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Read. Painted. Brought to the Museum. Won!

On the first day of summer, the Sakhalin Regional Art Museum held a ceremony to sum up the results of the Paint a Fairy Tale—Bring the Picture to the Museum contest of literary illustrations.

The participants of the contest, their parents and teachers were greeted by Lyubov Ustinovskaya, Sakhalin Oblast Governor’s Children's Rights Commissioner. “It is up to us, adults, to make our young generation’s childhood happy and interesting. It is symbolic that we are summing up the results of the children’s contest on the International Children’s Day. I sincerely congratulate all the contest participants. Each of you has become a winner simply by participating in the event!” she said.

126 young Sakhalin residents aged 5 to 17 years took part in the competition. Every artist rendered the plots of familiar classic fairy tales on paper, depicting goldfish and cockerels, Snow Maiden and Father Frost, the Little Round Bun, geese and swans in their own original way.

Zinaida Turmanova, Head of the Museum Pedagogy Department of the Regional Art Museum, explained the criteria which the panel of experts used to sel ect the winning paintings. “Our children have their own view of the world,” stressed the member of the panel. “They notice things which we, grown-ups, often overlook. When children draw pictures, they present the world as they see it. We chose the entries where the children’s imagination roamed free!”

The Paint a Fairy Tale—Bring the Picture to the Museum contest is part of the large-scale Fairy Tales in Works of Russian Artists exhibition project, implemented by Sakhalin Energy, the State Russian Museum and the Sakhalin Regional Art Museum in honour of the 25th anniversary of the company.

When awarding the happy winners who came to the museum despite the tricks of the unpredictable Sakhalin weather, Anna Lygina, Lead Specialist of the Sakhalin Energy Social Performance Subdivision, reminded the audience that the large exhibition hall had actually been home to a fairy tale for two months. “It is the fairy tale told by famous Russian artists through their paintings. We thought, however, that it was equally important to think about the future. Who knows, maybe the works of some of the contest participants will also be exhibited at the world’s best art venues a hundred years from now.” Anna Lygina wished the contestants further success.

Below is the list of winners of the contest.

Age category: up to 6 years
Best Illustration category: Yaroslav Krasovsky, Viktoria Gankevich, Polina Gerasimova, Alisa Romanyuk, Sofia Fidey;
Original Rendering of the Theme of a Fairy Tale category: Igor Volokhov, Lev Kalmykov;
The Most Accurate Illustration of a Fairy Tale category: Sara Goriy, Damir Koshkarev, Diana Chirkova, Vladislav Chernyakov, Maria Gorbacheva;
Special category: Vivid Representation of the Fairy Tale “Snow Maiden”: Ekaterina Savelyeva, Mark Kornienko; 
Jury Choice Award (special category): Lev Kalmykov.

Age category: 7 years
Best Illustration Category: Victoria Dmitrieva, Nikita Gaiduchenko, Olesya Astrakhantseva;
The Most Accurate Illustration of a Fairy Tale category: Ulyana Arefieva. 

Age category: 8–10 years
Best Illustration category: Eva Tishevskaya, Danil So, Anastasia Chernyshova;
Original Rendering of the Theme of a Fairy Tale category: Danil So, Hideo Nagano, Polina Gurnova, Timofey Zryadny;
The Most Accurate Illustration of a Fairy Tale category: Agata Chernaya, Eldar Korzhan, Darya Zemskova.

Age category: 11–17 years
Best Illustration category: Bogdan Sitchikhin
Original Rendering of the Theme of a Fairy Tale category: Ksenia Shulga, Yaroslav Kuzmin;
The Most Accurate Illustration of a Fairy Tale category: Tikhon Naumtsev;
Creative Approach to Illustrating a Fairy Tale (special category): Olga Babina.

The guests of the museum who visited the exhibition fr om 18 to 26 May also had an opportunity to vote for the pictures of their liking. The picture by Alexandra Kukleva won an impressive victory in the Audience Choice Award category. Olga Babina received the second prize, and Valeria Gindulina took the third place in the list of winners.






1 June 2019

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