Generations of Family Exhibit Same Love of Art

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This month at the Joor Road branch of the Public Library, several generations of artists will have their work on display.  Demonstrating that such a legacy is not held only by Wyeths, the exhibit will showcase the work of 4 generations of the same family.  Beginning with Michael Akimov-Peretz, an illustrator with Harper Brothers Publishing Co., and continuing with his wife Mary, a noted portrait artist, and brother John, the “Capitol Hill Caricaturist”, down through the works of Elizabeth Fussell, their great-granddaughter, the show covers almost 100 years of art.  Titled “From Russia With Love”, the show documents the lives of the Akimov-Peretz family, who were born in St. Petersburg Russia just before the Russian Revolution.  Escaping with what little remained of their family to the United States, they carried with them rare engravings and family paintings.  The works of one brother, Vladimir, are now part of the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and are not part of this exhibit for that reason.  Seven family members will have works in the show, which will remain up until March 31st



  1. Debbie

    March 1, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I do believe The artist you are speaking of are your daughters, and your wife, Mia and her family. Could you please explained the lineage and how Central was so blessed to have them as a part of our community?

    • dave

      March 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

      The artists are my wife, Maria (Mia) vonMebes Armistead Freneaux, her mother, Marina Akimov-Peretz Armistead, her grandmother, Maria vonMebes, her grandfathers, Michael Akimov-Peretz and Ivan Akimov-Peretz, and our two daughters, Beth (Freneaux) Fussell and Michelle Freneaux. Michael illustrated several children’s books. Ivon was a political caricaturist known as the “Capital Hill Caricaturist” and was widely published in newspapers across the country. Maria vonMebes was an oil painter and art teacher.

      Mia’s grandparents escaped from Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and immigrated to Virginia. My family has been in Central since the 1920’s. I went to the University of Virginia (UVA) for two years before returning to Central to graduate from LSU. I met Mia at UVA, stole her from Virginia.

  2. Debbie

    March 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for “stealing” Mia from Virginia and blessing this community with your family’s talent!!

  3. Lori Garside

    June 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I am glad to hear that she continues her art. I have thought about her often over the years. Many blessings to you and your family.

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