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21 October 2016
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On Friday, 21 October 2016 it was held the final 3rd stage of all-Ukrainian student contest in painting “Silver Easel” in the hall-atrium of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration. Under the accompaniment of classical music and in front of enthusiastic public, fifty contestants were painting the portrait from life. Here it was exhibited their works from the previous contest stages – cityscape of Uzhhorod and nature landscapes of the beautiful surroundings of the Nevytskyi Castle.

A festival of art and young creativity was attended by dozens of Transcarpathian locals and guests of the region. The government officials also paid attention to the event. In particular, students-contestants from 22 educational institutions of Ukraine were congratulated by the Head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Hennadii Moskal. The Head of the region watched the creative process of talented young people, talked with the jury and guests of the contest. Also the event was attended by the Mayor of Uzhhorod Bohdan Andriiv, members of regional and city councils.

Within the framework of the contest day it was also held the press conference and presentation for the mass media. It was attended by the Head of the Transcarpathian Art Foundation Robert Brovdi and Rector of the Transcarpathian Academy of Arts Ivan Nebesnyk - as representatives of the organizers and founders of “Silver Easel”; Rector of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, President of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine Andrii Chebykin, a famous art critic, academician, editor of the magazine “Fine Art” Oleksandr Fedoruk and well-known far beyond Ukraine contemporary artist Anatolii Kryvolap - as jury representatives.

Speaking to the audience and presenting the contest “Silver Easel”, an academician Andrii Chebykin, first of all, greeted his participants from the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine and noted that Transcarpathia had always been famous for its art contests. “But the extraordinariness of the today's event is the fact that it is held at such a great level, it can be watched by everyone. It is also those 45 representatives from 22 higher educational institutions, well, it's 13 regions. I can’t remember such a representation! This is a marvellous contest indeed,” he said. Noting approvingly the merits of the contest organizers, namely Ivan Nebesnyk and Robert Brovdi, the Chairman of the jury Andrii Chebykin said: “I hope that this contest will bring great benefit to the contestants, namely sharing of experience, training, self-development, vision of today’s art education in Ukraine”.

Sharing with the audience his views of the contest, academician and famous national art critic Oleksandr Fedoruk said that “this event is of national significance, it gives an idea of how we need to take care about our future generation, what will be the future of our art and culture."

I thank you, my dear Transcarpathians, for organizing such a great event, which will make people better and the city more noble, will bring the understanding that the intelligentsia is the heart and soul of the nation. And if the heart and soul of the nation have their art, literature, and music, then the nation is majestic! And the foundation for that is laid by such people like Andrii Chebykin, Anatolii Kryvolap, Robert Brovdi, many other figures and artists. Thanks to all of you for fulfilling such a bright creative dream, as the students have the opportunity to learn from each other, from their pedagogues, to improve their knowledge by practice and mutual experience”, - Oleksandr Fedoruk emphasised.

The laureate of the National Prize of Ukraine named after T. Shevchenko, internationally recognized artist Anatolii Kryvolap expressed his opinion: “It is a significant event and a very interesting precedent for young art, which is just being formed, and where young artists can prove themselves in extreme situations. I think that the contest will be getting improved, expanded, filled with new ideas. The main point now is that such a wonderful idea was initiated in Ukraine and that the contest would have continuation in future.”

Head of both Organizing Committee and Transcarpathian Art Foundation Robert Brovdi thanked firstly the prominent jury members, famous artists and art figures who responded to the appeal and supported the contest. “Today it is our debut as organizers. We tried our strength and abilities to hold this national art contest at the highest level. To held it in order to attract attention of society to the art issues in general, and to the Transcarpathian school of painting in particular. And also in order to support our young art generation,” he noted. “We see that “Silver Easel” is successful, and has a good perception and great reviews. It is already clear that the contest deserves to be continued and become regular. There are the ideas of its future format. One of them is to hold the contest twice a year, in spring and autumn, as well as reach the level of all-Ukrainian art festival, where except for the art contests there would be a number of other competitions that will take place simultaneously or successively in different cities of Transcarpathia”, – Robert Brovdi informed.

According to the organizers, “Silver Easel” should be the first stage in fulfilment of the whole concept on art support and development on the regional and national levels, that will include different in forms but unified as to direction cultural and art projects. One of the following elements of this concept were represented by Robert Brovdi during the press conference. This is “Gallery of One Painter,” which is to be opened in Uzhhorod next year and the format of which has no analogue in Ukraine and abroad.

 

Press centre of “Silver Easel”

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