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YOUNG TALENTS OF THE JEWISH DIASPORA OF KAZAKHSTAN

The First Republican Contest of Children Art "Shalom Khaverim!"

  The life of Jewish people in Egypt, birth of a child, Moses and the burning bush, Exodus of Jewish people from Egypt - all these are not the names of the chapters of the Bible. These are the names of the pictures exhibited on the First Republican Contest of Children Art "Shalom Khaverim!" conducted during the Pesach holiday by Jewish Community Center "Rimon".

  In the lobby of Children Republican Library there were 75 pictures of young artists.

  Alexander Baron, the President of "Mitsva" Association always welcomes events organized for the children of the Community. He congratulated heartily everybody with the beginning of creative work of children of the Diaspora; and together with the Chairman of Jury of the Festival Grigoriy Abramovich Umanov invited everybody to visit the exhibition.

  And the last solemn minute of summation came匛leonora Meerzon the organizer of the exhibition and the Head of Children Art Studio celebrated everybody. Professor Grigoriy Umanov, the Chairman of Jury and curator of JCC Cultural Programs thanked all the children and their parents for their remarkable pictures presented for the exhibition.
Lyona Grinberg's pictures made a special impression on everybody, his 12 pictures showed his creative abilities in interpretation of different themes.

  "I am happy that many young artists managed not only just draw subject of Pesach but they breathed a new life in it," said the Chairman of Jury, - It was very difficult for us to define which picture is the best". Every child picture is the new perception of characters and history of Jewish people. We can see a whole inward life in their pictures.

  As they say, a competition is a competition, and someone has to win. The ceremony of rewards began from the youngest participants. The best in the first age group (under 8) was Yana Fisher (the first place, Almaty), Yulya Shavina (second place, Petropavlovsk City), Dariya Sibgatulina (third place, Almaty). Children of this age can work with gouache, plasticine, pencil and a soft-tip pen. Children could hardly carry their rewards and presents.

  In the second age group the pictures were more professional and participants were from different regions of Kazakhstan: Almaty, Ust-Kamenogorsk City, Aktobe City, Pavlodar City, Shymkent City and Kokshetau City. 23 pictures from this category (age between 9-11) were presented at the exhibition. Kristina Zilberman from Aktobe City won the first prize, Philip Avdeyev from Ust-Kamenogorsk City - the second, and Galina Khafizova from Shymkent City - the third one.
In the third age group (after 12) Yuliya Sidorenk won the first prize, Tatyana Poteshkina - the second, and Renata Nazaraliyeva - the third one. Everybody enjoyed Yuliya's watercolor, Tatyana's modeling and Renata's gouache.

  All exhibition visitors had a chance to ward a prize of sympathy. Everybody could write a family name and a name of a favorite picture. The result will be added up later.

  Pesach is a holiday dedicated to Jewish emancipation from more than 400-year slavery. Children seemed to be real connoisseurs of performing this holiday. It was not difficult for them to answer the question concerning preparations for Seder, what kind of food should be on a dish for Seder - keara. Both children and adults enjoyed games, dances and songs. Adults were really surprised with their children and grandchildren knowledge of the history of Jewish people.
I was looking at the pictures when I noticed a boy about 6 years old, who was looking at the picture " A stick turning into ugly serpent". And when I asked him what was so interesting in it. He answered without even turning his head: "It looks exactly like an alive snake!"

Nadezhda Zorina

P.S. When the Festival was over the best pictures were exhibited in the exhibition hall of the Jewish Community Center. During the opening of the exhibition prizes of sympathy were awarded to the participants.

Exhibition opening
Exhibition opening
  Exhibition
Exhibition
  Drawing prizes
Drawing prizes
  Egypt...
Egypt...
  Author&viewer
Author&viewer
  Live keara
Live keara
  Games
Games
  The prizeman of Viewer's sympathy
The prizeman of Viewer's sympathy
  Prize of sympathy
Prize of sympathy
Photo by Vladimir Semchuk
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