GREAT COLLABORATION OF TWO PHOTO ARTISTS

 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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Pictures from May 31.

Toastmistress Liz ran the meeting.Liz

 

 

Guest Kent Hansen with YUlia.Kent and Julia

Alex interviewing Marina for Table Topics
Alex and Marina

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We are at the Art-Talkers Speech Contest

Speech Contest

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Table Topic Speech contest at Stockholm International Toastmasters club

Dear Friends! The photos below are dedicated to the Table Topics Speech Contest at International Toastmasters Club, Stockholm.
To read an exciting account on the event “The best tips for Santa Claus” by Yulia Usova, just visit the “News” page!

Table Topic Speech contest

Table Topic Speech contest

Table Topic Speech contest

Table Topic Speech contest

Topic Speech contest

Topic Speech contest

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Meeting with EBA

Dear Toastmasters! You must be for sure well-informed that Toastmasters community is very friendly and sociable, that’s why all the Toastmasters clubs communicate to each other, and theirs members visit and even participate in the meetings of the fellow’s clubs 🙂  As of the evidences of such cooperation, please find the photos of one of the meetings conducted together by Art-Talkers Toastmasters Club and EBA Toastmasters Club.

Viktor Fursov

Maria and Jane

Toastmasters attributes

EBA

Maria Kapustyan

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Toastmasters Annual Picnic in Pirogovo

Official part of the Picnic

To keep your talents working ...

Gleb Krivenko

Discussion

GTatiana Knyazeva

Levon is speaking ...

Toastmasters are active even in sport )

I believe i can fly...

Toastmasters International

Vera Viter

Ladies from Art-Talkers

Vitaliy Karpets

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Toastmasters Conference in Sweden on May 25 – May 27

Stockholm, city center

Stockholm, city center, small shop selling lakrids candies

Stockholm, city center Stockholm, city center, near small shop selling lakrids candies. Please note that such candies have very very special tastes and not all people like it :))

Stockholm, city center, Royal Palace

Gothenburg, city center, sightseeing during our boat tour

Stockholm, city center, Royal Palace Gothenburg, city center, sightseeing during our boat tour

A lot of Swedish people have bycicles

Västra Frölunda area where we lived

Bycicles in Stockholm 🙂 A lot of Swedish people have bycicles Västra Frölunda area where Olya lived. Olya wore a warm winter jacket given to her by Maria 🙂

A school in the Västra Frölunda

Gothenburg, city center, a Park surrounded with a garden

A school in the Västra Frölunda, near the bus stop named Fiskebäcksskolan Gothenburg, city center, a Park surrounded with a garden

Nice seafood

Maria Zatermän, Elizabeth Nostedt and Julia Shilo

Nice seafood in Fish market in Gothenburg 🙂 From left to the right: Maria Zatermän, Elizabeth Nostedt and Julia Shilo

Julia Shilo and Olga Pogoryelova at the Gala Dinner

Gothenburg, city center, Poseidon Fountain

Julia Shilo and Olga Pogoryelova at the Gala Dinner, second day of the Conference Gothenburg, city center, Poseidon Fountain
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Yulia comes from Stockholm for the Easter week

Yulia with Art-talkers,April 5

Friends at the meeting with Yulia,April 5

Sergey, Viktor, Yulia, Alla - April 5

Yulia

Art-talkers together and with the Easter

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March,31 and April,14 AT meetings

“Let’s talk more about theatre and painting…”, “Let’s inspire others to be creative, innovatory and active…”, “Let’s make our public-speaking practice bright and unordinary – it attracts not only members to present theirs projects, but also many guests to visit our meetings…”
These are not just someones thoughts, but very often topics for discussion by the art-talkers while preparing new meetings, looking for the new ideas for theirs speeches.

Olya - April 14

Roman - April 14

Toastmasters listening carefully

Evaluation by Alex - March 31

Eugen is the timer -March 31

Evgenia - March 31

Lilia - about paintings of Hieronymus Bosch -March 31

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