Art show features work of ex-Red Wing Konstantinov
Art by former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Vladimir
Konstantinov, who was left with disabling brain injuries following
a 1997 limo crash, is being displayed to raise funds for an
organization that supports people with such injuries.
The exhibition titled ”Animals and Inspiration” includes 42 of
his pieces and takes place Thursday night at Gallery U in the
Detroit suburb of Royal Oak, The Detroit News reported
”We consider them folk art,” said Ashley Cook of Gallery U.
”They are lots of paintings of animals done in watercolors and
Konstantinov was injured six days after he helped the Red Wings
win their first Stanley Cup in 42 years. His rehabilitation has
included attending the Universal Institute in Troy, which also
operates the gallery.
The exhibition illustrates Konstantinov’s expression through the
use of paint, dough, clay. Pieces include three-dimensional
Signed and framed artworks are available for purchase. Proceeds
will go to the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, a nonprofit
organization that provides services for those who suffer brain
injuries, their families and people who help them.
The gallery said Konstantinov’s family visited the gallery
before the exhibition and they have asked for privacy during the
Konstantinov, teammate Slava Fetisov and masseur Sergei
Mnatsakanov got into a limo after a team party at a golf course.
Traveling about 50 mph through the suburb of Birmingham shortly
before dusk, the limo veered across several lanes, jumped a curb
and slammed into a tree.
Fetisov escaped with relatively minor injuries and was able to
help the Red Wings repeat as champions the next season.
Konstantinov, who was comatose for more than five weeks
following the wreck, and Mnatsakanov both came away with brain
injuries. Konstantinov has made slow, steady progress over the
years in his rehabilitation.
The limo driver ended up spending time in jail.
Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/