On January 14, 2020, O.O.Osmerkin Museum
hosted an interesting art event on St. Basil's Day when the Old Style New Year is
celebrated. Those who visited the museum were greeted by the museum director Vita Chernova
and the head of the Regional Organization of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine
Andrii Khvorost, whose fathers’ names are both Vasyl. The guests found themselves in a
winter garden presented at the exhibition “Flowers in the midst of Winter”.
Humankind has always adored every stem. According to the ancient
beliefs, sacral traditions connected with the plants must bring good health, household
welfare, land fertility, and happiness. Flowers surround us throughout our life. They
serve as amulets on our national clothes, vyshyvanka, and on rushnyks, symbolizing life
The floral still lifes framed in winter landscapes presented at the
exhibition brightly reproduce special, unique coloristics of Ukrainian sunny palette being
born by the blue sky and fragrant steppe and give a joyful atmosphere of the holiday
season filled with the victory of light over the darkness, good over the evil, faith over
ignorance, beauty over ugliness, and it means victory of love and life.
T he exposition of the exhibition is comprised of more than 60
paintings, graphic art and decorative works from the museum collection “Modern Ukrainian
Fine Art”. And, remarkably, the first exhibition of the New Year is dedicated to the
35thanniversary of the museum foundation.
The authors of the works created between the 1970s and modern times are
both famous and well-known artists and young painters from our town as well as from Odesa,
Dnipro, and Kharkiv. The majority of them are the laureates of the Regional Awards in Fine
Art and Study of Art names after Oleksandr Osmerkin and in Architecture, Heraldry,
Vexillology, and Decorative and Applied Art named after Yakiv Pauchenko.
The works by the following artists were exhibited: the People’s
Artists of Ukraine Mykhailo Nadezhdin and Anatolii Horbenko, Merited Artists of Ukraine
Serhii Shapovalov, Anatolii Yaniev, Feliks Polonskyi, Andrii Nadezhdin, Nelia Firsova,
Anatolii and Halyna Kravchenko, Merited Cultural Worker of Ukraine Vasyl Khvorost, members
of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine Anatolii Shapovalov, Yurii Honcharenko, Olha
Kolomiiets, Oleksandr Firsov, Yurii Vintenko, Oleksandr and Liudmyla Demydenko, Olha
Punhina, Andrii Kadyhrob, Anatolii Kimnatnyi, a member of the National Union of Folk Art
Artists of Ukraine LarysaHarbuzenko, a member of the National Union of Architects of
Ukraine Iryna Kukharenko, painters HalynaYarova-Vinteko, Larysa Yakovleva, Volodymyr
Ostroukhov, Oleksandr Vasylenko, Maryna Skabolkina, and a master of art-quilling
LiudmylaKryvenko. The works brightly reflect the creative preferences of each artist as
well as general traits of the development of modern Ukrainian visual art. Making the best
of limitless possibilities of harmony of color, lines, material, and textures, artists
help us to discover the beauty of nature.
The gem of the vernissage became a performance of Christmas carols by
the folk band “Mlynochok” from the museum of musical culture named after Karol
Shymanovskyi headed by the museum director Oleksandr Poliachok. The participants of the
group congratulated everybody present on the beginning of the Old Style New Year with the
old ceremonial songs which were recorded from around our steppe land region.
The pupils from Musical School No.1 named after Heinrich Neuhaus headed
by the school principal Yevheniia Maliavkina took over the stage. They presented a festive
Christmas play with the carols to the staff of the town museums and pupils of School of
Art named after O.O.Osmerkin who came together with the deputy principleOlenaPryimachenko
to explore the new exhibition.
This is the creative way for the museum to start its jubilee year with
vernissage and carols and to present pictorial flowers and winter holiday melodies to the
worshipers of visual art.