International Art Studio also took part in the European, national and city cultural manifestation “The Museum Night” held n May 17th. Visitors were able to enjoy seeing the oil on canvas exhibition “Ambiences of the Soul” by Slovakian artist Ingrid Zámečníková. The author brought her own soul the paintings and gave us the opportunity to see her world and her deepest emotions.
The official ceremony in the gallery started at 8:30 PM with the women string quartet “MISS” concert. Four brilliant ladies well known for their pleying: Suzana Radovanović – the violin, Snežana Stevanović – the violin, Verica Jakovljević – the viola and Irina Vasiljević – the cello, performed Astor Piazzolla programme for the first time, specially prepared for this night. Concert lasted almost for one hour and the visitors had the opportunity to hear compositions by the famous Argentinean composer like “Libertango”, “Adios Nonino”, “Oblivion”, “Four for Tango”…
The string quartet “MISS” is marked as the high art level ensemble that has powerful impulse on the stage, carefully chosen repertoire and chamber music special inventive conception. It has also been judged as the ensemble which provides classical music approach to the widest audience in the most effective way.
Exhibition season in the international Art Studio started this year in May 2nd with the opening of the solo show “Ambiences of the Soul” by Slovakian artist Ingrid Zámečníková. Art lovers were able to enjoy seeing different dimensions paintings done with oil on canvas. The author brought her own soul and her deepest emotions to canvases. Ingrid Zámečníková did not keep her secret world and the most profound feelings just for herself. On the contrary, she has been presenting it through art and has been sharing it with audience. In her speech she thanked the organizers in Serbian language and said that she has been honored to have exhibition in the gallery of Mr. Trnavac, whose idea and example should be also followed by artists in Slovakia. “I want to give and to leave as a present to the Studio and to citizens of Valjevo my painting “In the Sanctuary” where I had painted the angel. I want him to look after all of you”, emphasized Mrs. Zámečníková at the opening ceremony. This exhibition is a premier presentation of the painting scene that originates from the country between Danube and Tatra mountains, called Slovakia.
Polish sculptor Wieslaw Janasz made a sculpture in the Studio’s park “Androgen 2” also as a gift for the anniversary. New sculpture stands symmetrically and is the same heights as his first sculpture called “Androgen” made in Studio in 1998. “Androgen 2” was made from molten marble where the author engraved the next sentence “IN LONELYNESS WAS BORN THOUGHT OF HOPE”. With the assistance of young Valjevo sculptor Nemanja Radojicic this sculptor was finished and placed in the bumper time of three weeks so Valjevo and Serbian art respecters could admire it for centuries.
Sculpture reviling ceremony was noted by many media representatives and by lot of art lovers. Also, two ladies from the Polish Embassy in Belgrade: Culture Atache Agnieszka Czervinska and Head of the Economic Department Karina Katzer attended and magnified this special event.
For celebration of the 10th anniversary Studio had two guests from Poland Malgorzata Czernik and Wieslaw Janasz.
Malgorzata Czernik was charectarized as brilliant young generation rtist and link in the Polish colourists chain. With her solo exhibition started city cultural festival “Tesnjar Nights”. Inspired with our surroundings, culure and historical heritage this Polish artist painted “The Mistery of Valjevo“ gave and it as a gift to Studio and Valjevo citizens.
Edgra Cano Lopez stayed in the Studio for one month. He participated in the festival “Museum Night” when he painted at the scene in front of the visitors. These paintings were different from the ones which were presented on the walls because he used oil on canvas. The local church choir “Hadzi Ruvim” conducted by Professor Dragan Vasiljevic made this “Museum Night” more special .
Exhibition season in the Studio started in spring. The first guest was young Mexican artist Edgar Cano Lopez. The solo exhibition of this talented painter attracted huge attention and publicity. Each end every one of his works which presented were in fact combination of more paintings done with carbon, ink, acrylic and wax on transparent poliester paper.
International Art Studio also took part in the city festival “Tesnjar Nights” this year organizing the solo exhibition of graphics and drawings by well-known Greek artist Eva Mela. It was presented 22 works lithographs, gravures, and combine technique on canvas. Also it was shown 6 works from the opus inspired with the shipyard and workers of “Perama”, as well as handy made book “Hymn to Freedom”. In the world of art Eva Mela actual subject matter, also for using old time techniques (fresco, al seco, etching, lithography, carbon drawing on parchment, etc.). She is mainly inspired with people of all intellectual levels and nature. She is focused on face fragments, especially eyes which are always presented in her paintings as innocent and wide open. In addition to painting she does design and illustrations mostly for children books. Eva Mela solo exhibition exhibition exceeded huge publicity and had very positive art critics in media.
Exhibition of English artist Geoffrey Parr was opened at the end of July. Mr. Parr is a member of the English artistic association “Crazy Goat Art Promotions” which gathers artists from Liverpool, Glasgow, Lancaster ant other northwest British isles cities. Besides that he presents actual tendencies on British art scene Mr. Parr’s works promote almost perfect connection of his ploy and originality. That kind of combination is always valiantly verified. Mr. Parr presented 16 paintings (combine technique on canvas). Also he exhibited oil on canvas named “Serbia”. This one was inspired with his staying in our town last year due to “English Contemporary Artists” group show. In addition to painting Mr. Parr likes to play with plastic so visitors were able to see his 8 objects made form plastic. The whole set attracted a lot of visitors and excited huge publicite. Of course, the show got very pozitive art critics.
Studio’s guest in May was Polish artist Wieslaw Janasz who had an exhibition “Art, Love and World without the Boundaries”. At the opening night ceremony Studio awarded Mr. Jansz for the best exhibition in 1998 and gave thanks to its donors Momcilo Todorovic and Slobodan Krivokapic, both collectors. During the ceremony Mr. Todorovic donated valuable painting by Macedonian academic painter Petar Mazev while Mr. Krivokapic’s donation made us equip the new office. Motive of Mr. Janasz’s works are figures of “universal being” and “complicated man in the complicated situations”. He also presented works painted in the Studio’s Atelier while staying in our town. Those artistic achievements were done by combine technique on wood and were inspired with cyrillic. Mr. Janasz named that opus “Calligraphic Toy” and classed it in the free artistic expression category so called “the first hand gesture”. The exhiobition excited huge interest in public and media, too.
The solo exhibition of English artist Michale Walton called “Canvases with the aspect of conciousness” was opened in August in the Studio. His works done with oil on canvase were all painted or finished in Valjevo and all were inspired with his staying in our town and life here. His paintings are full of contrast, with totally opossite motives like order and chaos, science and mithology, black-white and colour, different style mixture like expresionism and pop-art. All of this force the observer to find balance and to ask himself pristine questions like existance, urge and purpose of institiutions and relationships, nature interpretation and the human role in it. This show got very good art critics and very good marks in media. After the preimier in the Studio this show was presented in the “Aviation Galery” in Zemun.
As every summer International Art Studio took place in the city festival “Tesnjar Nights”. For that occasion Studio organized multi-medial evening and showed short movies made by young English artist Lee Cavalier. Movies were accompanged with a music performed by Music School “Zivorad Grbic” Professors Suzana and Snezana Radovanovic. They prepared special music collage for the films which exalted all visitors.
At the begining of May Studio started its exhibiting season with the group exhibition of eight young artists from Great Britain. They presented their art to Valjevo and Serbian audience which included classic art works, photographies, installations and video presentations. The English group of eight: Michale Walton, Simon Nixon, Jazzel Gaerty, Marry Fitzpatrick, Geoffrey Parr, Ben Parry, Lorence Kassidy and Lee Cavaliere. Without flirtation to the high-ranking art this “Island’s Octet” does what one lucide review called “every day miracle”. Propagating the most unincompatible criterias they simply demolish them withot a compromise or at least make them suspecious. After premiere in the International Art Studio this exhibition was moved to the “Golden Eye” gallery in Novi Sad and after that was tranfered to the “Ciltural Center Gallery” in Nis. English artists left three representative works and their show was highly accepted by aodience and reviewers and it excited huge interest.
In December Studio continued with the “Children’s Art” festival. Over 110 pupils from 13 primary schools from Valjevo region competed in literature, painting and music art. With the help of donors Studio also printed the newspapers “Children’s Art” where prose texts, poems, interviews with young musicians as well as reproductions of painted works were published. Three last year’s winning paintings were printed as this year’s Christmas cards. The festival was consisted of the afternoon concert in the Art Hall of Cultural Center where talented children presented themselves, then paintings exhibition opening ceremony in the Studio and winners annunciation in all categories. Young painters were evaluated by artists Natalia Bazhenova from Moscow and Josif Vidojkovic from Valjevo as well as national TV RTS jornalist Sladjana Vasiljevic. The best three works were selected to be printed and sold as New Year’s cards next year. Professor and conductor Dragan Vasiljevic, singer and composer Jelena Kovacevic and newspaper “Politika” ’s journalist Budo Novovic judged young solo musicians and instrumentalists. Literature Professor Milena Petrovic, young poetess Biljana Stojic and newspaper “Napred” ‘s journalist Rada Filipovic judged best prose and poetic works. Festival “Children’s Art” gave a great contribution to artistic expression of the youngest citizens and the organizers wish for encouragement and affirmation of children’s art totally came true.