Marina Yashina, Cold Spring Gallery Owner, Has Died

Memorial service scheduled for Sept. 4

Gallery owner and artist Marina Yashina, of Cold Spring, died of a brain tumor on Aug. 21, 2016. A memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Chapel Restoration, 45 Market St.

Marina was born in Moscow in 1945 and attended the Moscow Art School for gifted children and in 1967 graduated from the Fine Art Institute there. In 1974 she immigrated to New York City with her eight-year-old daughter, Olga, where she pursued a career in fine art restoration, working with some of the finest conservators in the city.

Marina Yashina in front of her Main Street gallery and studio in 2013 (photo by Anne Meadows/Chronogram) 

Marina Yashina in front of her Main Street gallery and studio in 2013 (photo by Anne Meadows/Chronogram)

In 2002 she moved to Cold Spring, where she opened a studio space on 153 Main St. for her high-end restoration work; she was among the team that restored the magnificent ceilings at Grand Central Station. She also worked on the Kremlin building in Moscow. In partnership with artist Martee Levi, she began to show artwork, and so Marina Fine Art and Restoration also became known as Marina Gallery. She could be found there most afternoons, dispensing wisdom and dog treats. A gifted painter, champion fisherwoman and avid poker player, she will be much missed by her many friends.

Her daughter, Olga Besen, died in 2010.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Putnam Humane Society.


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3 thoughts on “Marina Yashina, Cold Spring Gallery Owner, Has Died

  1. Marina was one of the first people I met when I moved my shop to Cold Spring, and she turned out to be one of my favorite people. She was an amazing artist, a true Renaissance woman, and her patience and talent for restoration was awe-inspiring. I would stop by her shop on my way down Main Street to chat for a minute and see what she was working on. As a painter, she was second to none and I learned a great deal just by watching and listening to her explanations about why she did things a certain way. She will be missed.

  2. What a great picture of Marina, it captures her perfectly. I have missed her presence on Main Street these last couple of years. Sad to learn she is truly gone.