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Mogilev Oblast to gather artists from eight countries for plein air

Society 19.09.2018 | 17:19
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MOGILEV, 19 September (BelTA) – The 23rd edition of the international plein air painting festival Image of Motherland in Visual Art will kick off in Mogilev on 23 September. This year it will be dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the famous Russian portraitist, native of Belarus, Sergei Zaryanko, BelTA learned from Director of the Mogilev Oblast Art Museum Alexander Hokhryakov.

Over 20 talented painters from Belarus, Russia, China, Ukraine, Israel, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia will visit Sergei Zaryanko' native land - the village of Lyady in Vitebsk Oblast where they will lay flowers at the commemorative plaque of the artist and do abbozzos. Among the participants of the plein air session are both famous artists and young hopefuls.

In Slavgorod District the painters will study an exposition of well-known portraitist Fyodor Tulov in a local museum, lay flowers at his tomb in the municipal cemetery and work in picturesque nooks near the famous Blue Spring, which is a natural sanctuary. The artists will be offered an extensive excursion around Mstislavl and the surrounding area and will visit the Pustynki Monastery. They will also attend a ceremony to unveil a commemorative plaque to avant-garde artist, native of Mstislavl, Israel Basov and visit the local history and archeology museum to see an exposition of the painter's works presented by his son Matvey Basov. Apart from that, the participants of the plein air festival will attend a concert of the National Academic Concert Orchestra under the baton of Mikhail Finberg that will take place during the Nikolai Churkin art festival.

We want the time spent in Mogilev Oblast to be inspiring and memorable. It is important that the plein air festival unites people of various nationalities and religions, thus contributing to mutual cultural enrichment, friendship and cooperation between various countries and peoples, Alexander Hokhryakov said.

Starting out as a purely Belarusian-Russian art gathering, the plein air festival has grown into an international event that is gaining popularity year by year. It is known not only in the neighboring countries, but also far away. Many famous artists try to come here to mingle with fellow painters, communicate best practices and get inspiration.

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