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Cover | Igor & Marina

Kimono, oil on canvas, by Igor & Marina. Working as a husband-and-wife team, the Russian-born duo collaborates on each canvas. Marina contributes her impressive skills as a figurative artist in the Old Master tradition. Igor lends his refined sense of color, shape, texture, and affinity for abstract images. As a result, the paintings are influenced by, and recall, a diverse spectrum of artists and eras: famous avant-garde figures like Chagall, Malevich, and Kandinsky as well as 15th-century Russian religious painters. Partly, this array of forebearers reflects the artists' educations. Trained in rigorous Russian academies to appreciate both ancient and modern techniques, they learned to combine past and present with fluidity. And just as dreams synthesize all manner of seemingly disparate material into cohesive experiences, so Igor and Marina blend the modern and traditional, the representational and the abstract—and indeed their own divergent personalities—into each finished painting. Courtesy of Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 341 Sutter St., San Francisco, 415-392-2299, and 1328 Main St., St. Helena, 707-200-5050,

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December 2015 Issue:
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FEATURE |  If I Won the Lottery
Seven winners of The Monthly's winter essay contest write about sump pumps, car crashes, robots, education, yachts, new clothes, and rich relatives.
By Stacy Appel, Melody Ermachild Chavis, Kathy Hrastar, Carolyn Jones, Robert Menzimer, Maureen Ellen O'Leary, and Nancy Silver.

FROM THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BALCONY |  Comedy Is Serious Business
Three comics discuss the art of standup, managing to work some funny one-liners into the conversation.
By Reese Erlich.

|  Rivoli Does It Right
With a new chef de cuisine creating buzz-worthy menus, Rivoli does the right things in new ways.
By Anneli Rufus.

The Kilduff File
|  Steve Glazer
The state senator puts his brand of politics on the forefront..
By Paul Kilduff

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