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21 August 2018
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The contestants of “Silver Easel” Zlata Shyshman, Yevheniia Bozhko, Liudmyla Koval and Iryna Tahyrtsia joined the sixth all-Ukrainian plein air dedicated to the memory of the Honoured Artist of Ukraine Petro Chakir. The girls shared their impressions after the plein air with us.

The two-week plein air gathered more than a dozen artists from different regions of Ukraine. On Lake Kahul, masters created about half a thousand paintings. It was organized by Honoured Artist of Ukraine Ivan Shyshman.

“Petro Chakir was a prominent artist and bright representative of Bessarabia,” Zlata Shyshman said. “Every year, this plein air takes place in a new village of Bessarabia. This time we were in Nahirne village. Here, it is not only the nature that surprises but, interestingly, there can be traced the Mediterranean style in architecture. I did not know that we have such places. It feels like you're not in Ukraine. This is just an amazing place for painting.”

The young artists visited this plein air not for the first time, however, they admitted that every time they discovered something new and unique. Liudmyla Koval noted: “The plein air in the Odesa region has become a wonderful tradition for me since the first year of studying. During this time, it received the status of All-Ukrainian and began to bear the name of Petro Chakir. It is still expanding. This hospitable land is rich not only for motifs but also for the good people who always welcome. By the way, last year, the sketches created during the plein air became the basis for my diploma paper.”

Iryna Tahyrtsia noted that this year the plein air was perhaps the best. “The landscape is unique here! And mountains, lakes, cliffs with steams and flock of sheep. Nature is gorgeous! But time is not always enough: just started painting and finding good motives almost at every step, time to go home. I am grateful to Ivan Shyshman for the organization and to all colleagues I met.”

“A painter is always inspired by nature. When you are in the midst of stunning beauty, you find yourself in the inner forces to work even in the early morning. And it's very important to see the work of other masters in order to improve yourself. I was looking for special themes – close to my heart, those I wanted to convey through the colours. There were a lot of abandoned yards and houses in this village – not only a brush but also my soul wanted to paint them,” Yevheniia Bozhko said.

At the end of the plein air, the works were first presented in Nahirne village and later – in Izmail.

Text: Kseniia Shokina
Photo provided by the participants of the plein air
    © Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art

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