The painters, who came to Çankırı from 11 different countries and met at the painting workshop held on Ilgaz Mountain, produced 36 works bearing the traces of the region. The paintings prepared by the painters in a week were presented to our citizens in an exhibition.
“Ilgaz/Yıldıztepe International Painting Workshop” was organized under the coordination of Hülya Sezgin and Selahattin İnal Fine Arts High School, in order to promote the Ilgaz Mountain Yıldıztepe Ski Center and to develop the artistic vision in Çankırı and to create an art archive consisting of the works of famous painters. It ended with the exhibition. 11 artists from 15 different countries, including Germany, Poland and Hungary, got to know the culture and natural beauties of Çankırı for a week.
In the 8-day workshop, the painters reflected the beauties and cultures of Turkey, Çankırı and Ilgaz Mountains on their canvases. 36 works prepared by the painters were presented to the citizens in the exhibition.
“A very good event for our Çankırı”
The exhibition held at Ilgaz Mountain Yıldıztepe Ski Center was attended by Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Nadir Alpaslan, Çankırı Governor Abdullah Ayaz, Çankırı Karatekin University Rector Prof. Dr. Harun Çiftçi, Ilgaz Mayor Mehmed Öztürk, city protocol and citizens attended.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Nadir Alpaslan said, “It is very nice and pleasing to take steps to make this a tourism center, a sports center and an art center. Hopefully, we will expand this organization even more in the coming years and turn this place into the center of art. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the organization. It is a very good event for our Çankırı.”
“We introduced not only Ilgaz, but the whole Çankırı”
Speaking about the workshop, Mayor Mehmet Öztürk said, “This organization took place thanks to Hülya Sezgin, who was trained by Çankırı. Our Fine Arts High School Principal Mehtap Meydaneri also contributed. I am the idea father, but they have a great contribution and effort. We, as the municipality, do our best to make Ilgaz Yıldıztepe a center of sports and arts.
This year we organized the second of the Diplomatic Ski Competition. In the first, 35 diplomats came, in the second, we hosted 190 of our diplomats. Now 10 artists from 15 countries have come. They stayed here as guests for a week. We introduced not only Ilgaz, but also the whole Çankırı. If Ilgaz develops, Çankırı develops. The effort we put into art and sports will continue to increase," he said.