Meeting notes for October 18

Our president Tatiana Knyazeva chose an autumn theme as Toastmaster today. We think of change, and our mortality is brought to mind by the falling of the leaves and the coldness in the air.

Oksana Fedorinenko told us about herself in her icebreaker. Modestly enough, she said 22 years doesn’t give you the vast amount of material about which to speak. Still, she has managed to spend six years in college and get her degree in computers and cybernetics while holding down a job.

Elizaveta Korotchenko held us in suspense for seven minutes as she talked about folk dancing in Italy, Ireland, and Ukraine. There are apparently two versions of the Tarantella, one of which is a stately dance, and the other frenzied attempt to ward off tarantulas. We also learned that in Ireland the English and Irish landlords used to get together and have balls at which their servants would dance. Good as they were, there were no professional dancers among them, three centuries ago.

Lilia Khalikova told a sad story of an artist’s unrequited love here in Kiev. The poor man was invited down from Russia to fulfill a commission, fell in love with his sponsor’s wife, but found his great disappointment that she was loyal to her husband and her husband to her. He lost his commission, went mad, and died early.

As table topics master, Lucy Povaliy brought a bag of tricks. Bartlett’s quotations, a picture, a decorated jar of seeds, and a copy of “the picture of Dorian Gray.” Kostya, but figuratively knock the ball out of the park in last week’s table topics, amazed us again. He remembered the book very well, and was able to describe the moral of the story as if he had rehearsed the speech a dozen times. Mustafa Bas, Graham Seibert, and Anna Zagornaya offered credible performances, but stood in Kostya’s shadow.

Kostya also delivered our only bit of art news, a presentation tomorrow on engineering and design.

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 Misha Fedoriv (Ukraine) and Robert Jackson (USA) and looked serious and composed as they made the final preparations for the opening of their joint exhibition at Fulbright office in Kyiv, on October 3, 2008. It was evident at a glance that common interests in photography and a shared creative energy made their collaboration successful.


 Who are they? Robert (on the left) is a political economist, Misha (on the right) is in his final year of studies at Karpenko-Kariy University of Theater, Cinema and Television.


What unites them? Not only talent, but great desire to understand the world with its “pluses” and “minuses” and to reflect it on the photos. They share a respect for the history of photography, using decades, even century-old techniques such as the pinhole camera in a fresh way.


What are their favorite genres and styles? They are various – from landscapes and portraitures to street photography.


Michael’s pinhole camera technique yielded pictures which capture the sweep of time and offer great depth of focus. One of them was of the lions that guard the national Museum of Art next door to the Fulbright. That had to be pointed out; the perspective was altogether novel and arresting. Misha, also working in black and white, is more interested in human subjects. He has some of Frank Capra’s magic,  the ability to capture soul in black and white


 When I asked Misha why there were no titles under pictures, he answered calmly: “I can’t make people think with my thoughts. They are free to have their own opinion”. And Robert added: ”We create the atmosphere of space, life and time in our photos. And it doesn’t matter whether it is past or present. It matters whether it touches our hearts”.


Dear Art-Talkers! I suggest you to visit the exhibition and enjoy Misha’s handprints from series “The Last Train”, “Backs”, “Streetshots” and Robert’s “Ruination” – all taken around Ukraine.


Lyudmyla Povaliy, Graham Seibert

Members, Art-Talkers


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A Promising Star in Ukrainian Art


You would never imagine. In her short 25 years, Kateryna Kudryavtseva, a member of the Ukrainian Union of artists, has made huge progress in painting. Her landscapes are so true to the character of Ukraine , that while you look at them, you feel the author’s rich emotional makeup.


We met in Kiev , at the Fulbright office, where kids pictures were exhibited in a collection. To be honest, I expected to see a woman of some years, but to my great surprise I saw a fresh young lady with a charming smile.


“How did she manage to create these masterpieces?” I asked myself as I looked in admiration at the pictures. “How can you perfect such marvelous technique in such a short time?”


But engaging Kate in conversation, I realized that she is mature beyond her years, and highly driven..


“I never lie,” she said, I’m honest while making sketches or final touches on the canvas. In my pictures I express my thoughts and feelings”.


Kate started drawing as a childhood, and has never stopped. She took part in national and international exhibitions for young painters.  In 2007 she won the 2nd place in the contest De Ribas”, organized by the government of Spain , and you may see some of her pictures in one of the galleries at Andriyivskiy Uzviz.


Inspiration, technique and, what is more important, Kate’s talent with colours, the ability to draw out the chromatic richness in Ukrainian woods and fields, to depict her broad horizons in art, and to capture a glimpse of rising sun are really fantastic.


“I’m very interested in what people think about my pictures”, she said. ” Those, who are around, always give me their honest opinion. And it works”.


“What is the secret of your success?” I asked.


“There’s no secret at all. I can’t imagine my life without canvas and oil”.


Lyudmyla POVALIY,


Lyudmyla Povaliy

Art-Talkers Past Immediate President

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