Summarizing bygone 2019 ( January 2020 )

The purpose of this exhibition was to summarize the diverse intermix of guilds’ arts, made in the year of 2019. All technique and genres, old and new, traditional and innovative were here. Both old guild member, and newcomers took part in it.

Ilya Nathason, our president welcome Zinaida as the curator, and Nina Tsypina – as the coordinator of the gallery. Her not only chose what to exhibit, but also how to put it together, and place it on the walls logically. That’s job of exhibition designer.

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It was impossible to avoid mentioning Gulnara Tsiklauri’s passing. It happened on 5th of January, and she was only 65. Gulnara was one of the most prominent artists and “…She foreseen such an outcome; her paintings are very philosophically sad. As an artist myself I can tell you that all of her emotions were transferred on canvas… “Fidelity” (the only her painting at this expo is a perfect example of it…..”Zinaida explains.
Since she made this picture a few months before her passing, she felt its nearness. Almost a skeleton of a woman is laying inside the boat and a devoted dog is near her, and a seagull is a neutral living organism. Then Zinaida spoke about more works of Gulnara, who left us in the age of just 65.

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Live goes on, the genres exhibited are: watercolors, weed, whatever. We have impressionist, we have glass artist, we have seashell artists. Genre is an ability to depict something by brush, by painting knife, by wood burner, anyhow. Here we have painting of beautiful birds in a wood, drawn by Saveliy Kelebeyev, and ornate tapestry by Leonid Alaverdov.
Lev Tsitron makes woodburning, look how delicate and meticulous is the process. Certain tint of the brown color needs certain time of holding the tip of the instrument by the wood.

And still, the way the exhibition was designed plays a significant role. You can’t’ mindlessly intermix genres, there are certain rules which exhibitions designer of museums and galleries feel intuitively.
Words were also spoken about deceased Rudolph Rozenblum, Issaak Vaynschnelboym, whom we also lost in the year of 2019. There were display cases to commemorate those artists.

Look on a beautiful nature scene painting, drawn by Zinaida Kelebeyeva.
The Anton Andreev gave us speech. “… it becomes more of us, and the average age of the participant become younger…” Also, he mentioned that All we draw, all we create is our prophecy. The word “artist” is taken from the Bible. Artist – is a creator. The creator of the world created good and very good, so we must create our work in colorful and positive way. Just take a look, how world and our life are is diverse and beautiful!

The remaining special touch of this exhibition was a story about seashells, told by Nina Tsipina. Existed seashells, and knowing the coming year, is the year of rat, they lines up into rats and came to people. In fact it was the artwork of Nina Tsypina, who also mentioned that 2020 is the year of White rat. This kind of rat is very special, it’s home rat, it’s special rat that takes everything good to enrich home. So why not take her as the symbol of this year. Then Nina played a raffle with us, and some lucky visitor, including truly yours, won a couple of them. Rat which symbolize the current year of 2020 according to Oriental Horoscope. Moreover, January 25, the day of expo was namely they day of Chinese New Year.
So look how is the imagination of Guild of Jewish Folk Arts and Crafts international!