several locations in Stanton.