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Sculptor shares art with new friends | Print |
 "Belarusian Landscapes” adorn the walls of the Bolger Auditorium at the Ridgewood Public — Library. Ales Shaternik, a renowned Belarusan sculptor and artist is exhibiting 18 oil paintings through the month of November. His daughter Julia Shaternik, also an artist, is a resident of Ridgewood. She finds great joy in showing her fathers artwork here in her new home.
    Ales Shaternik works in decorative and monumental sculpture as well as other media and his sculptures have appeared in the collections of every major museum in Belarus and some other major museums in different counties. His sculptures can be seen on the streets of Belarusan cities including its capital Minsk. In 2005, Ales together with his friend famous Belarusan artist Alexei Marachkin created the Belarusan Freedom Bell, a large bronze bell, which was temporarily confiscated by the dictator’s regime during the so-called Belarusan revolution in the spring of 2006.
    When Ales gave a sculpture to the White House in 1994, President Bill Clinton thanked him, saying “It was so generous of you to share your artwork with me. I appreciate your thoughtful gesture.”
    The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers has Ales’ art works in its permanent collection.
    United States Ambassador George Krol, of the U.S. Embassy Belarus, presented Ales Shaternik’s bronze relief of Tadeusz Kosciusko to the Kosciusko house at the celebration of the 259th anniversary of the birth of Tadeusz Kosciusko at his birthplace in Minsk, Belarus. Kosciusko also fought for the freedom and independence of the United States in 1795.
  In the early 1990s, Ales started painting in oil. Famous Russian art critic and art collector, organizer of CASE Museum of Russian Contemporary Art, Alexander Glezer called Ales’ style “neo-impressionism?’ He uses a thick oil paint, which gives an almost sculptured effect. His landscapes of his homeland, Belarus, are distinctive and give a breathtaking look in a variety of seasons: “Fall Windy Day” and “September” show a variety of greens and a burst of burnt orange trees. A snowy landscape is named “Lake in the Late Winter” The beauty of summer is celebrated with blue and pink wildflowers, “The Blue Candles of June” and trees filled with fruit “Pears,” “Apple Trees and Stacks” and “The Boginskoe Lake.”
  This unique exhibit, Belarusian Landscapes, includes: “The Svir Lake,” “Belarusan Amazonia,” “Village Swallows,” “Sikora’s Garden,”  “Sfracha,” “The Balduk Lake,” “A Pond,” “Ivan’s House” and “Old House Trabitishky.” A surprise landscape “Saddle River, Waterfall” he painted in bright greens with a reflective river.
   Ales Shaternik’s works can be seen exhibited at the State Tretyakov Gallery (The National Museum of Russian Fine Art) in Moscow, the White House in Washington, DC, the Rutgers University Zimmerly Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ, the CASE Museum of Russian Contemporary Art in Jersey City, The International Stella Gallery in Paris France, as well as Belarusian museums and private collections in the U.S., Russia, Italy, Israel, Holland, Germany, Belgium and Belarus.
    He is a member of the Belarusian Artist Union and artists’ group Pogonia.
The past spring his exhibitions included a group show at the Belarusan Museum, Brooklyn, NY, three artists show at Seton Hall University and with Pogonia group at the Art Palace in Minsk, Belarus.
    Last year Shaternik had a personal exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Russian Art in Jersey City in October, an international group show at the Museum of Contemporary Russian Art in Jersey City in December and an international group show “Ill Biennial of Contemporary Russian Painting and Sculpture at the International Stella Gallery, Paris, France, and at the Museum of Contemporary Russian Art in Jersey Cit as well as a group show, Anniversary of March 25, Red Cathedral in Minsk, Belarus. He has also exhibited in Holland, Germany and Poland.

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written BY EILEEN LAFORGIA
Staff Writer Ridgewood News