Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

May 2020 Monthly Auction

All auction proceeds plus a matching donation will go to help Deti Nashi, a Russian charity assisting orphans and abandoned children. These children are some of the most vulnerable in the best of times. COVID-19 pandemic has caused an acute funding crisis for basic life-saving services.

Congratulations to C. Crowson who placed the winning bid of $1,250 for Aprils's silent auction painting, "Spring on the Dubrovka River" by Vladimir V. Filippov, Estimated at $4,000 to $5,000.
As our May silent auction we have chosen a very special painting, "Portrait of the Doctor Serebrennikova" by noted Ukrainian artist Yuri Alexandrovich Smirnov, estimated at $2,000 - $2,000. We chose this painting as a way to honor all the Frontline workers and heroes worldwide who are who are fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, even more important and perhaps a more meaningful way to honor all those who are on the frontlines for us is to do our part and give back. This month will donate and then match 100% of the proceeds from May's auction to the charity Deti Nashi or in English, "Our Children".

Russia's charities and NGOs are facing an acute funding crisis as businesses and individuals have drastically cut charitable donations and lock-downs have disrupted social care networks. Last week Russian NGO's sent out a desperate plea for help via the press and social media networks #IfThereAreNoFunds.

One of the most vulnerable groups in Russia are the more than 650,000 orphaned and abandoned children, one of the highest numbers worldwide. For the last 12 years "Our Children" has been working to ensure that as many children as possible are given the opportunity to live in loving homes, receive a quality education, develop as well-rounded individuals and participate fully in society. In this time of special need we are honored to assist in their efforts.

1669 Smirnov Portrait of the Doctor Serebrennikova













Yuri A. Smirnov, "Portrait of the Doctor Serebrennikova
35" x 26", 1974, Oil on Canvas
Estimated at $2,000 to $3,000- unframed, Current Bid $750 by J. Nelson

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. This is an exceptional opportunity to add a beautiful work by a noted artist to your collection.

Estimated at $2,000 to $3,000, the current high bid is just $500! The next bid is $750, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. Remember, there is no reserve, at the end of the auction the high bid wins!

Bids will be taken via telephone, or e-mail until 7:00 pm MST, Tuesday, June 2nd. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.

Note that you may place a maximum bid and the Gallery will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. By placing a maximum bid you will be assured you are not out bid at the last minute.

Note: You may place a maximum bid and the Gallery will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. By placing a maximum bid you will be assured you are not out bid at the last minute.

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doctor medalPeople's Doctor of the USSR

While Doctor Serebrennikova may not have been awarded People's Doctor of the USSR, it's worth noting the respect and recognition Doctors received during the Soviet period. Just like artists who were were awarded People's Artist of the USSR.

People's Doctor of the USSR (Russian: ???????? ???? ????) was an honorary title granted to doctors of the Soviet Union; it was established on 25 October 1977 by Leonid Brezhnev and its creation was made official on the n°44/1977 issue of Supreme Soviet's official journal. Its regulation was later modified and completed by the Supreme Soviet's decree of 22 August 1988.

It was conferred by the Supreme Soviet's presidency on behalf of the Ministry of Health. A diploma of the Supreme Soviet's presidency was given to those who were appointed People's Doctor jointly with the medal and its concerning certificate. The title could be bestowed to individual medical doctors and nurses but also to health care structures as general hospitals, sanatoriums, maternity wards or preventive medicine centres.

The recipients were selected for their worthwhile contributions to public health improvement, for their peculiar skills and expertise and for having proved abnegation and high moral qualities in their duties fulfillment.



SmirnovYuri Aleksandrovich Smirnov b. 1925
Soviet Ukrainian painter. Member of the USSR Union of Artists.
Translated from the original Russian

Yuri Aleksandrovich Smirnov was born July 13, 1925 in the city of Kharkov. His education began in the Kharkov Art College. After the war he entered the faculty of the Kharkov Art Institute. His teachers were MG Deregus and PI Kotov. He graduated from the institute in 1951.

Since 1953 he participated in many regional and republican art exhibitions. He became a member of the USSR Union of Artists in 1964.

In 1977 in Zaporozhye a personal exhibition of the artist took place.
Works by Smirnov are represented in museums, galleries and private collections in Ukraine, Russia and abroad.


Yury Aleksandrovich Smirnov was born July 3, 1925 in Kharkov.

Education started in Kharkov Art College. After the war, he entered the Kharkov Art Institute. His teachers were MG Deregus and PI Kotov. He Graduated in 1951.
Smirnov began taking part in art exhibitions since 1953.
Smirnov YA - Was a Member of the Union of Artists since 1964.
Smirnov Participated in the creation of dioramas for Melitopol and Sumy regional museums.
In 1977 in Kiev was held a personal exhibition of the artist.
Yuri.A.Smirnov's works are presented in museums, galleries and private collections in Ukraine and abroad.





Auction Rules

A fun new tradition at the TKM Gallery, every month we select a painting and hold a no reserve silent auction.  Over the months there have been some 'steals' and some bidding wars but no matter the outcome, it has been exciting for our Russian art collectors.

You can print the form, and either fax the completed form to (435-658-1730) or send a simple e-mail containing the information on the bid form via e-mail to

Please be sure to include your full name, address, phone number, and email address.

In the case of identical bids, the Gallery will give precedence to the first one received, so it is to your advantage to indicate a maximum bid, and to submit your bid as early as possible.

Bid Form

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Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery
444 Main Street
Park City, Utah 84060
Tel: 435-658-1691