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TWO WOMEN AND TWO REGIMES MIMI SHAW AND KELLY BOWEN ARE PARTNERS IN PRESERVING HISTORY By Heather Thomas Photography by Lydia Bell of elleBelle Photography

Two Regimes—A Mother’s Memoir of Wartime Survival is the true story of Teodora Verbitskaya and her daughters, Nadia and Lucy, who were “swept up in the collateral damage of war and survival before, during and after World War II.” At the project’s core is a compilation of over 100 paintings by Nadia and the published journal of Teodora.

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idden in a forgotten, termite-eaten heap beneath a rustic house in nearby Greenville, Florida, was a treasure trove of history, art and mystery contained in over 100 paintings by professional artist Nadia Werbitzky and a journal written by her mother, Teodora Verbitskaya. This discovery would eventually reveal a remarkable story of a mother and her two daughters surviving some of the harshest conditions of wartime. As beautiful as the strokes of color and pen is how the owners of Two Regimes—Mimi Shaw and Kelly Bowen—came to be the rescuers, caretakers and advocates for the collection. As the two women delve into the heart of the project’s potential, they have used the collection to not only help preserve the past but to educate students of all ages about the lasting importance of history, art, the written word and the bonds of love that connect us all.

Kelly Bowen (left) and Mimi Shaw (right).

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