October 3, 2019, O.O.Osmerkin Museum hosted the presentation of the exhibition of
works by famous artists from Odesa, Merited Artists of Ukraine Anatolii and Halyna
Kravchenko. Also, a themed catalog “Watercolor Ukraine: Odesa – Kropyvnytsky” was
presented. The catalog was created in cooperation with Odesa Regional Organization of the
National Union of Artists of Ukraine initiated and supported by the owner of the gallery
“Elisavetgrad” Mykola Tsukanov within the museum art project to Artist Day “In the
Artist’s Studio”. The project is aimed at popularization of the creative work of
Ukrainian artists and presupposes organization of personal exhibitions and publication of
catalogs with interviews and contemplations of the artists on art and life, reproductions
of their works, that brightly reflect their creative searches.
Anatolii and Halyna Kravchenko are graduates of Odesa State Art College
named after B.M.Hrekov and Ukrainian Polygraphic Institute named after I.Fedorov in Lviv.
The artists work in the technique of watercolors, monumental painting, and book graphics.
Favorite genres are landscape and still life. The couple took part in the restoration of
the wall paintings of Opera and Ballet Theatre, philharmonics, and important cultural
buildings in Odesa. Active participants of all-Ukrainian and international art exhibitions
and plein airs, including the ones within the International Festival of Watercolors in
Fabriano in Italy; are members of the organizing committee of all-Ukrainian and
International exhibition “Sea of Watercolors”. Numerous joint personal vernissages
were successfully presented in many cities in Ukraine and abroad. Works are kept in the
collections of the leading art museums in Ukraine, as well as in private Ukrainian and
Organization of the current exhibition of works of Merited Artists of
Ukraine Halyna and Anatolii Kravchenko in Kropyvnytskyi is not a coincidence because
Anatolii Kravchenko has visited our town many times, participated in different art plein
airs – “Art Plein Air – 2017” dedicated to the 125th anniversary of O.O.Osmerkin
(2017) and the National festival “Kropyvnytskyi” (2018).
About 50 watercolors by the artists created between 2003 and 2019 are
presented at the exhibition. They brightly reflect the genre preferences and peculiarities
of the individual artistic style of each painter.
Deputy Mayor Oleksandr Mosin congratulated the painters from Odesa on
the vernissage. He expressed gratitude on the behalf of Mayor Andrii Raikovych for great
creative work and that their paintings depict our town of Kropyvnytskyi. The head of the
Regional Organization of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine Andrii Khvorost,
scientists of the Regional Art Museum Anatolii Kimnatnyi and Hanna Nedilska also
congratulated the artists on the exhibition opening. A famous journalist from Odesa
Oleksandr Varihin mentioned that Anatolii and Halyna Kravchenky always organize collective
exhibitions because it is their creative principle. Complementing each other they create
incredible vernissages full of optimistic emotion and contemplations on the sense of life.
The museum staff presented the painters with traditional souvenirs – cups with the image
of the museum building and a themed catalog of the exhibition, which was presented by its
compiler a leading researcher, Merited Artist of Ukraine Andrii Nadezhdin.
The most emotional was the speech by the head of Odesa Regional
Organization, People’s Artist of Ukraine Anatolii Horbenko, who by the way, was born in
our town. He told about his colleague and his deputy head, about the creative work of the
couple and asked the artist to show what he keeps in his painter’s case on his waist.
Everyone present was surprised to see a small album, paints, and a brush. The artist said
that while they were driving from Odesa to Kropyvnytskyi, he added several paintings to
his creative collection.
Anatolii Kravchenko gave a speech also on the behalf of his wife, who
couldn’t be present at the exhibition opening because their younger daughter Viktoriia
entered the College of Art and needs assistance. The painter told with Odesa humor and
respect to our steppe town to which he confessed his love. He mentioned that the
presentation of the exhibition in Oleksandr Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum is a great honor
for them. He also presented all the exhibited works to the museum collection.